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Re: Best Gold Prospecting Detector on This List.
Posted by: ToddB64
Date: December 17, 2011 08:58PM
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for only nugget hunting the Fisher gold bugs, my fav is the gold bug 2; and the GMT series....for multi-purpose the X-705 and Tesoro LoboST...no opinion about the others...there is no Best detector,

fred

fredm.......Thanks for your input !

I like the way you differentiated between gold-only vs multi-purpose machines......that's an important point to consider when making a purchase.

ToddB64 :wink:

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I don't think there is a gold only detector.....If there was you would not be digging iron and other metal junk ... it would only sound off on gold............... And you would not be digging junk........

keppy.......Good point ! :clapping: I stand corrected......should have said "gold dedicated",or perhaps "gold oriented", instead of "gold-only".

Todd



Gamma 6000, Bandido ll



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/17/2011 09:04PM by ToddB64.


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Re: Best Gold Prospecting Detector on This List.
Posted by: keppy
Date: December 18, 2011 11:02AM
! wish there was a gold only detector i would have a couple of them...

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Re: Best Gold Prospecting Detector on This List.
Posted by: keppy
Date: January 06, 2012 10:50PM
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ToddB64
Greetings !

I'm investigating metal detectors for Prospecting natural gold and need some opinions on the best brand and model from the list below. These are not listed in any particular order, but are the lowest price models I could find on the web for gold prospecting.

#1..Tesoro Vaquero
#2..White's GMT
#3..Garrett Scorpion Gold Stinger
#4..Fisher Gold Bug
#5..Teknetics G2
#6..Minelab X-Terra 705 Gold Pack

Thanks for your opinions and recommendations. :please:

ToddB64
You left out the , Fisher Gold bug Pro., the Minelab Eureka & Tesoro Lobo Super Traq..........

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Re: Best Gold Prospecting Detector on This List.
Posted by: ToddB64
Date: January 07, 2012 03:30PM
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Greetings !

I'm investigating metal detectors for Prospecting natural gold and need some opinions on the best brand and model from the list below. These are not listed in any particular order, but are the lowest price models I could find on the web for gold prospecting.

#1..Tesoro Vaquero
#2..White's GMT
#3..Garrett Scorpion Gold Stinger
#4..Fisher Gold Bug
#5..Teknetics G2
#6..Minelab X-Terra 705 Gold Pack

Thanks for your opinions and recommendations. :please:

ToddB64
You left out the , Fisher Gold bug Pro., the Minelab Eureka & Tesoro Lobo Super Traq..........

Keppy........I was only listing low priced models (See high-lite above.).

ToddB64



Gamma 6000, Bandido ll

Re: Best Gold Prospecting Detector on This List.
Posted by: snakejim
Date: January 09, 2012 11:14AM
White's has a new gold detector, the GMZ that retails for $499.95.

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Re: Best Gold Prospecting Detector on This List.
Posted by: ToddB64
Date: January 09, 2012 03:50PM
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White's has a new gold detector, the GMZ that retails for $499.95.

snakejim...........Thanks for the above info. ! :thumbup:

Todd



Gamma 6000, Bandido ll

Re: Best Gold Prospecting Detector on This List.
Posted by: Salida
Date: January 17, 2012 11:04AM
Curious as to why the Tesoro Vaquero was listed?
It's not a gold machine.
Salica

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Re: Best Gold Prospecting Detector on This List.
Posted by: ToddB64
Date: January 18, 2012 02:01AM
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Curious as to why the Tesoro Vaquero was listed?
It's not a gold machine.
Salica

Salida.........You are correct that "It's not a gold machine" per se........I just stuck it into the line-up because I had a phone conversation a few months ago with Tesoro's Robert Martensen about gold machines and he said it would find gold, but not the real small or deep gold. Since starting this thread, I've done more research and evaluation and now, realizing that most of the gold usually found in Ohio and Indiana is very small, my best choice will be a dedicated Gold machine and I must revise my price range downward to approx. $500.00 and I do want a new unit.

In view of the above, I'm going to eliminate (3) of the more expensive machines from my list (White's GMT, Technetics G2 , and Minelab X-Terra 705). So, that just leaves the two below for consideration, to which I have added the lowest price I could find and this was on Kellyco's website. These are both VLF detectors of course.

#3..Garrett Scorpion Gold Stinger....$479.61 (tax included and Free SH)
#4..Fisher Gold Bug....$529.99 (tax included and Free SH)

At the moment, I'm leaning toward the Fisher Gold Bug, due to it's slightly higher frequency of 19 kHz and lighter weight of 2.3 to 2.5 lbs (weight varied on two different pages of the Fisher website.), plus the more modern design, 5 year warranty and it only requires one 9V battery.

The Garrett Scorpion Gold Stinger by comparison has an operating frequency of 15 kHz, weighs 3.3 lbs (heavier than my Ace 250 that now hurts my age 70 shoulders.), older design, 2 year warranty and requires 3 x 9V batteries. Also, I read a few negative reports, i.e. that the manual was poorly written and it might take around 100 hrs. to learn how to operate the machine effectively. Other reports say it's a very good machine once the nuances are learned and I suppose you could say that about most machines.

Anyone care to offer pro/con opinions on the above two units........fire away ! ...Your comments will be appreciated either way.

Thanks, :smile:

ToddB64



Gamma 6000, Bandido ll

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Re: Best Gold Prospecting Detector on This List.
Posted by: TURNMASTER
Date: January 18, 2012 03:09AM
100 hrs to learn any machine. Hundreds more for it to speak to you. IMO

I hunt nuggets rarely, but have a couple thousand hours on my Xterra then add the AT Pro and Explorer. I have researched electronic prospecting heavily. Here is the thing; You need a machine you will use. Then you need a machine that will work in your area. Also you need a machine that will find the types of gold in your area. Some of this is from memory, GB and GBII will find VERY small gold along with one of the Whites machines. PI = DEEP but limited on small. Xterra can find some of the weird stuff missed by others. Several have differences on how they handle differing iron conditions.

Just because a machine works well for me here does not mean it will be the best machine in your neighborhood, and visa versa.

EVERY MD will find gold, period, Ace 250 too. If you get to looking around you will find this to be true. Though maybe not as well as some others, smaller, deeper, better ground handling and etc.

I would talk to the local prospectors and find what they are finding gold with and then determine weather or not they are shining you on. Gal I work with runs an MXT and prospects alot (alot) only to find out she does not find much gold and rarely ever uses her MD ( something like 20 hours???)

Another guy runs his MXT a lot for coins and took it to AK and hit real AU (14 Oz nugget).

Which one stands the best chance of hitting MD gold? The one who knows the machine!

Know your machine, Know your area, Know your gold.

Read this
http://www.akmining.com/forums/showthread.php/13-Latest-Nugget-Detector-Recommendations-for-Alaska

Jeff



TURNMASTER
Does "Just my two cents" have the same meaning on a treasure hunters forum?
X-Terra 705 & AT Pro

Oldest coin; 1895 Indian Head Penny



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/18/2012 03:23AM by TURNMASTER.

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Re: Best Gold Prospecting Detector on This List.
Posted by: thedeserttortoise
Date: January 20, 2012 03:50PM
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TURNMASTER
100 hrs to learn any machine. Hundreds more for it to speak to you. IMO

I hunt nuggets rarely, but have a couple thousand hours on my Xterra then add the AT Pro and Explorer. I have researched electronic prospecting heavily. Here is the thing; You need a machine you will use. Then you need a machine that will work in your area. Also you need a machine that will find the types of gold in your area. Some of this is from memory, GB and GBII will find VERY small gold along with one of the Whites machines. PI = DEEP but limited on small. Xterra can find some of the weird stuff missed by others. Several have differences on how they handle differing iron conditions.

Just because a machine works well for me here does not mean it will be the best machine in your neighborhood, and visa versa.

EVERY MD will find gold, period, Ace 250 too. If you get to looking around you will find this to be true. Though maybe not as well as some others, smaller, deeper, better ground handling and etc.

I would talk to the local prospectors and find what they are finding gold with and then determine weather or not they are shining you on. Gal I work with runs an MXT and prospects alot (alot) only to find out she does not find much gold and rarely ever uses her MD ( something like 20 hours???)

Another guy runs his MXT a lot for coins and took it to AK and hit real AU (14 Oz nugget).

Which one stands the best chance of hitting MD gold? The one who knows the machine!

Know your machine, Know your area, Know your gold.

Read this
http://www.akmining.com/forums/showthread.php/13-Latest-Nugget-Detector-Recommendations-for-Alaska

Jeff

Plus 1 on Turnmasters post... they all find gold!



E-Trac, Xterra 70, and Gold Quest. Love em all...

Re: Best Gold Prospecting Detector on This List.
Posted by: parrott
Date: February 05, 2012 03:21PM
Lowest Price? The fisher gold bug pro with the standard waterproof 5-inch circular DD coil is now listed to sell for $549 MSRP USA

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Re: Best Gold Prospecting Detector on This List.
Posted by: ToddB64
Date: February 05, 2012 10:36PM
TURNMASTER, thedeserttortoise and parrott,

Thanks for your replies ! :thumbup:

ToddB64



Gamma 6000, Bandido ll

Re: Best Gold Prospecting Detector on This List.
Posted by: Silverado6x6
Date: March 18, 2012 02:14AM
I did not set a limit on the parameters when I bought my first MD except I wasn't going to buy a GPX 5000 , my requirements were in a minority class, first off I had no interest in coin collecting, I am after gold. The smallest of nuggets will make more money than the average days haul of coin at the beach.

Since I live next door to gold nugget areas here in Alaska it was my first objective to find a MD that performed better than most but was also user friendly, in effect had either the program or the hardware to auto tune the ground balance.

A budget detector does not have that, I am a mechanic by trade, any brand of tools will get a job done but the pros will seek out a better longer laster tool, and with it comes a price, sometimes its a royal penalty buying a famous name brand and the markup.

So I recently bought a Whites Goldmaster GMT with its 48khz coil,some say the Gold Bug 2 is better but the GMT has a few extra whistles like the auto balance, with it a pair of Sunray Pro Gold headphones and a Garret Pro pointer, sure it all cost a few bucks, but you just have to accept it. Either that or build your own.

I see lots of people wanting the gold, but they want it on a budget.

Re: Best Gold Prospecting Detector on This List.
Posted by: parrott
Date: March 20, 2012 12:13AM
GMT a pretty good choice... I say nothng bad....js

Re: Best Gold Prospecting Detector on This List.
Posted by: Ken/CO
Date: August 18, 2012 01:19AM
I owned the Scorpion, then bought the Gold Bug 2, no comparison, sold the Scorpion.

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