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Excalibur 800 vs 1000 advice needed
Posted by: ringpull
Date: August 10, 2008 11:23AM
Hi There.

Advice needed please, I am going to buy a new Excalibur 11 for beach hunting on the dry sand and also in the surf, the problem is that I don,t know which one to go for !!

Any advice would be appreciated.



Re: Excalibur 800 vs 1000 advice needed
Posted by: DukeOBass
Date: August 10, 2008 11:30AM
1000 if you what a larger coverage area. 800 if you want less weight.

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Re: Excalibur 800 vs 1000 advice needed
Posted by: JoeinMemphis
Date: August 10, 2008 07:18PM
I recently bought the 1000, and I love the coverage and depth and it wasn't hard to pin point with after about a day of practice. I am glad I got the 1000 but I am sure you will be happy with either. Make sure and watch your overlap with either, but especially the 800. HH Joe

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if i had it to do over again ,id buy the 800 ! less resistance in water.N/T
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Date: August 11, 2008 04:37AM

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Re: Excalibur 800 vs 1000 advice needed
Posted by: North Georgia Relics
Date: August 11, 2008 06:46AM
I would recommend the 1000 for the coverage and depth. The 800 goes deep but the 1000 will get you several more inches and allow you to cover more ground in less time. There would be less resistence in the water from the 800, but the depth and coverage of the 1000 would make up for the fact that you might have to swing at a slower rate. Might even improve you number of finds.

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Re: Excalibur 800 vs 1000 advice needed
Posted by: Daniel A.
Date: August 11, 2008 07:53AM
I have both 800 and 1000 but prefere the 800 as I'm in no rush and just happen to like the smaller coils in general. Dan

The Excal does best with a slower swing so the 1000 would be my preference. Actually, the 1000 is what I use.:biggrin:N/T
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Date: August 11, 2008 10:13AM

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Re: Excalibur 800 vs 1000 advice needed
Posted by: Gulf Hunter
Date: August 13, 2008 01:42AM
I own and use a 1000 and 2) 800s. There is a time and place for each. Buy the 1000 initially, and when you can save up enough, then get the 800. They BOTH find loot, NO QUESTION!

They both have strong advantages and disadvantages over the other, I own both, let me explain. I love each of them too, but Huntress uses the 800 when she hunts, as it is lighter for her.


1. Covers better and does not require as much overlapping of the swing
2. May be a hair deeper seeking, but hard to tell.

1. Must be swept slower to allow good signal penetration, without overrunning targets or causing the sensitivity to need to be backed off due to too fast of a sweep.
2. Harder to control in deeper water and wave action, current.
3. Since the coil is larger, a good target could be masked, while in close proximity to iron, especially if sweeping too fast.


1. Easily controlled in deeper water, current and wave action.
2. Target separation is ABSOLUTELY superior. It will pick a 1000 apart in a trashy area. It can sniff gold out of a nail infested area better than any I've seen.
3. It can be swung faster than the 1000, without losing good penetration.
4. It can be run hotter on sensitivity than the 1000, without pushing the unit into a strained mode of operation, because it is not reading as much ground.

1. It does not cover as well and needs to have more overlapping of coil swings, to ensure good coverage of the area.

As you can see, I like the 800 better in many ways, but I sweep very slow, so the 1000 works better for me, as I like the ability to cover more ground. In trashy areas though, the 800 will rule the conditions there, from my experience.

Gulf Hunter

Re: Excalibur 800 vs 1000 advice needed
Posted by: NamVetLesTreasureSeeker
Date: August 13, 2008 05:55PM
GULFHUNTER Covered ALL THE BASES on that question!! Well stated Gulfhunter! hh, Les Robinson

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Re: Excalibur 800 vs 1000 advice needed
Posted by: ringpull
Date: August 15, 2008 03:29PM
Thank you to all of you for the time and effort that you have kindly given to share your knowledge with me and others, I have just bought an Excalibur 800 and will keep you all posted if I find anything interesting :cheers:


Re: Excalibur 800 vs 1000 advice needed
Posted by: Waterdog
Date: July 16, 2014 01:45PM
I bought the Excalibur 800 years ago and when it was time for a newer coil I had them put the larger 10 inch coil on my machine. After going out with the 10 inch coil a few times I sent it back in and had them put another 8 inch coil back on it. It just feels better and gets in between the trash better.

Re: Excalibur 800 vs 1000 advice needed
Posted by: Florida Keys Pirate
Date: July 17, 2014 10:47AM
Get the 1000

Re: Excalibur 800 vs 1000 advice needed
Posted by: ajaj
Date: July 18, 2014 06:47AM
Great list of strengths and weaknesses. Just one more potential benefit of the sometimes fits into the hole you have dug to better pinpoint/characterize.


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Re: Excalibur 800 vs 1000 advice needed
Posted by: WaterWalker
Date: July 19, 2014 04:42PM
Nothing better than either of the fitted with a 15" WOT coil. That is for covering ground in swimming area for recently lost items.
I have an original Excalibur (Pre 800/1000 models) and a 1000. Both are fitted with water proof connectors and I can interchange the original horse shoe coil, the 8", 10" and 15" coils with either of the Excaliburs. Needles to say but, each coil has its own prowess.

NOTE: I understand that the Excalibur II will not function with the WOT coil.

Re: Excalibur 800 vs 1000 advice needed
Posted by: Montana Jeff
Date: May 24, 2017 01:42AM
I've been a certified diver since 1980 but I've never used a detector. I found a solid 14k gold wedding ring in st Thomas, about 12g! Finding it with no detector got me bit with the bug. Thank you you for your help in replying Gulf Hunter, it answers exactly what I wanted to know. Also is fresh water going to factor in the use like other detectors? I'll do, 70% of underwater in fresh water

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/24/2017 01:47AM by Montana Jeff.

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