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Shaft play?
Posted by: ML
Date: March 03, 2018 02:18PM
Question to those who are using the 800. I just received and assembled mine. There is an awful lot of play in the shaft even when the camlocks are tightened. By that I mean if you put your coil to the ground, I can wiggle the handgrip/control box left and right a good inch each way from center. The play is in the lower shaft where the camlock is. Anybody else notice this? Thanks

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Re: Shaft play?
Posted by: IQ-2018
Date: March 03, 2018 02:28PM
no mine doesn't do that.

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Re: Shaft play?
Posted by: undrpar
Date: March 03, 2018 02:31PM
I have the 600 and mine is rock solid..

Re: Shaft play?
Posted by: Charlives
Date: March 03, 2018 02:36PM
Exact same with mine...also the control box is not centered with the coil...oddly.

Re: Shaft play?
Posted by: RichW
Date: March 03, 2018 05:26PM
I have the problem with my 600. I tightened the cam locks as tight as I dared. It seem to help but shouldn't have to tighten them that tight.

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Re: Shaft play?
Posted by: lytle78
Date: March 03, 2018 05:32PM
Charlives- “exactly the same”? Same tight or same loose?



Rick Kempf

Re: Shaft play?
Posted by: ML
Date: March 03, 2018 06:06PM
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Charlives
Exact same with mine...also the control box is not centered with the coil...oddly.

That's what made me notice it instantly, the control box wasn't centered. When I twisted my grip to the right to see if I could straighten it I was able to move it two inches the other way so that it was off center an inch to the left. The cam locks are tight. It's way too much play so I'll reach out to Minelab Monday.

Re: Shaft play?
Posted by: Charlives
Date: March 03, 2018 06:31PM
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lytle78
Charlives- “exactly the same”? Same tight or same loose?
Mine seems loose, and control box uncentered... so I'd be interested to see what Minelab says, ML.

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Re: Shaft play?
Posted by: calabash digger
Date: March 03, 2018 07:37PM
mine is loose too...

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Re: Shaft play?
Posted by: lytle78
Date: March 03, 2018 08:06PM
The Physicists and engineers who develop the “best in class” electronic packages for Minelab seem to be from another planet from whoever is doing their mechanical design. The quality of the mechanical packages has been uniformly awful for decades and things like wobbly shafts and off-center housings don’t bode well for this latest launch.

Mine comes Tuesday - we’ll see.



Rick Kempf



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Re: Shaft play?
Posted by: Buddy_TX
Date: March 03, 2018 09:04PM
Make sure you have the lower rod in the correct position. it has a snap tab on one side of the shaft. that mates with the holes on the back side of the controll shaft. if the tab is in one of the holes the controll head/shaft wont turn



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Re: Shaft play?
Posted by: Mountain Mike
Date: March 04, 2018 07:53AM
I must say I am finding all this shaft play talk a little concerning. My detector will be here next week and I have to check this.



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Re: Shaft play?
Posted by: RichW
Date: March 04, 2018 12:05PM
Well that didn't help, was out water hunting again this morning. Still a lot of play in the shaft, Back to the drawing board.

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Re: Shaft play?
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: March 04, 2018 08:19PM
No play at all, in my shaft, FWIW...

Steve



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Re: Shaft play?
Posted by: JBM1
Date: March 05, 2018 02:54AM
Some say yes and some say no.

To me this shows an inconsistency in the components manufacture.:sad: Jerry.

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