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Coils x5 / 8x6
Posted by: WV62
Date: November 05, 2018 06:59PM
Just wondering if anybody out there has tried both coils the x5" and the 8x6" coil on the E-Trac. I have the x5" and was wondering if the 8x6 would be a step up or down?

Ron in WV



Worked and lived in the Huntington West Virginia area all my life, retired 2010
US Air Force Vietnam Veteran (68-69 & 70-71)
Started getting into metal detecting around 1975

Re: Coils x5 / 8x6
Posted by: roadapple
Date: November 05, 2018 09:08PM
I have both coils and I must say I like both of them as they serve a purpose in trashy areas ! But your question is you want to know if one out performs the other. Well, the sunray X5 is very hard to beat and if you are looking for another small coil then the 6x8 is a winner, however if you really want a new coil then I would be stepping up to the 13 inch Ultimate coil ,as this is a game changer in depth and separation ! JMO

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Re: Coils x5 / 8x6
Posted by: WV62
Date: November 06, 2018 05:28PM
Thinks for the reply, I was kind of looking at the 6x8 as a replacement for the 5".

I will give some thought to that 13" Ultimate. I had one of those for my F75 and it seemed like a nice running coil but it didn't seem to improve on my finds.

Ron in WV



Worked and lived in the Huntington West Virginia area all my life, retired 2010
US Air Force Vietnam Veteran (68-69 & 70-71)
Started getting into metal detecting around 1975

Re: Coils x5 / 8x6
Posted by: D&P-OR
Date: November 06, 2018 06:10PM
You are talking about three different size coils here (X-5 small coil, SEF 6X8 medium size & 13" Ultimate large size)--depends what you are trying to accomplish.---I have owned/used them all and if I were considering a choice between the X-5 & 6X8---it would be neither.---I would choose the Sunray X-8.-------The 13" Ultimate coil is a great coil but you (are hopfully) using it in a different type hunt situation.

Re: Coils x5 / 8x6
Posted by: Neil
Date: November 17, 2018 12:31PM
The stock 8" minelab fbs coil is actually 7.25" and is something you should consider. Its a good deal deeper than the X5 and can work just as well in trashy areas as it too. The downside is its a little on the heavy side but you can lighten it abit by removing the coil cover....and they can be had cheap...



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Re: Coils 8"
Posted by: WV62
Date: November 17, 2018 02:55PM
So far the 8" ones I found new come with the lower shaft which would be nice to have but that puts the price way up there. Maybe I can start watching for one used to come up for sale or trade.

Ron in WV



Worked and lived in the Huntington West Virginia area all my life, retired 2010
US Air Force Vietnam Veteran (68-69 & 70-71)
Started getting into metal detecting around 1975

Re: Coils x5 / 8x6
Posted by: kgramlich
Date: December 05, 2018 09:55PM
I have the Sunday x8 and the 5.5 x 9 the nel sharpshooter. I leave the Sunday on most of the time??

Re: Coils x5 / 8x6
Posted by: 88junior
Date: December 08, 2018 01:46AM
Ron I have a 6x8 SEF it stays on my Etrac 90% of the time. I also have the 6" SEF Eq2 coil and I use it in really trashy spots. The Pro coil seldom sees any use.



Minelab Etrac with Pro coil and 6x8 SEF coil and 6" Detech coil and X1 Probe
Garrett AT-Gold 5x8 coil and 8.5x11 coil
Sunray Pro Golds
Deteknix X-Pointer
Raptor 31c digger and Lesche hand digger
Whites Ground Hawg shovel
Relic and Coin hunter over 25 years!!

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Re: Coils x5 / 8x6
Posted by: WV62
Date: December 08, 2018 10:50AM
Well the 6x8 sounds like a good option. Just wondering if somebody out there could do a quick air test with it on a silver dime? If so run the machine with manual sensitivity at 27 or higher, that will give me some idea where in comes in depth wise compared to my 2 coils.

Also while trying to locate a 6x8 I found a 5x10, any thoughts on that coil, new I think it was about $10 more? I have another detector with a box 5x10 DD coil and I like that size really well. But it kind took away the need for 5" round that I have.

If I settle on one I will contact some the forum dealers and see if I can talk them into good deal.

Thanks,

Ron WV



Worked and lived in the Huntington West Virginia area all my life, retired 2010
US Air Force Vietnam Veteran (68-69 & 70-71)
Started getting into metal detecting around 1975

Re: Coils x5 / 8x6
Posted by: D&P-OR
Date: December 08, 2018 11:23AM
I like Sunday to!:smile:-----Actually, the Sunray X-8 has found me more silver than the 11" stock coil.----In my ground it is only 1" shy of what the stock coil will detect--a nice coil.---Might be a little hard to locate a good used one though.
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kgramlich
I have the Sunday x8 and the 5.5 x 9 the nel sharpshooter. I leave the Sunday on most of the time??


Re: Coils x5 / 8x6
Posted by: 88junior
Date: December 08, 2018 05:27PM
One of my buddies gave the 5x10 a try and he didn't seem to impressed by it Ron. He likes the 6x8 better.



Minelab Etrac with Pro coil and 6x8 SEF coil and 6" Detech coil and X1 Probe
Garrett AT-Gold 5x8 coil and 8.5x11 coil
Sunray Pro Golds
Deteknix X-Pointer
Raptor 31c digger and Lesche hand digger
Whites Ground Hawg shovel
Relic and Coin hunter over 25 years!!

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Re: Coils x5 / 8x6
Posted by: WV62
Date: December 08, 2018 08:27PM
Thanks, I can take the 5x10 off the list.

Ron,



Worked and lived in the Huntington West Virginia area all my life, retired 2010
US Air Force Vietnam Veteran (68-69 & 70-71)
Started getting into metal detecting around 1975

Re: Coils x5 / 8x6
Posted by: 88junior
Date: December 09, 2018 04:40PM
Ron on manual sensitivity of 27 a barber dime air test at 10-1/2" . That's with the 6x8 SEF.



Minelab Etrac with Pro coil and 6x8 SEF coil and 6" Detech coil and X1 Probe
Garrett AT-Gold 5x8 coil and 8.5x11 coil
Sunray Pro Golds
Deteknix X-Pointer
Raptor 31c digger and Lesche hand digger
Whites Ground Hawg shovel
Relic and Coin hunter over 25 years!!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/09/2018 04:40PM by 88junior.

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Re: Coils x5 / 8x6
Posted by: WV62
Date: December 09, 2018 07:52PM
WOW, thanks 88junior (Morgan) for that air test number, that tells me a lot. That 6x8 is just 1/2" less than the stock 11" coil, which was 11" on a silver dime. Also it is about 2" deeper than the x5, which air tested on a silver dime at 8.5".

Now that is what air testing is good for.

Maybe I can drop a few hints for Christmas, like I really, really need this coil.

Ron in WV



Worked and lived in the Huntington West Virginia area all my life, retired 2010
US Air Force Vietnam Veteran (68-69 & 70-71)
Started getting into metal detecting around 1975

Re: Coils x5 / 8x6
Posted by: 88junior
Date: December 09, 2018 09:29PM
Ron get it I love mine. And they hold their value because they're such a good coil.



Minelab Etrac with Pro coil and 6x8 SEF coil and 6" Detech coil and X1 Probe
Garrett AT-Gold 5x8 coil and 8.5x11 coil
Sunray Pro Golds
Deteknix X-Pointer
Raptor 31c digger and Lesche hand digger
Whites Ground Hawg shovel
Relic and Coin hunter over 25 years!!

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