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Thanks TrpnBils for the lower rod inspiration.
Posted by: Dan(NM)
Date: April 04, 2016 06:46PM
I finished mine this morning and it works great, very little flexing and it collapses nicely.




Re: Thanks TrpnBils for the lower rod inspiration.
Posted by: sube
Date: April 04, 2016 06:50PM
What size pvc pipe did you end up using. sube

Re: Thanks TrpnBils for the lower rod inspiration.
Posted by: Dan(NM)
Date: April 04, 2016 07:19PM
I used 3/4" sch 40 pvc with 3/4 square stock rounded on a bench grinder. I used a reciprocating saw to do the angle cut and 2 wraps of black electrical tape on the upped end

Re: Thanks TrpnBils for the lower rod inspiration.
Posted by: sube
Date: April 04, 2016 07:30PM
Sounds easy enough will have a go at it . thanks sube

Re: Thanks TrpnBils for the lower rod inspiration.
Posted by: sprchng
Date: April 04, 2016 08:37PM
2x on the kudos,,,,very quick. I can finish mine up tomorrow.
Some one's going to be very unhappy with TrpnBils but it won't be me:thumbup:
Made in America , too!

Re: Thanks TrpnBils for the lower rod inspiration.
Posted by: Dan(NM)
Date: April 04, 2016 08:57PM
I had everything on hand, it took about an hour to complete. I love free!!!

Re: Thanks TrpnBils for the lower rod inspiration.
Posted by: david.di
Date: April 05, 2016 03:43AM
Looks good.

Simple design and you made as cheap as they come.....free :thumbup:

Re: Thanks TrpnBils for the lower rod inspiration.
Posted by: sprchng
Date: April 05, 2016 04:34PM
And it's only about 6 ounces heavier than the factory one.:smile::thumbdown::look:

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Re: Thanks TrpnBils for the lower rod inspiration.
Posted by: GKMan
Date: April 05, 2016 05:42PM
Great ingenuity! I think the companies that are marketing the aftermarket rods aren't going to appreciate it though...



Gary
Dutchess County New York
I love The Game of Tones....
Present: Equinox 800.
Past: CTX-3030 Minelab E-Trac, Explorer II, Sovereign
Detecting Since 1984 Using Minelab since mid 90s

Re: Thanks TrpnBils for the lower rod inspiration.
Posted by: ML
Date: April 05, 2016 06:15PM
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GKMan
Great ingenuity! I think the companies that are marketing the aftermarket rods aren't going to appreciate it though...

You are so right, plus it sure beats paying for a Minelab lower rod that costs "only" $175, (ouch). Think I'll make one of these myself.

Re: Thanks TrpnBils for the lower rod inspiration.
Posted by: TrpnBils
Date: April 28, 2016 04:31PM
Nice! Glad to see some others having success with it too!

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Re: Thanks TrpnBils for the lower rod inspiration.
Posted by: AngerManagement
Date: April 29, 2016 07:09AM
I have made up 2 Carbon Fiber extensions for my self..

AND doing another 2 for another, who also wants them a tad longer.

Even the longer ones are are almost the same weight, if not lighter...

I also have the coil access slot at the front or side as it reduces the stress on the coil cable.

Parts were less than $70. Wrapped Carbon Fiber tube at 500mm and only a little bit of left over...

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Re: Thanks TrpnBils for the lower rod inspiration.
Posted by: amberjack
Date: April 29, 2016 09:19AM
how did you attach the coil ? and where does the carbon fibre tube come from?

thanks !!

AJ

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Re: Thanks TrpnBils for the lower rod inspiration.
Posted by: AngerManagement
Date: April 29, 2016 09:45AM
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amberjack
how did you attach the coil ? and where does the carbon fibre tube come from?

thanks !!

AJ

The end piece to attach the coil is the easy bit :-)

A: Moulded from other fittings - Heat gun and work the material = bit rough. B: Machined up an insert to be fitted into the end = much neater and a better fit

The C/Fiber tube is available from many places.... BUT none of it is the correct size.

I have to machine and polish 0.2mm from the OD.... Other wise the standard tube OD is too big and binds, if you try to slide it in.

Here is a pic of my First lot... The latest are much more polished/finished as this lot was a proof of concept.

# PROS # Significant savings / no position lock, so can have the coil off set to the screen = Better glare management / up to 75mm longer if needed / Light / Better Cable management at the coil.

# CONS # Machining 0.2mm from a carbon wrap tube can be dirty / Lathe work with one hand is not good risk management.




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Re: Thanks TrpnBils for the lower rod inspiration.
Posted by: amberjack
Date: April 29, 2016 11:37AM
so what's the right OD of the minelab shaft ?? 27mm to big? 26mm to small ??

I don't have a lathe so that's out I do have plenty of wet and dry :bouncy:

yeah I just like fiddling and want my coil cable to not have such a bend in it when I set it down and well having a fiddle is fun :nopity:

what about a gpx end piece ? can buy those do they fit?

I do have a heat gun, wet and dry, time and a dremel what I need is to not spend wasted money on stuff that doesn't work :wiggle:

thanks for the pic's and info much appreciated.

AJ

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