Yep, I did it again. Was changing back from Minelab stock to carbon fiber one, and the ear broke. It was still attached, and I attempted super glue fix. Held for 2 hours of hunting today.
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Both of my coil ears broke at the same time last year. I was using one of those coil ear stiffeners at the time. Obviously didn't work. Would never use one again.Does Minelab know this is a continuous problem. I'm hearing this to often. Haven't used my new machine yet. I have the coil supports but also read that even that doesn't protect it that much.
I had one replaced already, but I do not want to wait the month it will take to get it back from the 'States. I left my 600 at my house in Florida.Both of my coil ears broke at the same time last year. I was using one of those coil ear stiffeners at the time. Obviously didn't work. Would never use one again.
Called Minelab and they replaced the coil under warranty. I asked the repair guy why all these coil ears were breaking and if Minelab was aware of the problem. He said they believe the breakage is due to over tightening of the coil bolt which causes stress on the ears. And, yes, Minelab is well aware of the coil ear breakage problem.
To Silvercoinboy, you should get a replacement coil from Minelab under warranty instead of fixing your coil. If that fails, you might try the super glue fix, but rub some baking soda in with the super glue to make a very hard reinforcement around the ears. Good luck.
I fYep, I did it again. Was changing back from Minelab stock to carbon fiber one, and the ear broke. It was still attached, and I attempted super glue fix. Held for 2 hours of hunting today.
I have had the same issue on 3 of my equinox coils already. The coil ears are to thin. I have a number of other detectors and never had a problem. Very frustrating.Of course blame the customer. Not themselves for not making it stronger, at a known high stress point. Look closely at some other detector brands costing a fraction of a Minelab, and you never see this problem. Nokta Simplex is but one brand that comes to mind. I am talking strictly about detector housing, and coil build quality. Think about that. When your warranty is up, this will become very costly to anyone who owns one.
Minelab should be embarrassed and ashamed for putting out such a good performing metal detector in an piece of junk cheaply made plastic coil and detector control. Nokta Makro builds a machine that retails for under $300, with solid sensible design, very high build quality, and loaded with great features, and can even withstand abuse like this.I did eventually by a coil fix it kit with zip ties and its been holding up so far on the stock coil, but looks real tacky. I also have the 15 inch which I have been using at the beach and am afraid of the ears snapping on that coil. For that very reason have been considering buying the Simplex, or using one of my other beach machines. My warranty has expired on my Nox and at 250.00 a coil its to damn much.