metal detectors

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 23:36
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A bit off-topic but I wanted to get an idea how many readers have or used metal detectors on their trips. I have always fancied the idea of doing a bit of prospecting while out on the road but reluctant to spend any serious money in case it becomes another 'toy' sitting in the garage gathering dust. You don’t see too many people doing it but we did meet a couple who carried two detectors and they were serious treasure hunters. Any thoughts or comments?

Cheers
Allan
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Reply By: Allyn (Pilbara) - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 23:47

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 23:47
Have several friends who regularly get out & about here in the Pilbara doing this very thing. No good in the summer months of course but a good hobby with obvious benefits.
On another note I've been waiting to see a post from you as I'd like to know who tinted your windows for you. Can you pass on details please ?so many places, so little time !!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan - Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 23:01

Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 23:01
Allyn, Regarding the tint; the previous owner of my 80 series had the TINT installed by Sun-Pro in WA. The receipt says the side & rear film TINT was "Steel" and the windscreen TINT was "Iroll 70". I'm very pleased with it. No sign of lifting, bubbling or scratching.
I know about the Pilbara heat as I lived in Karratha for 18months and still get up there for work from time to time. Propsecting up there will definately be a winter time hobby but I will probably head towards the gold fields.
ThanksCheers
Allan
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 23:58

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 23:58
I spend most of my childhood camping aorund Sofala, Hillend etc in NSW.. LOVED it. Dad hired one once and did good with it!!!!

Got the urge for a metal detector the other yr, with all the gold places we go in Victoria, so I called MINELAB that advertises in all the 4wd mags.

Basic model that can pick up gold AND or valueables(they are different) are ......
TWO GRAND!!!! I Laughed (Im from another planet where things are cheap, and was expecting $500-1000 for top model.) and she sent me the paperwork and specs on their units.

Local Kennards Hire has one for hire, also some prospecting shops.

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 00:09

Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 00:09
Theres a good one on Ebay

Click Here Pls to see
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Reply By: howesy - Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 17:12

Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 17:12
I didn't want to waste money either and found that Tandy Electronics make their own and I purchased one three years ago. It takes 3 nine volt batteries ( i buy cheapo clints specials at $2 each) is still going great guns and if you read the manual once you get used to it it is a breeze to use and great fun. Check them out I paid about $120 when i got mine. If you like them you can upgrade later.
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 17:15

Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 17:15
And you have found how much gold with this rig??
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Follow Up By: howesy - Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 17:45

Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 17:45
You sarcastic remark touches me LOL
The guy wants to apprehensively start out. This is a cheap way to do it before spending a couple of grand on a you beaut one. And by the way once I got used to it and after finding lots of tin aluminium old fire sites and old dump sites I got it down pat and learned how to discriminate. after which ( I dont go a great deal of fossicking) I have a fairly decent sample jar of not quite an ounce. It's a cheap fun way to start before you decide if your serious or not. Take care
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 17:51

Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 17:51
wasnt meant to be sarcastic...typed in hurry....didnt read intent well enough...apologies all round
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Follow Up By: howesy - Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 18:00

Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 18:00
None taken.
Unfortunately you cant see the big smile on my face.
Take it easy
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Reply By: Alan B - Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 18:50

Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 18:50
ask those that use them all the time
http://groups.msn.com/GoldDetecting/general.msnw
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Reply By: Darren - Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 22:46

Monday, Jun 30, 2003 at 22:46
They can be worth there weight in gold to carry. I live in the goldfeilds WA and I know a lot of people who do it including myself. It can be time comsuming but worth while. Look around for one as they can cost any wear up to $5000 now days.
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Reply By: sean - Tuesday, Jul 01, 2003 at 08:02

Tuesday, Jul 01, 2003 at 08:02
I sometimes carry one and YES there is gold still out there. Go to www.finders.com.au forum and read about the 3000 ounces recently found at WA (but this is unusual) becuase it takes alot of effort combined with a little luck to find gold.

On a recent trip we stopped at Mt Brown Milparinka and I found a nice litte half ounce nugget right at the top of the hill.

Sean
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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Tuesday, Jul 01, 2003 at 12:38

Tuesday, Jul 01, 2003 at 12:38
Also check out www.coiltek.com.auSmile, you're on ExplorOz
Rohan (Sydney - on the QLD side of the Harbour Bridge)
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Reply By: Member - Allan - Thursday, Jul 03, 2003 at 00:19

Thursday, Jul 03, 2003 at 00:19
Thanks everyone for your comments. I have made an executive decision. I will hire a GP extreme for a weekend and If I like it I will buy a new GP3000 even if it is over $5k. My theory is that even if I loose interest I can always sell it later and should only cost me less than $1000. If I spent the money on a real cheapie I will have to work harder to be successful and I might not be able to sell it later. The gold detecting website (mentioned above) is a great site full of information. I see people are still asking a reasonable amount of money for late model detectors (and they don’t seem to be lasting long on the market) so I don’t feel I’m risking too much money. I might just buy a new 4x4 if I strike it lucky – if not I might have to go back to a Datsun 180B.
Thanks allCheers
Allan
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