is the BEST gold detector?" A common question. Here you can learn...
First off, the best metal detector is the one you'll be able to use properly. Although it doesn't take a rocket scientist to operate a metal detector, in order to use one successfully, you should be absolutely sure you are going to buy it from a reputable dealer, who has a showroom to demontrate the products and does no shady deals in parking lots or parks. This is the only way to make sure you get the right machine for you and that you will have personal support whenever you need it.
So let Big Valley Metal Detectors help you to choose the best metal detector to meet your personal needs and budget. Now read on:
Top Dog (yes, this dog will hunt)
new in the summer/fall of 2010, these represent the very top of the
line pulse induction metal detectors. Excellent, lighter battery system,
digital controls and digital audio output, makes it the quietest of
the super detectors. Preceeded by the GP Extreme, GP3000 and GP3500.
Guys using the GPX 5000 continue to find deeper gold nuggets in previously
heavily hunted areas. Replacing the GPX4000 and GPX4500, the Minelab
GPX5000 is currently the 'gold standard' of gold machines...
Top VLF Gold Detectors
Comments: Manual Ground Balance. Garrett Gold Scorpion continues the tradition of the Garrett Ground Hog circuit, so popular in the 1980s. Its 15 kHz circuit is quite sensitive on small match head size nuggets. The Gold Scorpion is a smooth operator and comes with a 6x10" wide scan loop, which is pretty much the industry standard. Manual ground balancing is done with a 10-turn ground balance control with a fixed auto tune. The Gold Scorpion has a full range motion discriminator, as well as a non-motion TR discriminator. The Gold Scorpion has a light-weight feel and can be pole- or hip mounted. No VCO. Its dual discrimination circuits also make it an effective coin and relic detector. See the Garrett Scorpion Gold Stinger here
Comments: This new gold machine from Garrett is great for the traveling prospector. It will hunt on land as well as in water, and is submersible to 10 ft! The new, smaller DD coil and higher frequency give this metal detector a high level of accuracy, and make it a new and exciting machine in the Garrett line-up. See the Garrett AT Gold here
Goldmaster GMT, 48 kHz
Auto tracking ground balance with 3-position mineral switch and single
speed auto tune, hip or pole mount. 6x10 Wide scan search head. Full
range motion discriminator. Tesoro Lobo SuperTraq was the first American
detector made with a ground tracking circuit. Although it has slower
sampling than White's GMT or Eureka Gold, Tesoro's smooth circuit and
3-position mineral switch can tame the ground very effectively to ensure
those deeper nuggets are recovered. The all metal audio response, like
on most VLF gold detectors, has VCO audio for improved target recognition.
Can be used as a coin and relic detector. See
Tesoro Lobo SuperTraq here
Auto tracking ground balance about as fast as the GMT by Whites. Two
speeds of auto tune. Comes standard with 6x10 loop, no factory accessory
loops made due to the complexity of being able to select between three
different frequencies; 6 kHz for deepest/largest gold nuggets, 20 kHz
(the preferred frequency, with impressive sharp response on match head
sized nuggets and larger), and 60 kHz for sub-grain nuggets. Most impressive
is the quietness of the circuit that Minelab is so famous for, which
translates into less noise to better see and hear that small elusive
gold nugget. Although not advertised as having the ability to coin shoot,
you can use it for that, as it has a ferrous or iron discriminator.
Big Valley recommends to hunt at 6.4 kHz with tracking off. You can
also have fun looking for the coveted fine jewelry and chains using
20 or even 60 kHz around the tan bark. Predecessors included the American
Gold Striker (first tracking detector at 32 kHz) and Minelab 18000 GT.
Pulse induction detectors & super prospectors.
Comments: Very similar circuit to the 2200D but has some big advantages. It is water proof to 200 feet or more and is ergonomically much lighter and easily pole or hip mounted. The circuit sounds very close to Minelab's 2200 and it appears that Charles Garrett and the engineering staff likewise took a page or two out of Eric Foster's technology. Several months ago, Mark the Locksmith, a Trans Bay customer, traded in his Detector Pro Head Hunter PI (Eric Foster Circuit) with which he found a man's gold ring holding two 1/4Ct diamonds at over 14" deep. Mark had been doing his homework and asked to borrow an Infinium demo. He decided he liked the high-low conductive tone ID and ordered one. After he received the new Infinium he remarked that this new Infinium seemed to be more stable and, after checking with my national rep, Carl Mathias, it turned out that Garrett has quietly continued to make improvements in the development of the Infinium with very little fanfare. The Infinium has a great selection of factory mono and double D or wide scan loops at its disposal. Three years ago, the other number 1 in the power of 2 took the Infinium to Lake Tahoe and it cut through the heavy volcanic black sand with ease. There were even coins too deep to dig, at over 20". The Infinium is definitely a best buy. See the Garrett Infinium here
Back in the early 1990s Jimmy Sierra received one of the very first
SD 2000s from Bruce Candy, Minelab's chief engineer. The very first
one had been given to Peter Hedyler, a Ex Dutch Marine who was living
and prospecting in Australia and used the Fisher Gold Bug and White's
Goldmaster II. Within a short time, Peter heard a very deep but large
signal in hard pack iron stone and calichi soil. Trash was unlikely.
Peter couldn't put a dent in the hard soil with his pick, so he had
to go back to town to rent a jack hammer. It took him most of the day
to get down more than four feet, where he pulled up a 60 oz. gold nugget.
The SD2000's ability to virtually neutralize any ground reactivity that's
generally noisy and challenging to most VLF Detectors was the key to
Peter hearing that very deep target. It wasn't too long before Bruce
Candy sent one to Jimmy Sierra for evaluation. Eventually, Minelab saw
the performance of the prototypes and insisted that Bruce Candy go ahead
with production. These SD detectors opened up a whole new world of nuggets
whose depth was previously beyond the capacity of any of the other detectors
on the market at that time.
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