Do you use a detector? Tell us about it!

I started buying a metal detector to have something to do during the part of the year when it’s too cold to be in the water and now it’s my favourite way to prospect.

I’ve ended up accumulating three:

  • A Garrett AT Gold which I use mostly for coin shooting
  • A Minelab GPX 4500 that I use for general purpose nugget-hunting
  • A Minelab SDC 2300 that I use in shallow deposits or when looking for small gold.

I love the 2300 because it’s just so easy to use, turn on and go. I dislike the fact that the speaker is next to useless when it’s loud outside, such as when working creeks, but with headphones it’s dynamite, and so portable.


Hard to beat the 2300 for ease of use, however it can get quite heavy by the end of a day. I am intrigued by the new Gold Extreme coils available for it now.
ANY:ONE at all has purchased or tried or had demonstrated one with these coils?
Really love to hear how it went.
Coiltek Gold in Maryborough, Vic have one there as a demo to try out. Anyone giong that-a-way?
Here’s a link to the web page. Modification of the detector is easy and reversible.

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Love detecting coins and relics . Have always had an interest in history and with a detector you dig up history . Had 9 detectors at one stage but have moved 2 on with some more to go . I reckon my wife would like to see the lot go ! She reckons i am filling the house with scrap , but one persons scrap is anothers treasure , and now my 10 yo is really keen so she’s on a losing streak .


My wife & I have 3 detectors, she has a Fisher F4 and a Minelab Etrac for relic hunting and I have a Minelab 2300 for the gold.
The Etrac is great for blanking out ferrous junk and has many settings that we are only barely aware of. The Fisher is a good entry level machine which we’ve found many coins with.
The SDC is compact, waterproof and simple to use which is great for hiking into the West coast scrub!
A lack of volume control, limited external speaker and coil options are bug bears as is limited depth (4-6", 100-150mm realistically).
But it’s strengths well outweigh it’s flaws and I rate it highly.

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I’ve got an AT Gold and an old Minelab X-Terra that I no longer use. The AT Gold is pretty much waterproof and has excellent headphones.
I’ve noticed SDC’s are used in commercial gold operations in WA and Victoria.
I came across a story about a find on the West Coast of WA.

It’s a 600 year old bronze Buddha that created quite a stir when it was found. My theory it’s probably from early pearlers. It was buried for at least 100 years.

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My wife and I have 4 detectors, a GPZ7000 and GPX5000 witch we use in WA each year.
These machine have proved very productive for us over their handling the mineralised ground very well.
We also have an SDC2300 and a Gold Monster 1000 witch we mostly use here in Tassie. The SDC is compact robust and water proof making it excellent around the creeks. But I’ve found the Gold Monster also has its place here in the bush, it’s extremely light the coil is waterproof and it will find very small gold. Great on the bed rock in creeks. I fact it will find gold that the SDC will not detect!


I’ve had an equinox 800 for the last year or so and can’t fault it for coin and relic detecting but it’s a noisy thing in gold mode and I wouldn’t recommend it for gold detecting except in really junky areas where gram plus gold is a possibility. I’ve got an old QED PI machine that also drives me nuts. Very bump sensitive and hard to ground balance in wet or mineralized soil. However both machines have picked up plenty of shotgun pellets so maybe I’m just swinging them in the wrong spots. Don’t think I have the patience for gold detecting so I mostly chase coins and relics.

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I have been detecting a good few years now with the AT Pro now awaiting the XP ORX, it’s in the mail. I detect now with hubby Ed, he is my digger❤️ as I have had a recent TKR. Looking forward to finding some gold with this new tector and possibly meeting up at trip.


Hey Dave , i see Howard has released the latest version of the QED , Are you going to send it back and get it updated ? Latest version will also run concentric coils which opens up a far greater coil choice .

Mine’s an early model so it requires hardware as well to upgrade it. Think I’ll just wait until they come out with a tracking ground balance feature before I spend money on it. I don’t spend much time looking for gold anyway.

Apparently Howard is working on ground tracking at the moment . The latest units look pretty shmick compared to the early ones . It will be worth sending it in for a total upgrade eventually .