Jul 21, 2012, 12:38 PM
Good News/Bad News Gold & Silver
Hunted the local beach at low tide Friday afternoon got into some real nice targets a 18kGP over 925 Sterling Earing with chips. Thought it was 18k until I examined closer once I got home. Also got a 2009 10k girls class ring. Thats the good news. The bad news is my excal which is less then 5 months old is heading back to minelab for repairs. A wave came in and all of a sudden it makes a loud constant whining sound. I tried turning it off and on it would fix it then go back to the whining sound. I can have the volume all the way off and threshold barely on and its a consistant loud whining no matter in which mode the excal is in. I tested the batttery and its good. Washed out the coil and cover as well checked the conections. Minelab said 10-15 business days on turn around time. The bad part is this is the second time this machine has gone back and right in the smack dab of the middle of the summer season. Really makes me upset for a new machine to act like this. O well guess I'll be forced out of the surf for a few weeks and I was really getting on a roll lately.
Jul 21, 2012 12:38 PM
Jul 21, 2012, 01:55 PM
Very nice finds, LDH.
Sorry about the problems with your excal...hope you get it repaired soon so you can get out there hunting again.
Jul 21, 2012, 03:28 PM
Plea with the place you bought it or minelab to replace it. I gotta ask, did you ever drop it or ding it hard? Watch out for the cheezy duffel back they give you...it does nothing to protect it, just makes carrying it a bit easier. Sounds like water got in coil, or a wire is snapping. Also, sounds like its a lemon. Any machine can be rebuilt, but I would ask for a new one. Btw...nice finds. HH an GL -Joe
Originally Posted by lonelyduckhunter
Jul 21, 2012, 03:46 PM
Never dropped it. Might have a lemon even thu when working it works like a champ.
Jul 21, 2012, 09:21 PM
I have on older Excal and never had any trouble with it. I decided to upgrade to the Excal II. I hope I did not make a bad decision. I was going to sell my old Excal, but may keep it for a backup.
Jul 22, 2012, 02:45 AM
Nice dig, congratulation
One third jewelry of the World are under sand so far
Jul 22, 2012, 10:21 AM
My advice is to keep it. A good backup is worth its weight in gold. I learned that lesson. I'm actually looking for a backup now. I have the AT Pro but it is not even in the same ballpark in the surf with minerialized sands compared to the excal.
Originally Posted by sandnsea49
Jul 22, 2012, 11:07 AM
I never had problems with my Excals since I put them on a long shaft. I had many problems when hip mounting.
Jul 24, 2012, 09:42 AM
Great finds...Ive had several gold earrings turn out to be plated .925...hope you get your detector back quick.