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Thread: 15 Inch Coils On Excal II Your Thoughts

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    15 Inch Coils On Excal II Your Thoughts

    I am thinking of modifying one of my Excals with an inline quick disconnect to allow me to use the stock coil and a 15 inch coil, Nel, Coiltek or other coil. I was wondering if any of you are using a 15 inch coil on the Excal and is so what are you using or what would you recommend? I do water, wet and dry sand detecting but spend a lot of time in the water. Thanks for your input.
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    I have the stock 8", 10", the 15" WOT (newer design), and the 15" NEL Attack. I use them in the water, wet, and dry myself. Of the 15" ones, I like the Attack coil the best. Even though they are both called 15", the NEL is slightly bigger than the WOT. I also think the NEL pinpoints better, goes slightly deeper, and is a little more stable in the surf. It's less expensive too! Keep in mind that they're a lot harder to swing in the water than the smaller coils. They're great for covering huge areas of sand though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    I have the stock 8", 10", the 15" WOT (newer design), and the 15" NEL Attack. I use them in the water, wet, and dry myself. Of the 15" ones, I like the Attack coil the best. Even though they are both called 15", the NEL is slightly bigger than the WOT. I also think the NEL pinpoints better, goes slightly deeper, and is a little more stable in the surf. It's less expensive too! Keep in mind that they're a lot harder to swing in the water than the smaller coils. They're great for covering huge areas of sand though.
    You nailed it!

    The only downside that I have had with the attack coil is that it is more sensitive to interference from another detector, especially a CTX. A pinpoint button is nice too as it can be hard to get the coil's sweet spot reproducibly over the target in discriminate if there is fast current or surge..
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    i only use discrimination for about a second, just to I.D. iron. Then I click the button back to all metal. It pin points and is more stable in that mode.
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    I also have a 6 pin open up connector and a NEL 15 x 12 ddouble D coil. I have an original blue sword with a green handle Excal. Gary Storms model. That came with a 8”coil. It (the 15 x 12) works fine but is more of a drag in water, and being larger is harder to pinpoint but not bad. I think the 10” is a good one. Some guys love the 12” .

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    Big coils wipe me out. IN the water..... by time you adjust them you may gain some depth, but the workout to me aint worth it. If you have a lot of long shore dift...... its just plain work. It comes down to personal preference...... and physical ability IMO. I guess we will see how much people like digging when the large coil for the Nox comes out too.
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    I have been using 15 inch coils for probably 10 years and love them, I own 4 excals, one has 15" wot, one has 12X15 SEF, one has Nel 13" and one has 10 inch stock coil, all 4 have the PP mod and are on straight shafts.

    I learned quickly when using the large coils in the water to work with the current not against it. As waves or swells roll ashore I am sweeping towards shore, as they recede back to sea I am sweeping towards the ocean. I work about a 10 foot wide path as I work parallel to shore. I also always use a bungee harness which takes the weight off my arm, I use harness with all my detectors, even the Equinox. The harness gives me the ability to let go of detector in 4 feet of water and use both hands on my scoop, the detector stays right by my side, coil down controls up. as I scoop.

    Now then again, I am only 70 so maybe when I get old it will become a problem...
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