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  1. #31

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    Replying to this thread so i can find this later, when I'm ready to get the shaft
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  2. #32
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    Jan 2011
    Norman, OK
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    Bill,

    Yep, that would probably do it, but like you said, not as practical as just making an adapter.

    The adapter really wouldn't be that hard to design. I could do it pretty easily. Four screws -- the same screw that the EQX handle uses but roughly 1/4" longer, and then an adapter designed to be about 1/4" in thickness/height, would do the trick. That would keep the nipple from penetrating into the shaft, and so -- problem solved. Again, it's just a cost issue.

    If there were enough people expressing interest in this, it could be done. Right now, my "standard" shaft will collapse down to roughly 39" (when measured from butt-end to bottom of the lower rod). Obviously, folding the coil "flat," parallel to the rod, would also add just shy of half the diameter of the coil to that length; in the case of the 11" coil installed, and folded flat, the total length of my shaft, collapsed, is about 44".

    You could reduce this by 6" to 10" (depending upon individual customer specifications), with a "fully collapsible" shaft, through elimination of the "nipple issue" -- either via the adapter being discussed, or by filing it down, as I mentioned earlier. And if that 6" to 10" of reduction in collapsed length is important to enough people, I'll do some sketching/designing of an adapter...

    Steve
    Last edited by sgoss66; Dec 24, 2018 at 12:01 PM.
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  3. #33
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    Jan 2011
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    Shakakka --

    Thanks for your interest!

    Send me a PM, if you are interested, and I can get you some "contact information" for me, so that it's easier for you to reach me if/when you need to...

    Thanks!

    Steve

  4. #34
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    Jan 2011
    Norman, OK
    Minelab CTX 3030, Minelab Equinox 800
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    Hey, all!

    Just a quick update. Things are proceeding "nearly" on schedule; I expect shafts to begin shipping within the next 14 days. Some production progress has already occurred, with the rest of the shaft-building process to occur once the remainder of the parts arrive next week.

    If you have mentioned interest in the past, please expect contact from me soon, so I can provide detailed information, and "shore up" my wait list. If you haven't contacted me in the past, and are interested, please let me know and I can put you on my "need to contact" list.

    I am REALLY pleased with how the project has turned out! I think folks are going to really like these shafts!

    THANKS!

    Steve

  5. #35
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    Apr 2013
    Marin County, CA
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    Good to hear! Iíll be ordering a complete shaft plus two additional lowers and the counterweight. When are you accepting payments?
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  6. #36
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    Jan 2011
    Norman, OK
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    tomtom --

    Thanks for your reply, and your interest! I try to make it a rule that I don't accept payments until I have the items ready to ship to you; I don't like folks to part with their money any earlier than necessary!

    However, I have your interest noted, and you'll be hearing from me soon.

    THANKS!

    Steve

  7. #37
    us
    Apr 2013
    Marin County, CA
    Minelab Equinox and an old Whites 6000di.
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    18 times
    Metal Detecting
    Sounds good! Looking forward to it!
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  8. #38

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    Does the shaft come with a new metal arm cuff or is that an extra?
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  9. #39
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    Jan 2011
    Norman, OK
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    Rasco, the arm cuff is an extra/optional accessory. Jeff Herke has provided a limited number of arm cuffs for my shafts, and they come directly from him. With my "standard" shaft, the "default" is to use the Minelab cuff; my shaft is designed to accept the Minelab cuff.

    Thanks for your interest!

    Steve

  10. #40

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgoss66 View Post
    Rasco, the arm cuff is an extra/optional accessory. Jeff Herke has provided a limited number of arm cuffs for my shafts, and they come directly from him. With my "standard" shaft, the "default" is to use the Minelab cuff; my shaft is designed to accept the Minelab cuff.

    Thanks for your interest!

    Steve
    I figured you could still use the stock cuff but for those of us who water hunt or use the bigger coil, will break the stock one sooner then later. How much is your whole setup? Thanks
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  11. #41
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    Jan 2011
    Norman, OK
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    Rasco --

    I have a whole letter I've written up for prospective customers, detailing all the costs, for the various different options, etc. Not being evasive, it's just that there are a number of options/configurations, and each with a different price, so it's not easy to give a simple answer. May I send that letter to you? I'll send you a PM, and will give you my email address. If you would like a copy of the letter, just send an email to my address and say "send me the letter," or whatever, I'll gladly send it to you.

    The bad news -- I keep getting delayed on the parts shipments. What should have arrived no later than early this week, is now delayed until early this upcoming week; also, I MAY already be "sold out" of the Herke cuffs, though -- or maybe I should say "they may all be accounted for." I've contacted Jeff, to let him know, and he's in the process of pondering a continuation of the production of the cuffs, given the strong response thus far.

    The good news is -- it won't be long, and I'll be shipping them out to customers! I kind of feel like I'm pulling a "Minelab" on everyone, with the delays, but I PROMISE it's not my fault! (Though that's probably what Minelab would have said, also!) I am in the process of searching for a different supplier -- one who is more reliable with respect to timing; it's a slow, tedious, difficult process, getting all the kinks in the supply chain ironed out. Thanks everyone for your patience!

    PM forthcoming, Rasco…

    Thanks for your interest!

    Steve
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  12. #42
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    Jan 2019
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    Beautiful work here. It's nice to see options out there like this. The cam lock is a very nice thing, and so much better than the twist lock stock unit. And that carbon fiber look all the way is awesome. It's also a refreshing change to see you are wanting to be sure everything is "good" before you start shipping out these items. Better to take time and it be right than have a bunch of mad customers.
    Keep up the good work!
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  13. #43
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    Jan 2011
    Norman, OK
    Minelab CTX 3030, Minelab Equinox 800
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    RobNC --

    Thank you VERY much for the encouraging, kind words, and for your interest!

    I really wanted to address what I perceive (partially through EQX customer feedback) to be the "shortcomings" of the EQX stock shaft. Namely, instability or "wobble," the inferior (in my opinion) twist locks (requiring inclusion of the less-than-favorable spring button and button hole design), the nose-heaviness/ergonomics issues, AND -- I think carbon-fiber gives the machine a higher-end, more "polished" aesthetic appearance. Each of these things mentioned, are what I focused on trying to address, in designing the shaft. Now that we have reached "production stage," I feel confident that I have successfully addressed each of these issues, and thus achieved my initial goals. But...that of course is not for me to decide, but instead will be determined in the "court of public opinion!" So far -- based on comments like yours -- so good!

    Thanks for your post!

    Steve

 

 
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