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  1. #1

    Apr 2019
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    Need help regards buying a gold detector

    Hello everyone,

    I am pretty new on the forum, I have 0 clue about gold detectors.
    I was looking at the following detector on eBay, however I am not sure if it's any good. However I did contacted the seller and it said that they are shipping it from China.

    Link
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/2018V-AKS-P...8AAOSwiUpa4ELQ

    (or maybe if the forum doesn't allow links here's the name)

    "2018V AKS PLUG Finder metal detector professional gold detector scanner depth 20"

    The specifications of the detector are the following:

    Search System: super microcomputer control and reflective conductive processor
    Range: Gold, Silver, Copper,Diamond
    Search: 1000 meters
    Depth: 20 meters
    Energy: 12V 2000mAh
    Power:0.5W
    Transmission frequency :5600.00 - 6000.00Hz
    Signal frequency :360.00 - 440.00Hz
    Detection Type: gold, silver, copper, precious stones,etc.

    My goal is the following:

    I need a detector that will potentially look for a *bit deeper (in depth) for gold, we've already dug a huge hole of around 10meters. We did found 1 bar of gold, however I do think that there's more so I need something that potentially could look for like 1+ meter in the ground and it's not one of those detectors that look for coins or jewelry on 10cm in the ground.

    I would like to advise me if the detector that I've mentioned above any good?

  2. #2
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    Save your money and buy a good gold metal detector.
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  3. #3
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    That radar gun looking thing is laughable
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  4. #4

    Mar 2007
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    10 meters ?? That's well over 30 ft. Deep !! What on Earth would you expect that deep? Why would anybody go to the trouble of burying something that deep ? An item is equally hidden as long as the surface is covered up. So what leads you to believe something is necessarily this deep?
    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

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    Avoid that thing like the plague. Theres plenty of good gold machines made by reputable companies, Minelab, Garrett, Whites, Fisher, ETC.........

  6. #6

    Apr 2019
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    Thanks for the helpful answers.

    I did some researching last night and right now I feel like a complete idiot.

    After seeing the prices on detectors that are actually looking for a couple of cm underneath and at something like this it's too good to be true.

    Can someone recommend me a good detector that can actually look maybe like >1 meter?

  7. #7
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    Apr 2017
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    I was at the exact same point some 3 years ago. I recommend to go to youtube and watch videos "metal detecting nuggets". You will find lots of videos. Stick with the newest ones and look what brand/model people used. If you are in an area with big nuggets deep you will need another machine than looking for smaller, shallow gold. The basic difference in machines is the technology behind the machine. VLF or PI. If the ground you want to use the machine is highly mineralized (throw a super magnet on the bottom and if a bunch of material sticks to it the ground is highly mineralized) you will be better of using a PI which is not the cheapest way to go but looking at some "cheap machines" will be VERY frustrating at the very end and will be wasted money and time. I experienced being in north California in 2017 that the ground was really hot. To battle that kind of ground I got me a Minelab SDC2300 and for all purpose detecting (small gold in milder ground, relics and coins) I got me a Minelab Equinox 800. Once I win the lottery I will add a GPX5000 for the bigger, deeper gold or a GPZ7000 (if you can afford this one go and get it). I would ask a knowledgeable dealer for his opinion. Tell him where you want to hunt and you will get a good idea which machine to purchase. The people I know and I know they will be a very good address to ask are Gerry's detectors or Rob's detectors. There are many good MD dealers out there but those two I know that they have found lots of gold themself and are both very fine people. I hope this helps.
    Last edited by Horst; Apr 03, 2019 at 05:33 AM.
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  8. #8

    Mar 2007
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazymoon View Post
    Thanks for the helpful answers.

    I did some researching last night and right now I feel like a complete idiot.

    After seeing the prices on detectors that are actually looking for a couple of cm underneath and at something like this it's too good to be true.

    Can someone recommend me a good detector that can actually look maybe like >1 meter?
    Forget the question of "which detectors can detect to insane depths?".

    What about my question in post # 4 ?
    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

  9. #9
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    There is an insane amount of information out there on which detector is best for nugget shooting, and everyone seems to have an opinion. Some of those people are really good, some I question. My advice would be look around your area, the area you want to detect, then find others who are successful nugget shooters in that area and find out what they use. Don't be afraid to talk to them, I've found people to be very nice when I asked why they picked the model they did and most are very straight forward about what they like and don't like about their detectors. My final piece of advice, don't get hung up on having the deepest detecting detector out there, sometimes other factors need to be and should be taken into consideration over "how deep it'll detect".

  10. #10

    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
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    Is anyone else seeing the trend ? Someone comes on, makes perhaps 2 to 4 -ish posts. They need a detector that goes 6 meters (or 10 meters, etc...) deep. That's 20-ish to 30-ish ft ! Some of them are convinced they "know" where a treasure is . So it's merely a matter of pinpointing the exact spot. And other questions like over-coming govt. obstacles, where to sell 10 tons of gold , blah blah .

    And then .... presto .... they disappear. And invariably these are from countries like the Philippines and Mexico. If you try to skirt their technical questions, and get-at-the-root of what their suspicions of treasure is based on, it's invariably ghost-story legends. Yet they're 100% convinced that a treasure exists, and they know where . D/t they bought a map on a street corner, or heard the story at a camp-fire, etc...... And ... sure enough, they're always at insane depths.

    Anyone else noticed this trend ?
    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

  11. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View Post
    Is anyone else seeing the trend ? Someone comes on, makes perhaps 2 to 4 -ish posts. They need a detector that goes 6 meters (or 10 meters, etc...) deep. That's 20-ish to 30-ish ft ! Some of them are convinced they "know" where a treasure is . So it's merely a matter of pinpointing the exact spot. And other questions like over-coming govt. obstacles, where to sell 10 tons of gold , blah blah .

    And then .... presto .... they disappear. And invariably these are from countries like the Philippines and Mexico. If you try to skirt their technical questions, and get-at-the-root of what their suspicions of treasure is based on, it's invariably ghost-story legends. Yet they're 100% convinced that a treasure exists, and they know where . D/t they bought a map on a street corner, or heard the story at a camp-fire, etc...... And ... sure enough, they're always at insane depths.

    Anyone else noticed this trend ?
    Yea, at least it gives them something to dream about. I remember decades ago getting gold fever and spending all day sluicing and panning for one little flake, Kinda the same today, Detecting all day for one wheatie.
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