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  1. #1
    us
    Mar 2009
    3

    Gold Century imported detectors?

    Hi from a new member looking to get back into MDing.

    The last detector I had was a White’s 6000D years ago. Fine machine.

    I’m looking to get back in on the cheap, and wonder what you all think of several of the Gold Century imported detectors.

    There are mostly good comments on here about the MD1023 “Time Saver” ($59), but I also wonder about the newer MD1025 “Time Saver II” ($89) and MD1026 “Pro Color” ($79).


    It looks like these are made by Shanghai 21st Century Electronic equipment Co. Ltd:
    http://www.chinadetector.com.cn/cn/p...asp?type_id=36
    http://gcm.manufacturer.globalsource...149681/ALL.htm


    The US importer seems to be Ace Distributors, Inc:
    http://www.ace-distributors.net/GoldCentury.html


    Manuals are here. http://www.ace-distributors.net/manuals.htm


    Ace has two retail outlets:
    Gold Century Metal Detectors
    http://www.gold-century.com/products.asp?cat=1845
    LG Outdoors
    http://www.lg-outdoors.com/products.asp?cat=1845

    Do any of you have personal experience with any of them?

    John Galt

  2. #2
    us
    Oct 2007
    southeast tn
    fisher 1220x,gc-1023,tesoro tejon , fisher f-2, compass yukon 77b, tesoro bandito 11 umax
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    Re: Gold Century imported detectors?

    i have the gc1023, from lg outdoors, i also bought one from amazon, same thing only cheaper than lg.
    i know couple people here on t/net that use them, it is agood little machine, it will air test a quarter at 7 or so inches. my partner dug a mini ball at about 8 inches, i know because i dug it up for her, it was screaming over that target, i was using my fisher 1220 (old model) and it was screaming too. i like the little detector, it will surprise you
    if there was something to be down here, it got misplaced, hope its metal, a nice coin perhaps, now where's my detector

    harold passed away 3/7/11 this is his companion Nancy i would like to keep in touch with you guys but i have no numbers feel free to call 423-618-1782 thank

  3. #3

    Mar 2005
    Madisonville, TN
    Whites XLT, MXT,..Tesoro Vaquero, Silver UMax, Compadre, Tejon,..BH LandRanger..Pioneer 505.. GC1023..Teknetics Delta 4000, Gamma 6000, Eurotek Pro..Fisher F2, F4, F5, F70
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    Re: Gold Century imported detectors?

    I like my gc1023....and yes, it will surprise you!
    Refusing to think "outside the box" is an indication of square thinking.

  4. #4
    us
    Mar 2009
    3

    Re: Gold Century imported detectors?

    Thanks for the replies.

    I ordered the GC1026, and will report on it after it arrives.

    John Galt

  5. #5

    Mar 2005
    Madisonville, TN
    Whites XLT, MXT,..Tesoro Vaquero, Silver UMax, Compadre, Tejon,..BH LandRanger..Pioneer 505.. GC1023..Teknetics Delta 4000, Gamma 6000, Eurotek Pro..Fisher F2, F4, F5, F70
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    Re: Gold Century imported detectors?

    Quote Originally Posted by jackinthebox
    I have owned several Chinese metal detectors including 2 Gold Century machines
    One would turn itself on and off at random and the other had a faulty crystal; I replaced the crystal with a substitute and got rid of both these machines and my other Chinese detectors.
    The quality control is woeful on these Chinese machines and the cct design is 20 years behind the times. so much so as to make these detectors not worth importing. All they will achieve is to give metal detecting a bad name as far as reliability, dependability and ability is concerned. There are plenty of top name brand detectors in the price range of 150 to 600 dollars that are vastly superior to any cheap Chinese imports. So give these imports the flick and support your local manufacturers and your country.
    Refusing to think "outside the box" is an indication of square thinking.

  6. #6

    Mar 2005
    Madisonville, TN
    Whites XLT, MXT,..Tesoro Vaquero, Silver UMax, Compadre, Tejon,..BH LandRanger..Pioneer 505.. GC1023..Teknetics Delta 4000, Gamma 6000, Eurotek Pro..Fisher F2, F4, F5, F70
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    Re: Gold Century imported detectors?

    To each their own. I personally don't need an LCD screen to find good targets...I go by sound. When hunting trashy areas, target separation and fast recovery are key....and the GC1023 has got both. Yes, other detectors are good too...but as I said above, to each their own.

    I don't have a minelab detector...I've tried them, didn't care for them, and will never own one. BUT...I will NEVER, EVER, bash someone because they use them. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, likes, and dislikes, and I respect that to the utmost.

    As I stated before, I have several detectors...The GC1023, Fishers, Tesoros, Whites, Bounty Hunters, and Teknetics, so I have several to compare the "cheap little chinese unit" to. No, the build quality isn't comparable with the top brands, but I don't buy a machine to throw around like a football. I buy a machine because of its performance. And after talking with several people here on TN that I highly respect due to their experience, I ordered the 1023...and I don't regret it one bit. That little machine kicks butt!

    This post is not intended in any way to put down anyones opinion...I'm just stating mine based on my experience with the little "cheapie"...and, of course, everyones experiences will differ.

    Refusing to think "outside the box" is an indication of square thinking.

  7. #7
    us
    Mar 2009
    3

    Re: Gold Century imported detectors?

    My MD1026 arrived today, and here’s what it looks like so far:

    Build quality is good but not outstanding.

    The entire lower section of the shaft that connects to the coil is made of some type of non-metallic fiber, and seems strong enough.

    Although this thing is called “Pro Color”, the only thing color about it is the static icons on the LCD faceplate.

    Air tests for a clad Quarter are about 12-14” in all metal mode, and 10-12” in discriminate mode with sensitivity maxed out.

    Ground balance is manually adjustable, works well and has good range.

    3 modes: All Metal - Discriminate - Notch.

    It does a good job discriminating, with 3 tones and 6 LCD icons for type of target.

    Notch mode allows multiple simultaneous notches.

    No memory; it forgets all settings when powered off and back on. Since the only available settings are sensitivity, discriminate level and notches, that’s not a problem.

    After a little practice, the menus are easy enough to navigate.

    Recovery time is quick.

    1 year warranty.

    Works just fine with NiMH Batteries.

    Weighs about 2 lb 10 oz with 8 AA batteries installed.

    A 12" Search Coil usable with the GC1023, GC1025, and GC1026 detectors is being made, but I can't find anyone actually selling it:
    http://gcm.manufacturer.globalsource...earch-Coil.htm


    I’ll post more after trying it out for a while.

    John Galt

  8. #8

    Nov 2006
    Virginia
    Tried almost everything made since the late 60's
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    Re: Gold Century imported detectors?

    The 1023 is a good little machine and a steal for the money. It's good for someone who doesn't want to spend an arm and a leg on this hobby and still get a good performing detector. Of course there are no cheap Minelab's. You don't get a machine of that quality for pennies. But the new Xterra 305 at $400 US is the best deal of a quality detector out there. By far.

  9. #9
    us
    Jul 2003
    Elgin
    Fishers 1235X-8" CZ-20/21-8" F-70-11"DD GC1023
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    Re: Gold Century imported detectors?

    Got mine!
    GC1023, Thursday UPS (Oh what brown did to me)
    Been busy, but got to take it to my gold mines (totlots) Saturday and today. This is where I normally use my 1235X. It did perform well, getting coins to 6 inches and as others have pointed out, it hits everything in range in rapid succession. Very fast sweep speed.

    Looks almost childish, well, childish indeed. But it performs well in those environments, once you adjust sense and disc according to site needs. Haven't cleaned out the playgrounds this year yet so these two days brought in almost enough to pay for the thing.

    No, would not advise looking for deep oldies with it in hard ground unless you do not have any alternate machine and you have patience.

    Disc mode seems to be on/off, no crackle or iffy signals. Turn the knob so far, nickels disappear, forever, they do not pop or crackle or sound iffy, they are gone. The slightest increment backward from that point and they are on again. Very tight for an analog control.

    All metal mode, hopeless in trashy areas as it turns your audio into a rapid-fire beep gun.

    Tone mode, again that tight analog control knob comes through, but it just sounds like a two-tone rapid-fire beep gun.

    Pinpoint mode, not a deal breaker but not the best as the VCO tone shift is subtle over the target and constant otherwise.

    Big selling point for me, it's quiet without the headphones. The speaker volume is unusually quiet and that makes it a nice attribute when I hit the totlots in the parks next to the buildings where the bad guys live. I do not use headphones there with my 1235X but it's loud and I have to use a muffler on the speaker to let the sleeping dogs lie.

    The other big selling point is it's small, TINY and easily transportable by bike or on foot and assembles quickly.

    I may find regular usage for it myself, but the biggest thrill was letting this grandpa with three grandkids use it at a schoolyard yesterday and watching them go hog wild with it while I walked away to do some deeper hunting with my CZ. When I got back the big question was, "Where do we get one?"

    That led to the answer of time, patience and other machine options as well as mfrs. and I'd pretty well bet I'll be seeing those kids with new MD's this year for sure.

    Yep, great beginner machine for the money, but keep in mind that you should always try to use a machine to it's advantage, not to your desire. Don't take a knife to a gunfight, don't take a low-end machine into the brush looking for the deep shinies.

    I should also point out that my kitchen funding committee would not approve the funds for a new high-end detector but I did want something new to play with.

  10. #10

    Aug 2006
    WHAT KIND OF TREASURE ARE WE HUNTING TODAY ?
    MINELAB E TRAC, EXCAL2,QUATTRO,WHITE 6000 DI PRO SL,EAGLE SPECTRUM,SILVER UMAX ,BANDIDO UMAX VARIOUS VINTAGE
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    Re: Gold Century imported detectors?

    why wouldja ? with the 3 basic enrty level machines. ace 150, fisher 1210 or the tesoro compadre coming in at 120 to 150 new. can be had used on ebay for about half that. if u just gotta go lower and have no cash then the cheapest bounty hunter is about 90 new. ive seen used bounty hunters for 20 to 60.
    SPINNER VALUE KEY: RED is METAL DETECT.LT  BLUE is AUCTION. DARK BLUE is GOLD MINING.GREEN is THRIFT STORE.YELLOW is GEM GRUBBIN.PINK is COIN ROLL HUNT.BROWN is BEACH AND SHALLOW WATER HUNT.ORANGE JUNK PICK AND OR METAL SCRAPPING

  11. #11
    us
    Jul 2003
    Elgin
    Fishers 1235X-8" CZ-20/21-8" F-70-11"DD GC1023
    6,578
    38 times

    Re: Gold Century imported detectors?

    For comparison' sake, the three machines you mentioned Scrounger, could not be broken down and put in my hunter's bag and carried on my belt like the Chin model. The takedown and setup time is quick, and it's easy operation and depth give it the edge over those you mentioned, with the possible exception of the Tesoro.

    With that said, I would maintain my position that I would not like any entry level machine in today's park environment where trash is king and you need superior performance for deep, old coinage. You need at least the mid-level offerings in the average environment today to get any edge in target identification and recovery unless you're surface hunting for clad.

    So if you're looking for entry level, to hit totlots and soft sand, 62 bucks gets you good depth, clear disc and easy diggins', that's better than 90 or a hundred bucks. And of course for those environments I would still turn to the 1235X first for the most part but this little thing has it's place in my tool box too.


  12. #12
    us
    Nov 2008
    76

    Re: Gold Century imported detectors?

    For the price, Ive got to say I think the GC1023 is well worth it in the little bit of time I've used it. As far as depth goes, it may not be a F75 or Explorer but it seems to compare favorably against higher priced entry level detectors. I dug a 1946 wheat penny at 6" in the short time I've used it. And the target recovery time of the machine is super fast. Build quality is less than any major manufacturer detector I've seen, it has a mini headphones plug which sucks and the meter just gives signal strength so it's useless and obviously just put on to make it look like a metered machine to someone who doesn't know better. But hey, somethings gotta give at $58 shipped. Don't buy it expecting 20 years of trouble free hard use, but as an easy to use backup detector for myself and friends I'm totally satisfied.

  13. #13
    us
    Apr 2009
    11

    Re: Gold Century imported detectors?

    The GC1023 finds coins and rings down to 5-6 inches deep better than any other machine I've ever owned. For the deep hunting I prefer a Tejon or Minelab product.

    I put the GC1023 up against the Tesoro Silver uMax and the 1023 was often a good 1 inch deeper (due to auto ground balance) and in recovery speed and target separation the GC1023 kicks the Compadre and Silver. But the Tesoros are made better and come with a real warrenty. The Silver has the great advantage of extra coils and with the 10x12 concentric it will eat the GC1023 in depth but not in target separation (the ability to pull targets out from iron).

    Ground balance is much more important than most people think. Think of it, a $58-$80 machine has auto ground balance and we have to pay the major brands over $500 for it! That should tell us something.

    One thing missed by most who have done reviews on the GC1023 is the fact that little cheap machine flat out finds coins when the big guns can't see a thing. I mean it. I've taken it to lots filled with trash where the Explorer or Tejon saw nothing worth digging. With the GC1023 I've walked off with up to a dozen coins after less than an hour's hunt. Granted most will be clad but what the heck.

    For about $70 shipped the GC1023 is no doubt the supreme bargin of our times.

    --kid



    Today's Americans are anti-American

  14. #14
    us
    Jun 2009
    5

    Re: Gold Century imported detectors?

    i just had to post to you as i have had the "best" of md. whites mxt, xl, garrett 2500, i now use a rite metal detector model "3030" this is the same as the Gold Century Model "GC1010" Metal Detector. there are many other detectors that use a diff name but it is the same detector like the "dodge dart" and the plymouth swinger. optomus, and pioneer. i love mine and would never ever get rid of it will die with me lol. i have found so much stuff with this machine! the only thing i can say bad about it is that the rod is not to my likeing so i ordered a diff rod for it and love the thing. but if you don't want to spend tons of money for a high end machine please get a gold century. but dont get the "super eagle" it is to unstable and seems to jump around a bit for me. but notice the The "gc1010" and the "Gold Century Model "GC1019" its an upgrade to the "gc1010" i have one on the way and will let ya know how it goes. i have a post on the forum called "the best silver day in bangor maine" check it out i used my rite to find the silver. good luck all. god bless.

  15. #15
    us
    May 2009
    Florida
    Surf PI Pro/MXT/Quattro/Sovereign XS2 Pro
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    Re: Gold Century imported detectors?

    Just to add my $.02, a lot of these Chinese detectors have electronics in them taken directly from U.S. makers (stolen I should say). One of them is a knockoff of the 6000di and I've seen a couple of Bounty Hunter copies. While the quality may not be the same, they do perform rather well.

 

 
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