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    Steve's Complete, Custom Carbon-Fiber Shafts for Minelab Equinox!

    Greetings!

    After many months of design and testing, I am happy to announce that my carbon-fiber shaft project for the Equinox is complete! After working through my "wait list" over the past couple of weeks, I am now ready to begin offering these shafts for sale, to any who may be interested. I have a limited quantity of shafts in stock at this time, with another batch of parts currently in production which -- when they arrive -- will allow me to re-supply my inventory.

    This complete, high-quality, lightweight shaft system consists of:

    1). A 35 1/2" long carbon-fiber upper shaft, with four cuff adjustment holes, and one hole for the control-box handle (located in the same positions as on the Minelab upper shaft section). This upper shaft replaces -- as a one-piece section -- both the middle and upper sections of the stock Minelab shaft;

    2). A 26" long carbon-fiber lower rod, including spring-button clip (the same lower rods I've been selling for several months).

    The following pricing applies to several basic shaft options...

    1. Upper shaft section ONLY (no lower rod), regular end cap … $79 plus shipping

    2. Upper shaft section ONLY (no lower rod), threaded butt-end and threaded end cap (to allow compatibility with the threaded counterweight system) ... $89 plus shipping

    3. COMPLETE shaft system (upper shaft section PLUS 26" lower rod), regular end cap ... $129 plus shipping

    4. COMPLETE shaft system (upper shaft section PLUS 26" lower rod), threaded butt-end and threaded end cap (to allow compatibiility with the threaded counterweight system) ... $139 plus shipping.


    All of the above shafts can be customized in various ways, per customer preference (rod length, hole locations, etc.) Optional spring button holes (to facilitate use of the lower rod spring button) can also be included in any of the upper shaft options above, for an additional $10 (the button holes are not REQUIRED, on my shaft, due to the strong/secure clamping cam lock system that is used with these shafts, but are available as an optional inclusion).

    As alluded to above, an optional counterweighting system is also available for these shafts, to alleviate the "nose-heaviness" many Equinox users have noticed. The counterweight -- short-lengths of carbon-fiber tube, filled with small bags of lead pellets, and which screw into a threaded insert in the butt-end of the shaft -- can either be packaged with a shaft system, or purchased separately later, as an add-on accessory. The tubes are custom-built to each user's desired weight/length, and additionally, the weight of the tube can be adjusted at any time, via access to the internal weighting through a threaded end cap.

    Empty counterweight tubes (with the customer supplying the weighting) ... $25 plus shipping

    Weighted counterweight tubes (built to customer specification) ... $35 plus shipping

    Finally, I have created several documents to provide more detailed information regarding the shaft system itself, including counterweighting and how to choose the right weight for your situation, the "button holes vs. no button holes" decision, etc. I can provide these documents to anyone who requests them, and I am of course more than happy to answer any questions you may have -- either here, or via my email address, at steve@stevesdetectorrods.com.

    After an extended period of working to design a superior shaft system, and extensive field testing, I believe that my goal for this complete shaft system has been achieved -- with these shafts providing a high-quality, wobble-free, ergonomically balanced, aesthetically enhanced upgrade to your Minelab Equinox!

    Thanks!


    Steve

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    Looks awesome Steve! Order is in.
    Thanks,
    RG (BeachHunter)
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    THANKS, Rusty!

    VERY much appreciated!

    Steve

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    do these drop the weight to the overall machine or are they for sturdiness
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    Overall heavier......but feeling MUCH lighter while swinging.
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    Got Mine! Awesome!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by RustyGold View Post
    Looks awesome Steve! Order is in.
    Thanks,
    RG (BeachHunter)

    I got mine the other day. Packaging... above and beyond superb. Quality of material and craftsmanship... excellent. Had mine customized and it arrived with every detail right on the money.
    I got mine the other day. Packaging... above and beyond superb. Quality of material and craftsmanship... excellent. Had mine customized and it arrived with every detail right on the money.

    Although alone I found it easier to swing, I added trying the suggested counterweight system.
    Makes it practically float.

    Steve definitely cares about customer satisfaction.

    I love it!!! Highly recommend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MetalArchSC View Post
    I got mine the other day. Packaging... above and beyond superb. Quality of material and craftsmanship... excellent. Had mine customized and it arrived with every detail right on the money.
    I got mine the other day. Packaging... above and beyond superb. Quality of material and craftsmanship... excellent. Had mine customized and it arrived with every detail right on the money.

    Although alone I found it easier to swing, I added trying the suggested counterweight system.
    Makes it practically float.

    Steve definitely cares about customer satisfaction.

    I love it!!! Highly recommend!
    Ughh... Will ever get the hang of posting correctly. :/
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    dirtminer --

    If you are asking about the shaft itself -- i.e. is the carbon-fiber shaft lighter than the stock shaft, the answer is yes -- my shaft on the machine, with 11" coil, weighs about 2.75 pounds, while the stock shaft on the machine, with 11" coil, is about 3 pounds.

    If you are asking about the counterweight however, then as HighVDI said, it increases the overall weight of the machine, but it "balances" all the weight that resides out at the "coil end" of the shaft, by adding some weight to the butt end, to improve ergonomic comfort and "swingability" of the unit. Thanks for asking!

    Steve
    Last edited by sgoss66; Feb 14, 2019 at 08:47 AM.
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    THANK YOU, MetalArchSC!

    Thanks for the terrific compliments! I am really glad you are pleased with everything!

    Thanks!!

    Steve

    Quote Originally Posted by MetalArchSC View Post
    I got mine the other day. Packaging... above and beyond superb. Quality of material and craftsmanship... excellent. Had mine customized and it arrived with every detail right on the money.
    I got mine the other day. Packaging... above and beyond superb. Quality of material and craftsmanship... excellent. Had mine customized and it arrived with every detail right on the money.

    Although alone I found it easier to swing, I added trying the suggested counterweight system.
    Makes it practically float.

    Steve definitely cares about customer satisfaction.

    I love it!!! Highly recommend!
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    I just received mine today and wow, what an awesome system! Great craftsmanship with attention to detail. The weighted piece on the back is so awesome. Fantastic job, thank you Steve.
    Received Valentines Day so I know I’m going to love it!
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    Rusty,

    SUPER!! So glad to hear! Thank you for the compliments! I'm thrilled that you are so pleased with it!

    Steve
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    Ordered mine late on a Friday and received it by Wednesday. Packaged very well and fantastic craftsmanship. All components transferred without a hitch. Also the customer service was out of this world. Was able to talk with him directly before purchasing. Very pleased with my purchase. Thanks again Steve!

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    HIGHSTRUNG,

    I'm VERY glad you are pleased! THANKS for the compliments!!

    Steve

    Quote Originally Posted by HIGHSTRUNG View Post
    Ordered mine late on a Friday and received it by Wednesday. Packaged very well and fantastic craftsmanship. All components transferred without a hitch. Also the customer service was out of this world. Was able to talk with him directly before purchasing. Very pleased with my purchase. Thanks again Steve!
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    Steve, what is your PayPal email so I can get mine ordered for the equinox? I need to get it in the mail as soon as possible.
    Thank you,
    Dan
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    Dan,

    PM forthcoming, THANKS!

    Steve

 

 
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