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Minelab xt17000 & Coiltek 6" Goldseeker coil
« on: October 09, 2013, 02:09 »
As a departure from our regular detecting with the x-terra 305 & Tesoro Vaquero, I purchased a second hand XT17000 in fantastic condition for scavenging  around the local goldfields.  As mentioned in another thread, I used to own one of these machines many years ago, but probably didn't thoroughly understand this great detector at the time to do it justice.  I also miss the auto ground tracking, and whilst I don't mind manual ground balancing, it can be a real pain readjusting the ground balance every few  metres in variable ground.

Since it did not come the elliptical coil which is more suited to the 32khz setting over fhe stock 8" coil, I ended up purchasing Coiltek's 6" Goldseeker coil as a replacement.  Wow, this thing is sensitive, I was picking fragments of iron out of  my garden that the Tesoro and 305 (with 18.75khz coil) would simply not pick up.  I buried my 0.35 grm nugget about 5" down and the the signal from the xt was distinct and quite loud, I thought the 305 was disappointing in comparison, but in all fairness, it is mainly a coin/relic machine.  I feel that the xt series of detectors, although quite old now, still are a good workhorse for the money.

I am off to an old church grounds hunt tomorrow (with permission), so it will be good to see what turns up, I will give all three machines a run to see how they compare.  Not sure about the 305, think I prefer concentrating on the signal tones vs screens and target numbers.



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Re: Minelab xt17000 & Coiltek 6" Goldseeker coil
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2013, 07:26 »
I get to see a few of the old rigs laying around customers sheds.Usually they have never found anything due to lack of knowledge about goldfields and how the machine actually works.
Most haven't been switched on for many years but the owners still say they might go down to the Golden triangle again one day.  ::)
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Re: Minelab xt17000 & Coiltek 6" Goldseeker coil
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2013, 10:12 »
Thank you for this considered and informative topic and info.
I have used mine a few times on the beach and I am amazed how deep some of the targets are.
I only got it last week.
It is clear to me that;
Getting to understand the detector is the key!
Any helpfull tips from people who use the XT17000 succesfully will be very welcome! from me.
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Re: Minelab xt17000 & Coiltek 6" Goldseeker coil
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2013, 18:28 »
would you please be able to tell me how you "wear" the control box when detecting and digging up signals?
Have you made extra lines/belts on the minelab carry bag?
I have a bag as well and the box not on the shaft makes for much easier swinging.
I have the cord inside the splittable flex conduit that goes around the shaft and a cable tie just under the arm rest at the top.



Only thing is the restrictive movement due to the bag being worn.
Looking for some clever idea to overcome this obstacle.
« Last Edit: October 20, 2013, 18:37 by Ducatisti »
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Re: Minelab xt17000 & Coiltek 6" Goldseeker coil
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2013, 12:38 »
I would like to buy the XT18000 S2 as well if someone has one that is for sale.
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Re: Minelab xt17000 & Coiltek 6" Goldseeker coil
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2015, 00:46 »
Hi All
         I have one of these XT17000 with the 8" coil and have had some fun with it but had just splashed out and got the 6" coil for it and gave it a run a few weeks back. It is a sweet little combo and a all day swingable combo and seamed to be more sensitive than my AT Pro with a NEL Attack coil
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Re: Minelab xt17000 & Coiltek 6" Goldseeker coil
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2015, 01:13 »
The xt1700 was my first minelab detector , back then the sd2100 was the detector to have but I couldn't afford that and got the xt ,, wish I still had it ,,,
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