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Modding a 3500
« on: April 27, 2013, 22:22 »
Hi Guys,

Has anbody on the forum had a 3000, 3500, 4000, or 4500 modded by woodys detector mods in Frankston Victoria. The mod for $1250 brings it up to the same capabilities as a 5000.

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Re: Modding a 3500
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2013, 07:28 »
I have heard some reports that the mods bring up the air tests but not so good in mineralised ground.
I don't believe the mods will make an old machine work as good as a 5000.
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Re: Modding a 3500
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2013, 13:27 »
From what I've heard the 3500 and GPX models were probably the best 'go between' machines of the sd/gp series detectors. 

What started out as the deep punching for larger targets in mineralised ground with the inception of the 2000's shifted more towards picking up finer targets on the 5000 series as the consumer demand pushed for it.  A 3500 and a decent combination of coils choice (mono and DD, various sizes) in my personal veiw would be money better spent than mods on the said machine.

Like most things in life, everyone has their own opinions on this.
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Re: Modding a 3500
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2013, 14:26 »
Another thing to think about, a 4000 or 4500 will cost around $3500 to $4000 plus the mods.  A $5000 can be purchased for 5 grand now.
Also Minelab will not repair any modded unit ,even if the fault is nothing to do with any aftermarket updating.
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Re: Modding a 3500
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2013, 18:07 »
Thanks for the replys guys. Woody has demo test units and i am not  worried about minerilasation cause it will be used in negative ground not on the gold fields. So the unit can be wound up a bit giving more depth. And Woody gives a 5 year warranty. So i will have to do some tests in comparison to a 5000.

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Re: Modding a 3500
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2013, 19:06 »
be interesting to hear how it goes hope you find heaps
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Re: Modding a 3500
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2013, 22:18 »
I own an SD 2000, modded by i believe woody, previous owner had it done...  Its quite a bit more sensitive than my Dads unmodded SD 2000..
Its an improvement... just not much of one.


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Re: Modding a 3500
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2013, 11:29 »
i use to own a modified gp extreme.  i would never own another modified machine.  The money you spend $1250 on the mod, you would be better off selling your 3500 for about $3000, use the $1250 and buy yourself a gpx4500 or a 5000 going cheap.

minelab won't touch modified machines.
you won't be able to trade in your modified machine.
and you won't be able to have the machine repaired if something goes wrong.
modified machines are harder to sell

my 2c. Don't mod.
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Re: Modding a 3500
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2013, 11:42 »
beepn

DON'T EVEN THINK OF IT JUST BUY WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD ::)

IF YOU NEED REPAIRS ML WILL BE QUICKER NO MATTER WERE YOU ARE IN AUSTRALIA

LOOK FOR A DETECTOR THAT YOU KNOW THAT THE OWN HAS FOUND GOLD AND HAS HAD IT FOR AWHILE THE NEXT THING IS LIKE RELIC YOU JUST HAVE TO BE IN THE RIGHT LOCATION

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Re: Modding a 3500
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2017, 12:52 »
not that i want a mod, just curious if this guy is still in frankston and if so where?

Hi Guys,

Has anbody on the forum had a 3000, 3500, 4000, or 4500 modded by woodys detector mods in Frankston Victoria. The mod for $1250 brings it up to the same capabilities as a 5000.

Regards Beepn.  :D ;D >:( :(
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Re: Modding a 3500
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2017, 18:29 »
Try a search on facebook. Maybe detector mods or some name with Woody in it.
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Re: Modding a 3500
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2017, 11:22 »
He has moved to Ballarat. Detectormods.com 
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