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stewart
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27 January 2013 02:40 pm

Has anoyone else used one of these machines, I know it's chinese and cheap but it seems to work Ok for what it costs <$100.00.

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Pete_The_Prospector
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27 January 2013 05:57 pm

Have you used one stewart?


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the duck
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27 January 2013 06:04 pm

My advice is when you buy something it is like buying oats for a horse the oats for the front of the horse is expensive the oats from the rear of the horse is cheaper
My suggestion would be a second hand Garret ace 250 if you can get one great starting machine that will find heaps


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stewart
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27 January 2013 06:09 pm

Pete_The_Prospector wrote:

Have you used one stewart?

Yes I have brought one, it seems to work ok, it does discriminate betweeen ferrous and non ferrous, the prob i'm having is with the surposed ground blance. I'm still playing with it but have found coin in the local kids parks and a lump of lead at my son inlaws place.
I'm just waiting for the cooler weather to go out to an old mine site i have researched.

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27 January 2013 06:09 pm

Interesting advice there duck lol

I agree with the second part of duck's sentence, if you can afford an Ace 250 this would be your better option, but if you already own a GC1038 I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on it.

Hopefully someone who has used or owns a GC1038 can comment on your original question.

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Ben78
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18 February 2013 05:41 pm

If you can get one under a hundred and it gets you hooked on the hobby then it is a good buy. I know someone using one and they are finding coins with it.


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Ben78
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24 June 2013 09:52 pm

Digging up an old thread here...

Curiosity got the better of me and I dropped $79.90 on one from ebay...

Spent about 2 and a half hours with it now and to be honest I'm actually enjoying it... I've used some pretty decent detectors and this is not by any means a replacement for any of them but I stand by my comment above that if it gets you hooked then it has done its job.

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Can't argue with results big_smile


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24 June 2013 09:59 pm

Mate that's fantastic results, well done. It sounds like a great machine to keep in the back of the car for those unexpected urges lol

What size/type coil is it using and do you know what sort of depth you're getting out of it?

Nugget.

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Ben78
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25 June 2013 08:01 am

Comes with a 5x10 concentric coil. Not getting huge depth, 3-4" on the silvers. I think the beauty of this one is that it isn't sensitive enough to 'false' on every tiny bit of metal in the ground, but a nice round high conductor gets the beeps happening.
There is a section of my park that I haven't been able to hunt as the EMI has been overwhelming on every detector I have owned, changing frequencies doesn't help, this one was quiet as and is where I found the shilling. During the beep and the pinpointing process you can hear the EMI pulsing though...


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27 June 2013 11:02 am

Hi Ben,

I had one of these a while ago, didn't find gold but found lots of other junk/lead/brass etc. with it. Sold it but wish I had kept it as my nephew is getting interested in metal detecting & would have made a nice, cheap starter machine for him until he worked out how serious about it he is.

My opinion is they work ok for what they are & cost. Not a bad option for someone wanting to have a muck around to see if the hobby is for them or not without breaking the bank.

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Ben78
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27 June 2013 11:13 am

mbasko wrote:

My opinion is they work ok for what they are & cost. Not a bad option for someone wanting to have a muck around to see if the hobby is for them or not without breaking the bank.

My point exactly!


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golddiggerart
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19 January 2017 04:14 pm

Did anyone ever try this on the beach??


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mbasko
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19 January 2017 09:04 pm

Nah - might be ok on dry sand?


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golddiggerart
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19 January 2017 09:13 pm

Says it is waterproof coil I am buying one tonight cheap and will test it out will let you know how it performs...


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golddiggerart
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19 January 2017 11:38 pm

Water test worked good, like the ground balance on it...Going for a swing down the beach in the morning low tide......


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20 January 2017 04:28 am

After some trial and error moments I think I have got it all sorted out, found targets at the beach in water all junk but also found the cord connected to coil was also setting off the detector, brought it back home to sort it out and tested it outside in the rain with ring and metal as targets all good. Will more than likely test it again today at some point...Sand will be wet so should be a true test.


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20 January 2017 01:19 pm

Single frequency machines run better with a concentric on the beach and they ID junk better than a DD.

John.


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golddiggerart
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20 January 2017 04:31 pm

Ridge Runner wrote:

Single frequency machines run better with a concentric on the beach and they ID junk better than a DD.

John.

Yes true....Went to the beach today and finally worked out ground balance on the 1038, thing is coil is so small that I missed targets $2 10c 5c and 50c was sitting on top of sand and I missed that only managed to see it when I went and got my Xterra 505 which picked up multiple signals $2 - 10c and 5c above them was the 50c sitting on a mound of sand.

Oh well it works in wet sand and water. smile


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20 January 2017 08:49 pm

Hi Guys....just to say, still useing the GC 1038 cheapy, I first mentioned this machine around Jan 2016, had an accident on my shoulder.....so the light weight of the GC1038 helped a lot, found about seven rings, gold bracelet, and mans silver bracelet worth about $300, this machine still surprises me on the beach with wet sand, goes fairly deep, the only thing I have changed is, now I use rechargeable batteries, would happily get rid of my expensive Minelab and Garrett machines.

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golddiggerart
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20 January 2017 11:41 pm

That's good to hear Mike...maybe you can offer some tips of use...

Cheers Arthur


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