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Joined: 13 June 2018
Posts: 2
13 June 2018 04:33 pm


My husband Grant seems to have been bitten by the gold bug and 'dragged' me out fossicking over the long weekend - found heaps of metal, just not the nice and shiny kind smile smile It was a cold weekend, but we had a good time anyway.

Looking at buying a X-Terra 705, as he usually just hires a detector. Has anyone got any feedback on this particular model?

Cant wait to get out there and actually find something. We are from Bacchus Marsh and travel to wherever. We usually take the caravan and dogs and go for a long weekend. Hopefully we will get to meet up with some like minded people

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roy cobb
From: Hunter Valley, NSW
Joined: 04 April 2016
Posts: 953
13 June 2018 04:39 pm

Hi Sue and Grant welcome to the forum and a great life style the 705 is a great little treasure detector and I can vouch for that what have you hired befor

GPX 4000 with coils Eureka Gold 15" coilteck coil 6" coiltek Minelab pinpointer X terra dual pack plus 6" 3 khz coil Grey Ghost Headphones Tyger digging tools and a NAPFA member and now a Equinox 800


From: Melton West, VIC
Joined: 18 September 2013
Posts: 1,137
13 June 2018 05:08 pm

Welcome Sue & Grant, always good to see someone new being bitten by the gold fever bug ..... pleasant enough pastime even when not finding gold .... if I had a van I'd probably never get home (retirement has its benefits).

In regard to detectors, especially when searching for gold I'd recommend spending a few extra dollars and go for something more specifically suited to gold than the Xterra, I have an xterra 705 gold pack but have not found gold with it, I also use the SDC and a GPX ..... most of my gold has been found with the SDC. The Xterra is great at the beach or looking for relics.

As the SDC and GOX are a bit pricier than the Xterra an option may be the Gold Monster or a similar unit (Fisher Gold Bug?) ..... a few are using these with great success (check out FB), but like everything they are not suited to all goldfields.

Keep researching, ask questions and settle on what you believe you will get most use from, hiring is a good option to try out the different detectors, don't rush your decision ...... most of all have fun out there.

Cheers T.

If you don't stand for something ..... You'll fall for anything !!
To be old and wise you must first be young and foolish.


From: Nowra, NSW
Joined: 26 July 2016
Posts: 6,611
13 June 2018 06:04 pm


Highbanker, Sluice, Trommel, Gold Monster 1000 (Khaleesi), Garrett Ace 400i (Rhaegal), Go-Find 40 (Nymeria), Non Turbo 2.8lt Hilux (Turtle), NAPFA member ----Even a broken clock is right twice a day


More Leadshot
Joined: 04 December 2017
Posts: 130
13 June 2018 06:12 pm

Hi and welcome to PA, great bunch on here with a wealth of information. Pretty new to it all myself but if I could advise you if your after gold get a gold specific detector, spend what you can afford but keep in mind the newer models have improved technology that keeps you ahead of the pack. It is the new technology that keeps people finding gold, more depth (Gpz7000) and ability to find smaller gold (sdc2300) just two improvements.
Cheers Jamie

Last edited by More Leadshot (13 June 2018 06:13 pm)


Joined: 30 May 2018
Posts: 830
13 June 2018 06:47 pm

G'day. As above, if you want gold buy a gold detector. I'd probably avoid the equinox. As a fellow newbie I'm not having any luck gold detecting with it but it is a great machine on the beach or in parks looking for coins and relics. Good luck ?

Prospecting must be like fishing, the big one keeps getting away!


From: S.E.Qld., QLD
Joined: 11 August 2013
Posts: 10,293
13 June 2018 07:20 pm

Welcome to P.A. Have fun.

F1A4M2, Exterra 705 Gold, Ace 250, Goldrat 8" Dreammat River Sluice.


From: lake mac , NSW
Joined: 07 July 2015
Posts: 2,491
13 June 2018 08:10 pm

Welcome to the addiction Sue&Grant.
Best advice I can offer is to get 10 post or more up on the forum so the system allows you to access the members only area ..
Wealth of information as well as the member meet up section..!

Last edited by nucopia (13 June 2018 08:10 pm)

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Joined: 13 June 2018
Posts: 2
18 June 2018 03:08 pm

Thank you for the info - would love to meet up with like minded people.
Grant is the detector holder, I am the drink bottle, shovel, empty jar and anything else carrier tongue
ooo - secret members only area - better get posting smile


From: Cherrybrook, NSW
Joined: 24 June 2017
Posts: 103
18 June 2018 04:19 pm


I am sure you will see lots of posts on the different detectors available and peoples opinions.

Happy to see you enjoyed detecting on that cold weekend.

Once things progress, it would be good to see finds etc.

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