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#1

grubstake
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11 November 2020 11:40 am

The PL4 should be available before the end of the year:

https://www.detectorprospector.com/foru … ent=144216


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#2

Deepseeker
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11 November 2020 02:42 pm

I like that telescoping feature with the large battery pack thumbsup

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hippyhunter
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18 November 2020 10:56 pm

The accompanying software update sounds pretty awesome too. Actual working agb, wider gb range, a modes/delay change, gain improvements, and MAYBEE gb tracking. I'll be keen to get that done on the pl3 thumbsup

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mbasko
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19 November 2020 07:52 pm

Deepseeker wrote:

I like that telescoping feature with the large battery pack thumbsup

I'd be going the large battery pack for some balance if wanting to use anything bigger than 12" coils plus it'd last a long weekends detecting with the QED.
Pretty sure they're the same telescopic shafts I modified for use with a GP3500 about 5 years or so ago? Was good with smaller coils but if using anything bigger than a 12" coil I don't think you'd be swapping your Sandy Shaft for one. I actually preferred the Minelab shaft over it once I put on my DD's or 14" NF mono, which wasn't that heavy, so that says something.
The shaft segments have no locking tabs, which does allow greater length adjustment, but it felt a bit "wonky" to me with bigger coils on.
Also when packing up it didn't really save much time or space, if any. Still gotta unwind & remove the coil/cable + no lower shaft to leave attached to coils for quick changeovers. Just as easy to do that & remove the lower shaft for pack up?
Hopefully they keep the other shaft options open too?

Funny how QED are making it collapsible (like the SDC) but a lot of SDC owners would give away that ability for a lighter weight version in a traditional detector format. playful We're a weird mob us detectorists.

Some of the other things are a bit like going back to the future?
My original QED had all the electronics in the box on the handle & it was split (control box under cuff & interface module on handle) on one of the upgrades later on (as a PL2 option).
I believe the modes are returning to mode 1 starting at 7us again due to the improved ground balance making it more usable? That's about where it started originally but rarely usable from reports prior to GB upgrade?
When the AGB upgrade was announced I sent mine back anticipating that it would be a good improvement. I was underwhelmed & still preferred MGB. Hopefully they do sort it out in this upgrade - I don't think GB tracking could be viable if AGB doesn't work effectively?

Good to see ongoing upgrades/improvements still happening. thumbsup


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hippyhunter
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03 January 2021 10:45 pm

Has anyone seen any further details about the pl4 or the accompanying software update? I dont use facebook, but am wondering if any mention on their page recently.

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Reg Wilson
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07 January 2021 10:16 pm

I am still waiting for a production model PL4 to test, so cannot enlighten on actual performance. Like mbasko I do not put any importance on a 3 piece stem setup, although many people have stated that it would be handy to fold up for transporting. He makes a great point about the SDC and how it could benefit from being ergonomic and balanced. I saw an SDC that had been 'cut up' and made into a more usable machine, which actually looked like a slightly smaller GPX. Usable.
As soon as I get to put the PL4 through its paces I shall give an honest assessment.


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#7

hippyhunter
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08 January 2021 09:39 pm

Thanks reg. Will look forward to hearing your assesment on both the new machine and the new software (especially new gb, and gb tracking). I probably wont update to pl4 hardware as i feel i have the best version for me in the whites straight handle model. It feels perfectly balanced to me with all coils excepting the 20 inch nf. Also my sttaight handle is limited edition now. No more of them being made i guess as no more parts from whites. I can see how the more compact new version will appeal to many though. Will make it easier for the hikers, and pushbike/ebike riding prospectors.

Will a "lite" version of the pl4 be available to tempt people that already have a pl3 and happy, but might have interest in buying the pl4 bare bones minus coil to lower the price? I reckon it might tempt a lot of extra sales from pl3 users who might "expand" their current set of tools to have more options when required such as a friend tagging along randomly

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Reg Wilson
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10 January 2021 05:09 pm

It is still in the planning stage, but I hope to be able to put my version of the PL4 on the market as soon as the electronics become available. This will be a light weight, carbon fibre 2 section stem with ML SD style handle, incorporating WiFi, noise cancelling headphones, and a choice of X coils. It will also be available in a stripped version for those who only require the basics.


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