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stevenj48
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04 May 2021 09:55 pm

Hi,

I have recently upgraded to SDC2300 but now the wife has claimed it so looking at getting another Pi machine.
Are Gp3000's a still ok machine in this day were they ok on small gold and did the punch deep with the right coils?
I have tried to find some youtube videos etc but not to much around does anyone still use one?
after the SDC the budget is not great so need a bargain buy if anyone is selling a Pi.


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kingswood
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05 May 2021 07:26 am

Nothing wrong with the 3000. Will find gold if you walk over it.
I found some small bits 0.2g etc with mine in the past. The detech ultimate spiral DD 15" paired well with it, sensitive to small bits and ran smoothly.
A bloke I know recently found a speccie with 4 ounces in it with his GP extreme, so older machines will still get decent gold if it happens to end up under the coil.


"There’s no point detecting in ground that is too deep for the detector so I like to keep bedrock in sight at all times" Jonathon Porter 2014

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old hand
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05 May 2021 09:03 am

A good friend is using a 3000 with a old 7x14 nugget finder mono on it ,he is regularly finding gold regards john big_smile


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PhaseTech
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05 May 2021 09:35 am

Prospector skill + detector capability + hrs on the ground = gold found pickshovel gold-nugget


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Jaros
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05 May 2021 09:36 am

Nearly poetic Nenad.


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PeterInSa
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05 May 2021 03:42 pm

Me, I would pay the extra and get a ML4500, you will not regret it. Had a 3000 and a 3500 good detectors but the 4500 is a lot better.

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stevenj48
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05 May 2021 07:20 pm

PeterInSa wrote:

Me, I would pay the extra and get a ML4500, you will not regret it. Had a 3000 and a 3500 good detectors but the 4500 is a lot better.

i would like to pay the extra but cannot afford to so 3000 is my only option at the moment.


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kingswood
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05 May 2021 07:49 pm

stevenj48 wrote:
PeterInSa wrote:

Me, I would pay the extra and get a ML4500, you will not regret it. Had a 3000 and a 3500 good detectors but the 4500 is a lot better.

i would like to pay the extra but cannot afford to so 3000 is my only option at the moment.

It will be fine. They like DD's depending on where you are.
They found a lot of gold years ago and will still find gold now. Just need to swing over it.
The GB switch is a pain sometimes as you have to flick from tracking to fix, but theres plenty of info on installing a handle button. Easy apparently if you are handy with a soldiering iron.
I couldnt be bothered, so just used it as is...
Good luck smile


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05 May 2021 08:30 pm

ProspectorPete has a damn fine 4500 for sale for $3100 in the for sale forum... seriously a great deal. Just in case that’s within budget.


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stevenj48
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05 May 2021 09:03 pm

BrokeInBendigo wrote:

ProspectorPete has a damn fine 4500 for sale for $3100 in the for sale forum... seriously a great deal. Just in case that’s within budget.

yep i did see that but my max budget is 2k if i had more i would jump at it.


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RM Outback
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05 May 2021 09:29 pm

stevenj48 wrote:
BrokeInBendigo wrote:

ProspectorPete has a damn fine 4500 for sale for $3100 in the for sale forum... seriously a great deal. Just in case that’s within budget.

yep i did see that but my max budget is 2k if i had more i would jump at it.

Bank interest is worthy of checking out loaning the balance big_smile as an option, it's the best deal I've ever seen perfect

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05 May 2021 09:36 pm

Steve about 7 years ago in north WA, mate and self drove past an old patch, he had his 45, me no detector it was back at camp an hour a way thru the bush, I borrowed his wifes' 3000 after 5 minutes hearing hot rocks each swing I returned the 3000 back to his vehicle, the same signal with a 4500 would be gold, it does not pick up these hot rocks. The 3000 is a good detector and I could have adjusted the settings, and maybe ground balanced on the hot rocks etc to minimise their impact, but I think there is a massive difference between the 2 detectors. Like the 2000 and 2100 the 3000 was a signifcant leap in detecting history and so is/was the 45.

3 years ago we revisted this old patch, me with 7K she 2300, another mate a 45 and she a 2300 and picked up gold. ( and most probably its still there, just harder to find)

What about selling the QED to make up the difference.

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05 May 2021 10:16 pm

Im kind of on the side of the guys suggesting a better model, equally understanding that finances can be a constraint.

The GPs are capable, try and get a good DD thrown in if possible, in my time using a GP its hard to really squeeze much out of modern (aftermarket) monos without giving way to doubt and ground noise (evo/Elite etc) , the 15x12 ML DD was a pretty good fit for the tech, size which can be used in mono as pseudo mono if theres some dry, milder ground around. The less miles its done being dumped in a boot or tray rattling around in the dust and heat the better. The GP series are one of the easiest to turn and go with though for sure, probably why theres few videos or write ups on use.

Teamed with and SDC you will be missing a lot less than you might trying to grapple with coil changes and nasty ground with a gp on its on, but if you could wait a GPX would see you a bit further in front. I kind of think the 4k gets thrown under the bus a bit missing enhance, but would take one out over a GP for a few dollars more, especially if you can score 1 or more good modern monos on it.

Good luck whatever you decide mate.

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stevenj48
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06 May 2021 08:48 pm

Thanks for the Opinions everyone i am now convinced a 4500 i probably the best way forward so am going to put funds aside aside and save some more cash to get one.


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06 May 2021 10:32 pm

stevenj48 wrote:

Thanks for the Opinions everyone i am now convinced a 4500 i probably the best way forward so am going to put funds aside aside and save some more cash to get one.

Good move steven. I've swung a GPX4500 for quite a few years and it's proven to be as good as anything else out there in most conditions however I'm now considering upgrading to the GPX6000.


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stevenj48
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09 May 2021 08:17 pm

Well got sucked into a impulse buy this weekend a SD2000 Mod cost me not to much at all so will fill the gap as a backup until i save the case for 4500
haven't tested in the bush yet hopefully next weekend if not working.


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