Minelab Excalibur II Metal Detector with 10" Search Coil
- Product Review (submitted on April 4, 2016):
- I've had my Excalibur for about 5 years now so this review may inform you a bit better than most on what to expect from your new machine. First and foremost, this is a very high quality machine, both in materials used and quality of build. After a fairly simple assembly and a quick read of the owners manual you should be able to start hunting with moderate success. The only reason I say moderate is because there is a small learning curve for those who had been using a detector with one of those silly info. screens that (supposedly) tells you exactly what you've found and how deep it is. Having said all that, this is not a good choice for beginners. All of the info. on your target is determined by sound alone. It can take a considerable amount of time to get good at this and I strongly advise you to buy the CD available through Kellyco on sound interpretation made specifically for the Excalibur 2. The CD was produced by a music / sound and tone expert and will save you from doing a lot of useless digging. As far as performance is concerned you can expect it to do everything it is advertised to do. There are two inexpensive upgrades you should buy at the time of purchase. The first is an Anderson straight shaft to replace the awkward factory shaft and the second is a full set of Anderson control Knobs. You`ll most likely have problems with the factory knobs right off the bat (most people do). If you live on or near any body of water, as I do, (The Treasure Coast of Florida) and you want to do some wet detecting, either wading , snorkeling or diving this is the machine you need to be using. It`s worth every penny you pay for it and when you throw in the freebees from Kellyco it`s a downright bargain. On a scale of 1-5 stars I rate it a 6.