Minelab Excalibur II Metal Detector with 10" Search Coil
- Product Review (submitted on December 1, -1):
I have been detecting for 20 years. I detected in school yards, around old farm homes, in older residential neighborhoods and for Civil War relics. About eight years ago, I had the opportunity to buy a used Minelab Excalibur II water detector. At that time, I owned the Sovereign XS and was impressed with the performance of the BBS 17 frequency and tone ID technology, and now I had a chance to buy a water detector with the same electronics. I had never before thought about a water detector, and wasn't sure what to do with this one. After a season of experimenting with water scoops, I made a scoop that worked well for me. The water detector opened up a new adventure in detecting. The learning curve for the Excalibur was short. The iron mask eliminated most iron, yet I could find pocket knives and car keys. The tone ID had a different tone for different metals; my favorite tone was the low “waaa” most of the time that would be gold. The sensitivity is either automatic or adjustable, and the ground balance was automatic.
My operating setup was discriminate at 0 or 1, sensitivity at automatic, volume at max, and the threshold at just audible. Then I am ready to hit the swimming hole. When I first got the Excalibur, I read the manual and it stated the best place to hunt gold rings is where there are a lot of pull tabs. Prior to this detector I had never found a gold ring. I did not know that pull tabs, nickels and gold ranged near the same. So by setting the discriminate to 0 or 1 I cleaned out the trash from many a swimming hole. I have 1000's of pull tabs that I hope to turn into a dialysis redemption center. I have found 100's of gold, diamond and silver rings, and 1000's of coins. I have been able to recover and return several rings, some sets of keys and a partial denture plate. If you are looking for a detector that will put a little profit with the pleasure, then I would recommend the Excalibur.