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General Discussion / Re: Detector mods Facebook group
« on: January 30, 2020, 09:05:48 am »
I don't have a 5000, but do have a modded 4500, which is great! Brother has a modded 5000 and is happy with his.

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General Discussion / First run since repair, KUDO's to Woody!
« on: October 16, 2019, 12:30:14 pm »
Last year, I had issues, just not finding any gold. Throw a test nugget down, no problem, but did my test- bury a 1/2 gram lead nugget at 14-16", it wouldn't hear it. At end of my season, I sent it to Woody to check out. He found 2 issues on the Minelab side. Hey! I bought this like 2 years after it came out, no fault on Minelab. He fixed it and more! I thought I had the latest mod done; his paperwork said I wanted a mod so he did more. When billing came around, we reached a favorable compromise to each.
 Went to Rye Patch NV last week with some friends. First thing I did was bury my 1/2 gram lead nugget at 14". Adjusted front gain as per instructions, then set setting like I had before; had to tweek it abit, but can hear it.
Out in the field, we hit some well hit old patches. Got 1 little one with the 4500.
 What impressed me most, I run the EVO 12", that damn 4500 ran so smooth scrappy the ground and bushes as one does when hunting 'hunted out areas'. Others complained of EMI, static electricity, not me!
 If someone were to ask me, what's the best detector out there?  I would suggest the 4500 and Woody's mod! Best bang for the buck!
Thank You Sir

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie from mackay nth qld
« on: March 04, 2019, 09:22:58 am »
I would really suggest running the 5000 stock for 6 months or so, or long enough to kind of learn it. Then definitely have it modded by Woody. That way you will really appreciate his work.

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General Discussion / Re: Interesting test
« on: May 10, 2018, 12:29:28 am »
I was using a 12"EVO

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General Discussion / Interesting test
« on: March 27, 2018, 02:07:15 pm »
Spent some time down in Quartszite last week. Have a tool Patrick designed that will plant a 'test nugget' at a known depth without disturbing ground too much. Planted a 1/2 gram piece of lead at 16". My 4500 (w/ Woodys mod) heard it quite well as did Bill S's 3500 (w/ Woodys mod). A stock 5000 could not hear it. A 7000 barely heard it scraping the ground. A friend in Prescott has a test patch and can hear a 1/3 gram at 24". Mods work! Good on you Woody!

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General Discussion / new mod settings on 4500
« on: November 28, 2016, 11:51:54 am »
Getting ready for second trip to Q for this year with latest mods on my 4500. Last month there, I did as you suggested- went to factory default settings, run in normal, set rear gain at 5, was able to set front gain almost at max. I noticed I was able to lower threshold to 11:30-12 o’clock and still have smooth threshold (before, I needed to run at 1-1:30 to be smooth).
   I’m running the 12” EVO coil. Quartzsite is pretty neutral as far as mineralization. As suggested, hit areas I found gold before and dig up what I missed. I’m king of one nugget patches and when I find a nugget, I grid- no gold last trip. Being honest, wasn’t out for long days cause it was bloody too hot for this ol ass. My first target was foil at close to 2’ down (had to go back to camp to get pin-pointer to confirm it wasn’t in sidewall of hole and it wasn’t). Believe, I just didn’t over any gold. Dug some pretty deep small targets tho, slivers of lead, minute pieces of rust.
   The 12” EVO is all I ran last month. This next trip, I am going to start off with the NF 20” RM. My thoughts on settings: smooth signal is an absolute must! Low mineralization, so set front gain at max, back gain at 5, if smooth run back gain up a notch or two, when it gets a bit scratchy, lower front gain till smooth. When I work an area with the 20”, if I get a good target, I’ll mark and come back with the 12”.
   Any suggestions or recommendations?


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For sale and swap / Re: Gpx4500 fully modded for sale
« on: October 20, 2016, 09:21:11 am »
still available?

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General Discussion / Re: Modded gpx settings
« on: September 24, 2016, 07:11:33 am »
my Evo is brand new and not dirty yet, but soon!

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General Discussion / Re: Modded gpx settings
« on: September 17, 2016, 05:29:10 am »
Joeboy, curious if you got your 4500 modded yet and made your movie for setting up. I just got my modded 4500 back today.
hurahhhhhhhh! Now have to figure out how to set up and use proficiently. I am using a new NF 12” round mono EVO coil. I set up according to brief instructions on ‘Latest GPX Upgrades Aug 2016’ to the letter. Front new knob half way. Front is set mono, fixed, general and normal. Set the back to
Man tune 120
Very slow
Gain 5
Audio normal
Stabilizer 10 target
Volume 8
Response normal


I’m going to consider the 12”, medium size and am looking for medium size nuggets. SOOO- I want to set my manual frequency on the LCD at say 160 or 170? and then adjust the new knob on front to smooth out? Or do I adjust LCD gain up then new knob to fine tune smoothness? I guess what I’m asking is the order of adjustments.

I will try gain at 1 and stabilizer at 1

Thanks, Shep


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Technical / Re: Detech Coils
« on: August 28, 2016, 09:17:32 am »
I'm sure looking forward to getting mine back from ya, Woody! The bit of info on setting for your mods you sent me seem more geared to the 5000. I still believe the 4500 is the best Minelab made, pre7K. Where I usually hunt, I can run in normal and deep and it's smooth.
  Chip when I get it, will try around home, but will contact you when going to Q.
Shep

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General Discussion / Re: tried contacting thru Face books
« on: June 30, 2016, 08:11:27 am »
ok, waiting-

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General Discussion / Re: tried contacting thru Face books
« on: June 29, 2016, 08:16:45 am »
1. I have one of your earlier mods w/ 3 pos switch. Think I saw a post saying you mounting a switch on the front, but then thought I read the adjustment was on backside. Any pictures of mod on 4500?
2. What is turn around time? Still recommend $1000 insure? Do you do PayPal? or credit card?

Thanks, Shep

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General Discussion / tried contacting thru Face books
« on: June 26, 2016, 10:38:41 am »
Woody, not sure how often this is checked. Have a few questions on mods for me 4500.

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General Discussion / Re: Modded gpx settings
« on: June 23, 2016, 12:37:56 pm »
I have a 4500, Woody modified years ago. Wonder if someone could post a pic of newest mod on detector? Also is there an instruction sheet for the new mods anywhere? I've read all posted info on Detectormods product page.
Thanks, Shep

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General Discussion / Re: Can a modded GPX beat the SDC2300 and GPZ7000?
« on: December 25, 2015, 03:07:14 pm »
Buffalochip, thanks for reply. Still abit lost with your explanation.
  On the mod I got, I have a 3 position switch on front cover. When you set gain, is this another dial somewhere? Pics would be handy

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