We get asked that a LOT and it’s a fair question. The answer really depends upon a number of things. The first being what are you hoping to find – Coins/Relics/Gold? A lot of people say GOLD! because of the money making aspect. However, if you’re not located in or near a gold bearing area or planning to travel to one regularly, buying a gold machine can be a waste of money. Gold machines are totally different to coin/relic machines and are much more expensive, see below
- Minelab SDC2300 – RRP $3,999
- Minelab GPX5000 – RRP $4,999
- Minelab GPZ7000 – RRP $9,999
WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET? – This will have a direct impact on what machine you end up buying. If you’re living in suburbia (like the majority of us), then you’re better off buying a coin/relic machine. You’ll get a LOT more use out of it in your local parks, reserves, play grounds and vacant house lots etc. Most of us will head out for an hour or two before/after work on a week day and usually every other weekend. It’s easier to travel to close-by locations to hunt and that’s where the coin/relic machine shines.
BUY THE BEST MACHINE YOU CAN AFFORD A LOT of people race out and buy a dirt cheap machine to “see if I like the hobby first, then I’ll buy a better one later“. The problem with this is that cheap machines don’t usually find much and you’ll soon get disheartened and give up the hobby. The old saying – “you get what you pay for” applies here. Now, there are some people who will argue that they do quite well with a cheap machine. These people are few and far between. Buy the best you can afford.
PROVEN, TRUSTED MACHINES THAT WORK
ENTRY LEVEL $199 – $399 – Minelab Go-Find 22, 44, and 66 are extremely light weight, compact and easy to carry in a backpack or simply hanging off your belt. They’re definitely a great little performer and capable of holding their own. These are machines for anyone – kids and adults alike, novice or experienced.
MID LEVEL $475 Simplex+ by Nokta. The market range this machine represents was once dominated by the stunningly successful Xterra 705 by Minelab, which is still the most widely used machine in Australia today. We believe we’re seeing its successor and we fully endorse this product.
NEXT LEVEL UP $949 – $1199 Minelab Equinox 600/800. The latest cutting edge technology out there. A true turn on and go machine that’s light weight, waterproof and super easy to use. If it’s in the ground, this machine will find it. The 800 also boasts a “gold” detecting mode.
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