Minelab Eureka GoldPrice: $1000
Based on 43 reviews
Avg. Durability: 5.00
Avg. Ease of use: 4.75
What I do know is this. If there is anything metal in the ground, in any soil or sand, within say, around 12 to 18 inches of the surface and of size ranging from a pinhead up, my EG WILL find it. I have never used another machine to compare it to, but I cannot see how anything can do a better job than that . Like telling me twice or giving me a prize or something. It does what I would expect it, and any other detector to do. Detects metal in the ground. What else should it do?
As far as rating it, I will give it 5 stars for doing just as my inexperienced, unbiased, level headed, fair minded, down to earth mind expected it to do. Thanks people.
Kerry emmerson from California
My Garrett Scorpion is crap for hot rocks and could not phase them out,
My Fisher is ok but has very limited range in tone and not much discrimination makes a great coin shooter.
Minelab eureka has almost got it right for the price
Pros- 3 freqs - 6. 4kHz
Auto trac ground balancing
Fixed ground balancing
You need to know what these things mean, it can find gold I think you need to hear what the tones are saying.
Any way love what you do be it gold prospecting, relic hunting or coin shooting.
Cons- limited volume
Heavy to use all day long
The standard coils that it comes with is crap
Coils are not waterproof
Martin ward from New Zealand
Best VLF Detector For GOLD, Period!
The Minelab Eureka embodies the finest of the current technologies VLF units have to offer. The choice of hunting in 3 wide ranging frequencies(6.4, 20, and 60 Khz) is just remarkable. Minelab's two speed automatic digital Accu-Trak ground balancing and tracking makes this machine versatile like no other VLF detector that I have used to find naturally accruing gold.
I have had friend say that not having a display to watch is just nuts and “old fashion”. I believe that they lean too heavily on the the video screen. They were not their hearing what my Minelab tells me and they have missed a lot of finds that I have picked up working behind them. The Eureka's solid mechanical design and well thought out electronics do make it the best VLF detector for hunting nuggets. Are there less costly detectors on the market? Sure, but if you want the best machine in the gold county, this is the one to have.
Pete from Yankee Hill, California
Learn The Machine and Gain Nuggets
I have both the Minelab Eureka and Whites GMT. Both are great machines, but the GMT lacks the multi-frequency feature that make it a truly remarkable machine. It is like having an XLT, Gold Bug, and a GMT rolled into one. The best part is that ground tracking on the Eureka is second to NONE. Yes, it does take some time to learn the detector, but this is true with ANY MD if you want to use it like it was designed. I sold my Gold Bug II and am very glad I did. Despite the top frequency being 60Khz on the Eureka vs. The GB II (at) 71Khz, the AutoTrac system sure beats constant ground balancing ....
Like I said" Learn the machine and gain Nuggets"
If you do not want to, Cross Stitch might be your cup of tea. Bottom line: Well worth your time and the money.
Rick from San Francisco
Still out for verdict
Gold Finder from Arizona
When I put it to the test in the backyard it was finding pea size lead sinkers at 10 inches on all frequency modes. Then it was time for the gold fields. A little town called Ravenswood and dad and I came home with 3 pieces of gold, the one weighing 37 grams had us smiling all the way back to Townsville :)
David G from Townsville, QLD, Australia
My first thought was that it was almost too much work for what I got. I said ALMOST. My 63 year old ears absolutely love the adjustable tone. Once adjusted she sounds off like a fog horn compared to the old Fisher Gold Bug I traded in on it. Bottom line. Get to know your detector.
Reese from Coalinga, CA
Time is money and if you have to retune your MD every time you hit something and dig then you wasted a lot of time. As for learning your machine those of you that seek the loud crisp signal don't know your machine at all. Pay attention to the softer hits which generally deeper...you might learn something.
Wayne from Socal
Dont think the negative reviews are justified
Two weeks after I bought mine I picked a one third if a grain flake out of a road next to a stream. Was running wide open don't normally do that, but it did respond to the flake. Just a very faint wisper in the thresh hold level.
Setup procedures, practice and never learning to listen to what the machine is telling them is probably their biggest error. And for what its worth this area of central Arizona is next to western Australia, probably one of the worst ironrock and hot rock areas in the world.
The only improvements I would make to this machine is an improved volume system and maybe more search coils like a 4 by six double d loop.
William petersen from Prescott arizona
Minelab Eureka Gold
Johnny from USA