Minelab Eureka GoldPrice: $1000
Based on 43 reviews
Avg. Durability: 5.00
Avg. Ease of use: 4.75
Just purchased, not used mine lab eureka
It's still with ups...........
All I've seen of this unit was pretty positive till I read this web page.
Jim from Ne oregon
I agree to high$$$$$$$$$
This guy has a lot of problems with hot rocks and black sand. My Goldstrike does NOT it outperform this Eureka 3 to one in finds when using them side by side do not believe people when they tout the performance of this overpriced minelab unit and when I have super hot ground on the Columbia river with giant fields of hot rocks and 3 feet of black sand I pull out the elephant gun Whites TDI it will find about 99% of what all other expensive PIs will and also use every coil intended for minelab PIs.
The Eureka needs a lot of work, people that are bragging about this poorly designed unit are more than likely minelab dealers or there buddies, do yourself a favor and try before you buy this detector is not special in any way shape or form, less expensive units can do a much much much beeeeeter job!!
THINK before you put down that hard earned $1000!!!
Daryl from Northern IDAHO
I ran a small piece of placer gold under the coil to test this unit and it missed it completly in every frequency setting, so I ran the same sample across my Fisher gold $trike and it hit the target with a loud output, even my Garrett GTI 2500 picked up targets that my eureka missed, I thought maybe the ossci. was off so I sent it in nothing wrong, and when using it at the river it picks up every hot rock in the ground could not tune them out, this is an over rated over priced detector, the mxt will out preform this unit and for less money, so will the fisher gold bug and a number of other detectors.
In this price range $1000 you can purchase a PI machine that will really find gold, do not waste your money on this unit, for this price you could buy two VLF units that would out preform the eureka any day of the week, and still have money left over to go detecting, compare this unit to other detectors test it for yourself before making any decisions on this overpriced detector!! It is a must miss!!
Will from Portland, OR
Learn Your Machine!
The eureka golds automatic ground balance and tracking eliminates this problem. I read reviews all of the time on this machine where people say things like "it will find iron, but not gold". One thing you need to remember with the eureka gold is that when its auto ground balancing,(switch in the slow or fast position) its constantly tracking and eliminating junk. If you pass over a signal more than a couple of times in either mode, the machine will automatically TUNE OUT GOLD. The proper way to operate the machine is to search, and when a signal is found, move your coil off to the side away from the signal, sweep the coil a few times to balance the machine and then switch your switch to FIXED. Then sweep back over the target. You'll instantly hear that now, the signals much cleaner and clearer. If its a deep signal or a very faint signal, switch to boost mode and pull it in.
If you actually take the time to LEARN the machine, you'll be very happy in the long run with it. Its actually not hard at all to learn if you study your manual. I always recommend that if your going to buy or use a machine your not 100% familiar with, take it out into the field, and TAKE YOUR MANUAL. Don't be in a hurry. If theres gold there, its been there for a million years and its not going anywhere.
Go thru the manual and test out each and every setting in real time. ONLY USE AS MUCH SENSITIVITY AS NEEDED, you don't have to run everything wide open all the time (this will cause your machine to be overly sensitive and unstable) also, while using gold to test on ( if thats what your hunting, the eureka gold is a great dual purpose machine) is best, remember, lead will work exactly the same and give the same signal as gold. Get yourself some lead, and cut different sized pieces off of it, mold them into different shapes and glue them to poker chips. Bury these at different depths and you'll soon be detecting gold with your machine like a pro.
Www.HuntingForGold.net from Northern California
I found gold!!!
It has automatic ground balance. It has multiple frequency technology. No other company has this technology, and those that do (such as White's leased the technology from MineLab and feature this technology in there more expensive models.)I owned a White's XLT in the past and sold it because it picked up too many hot rocks.
When searching for nuggets, especially smaller ones listen for the slight change in the tone (also called the threshold.) Once you find your first nugget you will never forget that sound, and every thing is easy from then all out.
The main thing to remember is nugget hunting is not instant gratification. But good things come to those who are patient.
OregonGold.net from Eugene, OR
Good MD, not for technically challenged users.
If you want easy, buy another MD. If you want a good 3 freq gold MD this is it. Just take the 20-30 hrs of operating time to really, really learn how to fly it.
DiggerGuy from Imlay, NV
David from Wood Village Oregon
Why the Negative Reviews???
What puzzles me is the number of negative reviews listed here. One person says it missed finding a 3/4 ounce nugget. I am wondering if those making negative reviews have read the manual. This detector does require you read the manual and learn how to set the controls. There is no question that this detector will find nuggets, both large and small. This is a VLF detector and won't go as deep or work as well in minerlized ground as the more expensive PI units, but I think it more than holds its own in the VLF class.
As far as finding gold is concerned, although I haven't found any nuggets with this detector yet, it is certainly finding very tiny pieces of lead at depth in highly mineralized ground, so I know it can find nuggets easily, even small ones. And the depth it gets is excellent. When I find gold with it I'll add that to my review!
Mark Swarbrick from Arizona
One of the worst!!
Ronald from US
Eureka Gold minelab
It loves to pickup black sand, must not be good for colorado maybe good for Irelend? And the detecter has an over load alarm for hot rocks or what the book dont tell you, truely this detector sucks the big one here in colorado, I think only saleman are giving it good reviews not mad just disapointed its a lot of money for this detector I will live and learn Bill Krieger.
Bill Krieger from Golden, Colorado