Minelab Excalibur IIPrice: $1200
Based on 24 reviews
Avg. Durability: 3.00
Avg. Ease of use: 3.38
Better than the 1000, not better than the original
Sensitivity is incredible with a super solid threshold in salt water. My Sovereign GT might detect a little deeper, but it's not quite as stable. The Excalibur 1000 that I owned was just plain awful. Even sending it back to Minelab for repairs including a new coil and circuit board, it never lived up to its reputation. It was unstable and I continually had problems with the headphones.
That brings me to the Excalibur 2. It's an excellent machine. The depth and sensitivity in salt water is excellent. Headphones are so much more comfortable than the original and 1000 headphones. I only have two complaints. Just like everyone else,
I had problems with the control knobs. I don't understand why Minelab can't get this issue straightened out. Even my 1000 had control knob issues. My only other complaint is the muffled sound from the headphones.
My original Excalibur has such a sharp, clear sound that you can hear any change in tone. Not so in the Excalibur 2. They just don't have that clear sound which I expect from quality headphones.
One last thing. If you plan on getting the Excalibur, plan on buying a straight shaft. The "s" shaped shaft is almost impossible to swing unless you have an arm like Popeye. I remember having to switch arms because both my arms wore out.
All in all, if you are planning to detect in salt water, the excalibur is the best choice.
Blind Squirrel from NJ
Angel Morales from Bridgeport ,CT
Metal detector junkie
I was so impressed with my first excalibur that I had to replace it with another one I am very glad I did. I take this thing hunting everywhere it is a killer in old parks dig those nice smooth sweet tones for the real deep goodies. At the beach and the old river estuarys amazing what the excalibur will find here in southland it rains alot no problem with this waterproof machine. The best learning curve I have found with the excalibur is once you learn the tones you can cherry pick trashy areas and do really well watch your silver coin count explode.
Micheal Barrett from Invercargill New Zealand
Working great now
Thanks Mine Lab
Shades of Gray from Lebanon, NH
Shades of Gray from NH
I have a minelab xterra 705 and surfmaster dualfield and last week i bought a minelab excalibur II for metal detecting.
The surfmaster gave me lots of rings but its difficult to pinpoint and no discrimination, so I enjoyed my first days with excalibur, it was easy to use as I am not new to detecting, I found most targets much easier than with surfmaster and could at least discriminate some trash.
I guess together with surfmaster which I can use to dig special places or very deep, and xterra 705 for land, the excalibur is great to clear one beach in one day, found lots of australian 2 dollars and 1 ring even if beaches are empty since 2 months in Melbourne.
I used pinpoint mode to find objects, then changed to discrimination mode to see if I can discriminate, even if nice tone I used my experience with surfmaster to "size" object and see how deep I could be .... 5 stars!
Erwin from Melbourne, australia
Sd2200 thru gp3500 excalibur fisher whites dfx explorer
When putting the batteries in you can bend the battery tabs, plus its not the easiest to put batteries in. But this is #7 on my 1-10 the explorer takes awhile to get use to and I really don't care for a coin meter which can get wet as well as the box. It was hard seeing the screen and if I hear something in the ground, I'm digging it and not taking the time of seeing what the screen says.
The excalibur I had I feel is a very well made machine, easy to understand, great depth, can get wet and can be used during storms when the beaches get torn up.
They improved the coil so its light, you have a rechargeable battery, it goes as deep if not deeper than most machines, and the excalibur is made well so as its doesn't break. If it does break, you have to send in the whole machine. The head phones don't detach, which I don't like but I give this machine a 9.
The balance needs help of a anderson bal shaft. I feel minelab has the best machines made as far as depth, number of machines to pick from that are made well. The service dept is great, but the heads of the company stink. They don't seems to care about or think of their customers. As you know, their loyal customers have been waiting months like 4-6 months for a machine, they have done other things in the past also which makes me think they are not thinking of the small people which got them started.
Maybe its the government contracts that their worried about. Now the gold machines. Every new machine that comes out, minelab says its new and improved beyond belief. I feel their not much difference between machines until you get to the gp 3000 and the gp 3500.the gp 3500 is alot quieter than the gp 3000 but b4 that their wasn't much change that was worth going from one machine to the next, but if your digging gold, then it might be worth trading in the gp 3000 for a up grade.
I notice a big difference the first time I turned it on with the noise reduction. I used mine on the salt water beach. Nothing could touch it. I was digging hair pins at over three feet deep and could cover a 1/8 mile beach in two hours and get everything with a med size coil. The smaller coin machines couldn't touch it.
The sand seems to get into the ground bal. button, plus the salt air. i give the gp3000 #8 gp3500#10 but this machine takes about one year to learn the curve and even then you cant dig a target. Thats a lot of three foot holes. I feel minelab is the all around winner as far as built tuff, rechargeable batteries, the depth is as good as the others if not better, the gps are hard to use in the woods and aren't the pick up and go detectors like the coin machines are. They are heavy even with the bungee cords. Hope this helps. Love this hobby.
Frank cavanaugh from Harwich mass cape cod
Can't beat the Excalibur II for beach hunting
The Excalibur II 1000 is one awesome beach machine.
I really like the coverage of the 10 inch coil and the new electronics in the II's. The newest version seems to be more stable than the older versions. I also like the design of the new coil as the new 10 inch coil is as easy or easier to pull through the water as the old 8 inch. It is lighter for sure and also is slimmer which aids in the movement through the water.
Pin pointing is a snap with the Excalibur II. It does take practice but the pin pointing will come to be natural after a very short while.
I like to run in all metal all the time and use the discrimination mode to check to see if the target is iron or something of value.
All metal mode does seem to be deeper in most instances.
I would highly recommend getting a straight shaft for the Excalibur as the ergonomics of the Excalibur's factory shaft is really uncomfortable.
The older versions of the Excalibur had the older headphones which were uncomfortable and not really all that good. The new Koss yellow headphones are a marked improvement over the older blue headphones. Not having to change the headphones to after market headphones will save you around $175.
I would also recommend getting an extra battery pod for the Excalibur as you will be spending lots of time on the beach with this machine.
Don't sell the Excalibur II 1000 short for land detecting. I use mine for land detecting and it is as deep as the Sovereign which is the land only version of the Excalibur which is to say that it is very very deep. 17 frequencies running all at the same time allows for most targets to be detected even in some pretty bad conditions like black sand.
Don't forget that you will need a good sturdy sand scoop if you are using the Excalibur on the beaches. Hit those beaches at low tide and watch what you will find. Amazing!
If you are looking for a great amphibious detector then the Excalibur II 1000 is a very good choice.
Steve from Ohio from Akron, Ohio USA
Good beach MD.
Dmitry from Russia Moscow
The Excall II
So maybe if I don't tell them there are some really good book out there on the excal II and that the books can help them learn how to use their Excal II better. And not tell you the name of the books and don't give you a web site where you can go buy it. They might post this one but check ebay anyway.
Ok all in all the Excal is the best one out there. I have two of the now one with the 10" coil the other one with the 8" coil. They both have their place to be used. The 10" will go deeper then the 8" but if you get into a place were there is a lot of trash the 8" will work better for you as the Excal likes to null when you go over trash (And let me tell you the 10" is alot bigger then the 8" ALOT Bigger.
If you are looking for coins and rings that may not of been lost for along time and you think they are in the top 8” or so you can run you Excal II in the dis mod. It will tell you all you need to know about what is there and if you don't want to dig all the coins you don't have to. You will get to know the gold sound soon. After all what you really want to find is lost gold rings anyway right. As you just spent over $1,200.00 for your Excal II So find some gold and pay for your excal II or buy a 2nd one.
So if you are out there all day and you can't get a hit run your Excal II in the all-metal mod. It will go alot deep & when you find a deep hit check it in the dis mod. And if it does not null out when you go over it (in the Dis mod) move some sand away with you foot and check it again in dis mod. Most of the time it's a good target But. If it nulls out I move on & I don't dig it . And some times if it sounds like a coin some times I still don't dig it I'm looking for gold. Let the other guy dig it.
In the all metal you can get down some 6" deeper then in dis mod.
You are going over a lot of good deep targets when you are in the dis mod and you don't even know it. It is a little more work this way but you will find some more deep gold ring this way. And remember you don't have to dig all them deep coins sounds if you don't want to. With the Excal you will get to know what gold sounds like
Tom//MI. from Mi.