Minelab Excalibur 1000Price: $1000
Based on 63 reviews
Avg. Durability: 1.00
Avg. Ease of use: 1.50
The one to have for fresh and salt water or on dry land
A few years ago I decided to try water hunting. I checked all the names like White, Garrett, Tesoro and Minelab. Seems Minelab has a whole bunch of fans and even some haters. I did a survey of people on one of the metal detecting forum sites and the overall opinion was that the Minelab Excalibur is the machine to have if you do salt or fresh water hunting. So I bought a Minelab 800 that was used. At first I hated the ergonomics of the Excalibur till I got a straight shaft and then it was a joy. I found tons of rings in the water with the 800 but I really wanted the new Excalibur II 1000 so I sold the 800 and got a brand new 1000.
There is quite a difference in coverage from the 8 inch coil on the 800 to the 10 inch coil on the II 1000. The newer coil on the II 1000 is thinner than the older coils so it is very easy to move through the water. Even easier than the old 800's coil.
The Excalibur II 1000 is a sound only machine and requires a good ear to hear the different sounds that each target makes. After a while it becomes easy to know what is under your coil.
Since getting the Excalibur II 1000, my finds of gold and silver in the water has exploded. In the past I've owned other brands of water detectors but they just did not perform as the Excalibur detectors have for me. I now hunt water almost exclusively but every once in a while I take the Excalibur II 1000 land hunting and even there it really shines. The multiple frequencies of the Excalibur makes for one really hot detector.
If you are thinking of getting an Excalibur II, I would highly recommend getting a straight shaft and a knob guard. The straight shaft makes the Excalibur almost weightless and really easy to swing.
The Excalibur is a professional metal detector and is used by many treasure hunters. The Mel Fisher group uses them.
I highly recommend the Excalibur II 1000.
Steve from Ohio from Cleveland Ohio
What a machine !!!!
The Excal has been the only machine that is stable in the waters I hunt. I thought I could get a deeper machine, but found out how unstable the others really are. I'm all for having the best machine for the conditions and found out the Excal is the one for me for depth and stability in fresh and salt.
Central Valley CA. from USA
Fisher & Minelab
The Fisher loves rings which I use on dry land and the Excal is good in the water. They both do well against other detectors in similiar conditions.
So I take both to the beach in Fl.
It is important to get the correct settings for both to respond properly. Depending on ground or sand conditions, and settings they will provide good depth...and there is a tremendous amount of trash everywhere so you have to dig around it...
JG from Fl
South fl excal
I have only used it 1 day and there definitely are many tones to learn. It scares me to hear 2 outta 10 don't have problems, I think and hope mine is ok. I look forward to waking up early and going to use it 1st thing. I purchased it from kelly co, they were very nice. I also have a fisher f5, it always says a nickel when its a bottle cap. It doest seem like I have this problem with the excal. I hope.
I found alotta coins with the fisher and even a 14 k gold ring the 1st month I used it but it seemed very erratic and I almost didn't even dig the ring I found that day. I called fisher any they said the way it acts is normal, I don't know. I'd like to keep the fisher for an extra but if the excal holds up and keeps working good, I'll probably sell the fisher, any way I hope I got a good build on my excal and look foward to hopefully finding some nice jewelry to pay for it.
Thanks and happy hunting.
Matt from S. FL
Excalibur user for 4 years now
these will give ideas of what to expect using the excals, and the new excal II
Joe/Oldebeechnut from Baltimore Maryland
Extremely Fun and Versatile All-Terrain Metal Detector
I caught onto the different tones it makes early on and how to manually configure the different settings to read deeper into the ground. What I did was setup a "garden" like you've probably read elsewhere and spent a few hours learning the tones and beeps. If you use jewelry in your garden make sure to tie a string around it to a piece of wood or something just in case.
You could probably find it again with the detector but you'd hate to lose your wedding ring or something. Not that I used my wedding ring...
Anyways, I have used this on fresh water lake beaches, sand, dirt, gravel and other terrain and it seems to just work everywhere. I love it. At this point my most interesting find was an old wheat back penny that had a bullet hole through it, probably shot with a .22 rifle or something. I used a magnify glass to read the date and what not.
Jesse from Spokane, WA USA
MINELAB IS MAKING CHANGES
Lee Ivester in Mooresville NC
I am by no means making any excuses for minelab
I found out they have had all there old techs
quit because they were not relocating to Detroit
in minelabs relocation move.
They are training new techs right now, I wanted to send my 800 in and have it tested and gone over.
But I decided to wait until this winter.
Try contacting your attorney general office of consumer complaints they may be able to help you.
Brian K Fletcher from In The Sticks Pennsylvania
Lee Ivester from Mooresville NC
A + machine
M Barrett from Invercargill new zealand
Thoroughly convinced by the results
I hunted a local beaches that have been hunted before by others. I pulled coins up to 16" down - heavily corroded indicating they had been there quite some time.
I then moved into the water with it and within 30 minutes had a solid gold identification bracelet.
There is a learning curve with the Excalibur II. Go to Youtube and search for excalibur metal detector. There are several beach hunting videos that will give you a great start for free. Understand that AM = All Metal which is the "Pinpoint" setting on the excalibur.
Clive Clynick has written a number of helpful books. I purchased "Finding Gold, Silver and Coins with the Minelab Sovereign and Excalibur; Advanced Methods for Finding Gold in the water with the Minelab Excalibur; and his latest - Advanced Field Methods for the Minelab Excalibur. You will not fully understand them on the first read. Don't get frustrated - go use the machine and then re-read them. It will fall into place and you will be finding things others missed.
I have taken over $20.00 in change plus silver rings, chains, gold charms and the Gold braclet over the summer. In my humble opinion, the ability to hunt land and water, the discrimination capability provided by this instrument and the deep penetration achieved make this unit well worth the cost.
GoldDiggerAtLast! from Minneapolis