Minelab Excalibur 1000Price: $1000
Based on 63 reviews
Avg. Durability: 1.00
Avg. Ease of use: 1.50
Excalibur is the best U/W detector
JIMABEACH01 from THE MIDWEST,USA
Dave sorton from Cape coral florida
I love my Excalibur 1000s
I have owned one for about 11 months and the other for 2 months and I have had no break downs or problems with either one.
1. Get rid of the stock S shaft and get a balanced straight shaft. I use the Florida Straight Shaft.
2. Get a long handle big scoop for those deep targets in the water.
Treasure_Hunter from Orlando, Fl USA
Very Good Machine
To get good results I would turn up the sensitivity all the way, without going to Auto. Then set the threshold until there it little threshold tone or just turn it a little above threshold until it is silent.
What I also found is that the target tone is very different from all types of tone one may come across. So even if there is a lot of noise that is not targets you will definitly know. The target tone is a low hum very different from other signals. I have a CZ20 and it is a good machine but if I was to get another water machine it will be an Excalibur 1000.
Bert from Hawaii USA
Slow down part two
went to same location off LBI this time found silver dollar, silver dollar size civil war botton, found solid gold botton, three rings, one was 4K ruby 14 band 2 sinkers, barber dime 1911 and a 1913 wheat great shape
from some of the complaint that I have read it seems that those units maybe lemons. So far been using my minelab 1000 three weeks and found it much better than the others with one same flaw, light beach hunter they have the lights , but you have to get use to the music. again I like all my other machines dfx, mine se, beach hunter and new kid on the block 1000, after these pass weeks 1000 is my number #1 machine in water and dfx #1 on land love that pin point for dfx. In the water 1000 and locks on to the target GREAT!
jw slow your swings down .
small story! watch other detector people work their machines went over the same spots 1 hour later, found over 15 dollars in change with the dfx, slow down or someone like me will have the rewards been detecting for 7 years seen them all good lock!
Jw slow down 2 from Jw sayrville nj
a) whites beach hunter is a good metal detector a little bit light in the nose and it dose not lock on to target as hard as the minelab 1000
b) the minelab 1000 is heavy and that is to keep the unit down in the water. however minelab has made a new rod to balance of the feeling of being to heavy (kelly co sale the parts). Also the 1000 locks very hard onto targets in the water.
minelabs ex se is really nice machine and is easy to learn and its not that heavy, have to love that iron masking set-up, had a lot more fines.
white's dfx great pin pointing and great machine over all easy to learn and easy to handle look into the programs that are supplied to set-up pin pointing correctly
BUT minelabs do go deeper.
in wet sand or dry.
went to vero beach with whites beach hunter got down as far as 16inches dry sand found hair spray can
minelabs ex se in same area found picnic table 25 inches buried in sand from pass strom, still chained to the beach post
whites beach hunt found 1781 reale in new jersey 6 inches in the waters off oflong beach island
just received the minelab 1000 pin pointed 4 inches to find a flying eagle one cent
those 4 machines I find to be the best but slow down your swings and let the disk touch the ground or sand
good lock jw
Jw from Sayrville nj
Beach Detector Show Down
We packed up our detectors and headed to Daytona beach. It was a nice sunny day and perfect for a day of fun and sun.
We decided to make it fair we would take a small ring tie a string to it and bury it, then each of us try to detect it. We got close enough to the waves that each time the waves came in it would fill our hole in and we could go alittle deeper each try.
Here is our results:
Minelab 1000 7" inches max
Fisher CZ 20 9"
White's PI pro 12"
Garrett Infinium 15"
Keep in mind this is a very small 14k baby ring. It won't even fit on my pinky finger.
Steve from Florida
I've owned all three
I currently have a Minelab Excalibur. Not the 800 or 1000 but the original Excalibur with the blue sword on the side. I think Minelabs 1st Excalibur was the best one built. I have never had any loose knobs or rusting post that I often read about. Plus the head phones are way better than the 800 or 1000. I have found alot of very nice items with it. It has more than paid itself off. But with that said it has been to the repair shop more times than I would have liked. It is a good detector but not a fantastic detector. Very costly to repair and very heavy. It does have a learning curve. Mostly to get use to the threshold changing. But over all it's a decent detector.
I prefer my Garrett infinium for most situations it is lighter easily hipmounted and does a wonderful job once you learn how to use it. It has NEVER been to the repair shop and is built like a tank. My Fisher CZ 20 has also NEVER been to the repair shop and is about the easiest of the 3 to understand how to operate. Here again you must take time to learn and understand the detectors capability. Some people just say it's junk after a couple hours of use and go back to what ever brand they had before. If you are after small gold objects most VLF detectors just can't do the job PERIOD. I don't care if you rub it on the coil it will not detect it. The sensitivity of the detector isn't designed to pick up a object that small. Make sure that the detector you chose can do the job you want. I like all 3 and have learned with time all detectors even the older models can find great treasure. You just got to stay at it and be at the right place at the right time. If I had to pick only one detector for all detecting I would take the Infinium. It's not for everyone it is a PI detector and you do dig more junk than a DISC model detector but the sensitivity and versitality make it my personal favorite. I have dug thousands of pull tabs over the years. But that 3 carat diamond set in platinum I found makes me dig them all =)
When I hear some of the stories on the forums about people finding a coin 3 feet deep or a gold ring 20 inches in the gound it makes me laugh. No detector EVER made can do that. If you really want to see how deep a detector can detect a object. Dig a hole about 3 ft deep and get a yard stick. Place coins or any type of metal in the walls of the hole. This way it is in undisturbed ground. Take a measurement of how deep each object is and then fill your hole in. Now get your detector out and see if it can detect any or all of the targets you buried.
I found this a good way to see how well a detector works. Old detectors or new most don't go deeper than 10 to 12 inches deep. That is one with a large search coil and give a feint signal at best.
Now get out there and find a treasure you will enjoy the rest of your life...
Steve from Orlando, Florida
I found that the CZ20 does produce false signals when working the shore line when the coil hits the water. I was told the SurfMaster PI does the same thing too. The Excalibur 1000 DOES NOT do that. It perfectly stable: does not produce flase signals.
Bert from Hawaii
The good and the bad
better than the fisher 1280x which i also have
and its over all performance is good but its not a begginers machine at all you have to take time and learn the settings or you will find nothing i know it took me a few months to get used to it
Mark benwell from Weymouth england