Minelab Excalibur 1000Price: $1000
Based on 63 reviews
Avg. Durability: 1.00
Avg. Ease of use: 1.50
BULKY- BUT A FRESH WATER RING KILLER
ROBERT S. from EDISON, NJ. USA
Excalibur spends much time in shop for repair
The Excalibur 1000 is only a fair machine. I find it to be my choice only for a first hunt in trashy areas if there is no outside radio frequency interferance. It seems to be greatly affected by the presence of outside sources of RF.
It frequently just begins making squawking noise and the only thing to do is shut it off.
I find it's ability to locate deep targets dissapointing. It is a very clumbsey unit to handle in the surf or current. The lower shaft is not durable and a spare is necessary to have on hand.
The knobs on my unit were of poor quality as the insert in them were made of common steel. One trip to the ocean left them crusted in rust. Very poor for a machine advertised as a salt water item. Minelabs did replace them with better knobs with brass inserts.
It has quit working on me a couple times and I have had to send it in for repair. Turn around time was way too long if you only have one machine and enjoy hunting.
I personally would not trust it on a travel trip without a back-up machine.
The rechargable battery only last a few months and need to be replaced. It's ability to hold a charge was poor and after only a few uses would not run for a long day of hunting. Poorest and most expensive battery I have ever found on any piece of electronic equipment. I swaped to a battery pack that uses 8 AA cells. These will only run the machine about 6 to 8 hours so have a change handy.
It will give a good indication of an iron target but goes crazy if much mineralization is in the ground. It works just OK in clean sand of Florida but performs poorly over hot rock areas unless sensitivity is reduced till it will find very little of anything.
I have owned it for over five years, used it for hours but still prefer the CZ 20 to 1 over the Excal 1000. I do find the 800 to be a little more proficient and stable. Some folks report having good faith and luck with the machine but that was not my experience. I have used metal detectors for over 26 years.
Ken from Currently in Hawaii
Excalibur 800 & 1000 are fine for diving.
Sandman from USA
Poor performance while diving
On land it is a super detector, but while scuba-diving
the sound run off and you can do nothing about it.
For two times I have sent it back to Ireland,
and asked for repair, but I get it back with the same problem.
You only can search in the Pin-point mode while diving,
so you will find tons of iron trash.
If I had known before I would have bought a fisher or a tigershark...
Alberto@tiscali.nl from Netherlands
Beach sweep from Redbank usa
Dont know what all the hype is about this detector!
Peter from Long Island, NY
Great Beach Detector
Wayne from Florida
The standard shaft supplied with this unit is poorly designed by mounting the head unit below the grip and above the shaft. It is recommended that you get the upgraded "Balanced Shaft" with the "Lightweight Aluminum Guard" that protects the knobs. This mounts the head unit under your forearm making it much lighter and easier to swing. The extra cost is about $130. I would seriously recommend this shaft and getting a "hip mount kit" to anyone who plans on using this in the surf or lakes.
Those who complain about the weight of this unit are probably using the factory shaft. Your gripes are understandable but if weight is an issue for you, consider that a 6 x 12 sand scoop full of wet sand almost weighs 20 lbs and the waves usually break right where the good finds are. Surf hunters must be able to take a beating from the waves, at times, and develop the ability to pinpoint and scoop their target blindfolded while standing in one spot of turbulent water.
Sound like fun doesn't it? It is!
Steven Goodman from Virginia
At First I Hated It! Now I love It!
When I first got my machine about 3 months ago, I was amazed at how easy it seemed to work. Then as the ground thawed and I started to hunt I soon became dissatisfied. It seemed to have poor depth and very unstable. The tone would bounce all over the place and I dug as many as 10 holes to 1 real target. I got to the place where I wanted my money back! I thought it was a piece of junk!
A friend who also owned the Excalibur convinced me to calm down and begin to learn the machine. I took his advice and made a "coin garden" and began studying how the detector responded to different targets. I then went into the field with the attitude to learn and not gripe.
Today after about 60 hours of practice I love the Minelab Excalibur 1000! It's a great land hunting machine, the best I've ever owned. And I've owned the best of other brands.
The secret to using any Minelab detector is to learn the machine. It does give a distinct tone for coins, jewelry, and artifacts. In fact, for the price, it's probably the best Civil War relic machine in the world. It's also a killer in high trash areas.
Now I just need to see how well it does at the beach.
Thank you Minelab!
Minelab Owner from Michigan, USA
Excalibur 800 & 1000
I prefer to search in the all metal mode and use the discriminate to use the Iron-Mask feature. My discriminate level is 0 otherwise. I prefer to dig everything. I've found that if you don't register nickels then you can't find platinum and that a diamond ring is seen as a pull tab.
I usually use auto sensitivity or lower it if I get a lot of interference. I prefer to tune my unit by first selecting discriminate and have a very slite sound and then turn it to all metal. The discriminate setting under good conditions has a very smooth threshold but if close to a radio station or if the Navy decides to play with their electronics it can get so erratic that all metal is your only choice. Even under these conditions you can use discriminate to check if the target is iron.
I've had a lot of detectors but I prefer the 800 over the rest.
Darrell P. from Honolulu, HI