Minelab Excalibur 1000Price: $1000
Based on 63 reviews
Avg. Durability: 1.00
Avg. Ease of use: 1.50
At first I thought I was not using it right. No major finds when others were finding stuff. I started checking their finds (while in ground) and sure enough, I heard each of them. Conclusion, if I move over it, I will hear it.
Only complaint, the knobs loosen.
Gary Bear from Southern Cal.
Lee ivester from Mooresville, NC, USA
Johnny t from Lincroft nj usa
Minelab Excallibur 1000
I have owned this detector for 5 months now.
Took a little getting used to since my first had visual ID.
Used objects from previous finds to "fine tune" my ear before getting wet.
I hunt mostly in the salt water with this unit. So far have had NO problems. I've been wiped out by more than my share of waves and the Excalibur just keeps on finding the good stuff.
Has good depth, finds at 10 - 12 inches, and if you invest the time to learn the detector before rushing out expecting to find the big one, you'll be impressed.
Discrimination is great. Leaves the bobby pins(I can still hear them however)but finds the chains with a nice tone.
If your looking to the water, this is the unit. Spend some time ear training, knob adjusting to ID targets etc.
Treat it with a little TLC at the end of the day and it will reward you time and again.
Dave from At the BEACH ...silly.
Minelab Excalibur 1000
I will take it to Hawaii again, and if it does not perform in 1-2 days, I will look for a local metaldetecting store and buy something else. Not sure yet what it will be, but not a Minelab. It has been a totally frustrating experience. I had lots of static in the unit while in Hawaii, Oahu. The local dealer who I met on the beach told me that this happens frequently with the Minelab.
If you are looking forward to spend a nice vacation in Hawaii metal detecting on the beaches, it is very disappointing that the unit is just not performing what the ads tell you.
Mary from USA
Minelab Excalibur 1000
Something that most of you folks appear to be overlooking is that the Excalibur is designed as an underwater unit. I get the feeling you bought it as a beach unit. Yes, it's heavy. Try using a waterproof unit underwater and you will complain about it. Why? because it will float. The Surfmaster floated and was a pain to use underwater. The Minelab doesn't float. That's the way it should be. Yes, there is a problem with the wiring when you hipmount. However, I've seen the Fisher CZ-5 wiring break several times on the same unit after hipmounting. This problem isn't isolated to Minelab. The discrimination works very well. You don't need the pinpoint function. It pinpoints just fine in discriminate mode. I guess if you are digging ferrous material maybe the pinpoint mode would be helpful. The depth is fine by me. I've dug targets 12-14 inches deep. Battery life is good. I thinks folks are being critical here. I haven't run the batteries dead yet. Here's why. I charge it up each time I'm finished with it. Average time is around 10-15 hours. Come on folks, I doubt that there are many of you are out there swinging a detector for 10 to 15 hours non-stop. Price?? A little high but what isn't besides a Bounty hunter. You get what you pay for.
I would rate this Excalibur as a top of the line unit. That's just my opinion.
Don from USA
My new excaliber 1000 does a great job in the water and on the beach. It gives off a very loud signal on targets and goes deep. The only draw backs are the weight of the unit and the knobs on the equipment always comes lose. Also when you are recharging the battery it has no indication that it is on. Other than that it is a very reliable detector and works well in all types of soil. I am very happy with it.
Da Hunta from USA
All tat and no performance!
Fred from USA
Minelab Excalibur 1000
Raoul from Australia
Having the BBS tech., when in all metal mode, will cancel out the threshold tone when passing over iron. Having the detector in all metal mode is automatically in pin pointer mode, and with the open faced coil you can know exactly where your target is located. A few problems that I have run across with this detector is with the knobs on the unit. After some use they either loosen, or the insides of them break. Customer service with Minelab was nice enough to give me new knobs free of charge. I have switched about 5 times, and have recently run out of back-up knobs. When detecting in shallow water or on the sand/dirt, a problem of weight occurs. The 10? coil is heavy, once in water the weight goes away. The height of the coil makes it difficult to detect in the breaks of the waves. When using the Excal. in the water, a deposit of sand will collect under the coil cover.
My only problem has been getting mixed signals. This can be avoided by removing the coil cover and rinsing it. The hip mount for this unit was not well thought out. It sits uncomfortably on your and the wire get tangled easily. But the good side is that you?re carrying a much lighter load.
Being a new metal detectorist, I thought it would take me a while to learn how to use this machine. That is not that case at all with this machine. I was out finding what I wanted to find in a few hours. Over the 3-4 months of detecting. I have found 1000?s of clad coins, and a fair amount of jewelry, the most exciting find being a 10k gold 6 diamond stone ring in the wet sand.
Driveway from Connecticut