Minelab Excalibur 1000

Price: $1000
Avg. Score: 4 stars 3.90
Based on 63 reviews

Avg. Durability: 1 star1.00
Avg. Ease of use: 1 star1.50
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Minelab Excalibur 1000

December 24, 2003
We purchased this machine one year ago believing the marketing that it could perform well in highly mineralized soil where we hunt for various ancient coins. Unfortunently the model has frequent problems with depth in our area due to mineralization, interference from the wires, poor battery life, and like some of the other reviews I have read seems to be a futuristic type toy instead of a professional machine.

The cost was high and in our area it is impossible to buy detectors so we became stuck with an exspensive machine that has no use as I said in highly mineralized soil areas.

Overall Rating 2 stars

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Minelab Excalibur 1000

March 20, 2003
I have owned this detector for 4 years now. It works perfectly. It is a bit on the heavy side but by far the best underwater detector I've used. It gives loud clear signals on even deep targets.

The part I like best is the iron mask feature. I used a Fisher CZ 20 for along time and it just loved iron. I have read some bad reveiws on Minelabs but have yet to have any problems. Till Minelab makes something better I will keep using mine.

Overall Rating 5 stars!

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Excalibur 1000

April 15, 2002
I have one that I use as a back up unit. I had used the BBS technology (a sovereign) and liked the discrimination by the sound. Unfortunately, with the poor standard blue headphones they give, you loose 100% of the interest of the technology. This unit has a design problem. What a pity, the depth is so good. I think that it was designed in a pure "marketing " way, not considering the ease of use. They wanted to make a unit with a futuristic look able to justify the high price they sell it. It looks like a big child toy, and it is one. So be prepared to change everything because every item will break, link.
The coil cover for instance: it collects sand and will completely destroy your coil. The wires for the headphones are so thin. This unit is so heavy, it's incredible. Impossible to hunt in heavy surf with it you can not swing it. Poor battery life. NEVER hipmount it, the wires don't like it. Everything in it can and will break. That way there is a "parallel" market that has been developed: you can buy other headphones, other coils, change the wires, change the stem for a better balance of the weight.
If you want a good beach machine with the same depth and discrimation, buy a fischer CZ 20, they have a very good warranty.

Overall Rating 2 stars

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