Minelab Excalibur 800Price: $800
Based on 7 reviews
Minelab excailbur 800
Now the bad bits.
Knobs fall off and very expensive to repair, useless on normal batteries not designed for inland work, heavy without a harness not able to change heads.
But to end on a positive note, good finds when all OK had mind for 4 years lots of early problems but minelab sorted them out. Would recommend this machine but not for beginners.
Mark from Weymouth
Gold hunters choise.
If you want deep and some small target to find use the Excalibur II 1000 if small and very small but not deep use the Excalibur 800 or a Excalibur II 800, I think the 8 inch coil is better for a small targets.
And very hard to find only gold, I will set dsc lvl to the 3 ( I test a wife's gold ornaments for a dcs lvl from 3 to 9) and find many "non iron" trash. For a beach it's better I think Xterra 505 (I can set the dcs to the gold only) for underwater use only a Excalibur's.
For two weekends I found three gold rings, two small chains and one earring with red stone and piercing with the small natural brilliant (and many beach trash). Excalibur II 1000 sees only rings.
Dmitry from Russia
I would highly recommend getting the straight shaft available from the aftermarket and upgrade the batteries if you have NIcads to NIMH that are also available from the aftermarket.
In its factory form, the Excalibur is uncomfortable and heavy to swing. But put a straight shaft on it and it becomes a thing of joy to use.
The Excalibur 800 is a tough machine at first to get to know because it depends on your ability to learn the sounds it makes. Only spending quite a few hours with it will make you learn what this machine is capable of. A dime makes a different sound than a penny and even zinc pennies make a different sound than a copper penny. The sounds are slightly different and to anyone not familiar with the 800, they almost sound alike. Only experience will allow you to know the differences.
On the saltwater beaches, the Excalibur is incredible with no changes needed to go from dry sand to water. In fresh water, the Excalibur works equally as well.
On dry land, with the straight shaft, you can swing it all day and not get tired. It goes deep even with the 8 inch coil. Aftermarket coils are available but must be installed by someone who knows what they are doing in order to keep it waterproof.
Overall I would give the Excalibur 800 5 stars. Buy it, use it and then find it all.
Steve from From Ohio USA
Excalibur 800 dream machine.
Thom from Pennsylvania
Excalibur 800 with the WOT Coil
Vern from Southern California, USA
It is very stable in fresh or salt water, sensitive to small targets, and has great depth. A bit heavy for land use but it is THE detector of choice for water hunting.
William Lee from USA
It also doesn't seem to go deep enough in water, but I never tried the larger coil that came with it. Never had any problem with the wiring like other people complain about.
Carol K from Connecticut