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Options Fisher Gold Bug Pro Minelab XT 18000
Detector Type Nugget Detector Nugget Detector
Price $700 $850
Manufactured in 2010 1997
Battery Type 9V 8 AA
Weight (Lbs.) 2.5 3.5
Operating frequency 19 kHz. 6.4, 20, 60 kHz.
Display Yes None
Backlight No No
Target ID Numeric Audio
Tone ID 2 Tones
Search Modes
  • Discriminate
  • All Metal
  • Pinpoint N/M
  • Motion Detector
  • Ground Adjust
  • Discrinination
Ability to change coils Yes Yes
Ground balance Manual Auto
Waterproof Coil only Coil only
Warranty 5 Years 2 Years
Number of Reviews graph 10
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Avg. User Rating 4.91 5.00
Avg. Durability Rating 4.60
Avg. Ease of Use Rating 4.40
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Most helpful review for Fisher Gold Bug Pro

Gold Bug DP Pro - First impressions
Just bought this great machine - confess I have only used it once for 1 hour on the beach but found 12 coins at various depths ranging from just beneath the surface to 9 inches.

I have owned the Garrett 250, Minelab Etrac, Sovereign GT, Explorer SE Pro, Tesoro Vaquero and The Laser Hawkeye - But all had varying issues which resulted in me selling them. I am not knocking any of these machines but on first impressions the Gold Bug seems to be the perfect machine for me.

It is lightweight. Easy to switch on and go yet it is a serious machine. I bought it for all round use and have so far found it to be the easiest of all the machines I have used on the beach. It works well on dry, wet and black sand. I used it in discrimination mode at 20 which cut out iron nails. The target ID numbers locked onto the target and remained constant with each pass. I could easily identify modern coinage and also found the depth to be accurate.

Ground balancing was quick and easy and pinpointing was spot on. I turned the gain to practically full on and the machine still remained quiet. Moving to the wet sand just required a quick ground balance and off I went. The machine is extremely quiet between targets, non of those confusing multi tones.

I air tested the Gold bug for sensitivity to small gold items and it detected everything including fine trace chains. None of the other machines I owned matched this sensitivity to gold.

Tomorrow I will be testing it on pastureland. I am confident from what I have seen so far that the Gold bug will prove equally as good on land.

Still have a lot to learn about this machine but I know I will enjoy getting to know it better.
Keith from England UK

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Most helpful review for Minelab XT 18000

The xt18000's
These are simply the best Minelab gold VLF's that were made. But there are two different models of the XT18000, the early and the late, and they are vastly different units.
The 'early' 18000's have a very loud audio and a terrific sensitivity to them in both the 60khz and 20 khz frequency's. You can actually "feel" the 60khz penetrating into and feeling it's way amongst the dirt, but not very far, only an inch or so, which in this frequency ( as in all very high frequency detectors ) is about all the depth they will get you on very small pieces of gold. The 60khz will hit on larger pieces a bit deeper though, but not much deeper. The 20khz an allrounder.

The 6.4khz on these models however is a very dull frequency and only suited for the big coils and thumbnail size targets and up. The early models would blank out and shut down over very large surface targets and severe ironstone outcrops etc.

The later model XT18000's, which have a white stripe on the tone dial and had the box bracket mounted under the forearm, had a very low audio. Pathetically low. What they did have though, was a fantastic "audio supression" in them. This meant that they would not blast your ears over large targets. But the best thing with this new audio suppression was that when worked with a good signal enhancer, the threshold could be brought way up into your ears to judge slight dropout's and rises in the threshold ( meaning very deep targets could be heard quite distinctly ) but large surface targets dulled down to protect your hearing.

The 20khz and 60khz on these later models were some how not as sensitive as on the early models....But....The 6.4khz was much more sensitive on them than the earlier model. A real killer on smallish and deep targets.
On my late model unit I can run the big 14.5" WOT coil along the side of a car and drop off the other end and the detector recovers itself instantly. Amazing detector.

The automatic ground balancing on these units leaves the auto tracking on detectors like the Lobo supatrack and MXT's and GMT's for dead in hot ground. That is the truth...Whether the Whites or Tesoro dealers like it or not.
I have made many good gold finds with my 18000's and cannot recommend them highly enough to other detectorist's for gold detecting.

I hope this helps someone.
Dual Ace from Victoria, Australia

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