Changed my mind - anyone want a 5000?
by David Gough
When this page first came out I submitted a comment praising the 5000.
I have since changed my mind. It cannot be denied that the 5000 is a leap forward in many areas, giving the operator many many choices of settings.
With effort and experience it can be optimised to suit all situations.
In reality most 5000 owners will use no more than five or six combinations and a fair few operators will set it up and leave it there. I have a 5000 a 4500 and a Eureka Gold (don't waste your hard earned money on the eureka, it is a kids toy).
Having used the 5000 for several years I had to return it to Minelab as it had developed an echo,
Minelab returned it saying it was fine in normal settings. In my opinion it should be fine in all setting combinations otherwise why have them.
All of the above is well and good but the real test is how much gold you get with the machine and I would have to say that I am getting a lot less gold with the 5000.
Whilst my 5000 was away I borrowed a 4500 from Coiltek. Within five minutes of starting the machine Same place as where the 5000 went loopy I went over a boot scrape and got a clear signal that had to be a big bit down a fair way.
I dug down a bit and the signal inverted. I pulled out a 5oz nugget (and a 5g piece I had cut of the big bit) at just under a metre down. That week in the same paddock I pulled out two more pieces weighing 33g and 45g. I went back to Coiltek and bought the 4500 from them.
This year I travelled to WA with a friend who used my 4500 and I used the 5000. Every place we found gold he found more than me. Not just some of the time, all of the time.
My friend had to go back to Victoria so I put the 5000 away and used the 4500.
I went back over an area I had chained and got two bits of about a gram each and a specimen with about 25 grams of gold in it. I am using the same coil, same batteries and pretty much the same settings as well.
I will now sell my 5000, as I am as sure as I need to be that the 4500 will find more gold and when all is said and done, that is what I need my machine to do. Anyone want a 5000?