by ray attard
We all know the 7K is heavy and that's why minelab have included the harness u all to assemble and adjust to carry the weight of the machine.
Most who have a 7 and have the harness adjusted properly are over the whingers that moan about the weight.
Granted u will have a weight issue going up a hill side but hey simply adjust your bungy cord to suit, which takes all of 40 seconds to do.
Mate of mine has pinged a 57oz piece at 1.1m and has had the 5k with a large coil over the same area and it didn't find the target.
To say a 5k with a large coil would have found the target that the 7K did is a load of hogwash simply because if u didn't have that large coil on u will never have found anything because I don't know 1 single person that switches coils and detects the same area twice if they have found a target.
The 7K comes with a 14" coil end of story thus u compare what the average prospector swings not with what he should have or might have swung but what is glued to the end of the detector shaft.
I would say from what I have seen that the 11" mono seems to be the coil of choice followed by the 17x11" and for small gold the 8" commander or the 8x6 coil for small gold. The 14" Elite coil has now earned a very good reputation for its performance, something u may need to test. The beauty of the 7k is that so far this one coil has managed to find what a assortment of other coils have detected and all without changing coils and wasting time going backwards and forward to your camp.
The 7k has its moments like any other machine but u can almost certainly overcome the hiccups.
Price isn't an issue coz there are many ground penetrating radar machines for prices that well and truly exceed $20k and there are other machines that compete in the market place yet no one could be bothered yet they whinge about a new product which Minelab release that the vast silent majority find as a game changer.
Sure the 7k finds small gold but who the hell is whinging about finding gold. The GPZ cant find gold if u haven't walked over it and it sure as hell is giving the bulldozer a run for its money.
geez I'll give someone else a chance.