Learnt a lot in Cue.

by Trevor Bartlett
(Nuriootpa, South Australia)

I used a brand new GPZ 7000 this year in Cue over 2.5 months in my first journey to the Western Australian goldfields.

To start with I found difficulty detecting with the machine as I was uncertain of what I was actually listening too.

There is nothing like getting out there detecting though and after several days of use, I became more settled and understanding what the detector was telling me.

While I have not found big nuggets yet, I have found many TINY nuggets down to some 6 to 8 inches. The settings on this detector I feel are easier to understand than the GPX series. There have been statements that the GPZ is heavy, and this is true.

However my belief is that the swing harness supplied with the GPZ is badly designed.

I made some minor changes to the harness to allow the two side struts to take more load and transfer this weight to my back.

This did help me somewhat, but it still needs more modifications made. Over the next few weeks I am going to make some more modifications to ensure that this harness does not put weight on the top of my shoulders when swinging the detector.

If this is successful then I feel that this detector will not be the problem that is currently being experienced by a lot of us out there.

The 14 inch coil is good for nuggets near the surface, and the 19inch also very good at detecting these same small nuggets.

I am still to find larger nuggets, but have seen examples of big nuggets found very deep when others have used this coil.

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Oct 06, 2019
Miners belt
by: Trevor

The miners belt that I use is from Scarborough Upholstery (from NSW if memory serves me correctly). I use the belt "upside down" as it stops any strain on the attachment points used to hold the swing cord, and sofar it is good. The other thing about this belt is that it is good quality and also has a lot less metal than a lot of the Miner's Belts out there on the market. I hope this helps anyone looking at an alternative to the Pro Swing Harness by Minelab.

Jan 08, 2019

by: Udo

HI Trev

Sorry about the delay in publishing this it was hidden in as remote part of the website.

I still use the pro-swing harness but have taken the stiffeners out and it works ok for me.

What brand of miners belt?


Oct 30, 2018
Detecting in Cue update
by: Trevor

I went back to Cue in 2018 and spent three months detecting for gold again. Last year I went home with about 12.5 grams of gold. Having learnt a lot about the area, this year I managed to find just short of three ounces. The Minelab Pro Swing harness has now been ditched and I use a miners belt to swing the detector. This has taken all the weight off my shoulders and lengthened the amount of time I am able to stay out detecting as my lower back is now taking all the strain. This change does take some getting used to as it does restrict the swing arc a little. I am still looking at the cord setup to the detector so that it will be easier to use the miners belt. With the Minelab Pro-swing harness I had to call it quits after about 2 - 3 hours. With the miners belt I have detected up to nearly seven hours without have upper back and shoulder pain.

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