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Gold Monster 1000

Post  au-fever on Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:26 am

Anybody have any experience with the new Gold Monster as yet, I bought one to try out on trashy areas on the goldfields and for working old sites for coins, have had a play with it in the backyard and it seems a capable machine and works pretty well, as yet I have not used it on hot ground so I was wondering if anyone has had one in the field yet?

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Re: Gold Monster 1000

Post  adrian ss on Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:51 am

I have not used one but make of this what you will:
http://www.minelab.com/anz/go-minelabbing/treasure-talk/gold-monster-1000-first-impressions

Sounds to me like a Gold bug or GMT. Good on the small stuff but it does not get good depth in tough ground.
The Auto Ground tracking seems to be ok but the auto sensitivity is what keeps it singing in tough ground by winding the sens down a lot.

Just an opinion from my interpretation of a couple of Reviews.


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Post  Wombat on Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:52 am

I tried one a few weeks ago with Darren Kamp from Gold & Relics, just before it's release. We found it not a bad machine for the price. And it does what it say's it does, "discriminate". We found it fairly accurate on ferrous and non-ferrous targets when working in shallow. We tried it on medium to high mineralised ground in both settings (Sallow & Deep)and  noticed that you had to tone down the sensitivity a bit if it became un-stable. We put it up against my 5000 with an 8" Commander coil. The 1000 was getting most targets at shallow depth ( about 4-5") that the 5000 was getting. The 1000 did pick up one target that the 5000 could not. It was the smallest piece of rolled up tin foil, like what you would find in cigarette packets. We also tried it on my test gold piece 0.28g and it picked that up with no problems raising the big coil to about 6". One thing we both realised was you can swing this machine a lot quicker than you would with most other machines and it would still pick up the target. We found a small rusty bed spring that you would find on an old stretcher bed. The 1000 was telling us that it was ferrous and the machine could still pick that up at about 16" above the ground, still swing the coil fast. The only coil we were using on the day was the big elliptical coil. Of hand I think that is about 6" x 8". The small coil (5" round) would be great on mullock heaps. Also there is no threshold which may take some people sometime to get use to. You can either use it as an open speaker or use head phones. It has automatic ground balance and two battery packs. One sealed unit and one that takes 6 AA batteries. Two battery charger, one car charger and one 240 volt charger. The machine can be used either with Adults or Children as there is an very small shaft attachment that you can screw on to the upper shaft that then holds the coil. This will make the whole unit about two & half feet to three feet long including the controls and arm rest. Overall I think this may be a good introduction machine for anyone that was thinking of getting into gold prospecting but does not want to fork out the dollars at only $1099. Or who wants a machine that they want to use in trashy areas looking for coins and relics and possibly a nugget or two. I hope to borrow one again in a few weeks when our PMAV Branch has it's next outing and giving it a good going over on the goldfield up here in Maryborough.
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Re: Gold Monster 1000

Post  au-fever on Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:17 am

Hi Adrian ss and Wombat

Thanks for the replies, seems like a pretty capable machine for the price, I always wanted something that would be good to use in high trash areas and can handle the hot ground, as stated I really wanted it for searching for coins and relics as we often come across old stock yards and camp sites that are of interest but ten minutes with a pi detector and the rubbish drives you nuts and you give it away.

Thinking about it later after testing the gold monsters discrimination which is a bit limited compared to something like the Sovereign Gt, I came to the realisation that in the goldfields there is far more ferrous trash than non ferrous trash, much more tin and iron than there is non ferrous stuff like lead, silver, copper, brass, gold etc., so even with a limited discrimination and as long as it can handle the hot ground conditions it should be a useful tool for the coin and relic hunter, and if it can snag a nuggie or two as well then that's a bonus.

In the suburbs in parks and on beaches its more the other way round where it seems there is a higher amount of non ferrous trash about like aluminium pull tabs, foil, screw caps, and a bit less tin and, iron, so I am thinking it would be more of a challenge to use due to the trash down here than up there, I occasionally hunt an area of park that was the site of a ww2 two up site, the worst of this spot is that the lawnmowers have destroyed lots of ally cans so the place is littered with ally fragments, so the gold monster would be useless in a place like that and my sovereign gt is able to discriminate out a lot of it.

Its a very adaptable machine and I like that it can be altered to suit your needs, I have already adapted mine to a standard minelab top and lower shaft, so that I can leave it assembled and shorten it by pushing in the lower shaft to store it or make it the length I prefer it at, as I noticed that the standard screw together shaft with the bigger coil on is quite long and makes it feel quite heavy after awhile, pushing the minelab lower shaft in a couple of notches makes it feel better and more balanced.

Will be heading off pretty soon so looking forward to giving it a bit of use.

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Re: Gold Monster 1000

Post  Jen58 on Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:48 pm

I have been reading about this VLF gold monster1000 and I may have the perfect spot to try one out
Lots of tiny specks in amongst the top of the granite sand

that is of course if my sdc2300 & zed has left any for the GM 1000
Will be trying one out next month

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Re: Gold Monster 1000

Post  Wombat on Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:53 pm

I've got a loan of one from next Friday for our next PMAV Sunday outing. I've got it for 3 days to try out and then our branch members will be able to try it out on the Sunday. All PMAV members are more than welcome to come along and have a go of it on the Sunday. Or if they contact me before hand, can try it with me over the 3 days when I pick it up.
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Re: Gold Monster 1000

Post  Jen58 on Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:15 pm


I will have my GM 1000 soon.. ( end of the this month ) have some junky spots to try it on as well
I mean real junky! Shocked
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Re: Gold Monster 1000

Post  Reno Chris on Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:09 pm

I'm doing up a few Youtube videos on the GM1000 - Part one is an introduction and its done. You can see it at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tyFUOO6tak&t=9s
Part 2 will be the GM1000 in the field and Part 3 some hints on getting the most out of the GM1000 (but mostly directed at new prospectors).
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Re: Gold Monster 1000

Post  Ash100456 on Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:16 pm

Good on'ya Chris, Seen your first one , looking forward to the others. Sounds like a great little detector by the feedback that it's getting.

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Re: Gold Monster 1000

Post  Jen58 on Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:29 pm

Reno Chris wrote:I'm doing up a few Youtube videos on the GM1000 - Part one is an introduction and its done. You can see it at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tyFUOO6tak&t=9s
Part 2 will be the GM1000 in the field and Part 3 some hints on getting the most out of the GM1000 (but mostly directed at new prospectors).

Thankyou Chris, will watch it later


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Re: Gold Monster 1000

Post  Wombat on Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:05 pm

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Re: Gold Monster 1000

Post  Jen58 on Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:33 pm

Hi all
Will the little gold monster handle this rubbish, we will be raking some of the tins away
Its just quartz and granite sand/reef, with a little bit of the good stuff mixed in
But  Shocked  look at how much there is!! And this is only part of the area


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Re: Gold Monster 1000

Post  hoolahoopa on Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:30 pm

hi jen.
tested out the monster today and with my short experience the answer is no.
the reason is, is if you walk over a big target like the ones shown the detector forces you to check it by showing it on the screen as gold even though it is rubbish even when buried.
I will be trying out another area of rubbish that has gold in it tomorrow so hopefully I will have more to say then.
it does run quiet in mineralised ground using auto tracking but loses a lot of sensitivity in doing so, compared to running it in the manual sensitivity mode which was noticed during some testing with a small nugget.
hope that helps

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Re: Gold Monster 1000

Post  Jen58 on Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:55 pm

Thankyou
Oh bugger Crying or Very sad  
Oh well will have to try it on the out skirts of the main rubbish, as we are finding it further away
But over time as you know, small bits of rust has washed down as well, hopefully the monster will do its job there

Let us know how you go with it.. please

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