Of course, our Minelab GPZ 7000 survey is unprejudiced – we bought the new machine at the maximum to test it and afterward create preparing for use in our Gold Prospecting Seminars in Cue West Australia.
We have no alliance with Minelab so you can make certain that what we state is the means by which we see it!
Minelab GPZ 7000 Review – First Impressions
As far as configuration, highlights, settings you can’t contrast the GPZ 7000 and the GPX models or even the New SDC 2300 machines they are shafts separated, so we will endeavor to give a correlation dependent on various criteria so it can enable you to settle on an increasingly educated choice on whether to spend the extreme US $7,999.00 cost that Minelab charge for the GPZ 7000 machine.
Note anyway that these identifiers are utilized for various conditions e.g the SDC 2300 is for little gold near the curl and is structured that way – it isn’t for Deep gold recognizing! So how you see these criteria will rely upon the primary use you need for your metal indicator!
|Comparison Criteria.||Detector Comments.|
|Cost||(1)SDC 2300 – $3,750.00|
(2)GPX 5000 – $3,999.00
(3)GPZ 7000 – $7,999.00 Second Hand $7,215.90
Holy Guacamole Batman! – you have to be a serious semi-professional (or a millionaire) using the GPZ 7000 on a permanent basis to justify the cost of the machine!
|Open the Box Setup and Use||(1)SDC 2300 – Unpack switch on and go – real simple.|
(2)GPX 5000 – A Little bit more fiddly, and Ok if you understand the settings of the 5000 otherwise there is a learning curve.
(3)GPZ 7000 – Unpack and switch on – A bit more to do with setup but still pretty simple after you work out the new harness.
|Weight of Machine and Comfort in Use||(1)SDC 2300 – 2.3 kg but can be tiring because it has no harness.|
(2)GPX 5000 – 2.4kg with Commander 11″ coil – can be balanced well and does not cause tiredness when set up and the harness used properly.
(3)GPZ 7000 – 3.32kg – it is heavy and difficult to balance – forget the hype about how Minelab spend a whole pile of design energy on the ergonomics – this is a beast!
40% extra load in the 7000 has an impact, this isn’t for more established society or those that have arm, shoulder, hip or back shortcomings. Ensure you contract and attempt before you purchase to test how it will affect on you physically!
|Learning Curve and Experience to Master||(1)SDC 2300 – Simple, switch on and go.|
(2)GPX 5000 – Settings can take some learning especially if you are brand new to the GPX and you dont like factory settings!
(3)GPZ 7000 – Equal to the 5000 because there is a trickiness in quietening the Detector down in highly mineralised or salty ground.
|High sensitivity of gold||(1)SDC 2300 – Excellent but no depth.|
(2)GPX 5000 – Excellent particularly with after market coils like the NuggetFinder Sadie or 12×7″ Mono.
(3)GPZ 7000 – Excellent and with more depth than the 2300 and 5000.
This is a troublesome criteria to judge since you won’t e purchasing the GPZ 7000 explicitly to discover little gold while the 2300 is explicitly for that errand and the 5000 is touchy to little gold.
|Large Deep Nuggets||(1)GPX 5000 – Have tested with big coils and the machine will ping them.|
(2)SDC 2300 – Not what the detector is for.
(3)GPZ 7000 – Haven’t found any yet so taking the Minelab tests on trust.
|Noise and difficult Ground||(1) GPX 5000 – quiet and can easily remove noise even on salt.|
(2) SDC 2300 – Noisy but the signal still comes through strong.
(3) GPZ 7000 – Warbly, difficult on salt, hard to remove noise unless you have had experience with it and understand the use of of the Quik trak button. Minelab have put our supplemental instructions on this and a Ferrite which is used in the Ground Balance process.
The Minelab 5000 can be tuned so there is no unessential clamor, this is critical supposing that there is any superfluous commotion separated from your limit murmur you are certainly leaving gold in the ground!
|Sound||(1)SDC 2300 – Not for the deaf. |
(2)GPX 5000 – After market Amplifiers and speakers lift this to first place.
(3)GPZ 7000 – The wireless speaker is patchy with annoying breaks in transmission but okay audio if worn on the shoulder close to your ears.
In the event that you are utilizing earphones you are not getting all the objective sound and except if you have amazing hearing will miss little targets – outer speakers are fundamental as we would see it and the main time you ought not utilize them is in breezy or stealth conditions.
|Ground Balance||(1)GPX 5000 – Quick Track button and simple.|
(2)SDC 2300 – Quik track button.
(3)GPZ 7000 – do it wrong and you upset the algorithm in the machine and introduce a lot of noise into the machine which will definitely drive you crazy.
Minelab have themselves to fault over this which is the commonest analysis we have experienced by individuals utilizing the GPZ 7000. Absence of data and beginning client preparing truly made this an issue that perhaps ought not have been so harming.
|Market Gear and Protective Bags||(1)GPX 5000 – Heaps of excellent after market coils gear, bags.|
(2)SDC 2300 – Not a lot but good to see some amplifiers and external speakers now arriving on the marketplace, no additional coils.
(3)GPZ 7000 – You have only just recently been able to get standard parts for the machine, Minelab also deserve criticism for releasing a metal detector that didn’t even come with their own generic spare parts for a considerable time after release.
Minelab merit a kick in the butt for this, likewise the way that there was no defensive pack, or cover for the LED screen control board and it was either an absence of arranging or lack of engagement in their client needs that caused it. In any case, for the most costly metal indicator at any point discharged to the buyer showcase it was unforgiveable.
Should you Buy a New Minelab GPZ 7000
This will be a choice you have to make in the wake of perusing this Minelab GPZ 7000 Review and others underneath – I figure it ought to be founded on various criteria, for example:
- Price – don’t buy it if you are not really Pro gold hunter.
- Amount of Use – Only buy if you will be using it all the time and not just a one trip warrior.
- Physical strength and capacity – If you have physical problems then it is a heavy machine and will affect you.
- Type of detecting you want to do – If you are OK with small gold that you don’t have to dig too deep for then you don’t need the GPZ 7000.
On the off chance that it helps your choice in any capacity, Udo has not been utilizing the GPZ 7000 and I have been doing all the testing.
He is of the conviction that everything that I have found with the 7000 would have been found with the Minelab GPX 5000 utilizing a 17×11′ mono NuggetFinder loops for the more profound chunks (21grams at 450-500mm in calcrete) and a 11×7″ NuggetFinder Mono curl for the littler pieces.
We have not yet discovered any more profound greater chunks in light of the fact that, essentially, you need to stroll over them first!
One preferred standpoint is that you can metal recognize little gold and expansive profound gold chunks with the one Metal finder by just changing the settings. This disposes of purchasing and changing loops which is essential with the Minelab GPX 5000 and prior models.
Do you think Minelab GPZ 7000 is worth your money?
This review and decision is for you.