I had been following the progress of this machine in the overseas markets since its release earlier this year. When the opportunity arose for me to get my hands on one I jumped at it.
After bugging Wolfgang Roux for weeks on end about his stock shipment the new Minelab Go-Find 40 finally arrived at my door. My first impression of the unopened box was how small it was, could there be a metal detector inside there?
On opening, the first thing I liked was how it folded up. Super neat and compact. The second thing I noticed was the simple instruction manual. It’s one double sided printed page. The unit is super simple to assemble and everything extends into place with a nice click. At full extension I was very comfortable with the light weight and feel of the machine.
After reading the manual, which took a whole two min, I installed the batteries (4 x AA) into the handle and powered the unit up. The display is super clear and so easy to use. The buttons have a touch function, no pressing required.
Obviously I did the old “living room” air test just to see and hear the machines tones and depth on various items. All the tests were positive as expected. The depth readings were acceptable for a unit of this calibre (between 20 and 25 cm on larger items) and I was happy with the processors recovery speed at max sensitivity. No lagging, nice and crisp. These tests are in no way conclusive to the reaction you will get out in the field due to the many factors that influence any detector.
The next day I was ready and I folded the unit up and put it on the passenger front seat. It’s so small folded up; I could not stop looking at it lying there. I took my CTX as a backup just in case I was disappointed with the performance. Needless to say, the CTX did not make it onto the beach that day as I was having so much fun with the Go-Find.
I walked straight down to the water’s edge and fired it up. Sensitivity at max and no discrimination. I wanted to stretch its legs in the worst environment. The detector started falsing the minute I put it on the sand and moved it through the water. I reduced the sensitivity by one notch and wow, it was dead quiet! I had many cobbles on the beach that day and found that by bumping them or the sand it would false at the current sensitivity level. I decided to keep it there and slow down my swing paying attention to the coil height. I ended up staying at about 4 to 5 cm above sand level to avoid these false signals. Unfortunately, by doing this I was losing overall depth.
The Go-Find had no problem identifying Coins, Iron etc at depths of 20cm accurately. The tone variations and flashing Icons were spot on at these depths. I found I never really had to go down more than two scoops to retrieve 90% of the targets. When I encountered a mixed signal (Iron & Silver icon flashing) it got interesting. The unit was detecting an object at depth but was not sure where to zone it. In 50% of the digs it was deep iron or a deep coin. The other scenario was iron and coin in the same vicinity.
I used the pinpoint function on numerous occasions as an aid in identifying weak signals as well as locating targets. It’s a great aid and definitely a good function to use when in doubt. The coil is waterproof and I had it submerged on numerous occasions. It’s not advisable to swing it in flowing water as it falses a lot more than normal at this sensitivity level.
My finds after a 90min hunt on a sanded over beach were impressive. I had to search for a pocket of relatively exposed ground and once located it was all gravy. Best find for the day was a 4 gram 925 silver ring and some old SA coins.
In conclusion, the Go-Find is a great pack up and go machine. It’s been designed to stow away in rucksack and hit the road. Bear in mind, the Go-Find is not a super deep seeker; in my opinion it’s perfect for beginners and seasoned hunters alike using it for all round treasure hunting and possibly as a backup machine. If you want something cost effective and tidy, Minelab have a home run with these detectors.
Henry Clapton November 19th, 2015
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