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Hi all thought I would introduce myself. My handle is rokdodger(got that from the 60's)from my jeep driving escapades. newbie to the forum--no newbie to mining. dredged the rivers in ca.as well as hardrock mining(also in ca. in the 60's and 70's Gave it up when I remarried to raise a ready made family! Haven't used a beeper since the early 70's Now reside in Libby Montana---I'm asking for help! I'm in a highly mineralized area-- I'm going to be looking for an auto ground balance machine I would appreciate all your input on this I've been considering a white's gmt or the tesoro lobo super trac--any thoughts on this would be appreciated! thanks rokdodger Great forum--I've been checking in out for a while and think its great! Please let me hear from you!

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Welcome, if you are looking for a VLF machine you might consider that an auto balance can possibly track out some small gold in highly minerilezed area....a good choice might be to consider

a Whites GMT.

I am sure others will have more to say on this but this is my :twocents:

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Well first, Welcome aboard.

Like azdigger said, "If your looking for a VLF", the Whites GMT is your better bet. I've used a GMT for a while and liked it alot. Sad part was I had to give it back. I now have a Gold Bug-2 which is a far better machine than the GMT(Just my personal view everyone) but is a manual ground balance. I also have a Minelab GP-Extreme, the entry level to the GP series so I'm told. It's a very very good detector and handles highly mineralized ground very well. I don't know anything about the Super Lobo.

Ol'29er

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I've used both machines and I prefer the GMT hands down to the Lobo.

I suppose my question would be how much money you want to or realistically can spend. Is the GMT the best tool for the job at the price point you are bound to? Can you afford a used SD and is that really the better tool for the job?

Only you can answer those questions based on the mineralization, size and depth of the gold, future projects you might want to work on, etc.

Good luck!

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Like Ted I have used both machines with success BUT the GMT would be my choice hands down. I have great success with finding meteorites and a little success with finding some rather small nuggets on occasion.

Before you buy one though you should check with a local dealer and ask him some hard questions about his thoughts and how you would benefit from a purchase from him.

Good luck in your search.

Aloha,

Stan aka Kaimi

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rockdodger I sent you a private message

and welcome to the forum

don't count out the Tesoro Lobo super traq, much easier to use than the GMT with the same or better results The GB2 is my choice but not auto ground balance, but quick to balance and like the Tesoro it is chest or hip mountable

Allen in MT

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The Whites GMT would be my 1st choice when it comes to hunting gold or meteorites with a VLF. If you plan to do do any coin shooting along with prospecting, then I would recommend that you get the Tesoro.

IMHO the GMT is a gold getting detector and has quite a few optional features. The iron ID is quite useful. The GMT was designed to work in heavy iron mineralization. If you do any dry washing, the GMT will allow you to follow the black sand deposits in a wash therefore cutting down on the amount of material that you will be taking a sample from, or actually dry washing.

If you are only after deep large gold, then get a Minelab PI detector, (SD or GP series).

Also do not overlook a good used Whites GM3.

I own a Whites 6000D coinmaster, Whites GM3, 2 Whites GMT's, Minelab X-terra 70 and a Minelab GP3000. I use the Whites GMT and Minelab GP3000 more than any of the others.

Good luck....

Jim

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well all i can say on this is how much are you willing to spend. i dont dig gold,but i work in black sand, on salty beaches. ive had the sd2100 gp3000,gp3500,gpx 4000 and out of all thoses machines i should have stuck with any one of them,because they were all about the same but newer and cost more. now the gpx 4000 i didnt mine spending the money on,because to me it was the only one which had the biggest difference for the money. so if your thinking of getting a sd or gp then anyone will do, but if you want to go all the way the gpx4000 handled the black sand the best and is the best of them all. like i said i dont hunt gold,but the difference ive seen in the 4000,is by far the biggest leep minelab has made going from one machine to the next. and from what i hear it finds the gold also. at $800a oz i would get the best. it will pay for itself in the long run. at these prices you dont want to leave any behind.most of us have more than one detector. if it rains you dont want to get your detector wet. i had the excalibur for rain plus the dirt doesnt hurt it. that worked great on black sand and is easy to use,but its a underwater detector. the headphones stay on the machine and so does the coil. the sd and gp machines have coils that you can change so as to cover more area, and even waterproof ,ect so theirs alot to think about. some might still have a life time warrenty. well you get the picture. everyone here has told you what they think. but it comes down to the person who is using the machine and the machine. ive seen people that detect with their coil 6 or 8 inches off the ground swinging it 50 mph. well hope we got you thinking now. youll have enought information by the time your ready to get your detector. well good luck and welcome frankie

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I recently aquired a GMT,and havent got to get a handle on it yet.I sold my GB2 and thought I would regret it,in your opinions what is the better of the two???

You will have no regrets, GMT :woohoo:

Yes, the GB2 is a good gold and meteorite detector. IMHO the GMT is a tad better.

:twocents:

Jim

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I want to thank you guys for your input! I appreciate every word and it gives me a lot better idea of which machine to look at and/or buy! haven't made any final decison yet, but will keep you posted when I do. Thanks again you guys are great! rokdodger p.s. stay in touch!

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