Cut through highly mineralized soil
- One of the strong points of the XP Goldmaxx is its ability to find small hammered coins even in contaminated
Roman sites, using a frequency of 18 kHz. It will happily find good targets lieing next to iron, a test most other detectors
Discrimination or Multi-tones
- Can be operated in Discrimination (single tone, turn disc dial to 6-7 to knock out iron), or turn disc off
to operate in multi-tone all-metal (2 tone or 3 tone). Good targets high-pitched, iron low pitched. You soon get used to the high-pitched tones,
and you will find your nail collection will certainly decrease dramatically.
Turn iron volume down
- When using the 'multi-tones' options it is possible to turn the volume of iron down to zero, so you just
pick up the good targets. This has no effect on the detector's depth/sensitivity.
- 3 position switch, 0, I, II. Most sites are ok set at I. Site dependent (remember - only works in discrim).
- When you first switch the machine on, holding the detector horizontally well away from the ground, WAIT
10 SECONDS (important), turn the sensitivity switch to max (backing it off to eliminate any chattering), and
then adjust the Ground switch by gently knocking the ground with the detector until no sound is heard. Average position is
marked between "accept" and "reject".
Coke and the Goldmaxx
- Coke can be a problem with the original Goldmaxx (not so with the power !). If you get a good signal in all-metal,
you can check it by going into discrim at setting 8. This will tell you if its coke or not. However, I usually dig all good
targets unless the site is infested with coke.
Batteries : Alkaline or NiCads ?
- Personally, I use normal Duracell Alkaline batteries ( 8 x AA). I find these last around 3 times longer than
Ni-Cads, and don't suddenly die on you ! XP do produce a nice Ni-Cad charger though, and using it means you don't have to
remove the battery cover when recharging. The choice is yours ! Its also a good idea to buy a couple of spare battery holders,
so a quick changeover is possible 'in the field'.
I believe the XP Goldmaxx (now upgraded to the Goldmaxx Power) out performs many other, more
expensive machines. The RRP in the UK is £625, but if you shop around you will get the price down by upto £100. It is a well
made, durable machine that will serve you for a long time. Highly recommended.