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« on: September 04, 2011, 10:34:00 am »
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Hi,
There's a used Minelab XT17000 for sale near me for $400. Sounds a little high for used/older gear but I imagine I could haggle a little.
From what I've read these were the bees knees in their day for gold sniffing. Does anyone know how this would compare to a modern mid-level machine such as the supertraq or goldbug II? Just trying to get an idea of wether I should go and take a look at it or spend an extra couple of hundred and get a new machine.

Thanks for any input,
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2011, 03:32:06 pm »
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Don't jump on it until you contact Minelab.

They stopped servicing some of there older machines.

For the price you could have a used Gold bug for about that.

I really don't know that machine.

It may Rock but they discontinued it for a reason.

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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2011, 04:43:39 pm »
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I still have my XT17000 and keep it for a backup machine, just about as good as the Minelab Eureka I have but not as good as the Minelab SD2100v2.

I wouldn't pay more than $300 for it as that is the average going rate for a good condition XT17000.

Runs 2 seperate freqencies for small stuff and larger nuggets. Doesn't have any discrimination, which is typical of gold machines. Minelab stopped making it because they came out with a new model not because there was anything wrong with it, still a solid machine. I would use it over a Gold Bug, which I've owned as well, any day.

The XT17000 is a good choice to start out with and keep as a backup when you decide to upgrade later on, or if you decide the hobby is not for you, sell it and not be out much.

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Awesome, very helpful. Many thanks,
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2011, 11:19:13 pm »
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Well, the XT17000 has been reposted again. Down to $325 now. I might have to go offer $300  Great
Just bought a 4X4 GMC Jimmy this evening. Needs a motor, so I'll be spending some time at pick n pull this weekend.
TGSL is coming along nicely. One coil down, one to go (will post pics soon).
All is looking splendid, I should be ready for an adventure by... winter Sad

I'd best put some snow tires on the Jimmy. Maybe a snow blower on the front of the MD.

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