Steve's Detector Rods Equinox Carbon Fiber Shaft w. Optional Counterweight
**SELECT YOUR DETECTOR ROD WITH OR WITHOUT COUNTERWEIGHT FROM THE DROPDOWN MENU** Select Rod and add weight separately
These carbon fiber shafts include a threaded insert at the end of the shaft that allows users to screw in the 7" inch counterweight. The counterweight is filled with lead sacks that can be removed.
A threaded cap is included to screw into the end of the shaft when not using the counterweight.
The 26” inch lower carbon fiber rod is compatible with the Minelab stock shaft if the user wishes to mix things up.
We drill more adjustment holes into the upper carbon fiber shaft than you normally find on Steve's shafts. This is critical for balancing your machine with larger coils.
Adjusting your carbon fiber shaft for perfect balance:
1) Use the first hole located for the control box, and use only one screw to secure the control box in place. Then adjust your arm cuff accordingly so that it fits under the end of your forearm closest to your elbow.
2) Slide your lower carbon fiber shaft out until the detector coil at the end hovers just 1/2" inch above the ground. Clamp the heavy-duty cam lock to hold the shaft in place. Maintain a straight posture to make sure you have the correct length in your shaft. Do not roll your shoulders forward or hunch!
3) Hold the control module grip using only your index finger at the upper end, letting all other fingers go. If the coil drops down and/or the arm cuff pushes up against the bottom of your forearm, the detector is not balanced.
4) Hold the control module grip in the middle, using only your middle finger, letting all other fingers go. If the coil drops down and/or the arm cuff pushes up against the bottom of your forearm, the detector is not balanced.
5) Hold the control module grip at the base using only your little pinky finger, the detector coil should sink, this is normal.
6) Now that you know your detector is imbalanced, measure the distance of the lower shaft from the base of your coil to your upper shaft where it clamps. Then unclamp the shafts and begin to shorten the lower shaft by sliding it up into the upper shaft.
7) Keep shortening your shaft while repeating steps 3-5 until you have perfect balance. Perfect balance is when you are balancing on your middle finger in the middle of the control box grip and the detector hovers just above the ground.
The arm cuff should not push up against the bottom of your forearm and the arm cuff strap should not push down against the top of your forearm, it should feel like it is just effortlessly floating.
Holding the control box grip using only your index finger the detector coil should float up quite high, almost parallel to the ground.
Holding the control box grip using only your little pinky finger the coil should naturally drop a little low.
8) Now that you have adjusted the detector shaft shorter for perfect balance, you need to take the difference in measurements and apply that to lowering your control box and arm cuff down a few pegs. Make sure to use only one screw to screw the control box in--we're still testing!
For example, if the difference between perfect length and when you shortened the shaft to find perfect balance was 4" inches, try screwing your control box in four inches lower. Don't forget to re-set your arm cuff as well.
9) Once you have adjusted your control box down, re-extend your shaft by repeating step #2.
10) Repeat steps 3-5 to test if you have a perfect balance. If you don't have perfect balance, move the control box up or down a notch accordingly.
Detecting with less weight in your counterweight:
Simply go through the same steps listed above but do the tests with less weight bags in your counterweight, it's that simple! Remember, with less weight in your counterweight, your control box and arm cuff with a need to go lower down your shaft to send the counterweight further behind your elbow.
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Customized orders can be placed by phone and include additional lower rods, custom-length rods, and colored rods.
- Upper Shaft Length: 34 7/8 in.
- Upper Shaft Weight: Approximately 4.8 oz. (136 g)
- Lower Rod Length: 26 in. (custom lengths available upon request)
- Lower Rod Weight: Approximately 3.1 oz. (87g)
- Material: Carbon-fiber (3K, twill pattern, glossy finish)
- Cam Lock material: Injection-molded Plastic (nylon)
- Threaded End Cap material: Delrin
- Threaded Butt-End Insert material: Delrin