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Ground balance?

Post by Mrsearcher1965 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:52 pm

Hi all,I've a quest q40 and as the manual is a little vague I notice the preset modes have a ground balance of 90.ive used the auto mode and had results from 55-70 on Essex clay soil.this seems too low so would you recommend leaving it on 90?.the machine is finding small roman grots etc but I'm a little worried I'm not getting the best out of it.your answers will be appreciated
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Re: Ground balance?

Post by cantona1 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:40 pm

Just do an automatic ground balance by holding the button on for 10-15 seconds while pumping the machine up and down, when the numbers match you should be good to go.
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Re: Ground balance?

Post by Mrsearcher1965 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:16 pm

Hi ,thanks for the reply.yes it's what I do now but I'm sure the reading is to low.what readings do you generally get?

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Re: Ground balance?

Post by Koala » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:26 pm

Around 60 sounds normal ::g

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Re: Ground balance?

Post by sweepstick47 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:28 pm

The advice given by 'cantona' is the way to go. It really serves no purpose to ask what readings are generally obtained from another detectorist because ground effect, both positive and negative varies by quite a margin in the many areas of UK. In fact, the effects can change quite considerably from one part of a field to the next, so it's good practice to ground balance your machine every 30 minutes or so, it's a quick and simple action. ::g All the best and Good Luck. Regards ss47
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Re: Ground balance?

Post by Mrsearcher1965 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:46 am

Hi all,thanks for the advice it's much appreciated
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Re: Ground balance?

Post by kenleyboy » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:45 pm

Agree , 60 sounds about right . I also ground balance whenever I change mode say from all metals to jewellery or coin . Dont know if it makes any difference but considering its a good idea to ground balance every 30 minutes or so , it sounds the best thing to do .
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Re: Ground balance?

Post by amphora » Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:43 pm

kenleyboy wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:45 pm
I also ground balance whenever I change mode say from all metals to jewellery or coin . Dont know if it makes any difference but considering its a good idea to ground balance every 30 minutes or so , it sounds the best thing to do .
I even ground balance when the soil changes. Like wet spots or parts with different kinds of sand.
I ground balance if even one slight detail changes.
And it makes a difference. A worst set ground balance can cut of 20% or more of the perfomances. That last missing inch were that super find is laying around. :D
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Re: Ground balance?

Post by dreadnought » Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:50 pm

mine always ballences in the 40's to 50's. just the ground youre on i guess.
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Re: Ground balance?

Post by Koala » Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:31 pm

dreadnought wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:50 pm
mine always ballences in the 40's to 50's. just the ground youre on i guess.
Or slight difference in coil.


Always worth testing a few targets in your field. Large silver, large copper, and small thin lead say. Just make sure none are getting discriminated out.

I was on a rally in Yorkshire and some Scottish lads came down.


First thing they did was bury a couple of hammered and tested which machines and settings worked best in that field

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Re: Ground balance?

Post by Mrsearcher1965 » Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:12 pm

Hi all,most of my sites balance in the 80s on every machine I've had but the quest is always low so I just manually adjust to mid 80s always works fine for me
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Re: Ground balance?

Post by Midlifecyclist » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:45 pm

Whilst we are talking Ground Balance, can someone clarify this please.

The Quest Q40 manual / leaflet! states...
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The Q40 come with ground balancing(G.B.) function. We recommend G.B. every time you change the detecting area. Please press and hold the square button and pump the coil from 6”/15cm height to 1” from the ground. When you do not hear the sound is not been pulled from the ground or pushed to the ground, the G.B. is finished.
The ground mineralization condition is indicated by the round bar with Fe%. The G.C. with two digit indicate the Ground Canceling level. If you can not G.B. at high mineralization ground you can use G.C. function on the MENU to set manually.
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When you do not hear the sound is not been pulled from the ground or pushed to the ground, the G.B. is finished.
Does that mean it should go quiet when the coil is pumped and the GB process is complete?

Other people are stating the process is finished when the two numbers match? Or am I misunderstanding what's being said?
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Re: Ground balance?

Post by sweepstick47 » Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:55 pm

Hello again 'Midlifecyclist' ::g I don't have the Quest 40 but I'm pretty sure the procedure and end results will be the same for most (but not all) detectors. When the two values shown are equal or as near to equal as you can get , then the process is complete and your detector can be considered balanced. Of course, as mentioned earlier in this thread, it makes sense to re-balance periodically to ensure that any mineralisation or magnetic influence are compensated for. Good Luck ::g
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