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Old 03-05-2013, 07:39 PM
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Default Advantages of carbon fiber or fiberglass ATP lower rod?

I saw these from Anderson

http://www.andersondetectorshafts.co...ts/lower-rods/

What's the deal? They don't flex? I can't see my aluminum lower flexing on my ATP

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Oh waiit it is plastic. Hmm would it make any difference at all? I LOVE UPGRADES AND CARBON FIBER!!

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Old 03-06-2013, 06:55 PM
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Carbon fiber can be extremely strong, stronger than steel in fact. However, I've also seen plenty of carbon fiber bicycle frames broken, and there's been some cracking of plastic on the CTX that some have attributed to the carbon fiber lower rod. It's MAIN advantage is weight for detecting, but it seems kind of a paltry savings when you're just talking the lower rod. I imagine maybe that Minelab was seeing some broken shafts by old fogies using their detector as a crutch to get back up....or else they thought by throwing the word "carbon fiber" in there it helps justify their price on the CTX!

Airplane manufacturers use a lot of carbon fiber for the bodies. They have certain rules about how old it can be / how many times in and out of the fridge. With carbon fiber, you work with the sheets while cold and then have to heat it to set it. Those competing in the solar car contests in college in a serious way use carbon fiber for the car bodies.

And yes, that's where my experience working with it comes from thanks to a large donation by Boeing.
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So it's an excuse to spend money and make my detector look pretty?

I'm in!

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Old 03-07-2013, 09:41 AM
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People like carbon fiber because it is light in weight and strong. But your AT Pro doesn't have an aluminum lower shaft, it has a plastic or fiberglass lower shaft. Also Anderson isn't making a carbon fiber lower for the AT Pro at this time that I know about (not mentioned in the Anderson ad you enclosed). I think the AT Pro is a pretty light machine and you wouldn't be losing enough weight with a carbon fiber lower shaft to make much of a difference.

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