Nokta Makro Gold Racer. Photo review

The Makro Gold Racer is an interesting machine – its discrimination scale starts with… rock. Plus, it has an operating frequency of 56 kHz. As an example, it’s 3.7 times more than that of the Garrett AT PRO, and 8.5 times more than that of the Garrett ACE 250.


This is the Makro Gold Racer metal detector. The first thing that caught my attention is two lower shafts supplied for two coils. It’s a good advantage indeed. Both coils can be mounted on the shafts at once, so you won’t waste time reattaching them hereafter. You simply remove one lower shaft while insert another into the middle one, and your detector is already equipped with another coil.


When taking the Makro Gold Racer in hand you see the familiar Makro Racer 1. Externally, it differs in the color of the shaft (goldish), the color of battery compartment, and another coil. But when you look at the screen, there comes as a surprise… discrimination scale that starts with Rock.


The Makro Racer series armrest is one of the best. It holds the arm well without a fixing strap. It’s convenient both for bare arm and when wearing a thick sleeve clothing. The armrest position on the upper shaft can be adjusted. It’s attached to the shaft by two bolts (there is a secret discovered by treasure hunters in these bolts).


Battery compartment and speaker grill. I’ve already said it’s desirable to have a cover for the Makro Racer’s battery box. The Makro Gold Racer isn’t an exception. Further I’ll provide you with the photo to show once again why it’s needed.


The Makro Gold Racer metal detector has a flashlight pointed at the coil. I once considered such a built-in flashlight to be unnecessary option. Then I really checked it out while hunting on the beach in early morning twilight – together with screen backlight, the flashlight is really helpful.


The Makro Gold Racer has the same locking collars as its ‘parent’. Judging from my experience, the locks are reliable, haven’t broken down after a year of usage, there is no play in the shaft.



What may seemingly be good in usual plastic coil bolts? But I really like Makro’s ones.



The Makro Gold Racer’s standard coil is a Makro 10×5.5 DD (GR26 DD). I was surprised by the very light weight of this one (photo of weighing the coil will be added a bit later).





The Gold Racer’s second coil is a Makro 5 DD (GR13 DD). Its size speaks for itself – it’s a sniper coil for searching sites with high concentration of targets.




Do you know why coils come in white color? Light-colored coils warm up less in the sunlight. Plus, white color gives good contrast against the dark ground, and it’s easier to follow the trajectory.


Makro’s carrying bag. Looks like a simple accessory, but if you don’t have your own backpack for detector storage and transportation – this carry bag will be enough, and not only for the short haul. The detector with two coils easily fits inside the bag, there is even extra space left.






Look how the machine stands on the ground…


The underside has the speaker grill and battery compartment door after all. Thus the cover is a must for the battery box.


Have you ever seen how Garrett’s metal detectors are rearranged by fitting a trigger under the control box? I understand these enthusiasts. When you pull the trigger back, it activates the pinpoint mode. By pushing the trigger forward you can set the ground balance. You really get used to such a thing!










We’ll try the Makro Gold Racer in practice. It’s interesting to know how 56 kHz makes prospecting for gold more effective. All info related to the Makro Gold Racer metal detector is collected here. Happy hunting to all!


Makro Gold Racer recovery speed test

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