Metal Detector Field Test & Review - The Garrett AT Pro

By Chris Gholson
From page 56 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved


Anyone that has been involved with metal detecting for any length of time will have undoubtedly heard the name Garrett.Garrett has done wonderful things for the industry in four decades by supplying quality detectors and through their efforts to help promote the hobby. Their products have been responsible for finding millions of dollars worth of ancient coins, relics, jewelry and gold nuggets, and are revered by treasure seekers.In addition to the hand-held products, Garrett produces a range of detectors for use in security screening, crime scene investigation and for military de-mining operations. One of the newest additions to their consumer line is a detector known as the AT Pro.The AT Pro (ATP) is a VLF detector, which operates at approximately 15 kHz and is outfitted with a waterproof 8.5" x 11" elliptical Double-D coil. The machine weighs in at roughly 3.2 pounds and is powered by four AA batteries. It features an updated panel with an LCD screen and all pushbutton controls.But what really sets this machine apart is its versatility. It is a true multi-purpose detector that has the ability to locate all types of buried treasure-coins, relics or gold. And with its unique All-Terrain design, this machine can be used just about anywhere.The entire detector can be submerged under water to a depth of 10 feet! With this level of weatherproofing, the ATP is an excellent choice for streams, ponds, or in shallow water.The ATP includes Garrett’s exclusive Target ID technology and patented discrimination features. It offers six detection modes, which can be adjusted using the MODE button-three STANDARD and three PRO.The Standard detection modes include: Custom, Coins and Zero. The Pro modes also include: Custom, Coins and Zero.The difference between the Standard and Pro modes has to do primarily with a target’s audio response. In all three Standard modes, the detector provides a full-strength binary audio response regardless of the target’s size or distance from the coil. In other words, while hunting in any of the Standard modes, the detector will make a beep when passed over a metal target. The pitch will vary depending on the conductive properties of the target, but it will be just a beep.The Standard modes offer quieter, more stable operation and may be a good place for new users to start while familiarizing themselves with the detector.However, to truly unlock the power of the ATP, the user will want to explore the Pro modes. The benefits of these modes include the ability to hear and determine a target’s approximate size and depth via the Proportional Audio and Tone Roll Audio.Pro mode also offers faster recovery speeds for separating targets that are in close proximity. The advanced audio features of Pro mode are intended for skilled users who wish to hear the signature of targets versus the simpler target response provided in Standard. Basically, the Pro mode will allow you to hear targets as they really are.For example, if there is a coin near the surface, the detector will produce a loud signal response. If we take that coin and bury it at six inches, the signal produced will be weaker, thereby telling the operator that the target is a reasonable distance away from the coil. Whereas in the Standard mode, the detector will give the same type of signal response whether the coin is near the surface deeper.As mentioned, there are six operating modes to choose from. The ZERO Mode is essentially an All-Metal mode. There will be no discrimination and all metals will be detected. This is a good option for relatively clean, trash-free ground.The COINS mode can be used to find most types of coins and jewelry, while eliminating many trash targets like iron and foil. In this mode, the discrimination level has been preset to 35 and one notch that is associated with foil has been excluded. Pull-tabs have not been eliminated because they have properties similar to small coins and jewelry. This mode will be a good choice for those that like to hunt parks, playgrounds, or perhaps along the beach.The CUSTOM mode has been left open for the user to customize. The factory preset for this mode is the same as ZERO. Any changes or adjustments made in CUSTOM will be retained after the detector has been switched off. Changes made to the ZERO or COINS modes will not be retained.The Digital Target ID system found on the ATP provides a specific value to help the user identify targets more accurately. Unknown targets are identified in the LCD with a number. This number is a representation of the target’s conductive properties. Numbers closer to 1 are the most ferrous; numbers closer to 99 are the most conductive. The Digital target ID number can be used in conjunction with the Target ID Cursor, which is found just beneath the Target ID Legend.The Target ID Cursor will move along the Target ID Legend and settle on the place that best represents the target found. Ferrous targets show up on the left half, non-ferrous targets that are lower in conductivity will show in the middle, and highly conductive targets will show on the right half. The Digital Target ID is more precise than the Target ID Cursor, however, when used together, it is fairly easy for the operator to get a general idea of what type of target has been detected.Another way for the operator to quickly determine the probable identity of a target is by listening to the audio tone. The ATP is equipped with a Tone ID feature that produces three distinct tones based on a target’s composition and conductivity. Low tones indicate ferrous items, such as nails, wire, boot tacks, etc. Medium tones indicate small or thin non-ferrous items. Including gold nuggets, foil, small jewelry, and some hammered coins. High tones indicate non-ferrous targets with medium to high conductivity, such as most coins and larger jewelry.The ATP can be ground balanced manually and automatically. Ground balancing is a crucial part of detecting and must be done every time the machine is turned on. Sometimes, if conditions are severe, it may be required several times a day. Persons that do not take the time to ground balance will leave good targets behind.The automatic ground balance procedure is quick and was my preferred method. To balance, simply find a clean piece of ground free of metallic targets. Push and hold the GND BAL button while pumping the search coil towards the ground. If the machine is out of balance you will hear a noise when the coil is lowered or pulled away from the ground. Continue to hold the button until there is very little change in audio when the coil is moved. In some cases, the manual setting may achieve a more precise balance, but it is not recommended for new users.The ATP has eight sensitivity settings shown on the LCD. I recommend using the highest sensitivity setting, as this will allow smaller and deeper targets to be found. However, the level used will ultimately be determined by the conditions present in the area. High settings can be used when hunting ground with low mineralization and electromagnetic interference (EMI). Lower settings may be required if the ground mineralization is severe, or there are high levels of EMI.If you find the detector is behaving erratically, try re-ground balancing. If this does not alleviate the problem, try lowering the sensitivity. If this still does not solve the problem, you may need to adjust the frequency. The ATP has the ability to slightly alter its operating frequency to help combat noise caused by power-lines, other metal detectors, electric fences, etc. There are four slightly different frequencies to choose from. These adjustments are small and will not affect detection performance.As far as discrimination goes, the ATP has plenty of it. It features a high-resolution iron discrimination adjustment called IRON DISC. This feature is adjustable from 0 to 39. Low settings offer less iron discrimination, while high settings will eliminate more iron. The user should never apply more discrimination than is necessary; otherwise the detector may mask a good target that is in close proximity to a bit of iron.In addition to the high-res Iron Discrimination, there are also 12 "notches" available This is called Notch Discrimination and can be used to eliminate trash targets. Any combination of these can be switched on or off. We will not discuss them in detail simply because I feel they should be used with caution.Turning off a notch in the wrong place could cost the user a nice piece of gold. I found this when passing a nugget across the coil and intentionally hitting the ELIMINATE button. When I ran the nugget across again there was no target response - the nugget had been eliminated!For gold prospecting, I would recommend that none of the notches be eliminated. Instead, I found myself relying more on the IRON DISC. With this I could run at fairly high levels (25-30) with very little risk of ignoring a nugget.In order to test the gold finding capabilities of the ATP, I took it deep into the mountains of central Arizona. I chose this area because I had found gold there in the past, and because much of the ground was shallow with little trash. I started off in a mid-sized wash that meandered through the hills for nearly a mile with exposed bedrock full of cracks.I opted to start in the Pro Zero mode first. I increased the Sensitivity to its maximum level and began the ground balance procedure. I quickly discovered this setting was too high and could not cope with the abundant black sands and hot rocks. After dropping the sensitivity to four and re-ground balancing, the ATP ran smoothly. EMI was not a problem, so there was no need to adjust the Frequency.My first target came within five minutes. It produced a medium pitched signal and a Target ID of 40. My excitement grew when I increased the IRON DISC to a 25 and the target still rang true. Fortunately, I didn’t have to dig much of a hole before discovering it was only a .22 bullet. At least I knew all was working well with the unit.The next two targets I found were a bit out of the ordinary for a remote location. I swung the coil upwards towards the bank and got a loud, high-pitched signal. While attempting to pinpoint it, I picked up an equally strong signal about five inches away. Neither was affected by the IRON DISC and both gave high Target IDs, ranging from 75-80.The ATP told me they were coins, but I had a hard time believing there were coins this far from town. After digging them out I found the ATP had not lied. One was a 1976 penny and the other a 1981 dime.I walked nearly a quarter mile more of the wash and only passed over the occasional target that was obviously iron. These signals gave a low Target ID, usually in the 20’s, and would only trigger a broken signal or no signal at all. I dug a few of them just to be safe and found all were nails or fragments of iron.I was considering moving to new spot when I received a mellow, but definite signal from a piece of bedrock. It was not strong and I believe if I had been swinging the coil any faster I would have missed it. It gave a medium pitched tone with a Target ID that wavered between 35-40 and was not affected by the discriminator. Things were looking positive, but I knew it could be another bullet.The rock was fractured and it was difficult to determine which crack the signal was coming from, so I made use of the PINPOINT feature. This allowed me to stop the coil directly above the target without losing it.I chipped away until there was nothing left but broken bedrock and sand. Finally, I spotted the source - it was indeed a nugget! Although the piece weighed nearly one gram, and had only been concealed by an inch or so of material, it did not give the strong signal I would have expected. The only explanation I came up with was that it must have been turned on edge.I found the ATP a pleasant machine to hunt with. Some of its strong points were: easy operation, light weight, automatic ground balance, highly versatile, and extremely weatherproof. The ATP is a true All-Terrain detector that can be used on land, in the water, in the mud, or even snow.I did not have the opportunity to test it underwater, but have been reassured the entire detector can be taken up to 10 feet deep, providing the supplied headphones are not submerged. Optional waterproof headphones are available.The biggest con in my opinion was the lack of a Threshold. The threshold is a constant background "hum" emitted by the detector. The ATP is a silent search machine, which means no sound will be heard unless a target is found. I know there are hunters that prefer silent search detectors, but I am not one. The humming of a threshold can be annoying, but that hum is packed with valuable info.Often a small, or a deep nugget, will not produce a clear, distinct signal. Many will only trigger a slight waver in the threshold and a silent search machine could miss them. I don’t mind the extra noise and, if Garrett decides to release an updated model, I hope they consider the addition of an adjustable threshold.I would also ask for an adaptor that would allow different brands of headphones to be used, and a backlight in the LCD would have been a nice addition.The new AT Pro is a unique detector with something to offer every hunter. It can be used for all types of detecting and can be taken just about anywhere.At only $699.95, it offers versatility and performance at a reasonable price. It comes with a full 2-Year Warranty and is made right here in the USA. For more information, visit www.garrett.com, or call them at (972) 494-6151. Don’t forget to mention that you read about it in Lost Treasure Magazine!

A closer look at Garrett’s 8.5” x 11” elliptical Double-D coil.  
A close-up of the AT Pro’s control panel.


Comments

james.franklin342's picture

Metal Resources

Garrett has name in the world and has wonder metals in his custody. His product is famous in glob. In addition Garrett has also worked with many scrap metal recycling firms for recycling his product with a new shape and modern design.

burhum linkum's picture

. You need to do a little

. You need to do a little research regarding vehicle availability (and cost of using said vehicle), cost of the testing and any other "expenses" that they may http://www.newexams.com/cfa-level-1-mock-exams.htm tack onto the road test. Once you take the road test, you will be given a form, signed by the third party tester. You take that http://www.newexams.com/cfa-level-2-mock-exams.htm form, your physical card and long form and go back to the licensing department and they will issue you your Class "B" CDL license..

GroundDigger's picture

AT Pro

I started detecting in 1983 when I bought a Garrett Master Hunter III. Good machine that could go deep. I stopped detecting when I started dating a lady whom I married.  I picked the detector up a few times between 1986 and 2011 but you could count the hours of use during that time on one hand. Then a co-worker of mine got me interested again last year. I got my Master Hunter out, put new batteries in and tried to fire it up. No joy. It was dead. I emailed Garrett and asked if they would work on an MD that old. They replied yes. $40.00 labor plus parts and shipping. I sent it to them in Garland, Tx. and got a call about a week later telling me that the coil was dead and so was the motherboard. They didn't have parts or a coil now that would work. Bummer. But they said they would offer me a new detector of my choice for 40% off. I said 'Here's my credit card number. I want an AT Pro'. Now that is service and I know service because I worked in Technical Support for 19 years.I haven't had the AT Pro but a few weeks. Did about 6 hours of searching at a beach in NC. Found a quarter and a penny. There were lots of MDer's there and one fellow told me the beach had been picked clean. I decided to check out a place were lots of MDer's had been at a pavilion near the only pier there. Thought I would try to go deep and see what the other MDer's missed. I was rewared with the find of a diamond periced ear ring. Looks to be about 2.5 carats. It was down about 9 inches and the metal around it was tiny. But the AT Pro had no problem giving me a good clean signal that was much different from the other junk in that location.Say what you want about the AT Pro, but I'm looking forward to a lot more happy hunting with it.

Treasure Hunter's picture

well doesnt that comment just prove his point about zero toleran

Boy you sure proved his point for him!

cholo manaba's picture

I am speechless at the size

I am speechless at the size and consequences of your egomania.... First of all: Who or what gave you the right to grant or deny rights to your neighbors?Second, I live in a country different than U:S., still I have more freedom than you, because if you say something like that at your workplace or at any public place, you may be withheld, accused and even sued for discrimination, since in rhe U.S. the so called "ZERO TOLERANCE" policy is strongly applied. Besides, I live in one of the last american countries that are really rich and free. America is not only U.S. but there are at least 40 other countries that compose the american continent. Your ego has taken over your common sense.The least you can do is show some respect. My labor in "your country" has made it a better place, but not the best, and my country feeds yours, since U.S. is a comsumer, not a producer (90% of your goods are made somewhere else). Open your eyes and your mind.Finally, people like you is what makes people like your co-worker go back to their school or workplace with a weapon and shoot everybody, including you. Don´t you read your own news? In my country it has never happened (and pray to God it will never will).My advise? Be humble and have a nice day.P.S. Humbleness means richness of spirit, not stupidity (in case you don´t understand the term).

Treasure Hunter's picture

Garrett AT Pro bad DEEP test!Wrong discrimination in the ground!

AT Pro mix gold, silver, copper and lead with IRON in ground test!
Max deep is about 6 inches or 15.24 centimeters for coins
Never buy Garret AT Pro is real disaster!
I am extremely disappointed by this metaldetector. If anyone knows a way to get my money back from Garrett please contact me:
mail: nikileadertatabv [dot] bg
web: www.bgdiagnostica.com
tel: +359888707108

I have AT Pro from about 1 month.When i search with it i discover that everything which i found is on very small deep about 5-6 inches.Because of this i make some tests - see this video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfsL1I2EIww
Diferent person in OREGON USA discover the same with his metaldetector...from Garrett change his unit 3 times no result
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIZfo2Q-WGY

Treasure Hunter's picture

Made in USA

Cholo,
I grant you have the right to say what you think here in America but that doesn't mean you have to stay here. I dare say that if you went back to your country, there would be someone knocking at your door. Remember, you are a visitor here, and if not, you should be.
Be glad for the privileges you have.

John Fussell's picture

My first ones

tedly, I am new to metal detecting with only a year under my belt but I need to comment about the detectors I've chosen.  I build high end gaming computers and nothing feels worse than buying a costly electronic item and it not live up to expectations.  From reading the other comments I must have beginners luck because I don't believe, for the money, I could have gotten better detectors than the Omega 8000 or the AT Pro.  Both have their strengths and weaknesses.  The Omega 8000 from what I read was released in 2008 and the AT Pro in late 2010.  Though already a two year old design the Omega 8000 has a strong suite of features that it seems Garrett incorporated in the AT Pro 2 years later adding the All Terrain feature as a boost.  The Omega maintains that theshold feature or condition that many desire for the AT Pro.  Both have a Standard and Pro Audio mode though the Garrett AT Pro is better defined.The Omega 8000 offers dual standard headphone jacks so you can hook up your ipods ear buds or your Bose Studio phones if you wanted.  Garrett just got around to offering an adapter for theirs but it is only the large plug and you have to buy another adapter for the small jack.  The Omega 8000 is also lighter which extends my search times in the field as I am handicapped.  It is my understanding that the engineers at Teknetics had a connection to Fisher at some point and you can tell the Omega 8000 definately has some Fisher "DNA" in the design department.  Also the Omega 8000 uses only one (count 'em) 9 volt battery and it seems to be a miser with power.  the LED display is large and the marking are more defined than the AT Pro.  Both need backlighting or sun shielding on bright days. Now the Garrett AT Pro is my latest buy because of severals things it does that the Omega 8000 doesn't.  One it's water resistance!  Living in the South one can be caught in a deluge of biblical proportions in a flash though the day started out clear and sunny.  I have seen the grief of other Detectorist that trusted a $15 plastic cover to protect their $600-$1400 rig.  I have been caught out in a flash storm in both the woods and the beach and observed other detectorist running for cover while I kept going on with my AT Pro.  The At Pro comes with a larger DD coil than the Eliptical(sp?) Concentric coil that came with the Omega 8000.  To update to a DD the same size in the Teknetic product cost $150-$179.  My experience so far is that the DD coil is much better especially in trashy soils and seems to detect deeper than the Omega 8000.Either is a great detector. I have had 0% problems (again beginners luck?) and have scored gold nuggets, coins, and a ton of the accursed bottle caps!  As I learn more about how to use them  I am sure these two detectors will give me years of good service.  The Garrett is my primary and Omega 8000 my backup.   

John Fussell's picture

Garrett AT Pro & Teknetics Omega 8000: impressions of a newbie

Admittedly, I am new to metal detecting with only a year under my belt but I need to comment about the detectors I've chosen.  I build high end gaming computers and nothing feels worse than buying a costly electronic item and it not live up to expectations.  From reading the other comments I must have beginners luck because I don't believe, for the money, I could have gotten better detectors than the Omega 8000 or the AT Pro.  Both have their strengths and weaknesses.  The Omega 8000 from what I read was released in 2008 and the AT Pro in late 2010.  Though already a two year old design the Omega 8000 has a strong suite of features that it seems Garrett incorporated in the AT Pro 2 years later adding the All Terrain feature as a boost.  The Omega maintains that theshold feature or condition that many desire for the AT Pro.  Both have a Standard and Pro Audio mode though the Garrett AT Pro is better defined.The Omega 8000 offers dual standard headphone jacks so you can hook up your ipods ear buds or your Bose Studio phones if you wanted.  Garrett just got around to offering an adapter for theirs but it is only the large plug and you have to buy another adapter for the small jack.  The Omega 8000 is also lighter which extends my search times in the field as I am handicapped.  It is my understanding that the engineers at Teknetics had a connection to Fisher at some point and you can tell the Omega 8000 definately has some Fisher "DNA" in the design department.  Also the Omega 8000 uses only one (count 'em) 9 volt battery and it seems to be a miser with power.  the LED display is large and the marking are more defined than the AT Pro.  Both need backlighting or sun shielding on bright days. Now the Garrett AT Pro is my latest buy because of severals things it does that the Omega 8000 doesn't.  One it's water resistance!  Living in the South one can be caught in a deluge of biblical proportions in a flash though the day started out clear and sunny.  I have seen the grief of other Detectorist that trusted a $15 plastic cover to protect their $600-$1400 rig.  I have been caught out in a flash storm in both the woods and the beach and observed other detectorist running for cover while I kept going on with my AT Pro.  The At Pro comes with a larger DD coil than the Eliptical(sp?) Concentric coil that came with the Omega 8000.  To update to a DD the same size in the Teknetic product cost $150-$179.  My experience so far is that the DD coil is much better especially in trashy soils and seems to detect deeper than the Omega 8000.Either is a great detector. I have had 0% problems (again beginners luck?) and have scored gold nuggets, coins, and a ton of the accursed bottle caps!  As I learn more about how to use them  I am sure these two detectors will give me years of good service.  The Garrett is my primary and Omega 8000 my backup.    

Marc McDermott's picture

Watch videos

I have the AT Pro and really love it. I started out in the hobby with an ACE 250 so this is really a major step up.  My biggest suggestion to new AT Pro users is to read the manual, learn your detector, and watch videos online of others hunting with the AT Pro.  Things like Pro Audio and Iron Audio are things that are much better learned watching someone else demonstrate.  

Cholo Manaba's picture

You show up your lack of

You show up your lack of attention, since I wrote that I lost 3 years unsuccesfully trying to make it work. First of all, have you operated the GTI 2500 with the depth multiplier? or the Master Hunter with its depth multiplier? all the bell and whistles are gone once you hook it up. The unit is way too heavy and way too unstable with the double coils.If what you said were true, I would not be complaining and writting all this; unless you were paid somehow by Garrett. I cannot speak against the AT PRO, since I have not tested it. But I can assure you your "PROUDLY AMERICAN PRODUCT" is made either in Taiwan or Singapure. If you don´t believe me, just check under the hood, open it and look at the circuit board, at the components or into the battery compartment and then come back to me. Or you just can keep living the american dream and believe in the smurfs and in US made Garrett metal detectors.

Tuxnor's picture

Not Newbee

 Must tell that i am not new to metalldetecting,been detectingfor 15 years++ with several Garrett`s ,White`s and Minelab avantage,explorer 2 and xterra 70.and several more brands. So....i can say Garrett At Pro is a very good detector eaven if i was unlucky with mine Happy hunting to  all

Tuxnor's picture

There will always be some shrinkage in big makings

 My New At Pro First :Garrett`s is also good detectors..         This is not ment as negativ info . I like Garrett and White`s machines the moast,and they are desingned in usa and represent qualityto me.where are they made ? soldered together in china or taiwan ? My ace 350 was falsing and acting bananas,,so i bought a At Pro without the banana colour.BUT......... I Found That My Garrett ACE 350 : Upper rod of metal is making it false eaven more.when rod is NOT adjusted all the way out,or when coil is in 90 degree position to the rod.But with the coil adjusted to go,with coil ca 60 degree to rod and away from upper rod it is falsing much-much less,but it still now and then falsing when bumping light in to a small stone or old weed. My New At Pro is working now and then..sweeping target several times..its there and its gonedoing new groundbalancing and it works some sweeps more (same soil)a few sweeps more and signal is gone again. Pinpointing works only some seconds and then goes quiet or goes bananas and only soundsto the right side. -Silver and coins,somtimes it only picks it up when sweeping to the right..to the left no signal.when i airtest a silver coin or other coin its ok,but when i putcoin in ground about 5" it dont pick it up,but after 10-20 sweeps over it it got a poor singnal but telling on vfo 99 instead of 72 and falls off again.The test soil is clean out for all other metals. -On nails discrimination works fine in air,but in soil it pick them up on 60-70 ,and good sound also with iron filter on 40 and coustum settingsto accept singnals from 70-99 ,but it is letting some iron trugh now and then with a iffy signal,in air it is all quiet on iron. -The machine also start plinging and dinging when i put coil tight to ground (resting not pushing it down). P.S. My At Pro is also draining the battery very-very fast,might bee a clue ? -I have ordred a At pro sniper coil to see if it might can be the coil causing this problems. -I also bought a Garrett Ace 350. 2 months ago which was falsing very much,i wrote a letter to Garrett Support about it,i was told to send it to Germany.But i don`t dear sending it to germany and might have to wait all spring and maybe half summer, So i decided to cut out dinner bugdet for a month and buy me a Garrett At Pro instead, i was told that falsing issues was solved on the at Pro machines now.i tought Then i can send my ace 350 to repair since i have a new At Pro to use,butnow i have 2 useless detectors,crying some tears""nowand writing part of this  letter above to garrett support,but i am sure they will solve my problem. Any others having any of this above problems with their At Pro ?  

Treasure Hunter's picture

I WISH I AM WRONG, BUT $2500 LESS IN MY WALLET PROVE ME RIGHT

Do they give you good medical/dental coverage at Garrett´s? Because you speak as an employee rather than as a client.I read many good and bad feedbacks about Garrett products, I bought one of them and was happy and impressed by it (the GTI 2500), until I sensed there was something wrong with it. I was fooled by Garrett´s service department into thinking I was doing something wrong until my warranty expired. Finally they told me to send the unit from SouthAmerica to Germany, instead to their factory in US.I had nothing agains Garrett CO until I lost 2500 dollars and two years of my time. Of course they had good products. But your "proudly american" product is imported from Taiwan with a quality that really makes you whip. And its service department does not care for out-of-the-country customers, otherwise I would not be complaining this way. They (at Garrett) advertise the Eagle Eye depth multiplier as a deep antenna with all the characteristics of the round coils, but in reality it is a way heavy unit. Unstable even with lowest sensitivity setting, and when using te eagle eye you loose all the features like discrimination, different tones, automatic ground balance, auto tracking balance, type and depth of target, salt elimination, etc. The manual ground balance is useless because you walk two steps after adjusting it and the unit goes berzek. Finally the quality of the materials is so bad that the coils break easily like crackers and the battery holder just fell off because of the broken sliders.I don´t know about the other units, but I have met 3 other users of the GTI 2500 in my country, and we all agreed that the 2500 is pure and simple garbage. I will keep warning people not to buy from Garrett because of my experiences. Many times I asked for help from Garrett, and all the time I was ignored. At the end everybody else in Ecuador is getting rid of them, even their dealer is slowly switching to Fisher detectors.Are you supposed to be lucky when investing more than US$1500 on a detector? I don't think so. I have a motto: The more I pay, the louder I yell if I am not satisffied.

Cholo Manaba's picture

Do they give you good

Do they give you good medical/dental coverage at Garrett´s? Because you speak as an employee rather than as a client.I read many good and bad feedbacks about Garrett products, I bought one of them and was happy and impressed by it (the GTI 2500), until I sensed there was something wrong with it. I was fooled by Garrett´s service department into thinking I was doing something wrong until my warranty expired. Finally they told me to send the unit from SouthAmerica to Germany, instead to their factory in US.I had nothing agains Garrett CO until I lost 2500 dollars and two years of my time. Of course they had good products. But your "proudly american" product is imported from Taiwan with a quality that really makes you whip. And its service department does not care for out-of-the-country customers, otherwise I would not be complaining this way. They (at Garrett) advertise the Eagle Eye depth multiplier as a deep antenna with all the characteristics of the round coils, but in reality it is a way heavy unit. Unstable even with lowest sensitivity setting, and when using te eagle eye you loose all the features like discrimination, different tones, automatic ground balance, auto tracking balance, type and depth of target, salt elimination, etc. The manual ground balance is useless because you walk two steps after adjusting it and the unit goes berzek. Finally the quality of the materials is so bad that the coils break easily like crackers and the battery holder just fell off because of the broken sliders.I don´t know about the other units, but I have met 3 other users of the GTI 2500 in my country, and we all agreed that the 2500 is pure and simple garbage. I will keep warning people not to buy from Garrett because of my experiences. Many times I asked for help from Garrett, and all the time I was ignored. At the end everybody else in Ecuador is getting rid of them, even their dealer is slowly switching to Fisher detectors.Are you supposed to be lucky when investing more than US$1500 on a detector? I don't think so. I have a motto: The more I pay, the louder I yell if I am not satisffied.

Kane's picture

AT PRO

I bought this machine about two weeks ago after doing a lot of research on it , and I have found that GARRETT has hit another goldmine . I have other metal detectors including other garretts . If I had to choose between all of them I would have to say the AT PRO is by far the best machine I have ever had my hands on . I highly recomend this machine to anyone that want's to find treasure. Keep up the great!!!!!!!!!! work GARRETT.

Bigealive's picture

You have no clue!!!!

You are full of it.  Obviously you do not have any idea what Garrett is all about.  I own 3 Garretts and I have had nothing but the best experience with their company.  They bend over backwards for any person that need help and warranty is second to  NO ONE.  Bounty Hunter's ?????  Junk.

hankfoto's picture

AT pro

I could not disagree with you more I am still using my garrett GTA 1000 I bought over 10 years ago.All three coils still work great. Has the same getup now it had then. And it is easy to use right out of the box. Of course you have to read the instructions and it came with a video. never had a roblem and it has seen a lot of mikles and various parts of this country. Sometimes it's the operator not the machine.

micprec's picture

atp

i agree with you audrey, the more i read about it the more i want one, im new to treasure hunting and cant wait to get out there and explore. still looking between the garrett and teknotics to purchaes. happy hunting  michael

Audrey Peters's picture

Garrett AT Pro

Thank You for U.S.A. made . The longer I read about the AT Pro the more I want one. it is just what I need, I really like that it only takes 4 battries,it is very light in weight. and it can be used  in up to 10 feet of water . When I detect in the water there may be a whole or rocks or waves that may make me not to steady ,And maby drop the Metal detector, so this AT Pro will cure that.  I really like that there will be no background hum. and the shape of the elliptical-D coil is just great, The discrimination features  sound great and so dose the push button controls. If I were to get caught in the rain, It would,t hurt it.The AT Pro all terrain seams so great  and has everything I want, I can,t wait to own one. as soon as I can aford one. Audrey               

Treasure Hunter's picture

At pro

I totally disagree with you.  I’ve had Garret metal detectors for years and they are a fine machine.  I have a AT3 and now the AT pro.  No problems at all !!!

Treasure Hunter's picture

SOUNDS GOOD, BUT...

The only department that is doing a great job at Garrett´s is the marketing department. They announce great and outstandind products, full of features that really makes you wish to have one, or more of their detectors. But once you have it your "sixth sense" rings an alert and you start finding faults that at the beggining you discard them util they added s many that you ask for their help. If you are lucky (or US citizen), you may get it. Otherwise you just are stuck with a uselessproduct that really makes you blame yourself for having ever laid your eyes, or your confidence, in them. Starting from their tech support, which tells you to keep on trying (buying time... maybe?), to their customer service that tells you all international customers, who bough from a US dealer, have to send their units to Germany. And finally their supervisors and managemnt that tell you they cannot do nothing because of the delay in claims and repairs inside warranty times.I strongly suggest you not to waste your money, time and life with this kind of garbage. Definitely a Bounty Hunte (or any other brand) detector does a better job at a lower cost without any regrets.

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