Garrett ATX Pulse Induction Military Grade Metal Detector
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- ATX with 12" DD coil
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- AA alkaline, rechargeable batteries and charger
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The ATX performs head-to-head with the most expensive prospecting detectors in the world. The ATX has maximum detection on all targets all the time. No need to switch modes or switch coils to improve detection on small gold while degrading detection of larger nuggets. It has advanced pulse induction technology, a durable mil-spec design, a new DD coil design, and unrivaled PI sensitivity on tiny gold. The Garrett ATX is the ultimate gold detector for all terrains and extreme conditions.
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The depth of detection and sensivity is awesome.
I strongly recommend to use this machine in companion of a pinpointer. Otherwise you may get dissapointed. Fortunately I bought a garrett propointer that works perfect for this purpose.
It is heavy in comparison to the ACE series. The ATX comes with a cling that I did not understand how to use it.
Very high sensitivity.
High depth of detection for every kind of metals.
Good quality and look.
Rotation of coil for difficult positions.
No discrimination so not recommended for trashy sites.
Too heavy. The included cling is too long and does not meet its function.
High battery consumption. Rechargable batteries are included and recommended.
After Garrett flopped with the AT Max it left such a bad taste in my mouth that this may be my last Garrett machine. That's not true if my Garrett pro pointer goes, I will get another. They did that extremely well. I got lucky and dumped the Max on Fleebay fast before most the bad reviews got out.
Anyway, get the ATX, use it and work out your upper body strength with it, just be sure to switch arms so one doesn’t get huge wile the other atrophies. This way you can save money and give up that gym membership. I can swing it but if you want to be or are that old man (or lady) at the beach, get the Equinox.
Now, having said that, this unit is a relative breeze to setup. After turning on the power switch, there are only 5 steps before you are ready to go hunting (Unless you prefer to use the default settings):
1. Set the unit to the preferred search Mode (Default = Motion Mode).
2. Set the desired level of Discrimination (Default = Zero discrimination - All Metal).
3. Set the desired Sensitivity (Default = 10), Threshold (Default = 7) and Volume (Default = 10).
4. Perform a Frequency Scan.
5. Perform Ground Balance.
All numerical settings and readouts are made on a scale of 1 - 13 LEDs. If you prefer to use the factory-set defaults, you only need to do steps 4 and 5.
The Frequency Scan is accomplished by simply pressing the Frequency Scan button and waiting for the unit to finish the process. During this step, the unit must remain perfectly still, while it senses all ambient electronic signals. It then automatically selects an operating frequency that is not affected by these ambient signals.
The Ground Balance is accomplished by selecting an area on the ground that is free from any metalic items and holding the search coil approximately 6" off the ground. You then activate the Ground Balance function and quickly "bounce" the coil from 1" to 6" off the ground. You continue this bouncing until the audio signal completely disappears.
You are now ready to go hunting!
The unit housing, search coil, control handle, and stem nuts are all made of a heavy-duty ABS plastic. The telescopic stems are made of thick fiberglass .... This unit is built like a TANK! Of course, the drawback to all this "heavy-dutyness" is that it weighs twice as much as other metal detectors. This unit weighs ~5 lbs, as opposed to the ~2.5 pounds that the ATX Pro weighs.
I like the fact that the search coil cord runs inside, through the telescopic stems. There is no tacky looking "wrapping" of the coil cord around the outside of the telescopic stem. However, if you want to switch search coils, it requires that you swap out the entire stem/coil unit. You don't just swap out the search coil. The search coils are made and sold that way (with the telescopic stems attached). The standard search coil provided with all ATX units is the 10" x 12" coil. Optional coils are the 8" mono search coil and the 15" x 20" Deepseeker coil.
The entire unit is submersible up to a depth of 10 feet. This is accomplished by the use of rubber O-rings on all connectors. However, the owner's manual states that if you are going to submerge the unit, you will need to coat the battery compartment O-rings with silicone grease.
Though the ATX does not have a fancy LCD GUI interface, it does allow the user to eliminate/check for unwanted objects via the Discrimination and Iron Check functions. If you are a coin/jewelry hunter, the Discrimination function is absolutely desired. It will allow you to "dial out" items like iron, bottle caps and pull-tabs.
However, if you are a relic hunter you will not likely use these functions, as many relics are made of iron. The Iron Check function will tell you if the object you just found is ferrous. When you have found an item in the ground, simply press and hold the Iron Check button while moving the coil over the object. If it is iron, the audio signal will give a sort of gravelly growl sound. This means the object is likely iron, and it is then up to you as to whether you want to dig or not.
The audio signal in Motion Mode will also help you determine what the item may be. As a general rule, items that are poor conductors (i.e. small nuggets, most jewelry, pull-tabs, bottle caps, nickels, small bronze objects, etc) will produce a high-tone followed by a low-tone echo. Conversely, items that are good conductors (i.e. large nuggets, copper, silver coins, large bronze objects, etc) will produce a low-tone followed by a high-tone echo.
Bottonline: The Garrett ATX is a well made heavy-duty metal detecting powerhoue! It doesn't have all the fancy bells & whistles that other units have, but it does have all the necessary features needed to hunt ALL metals under ALL conditions. This is definitely a unit that will last a lifetime.