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Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector All Terrain Land and Water Metal Detector
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- Pro Mode Audio feature
- High-Res Iron Discrimination
- Digital Target ID
- Can be used in water up to 10-foot depth
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|Item Dimensions||5 x 11 x 22 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||1140460|
|Model Number||AT Pro|
|Shipping Weight||6.3 pounds|
GARRETT AT PRO Metal Detecto
Top Customer Reviews
Overall I'm really happy with it. It's a purchase that has brought so much joy to my life. I'm proud of owning it. I'm excited and happy about what it might find each day. I've dug $120 in 4 months. It previously that took me 3 years with the ace 250 to get $130. I loved it even more with the better coil (NEL SNAKE) and a better shovel. It finds DIMES/QUARTERS like nobodies business.
5/17 : Alert: Garrett has announced the AT MAX on 5/6 an upgrade to this detector. It's about $182 more though. What it gives you is a new Backlight, larger display screen for numbers. Wireless headphones (Huge upgrade). Deeper detection on All Metal Mode. Since the Z-link is $127, that upgrade is worth it for sure. You can also use your AT Pro coils with it. (like my Nel Snake).
=This is the detector that the people on "Diggers" TV show use and on NuggetNoggin on utube. Check him out for many tips and he's even in the Garrett product catalog and events, etc.
=Batteries last forever. Days of 8+ hours
=This is the go to detector for most people unless you advance to the $1,500-$2,500 range where people seem to go Minelab. The AT PRO was beyond my price range but I earned gift certificates, signed up for two Amazon credit cards, won contests, and used my $130 I dug with the ace 250 to buy it. My dream: Minelab CTX 3030 Standard Pack Metal Detector with GPS Rechargeable 3228-0101
=Unit is very durable. People drag it in the water, take it in streams, take it into the water at the beach. The only problem I've heard is one person kept knocking the control box off. He upgraded with better screws to fix it.
=Some people go AT Gold for some reasons, but most seem to go AT Pro.
=AT Pro has YEARS of proven success already. This is not a new detector. People have used it and have come up with tons of finds. You know you're getting something good. But are there better more expensive detectors? Sure.
=Standard coil is pretty good even in junky parks but the smaller one is better. But until you can afford it, the stock one is decent for a lot of treasure.
=Comes with great headphones! Not waterproof but you can still use them in the water UP to the headphones themselves.
=You can put in the plastic cover and not use headphones at all to detect in the water. It's difficult to see the screen/sound under water though but if you're not fully submerged it's great.
=GREAT for river metal detecting. People find tons of stuff with it.
Pros of the AT PRO vs. the Ace 150-350 Series
=Iron Audio is a great improvement
=High-Res Iron Discrimination (1-40)
=Does a way better job of picking out targets out of trash. I'm finding a ton more money that I couldn't find with my ace.
=Black is better than YELLOW of the ace series
=Battery Life is great. They've lasted all week at 6-8 hours days.
=Comes with headphones with adjustable volume. Ace had no volume control except on your OWN headphones.
=Able to set the ground balance manually. Ace had it built in.
=Able to change frequencies (4 choices).
=Able to see the VDI (only ace 400 has this)
Note: the Ace 400 has many of these features and might be for you if you need a cheaper model without some of the features like waterproofing like this one.
Things to note:
=The batteries are already installed. I made the mistake of opening it and pulling it out to check then not putting it back in the right direction (difficult to see which way to put it back in)
=When putting the battery holder back in, put the silver dot on the LEFT side to correctly connect it.
=Headphones volume are pretty confusing. Basically, you keep screwing with the volume on both sides until they're balanced. If one side is loud and the other isn't, turn up the side that's missing. I think the idea is that people that can hear better in one ear can balance it or for the people that want things louder in one year. But it causes mass confusion.
=Make sure you tape the cord to the pole. From the coil, make a straight run to the end of the first pole while taping or velcro the strap against the pole. Then you can start to coil it around. Search for help on this. If you don't, you get more false signals. I got this pack of 100-200 velcro cord strips and I just put a few around it. Alternatively, wrap it OVER, Under, Over, Under.
=My #1 complaint: Both of the headphone/coil connector are the worst. I sit there forever trying to get the headphones or coils connected. The problem is they made the connector line up at an weird diagonal ANGLE that is weird instead of "T" it's like "X". So you have to fight the bending of the cord and also try to turn the cord until it lines up. It's super annoying, especially at night when you're trying to shine a flash light in there trying to line things up. I dread ever disconnecting my headphones. I also feel like the "pins" are going to get bent if I don't line it up correctly. I really don't like the headphone connector. They should at least have a line on both sides to line up.
=First time setup: It took me like an hour to set this thing up. Pretty hard out of the box. The pole was really hard for me to extend when I first got it. I sat there like 30 mins trying to extend it. There's these 2 plastic locking rings that are pretty confusing/annoying vs. the Ace series which didn't have them.
=I liked the regular phone jack for the headphones of the previous Ace one, but I suppose that's what makes it waterproof.
Update: I got the "NEL Snake" coil which is an alternative to the 5x8 small coil by Garret. You have to find it online, or ebay. It's a huge improvement to the stock coil so be prepared to buy another coil for "Trashy" areas. From what I can tell it's better than 5x8 coil but you can pick either one. Garrett 5x8" DD Coil (AT Pro/Gold)
=I go to lots of "junky" parks. I made a spreadsheet of all the parks and checked them all off, within 20-30 mins of my location. There's 98 parks in my city. I continue to revisit the ones that have churned out the most money, especially as my gear improves.
=Metal detecting isn't a money maker depending on where you live. If you're looking to make money, it usually doesn't work out that way. Typically you spend more on your equipment or gas or time than you gain in treasure. But you never know! There are those that gain more in treasure, especially at beach detecting or places with OLD history with gold and silver items. I honestly think can collecting is a better money maker. BUT it's not as fun of course. What's great about Metal Detecting is each hole could be something amazing and that's the excitement of this hobby. It gives me great exercise. It gives me something else to do other than play video games or watch tv. It creates an excitement about going places.
=Will you find old history items? It depends on how old your area is. Europe is the BEST. East Coast, next. West Coast, worst. I live in crowded Orange County/LA CA area. Our history out here isn't very old (120+ years) so you don't find anything super cool from the 1800s typically. Also there is a LOT of competition from other people metal detecting. My town is only from 1971 so I especially never find anything OLD. I found one quarter from 1964. One nickle from 1946. You might have to travel to find old stuff.
= I do think that metal detecting is a SOLO sport unless you can manage to get enough gear for two people (2 pin pointers) or have one person find, and the other person pinpoint and dig and mark with flags. My kids enjoyed it when they were younger but now don't want to be involved. I have to sneak off when I'm free.
Detector & General Tips & Gear Suggestions (It's all about the gear)
=They say dig everything. I've often found if I remove like (4) lame objects, then the money and real treasure starts to appear. So you have to really dig the trash to find better stuff. I removed 1 metal piece, then bam 3 quarters appear. In the places I've really cleared out, I had to spend hours removing all the trash which then reveals much more. Some parks I've put 20+ hours into clearing out an area. Digging everything. Set the iron discrimination to about 31 and above, then dig everything at least above 39 or so. Some dig over 31 targets. I found a 1 cent EURO piece ($2 on ebay) that was ringing up at 39. Good rings can even show up in the 45 VDI range. A gold earring can show up as 38/39. Go to Utube and search VDI numbers for some instructional videos. The mistake I made in the first three years is being lazy focusing on coins and not digging more trash for the treasure. My number one problem is giving up on holes instead of sticking with them until I find the object. The pros have TONS of trash and just a few objects, 100s of holes per trip.
=You must get the garrette pro-pointer. Garrett 1140900 Pro-Pointer AT Waterproof Pinpointing Metal Detector, Orange The detector and pinpointer work to show you where it is. Without the pin-pointer you sit there digging forever on holes looking for the signal. With the pin-pointer, I can clear find, hole, close the hole in as fast as 10-20 seconds if I'm lucky.
=Get the garret camo pouch. Digger's Pouch Camo . Mines on year 4 now. I love it. Other options are a military "AMMO DUMP Pouch" Search on amazon or online. Around $20-50.
=Shovel: Most people use: Standard Lesche Digging Tool & Sod Cutter (Right Serrated Blade) I've used it for 3 years now and only problem is the handle cover is starting to come off. I use it nearly every hole.
=For a better shovel, I got a $140 shovel called the Model 35 - Piranha. (+ two foot pads for $20). It scares people to death though FYI. I try to be as non violent with it as possible. Many of the pros use this thing.
=If you're digging, even with the pin-pointer and still can't find it, get out the main detector again (I do it on my knees) and rescan to find where the object might have moved to after you started digging. Often I dig it up and it goes flying around the hole in the dirt.
=Try to not stab the objects with your knife. I've wrecked quite a few coins. You can purchase a coin probe like:ASR Outdoor Brass Coin Probe Non-marring Gold Prospecting Treasure Hunt Tool which have mixed results. Some people use a screwdriver.
=Using this unit properly (and I still don't know if I am) has required 100s of hours of use. I continue to learn new things with experience.
=I bought like (10) survey marking flags for cheap (look in home depot/lowes) section. I use those to mark a hole for my kid to come along and dig after me, or if I want to do more than one hole at once. Something like IRWIN Stake Flags, Glo Orange, 100 Pack, 64100 in smaller quantity.
=If you get something that sounds like a quarter but is in a big area (using the pin pointer to show that it's a big area), it's probably a can.
=Walk away from where you are, jam the pin pointer button, then do a circle back to where you started, that sometimes reveals new things.
=Keep checking the same area, even on different days. Sometimes new things appear depending on the weather, after rain, after it's dried out, etc.
=USE GLOVES, at least one. You're often picking up rusty metal, sharp nails, etc. Be very careful. The digger pouch mentioned above does a good job of protecting you from them once you put them inside. Try not to touch the rusty trash with your bare hands. My gloves had a hole in one finger and I cut my end of my finger up bad on a can. Opinions are mixed about gloves. Some buy cheap $2 ones while others go for $10-30 ones.
=Coin Cleaning: I got a 5 lb rock tumbler. You put in all the NON silver dimes, nickles, quarters in along with some smooth aquarium rocks and a bit of dish soap. Let it churn for hours, shaking it up every so often. Take out the clean coins and put the dirty ones back in for more. Do not use on zinc pennies older than 1982. Alternatively, mixing in some vinegar and salt can clean better but I've found it leaves a green film I have to wire brush off. Check utube for videos.
=Use Knee pads. Esp old people like me. This sport involves kneeling 100s to 1000s of times. Protect your knees, even if you're young. Everyone differs on the best ones to use. I used $8 walmart ones for 3 years. Now I'm on $22 Walmart ones: McGuire-Nicholas Slider Knee Pad
=Throw the coins once cleaned into the coinstar machine at the grocery store. I do sometimes break them with my horrible deformed coins. haha. One store just gave me the money and returned my coins on top of that. haha. To go away?
=I use bike head lamps to dig at night. I spend lots of night hours. I'm currently using Foxelli USB Rechargeable Headlamp Flashlight 100 Hours Battery Life Time And New Ultra Bright Cree XP-G2 Led Technology, Waterproof, Impact Resistant, Lightweight & Comfortable, Easy to Use
=I copied an item from NuggetNoggin, a fishing vest. I use all the pockets to store batteries or my camera, or finds, keys, phone etc.
Look up fishing vests.
Pro or Con = People always go up and talk to you while metal detecting. A metal detector is their license to come talk to you and ask you about your best find. Unfortunately, I don't have a "best" find yet, so I just tell them whatever. It can be annoying if you want to do it by yourself to relax but great if you like talking to people. Kids usually come over. A concern I always have is kids talking to me without their parents. Often I tell them you shouldn't talk to strangers without your parents. I have people that just follow me all the time and that becomes annoying. They expect that you're going to dig up gold bars when instead it's 1 penny typically. Sometimes they leave when you show them it's trash or 1 penny. If they're really being annoying, I just stop and play with my phone for a while until they go away. Otherwise, if they're "normal." they ask me a few questions, I answer nicely, and then they leave. I get anxiety and like the alone time so I often dig at night like a thief in the night. A few times people have questioned if I have the legal right to detect in a public park but typically I have no problems. The police have never cared about me detecting. Generally always get permission to dig from private areas, cover your holes, and do as little damage to the grass as you can.
Good luck and comment if you have any changes/additions.
Update: I've been using this detector for several months now. It turned out to be a great machine, and I'm not sure if there's a better one out there. There are ones that go deeper, but I've learned very quickly that I don't want to dig a two foot deep hole to find a pull tab, which is just the downside with all detectors. I can work very, very trashy areas and pick out good targets amongst the garbage, and most of the time have a close idea to what it is. I did buy the smaller coil for those trashy areas. The larger coil that came with is great for everywhere else.