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  1. #1
    us
    Feb 2011
    Gladstone, MI
    Whites 5900 Di Pro Sl and Whites Eagle Spectrum Fisher Coinstrike Fisher F70 Whites M6 Garrett 1500 Tesoro Cibola Whites XLT Minelab Quattro Minelab Xterra 50 Fisher Id Edge Tekentics Omega 8000 Whi
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    I personally tried the At Pro today....

    And I must say I am less than impressed. Easily the worst pinpoint I've ever seen on a detector. Small screen that is tough to make out especially in the sun. When I would get a good signal it would show like 6-8 inches then when I would hit the pp button it would be 2 inches deep. Hit hard on rusty bottle caps too. I thought about getting one before but I'm sure glad I didn't. I hope my brother has better luck with it than I did considering he just got it. I'm sure it's a good detector for some people but it was terrible for me. Just my two cents. I'll happily go grab my Coinstrike.
    Why do they call it "Taking a dump" when you're actually leaving one?

  2. #2
    us
    It's dangerous to be right when those with a thimbleful of perceived authority are wrong.

    Mar 2012
    Michigan
    White's MXT, DFX, GMT and Fisher F5
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    Yeah, I was NOT happy with it either. It even FELT "flimsy"

    NOT worth the hype.

    I'll stick with my MXT or DFX.

  3. #3
    us
    Feb 2011
    Gladstone, MI
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    The stock coil is too big for it I think, and the arm cup isn't deep enough. It feels really unbalanced. The hand grip is at an uncomfortable angle for me too.
    Why do they call it "Taking a dump" when you're actually leaving one?

  4. #4
    us
    It's dangerous to be right when those with a thimbleful of perceived authority are wrong.

    Mar 2012
    Michigan
    White's MXT, DFX, GMT and Fisher F5
    811
    121 times
    Metal Detecting
    Quote Originally Posted by Coinstriking Michigan View Post
    The stock coil is too big for it I think, and the arm cup isn't deep enough. It feels really unbalanced.
    yeah, that would pretty much describe why it felt "flimsy" to me. It just kinda wobbled if you moved from side to side.

  5. #5
    ca
    Nov 2010
    Canada
    Garrett A.T. Pro, Garrett GTaX 550
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    The AT Pro is awesome once you put the time into learning it. The iron audio features, and pro mode are fantastic. It's really good at picking out targets amongst trash--after you get the gist of it. I know my opinion won't sway you, but I just wanted to add some positive info on this detector.

    A few weeks ago I dug up an 1891 Victoria silver dime, it was 8-10 inches deep, and near iron junk. It also pinpointed the coin perfectly, even at that depth.

  6. #6
    us
    Feb 2011
    Gladstone, MI
    Whites 5900 Di Pro Sl and Whites Eagle Spectrum Fisher Coinstrike Fisher F70 Whites M6 Garrett 1500 Tesoro Cibola Whites XLT Minelab Quattro Minelab Xterra 50 Fisher Id Edge Tekentics Omega 8000 Whi
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Cache View Post
    The AT Pro is awesome once you put the time into learning it. The iron audio features, and pro mode are fantastic. It's really good at picking out targets amongst trash--after you get the gist of it. I know my opinion won't sway you, but I just wanted to add some positive info on this detector.

    A few weeks ago I dug up an 1891 Victoria silver dime, it was 8-10 inches deep, and near iron junk. It also pinpointed the coin perfectly, even at that depth.
    Well I only used it just today, I'm sure I could get more familiar with it and do a little better. It was just loud and noisy in both modes even when the sensitivity was backed off. One other thing I didn't like was the typical Garrett delayed response. You are well over the target before it will sound off.
    Why do they call it "Taking a dump" when you're actually leaving one?

  7. #7

    Apr 2012
    Minelab Explorer Se Pro,Garrett At/Pro,Garrett Ace 350,Tesoro Cibola,Tesoro Outlaw,Bounty Hunter SharpShooter 2
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    I havent used the at pro but i know the ace 350 gives alot of false hits and yes it loves rusty bottle caps .....but it will find silver if its there to be found

  8. #8
    Charter Member
    us
    May 2012
    NE Ohio
    Minelab E-Trac, Minelab Excal 800, Minelab Excal II, Tesoro Tigershark, Garrett ACE 250, Pro Pointer
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    What I would really like to see are a few of the main metal detectors all going head to head in the field on the same finds. i.e. an AT Pro, Etrac, Safari and a few designees from White's, Tesaro etc. Have these machines all go out detecting the same area, used by experienced detectorists that have many hours on their respective machines. When one person makes a find, call everyone else over, each detect over it, see what the results come up as and if they can ID it pre-digging. Then dig it and see if the machines were accurately portraying what was in the ground. This could settle the debate as to which of these machines are worth using. And would also be a valuable tool for the individual looking at a new MD but not sure what brand/model to go with.
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  9. #9
    us
    what hath god wrought

    Feb 2009
    Gateway to the 1000 Islands
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    The atpro is a big honking crapper. I love it. The pro detunes beautifully in pp mode on mid range targets say 6". I always git my targets in one plug, always. I dont use no stinking probe, so I dig accurately anyway, to avoid damage to sod, and the pro can pp on a dime. The thing is amazing in the iron and cinders, but it is not the deepest critter out there. But it will find big can slaw at 10", I experienced this in a park that had soil added thru the years. In my untouched fifties circus grounds I pulled about a dozen wheats and four silver dimes at 6 inches + no prob, but this site is relatively free of trash, not many nails or crowns, it was never used past 1955 or so. Pro has rock solid pp if you can figure out detune. The big dd is surprisingly good at pp, it put away any of my worries about pp with big dd, this being my first machine with dd coil. Shall we talk about how it can pick a non ferrous target in a slurry of iron and cinders?. Not really, that subject is more appropriate for experienced pro users that actually learned it. Every machine sucks, and every machine is good. Nobody can critique a machine after one outing.
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  10. #10
    Charter Member
    us
    Aug 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Earth
    V3i, Etrac, AT Pro, F2, T2, Xterra 705
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    I have an AT Pro as a backup to my ETrac... one of the 'many' backups I have & had including an Xterra 705, F2, T2, and a few others.
    I have also used a lot of detectors with other people out hunting.
    The 'feel' of it is a lot like 90% of the detectors out there but Fisher, Garrett, White's, Teknetics, Bounty Hunter, Tesoro, Minelab. They all went 'lightweight' on their entry-to-midlevel detectors and fight for the ounces besides the pounds. Kind of like a lot of other electronics today...
    Does the AT Pro feel like my ETrac or a V3i a friend of mine has and I have used?..... absolutely not!
    The good thing about these really light (plastic-ee... if that's even a word?) is that you can swing them for a long time and if you have shoulder/arm issues, they are for God-send for metal detecting.
    I use the AT Pro here and there and it takes some time to get used to, just like most detectors. it's fun in standard mode, but better in Pro-Mode. Pro-Mode is absolutely impressive, unique, and fun to use with the rolling tones.
    I think the DD coil it comes with is perfect for a stock coil. It gets some great depth and never go by anyone's depth meter... just like you can't go 100% by a machine's TDI numbers.
    The pinpointing is NOT spot-on. I have pinpointed with the AT Pro, then went over with my ETrac (which is spot-on) and found it off a little, or maybe the AT Pro is just not as 'simple' as the ETrac to pinpoint(?)
    For the $$$, you get a deep detector, waterproof (yeah... I tested mine... and it kinda makes you say 'I hope this thing doesn't fry'...but keeps running), iron audio, Pro-Mode, very fast recovery speed(sounds like a slot machine on silver), a just-under the AT Gold frequency that lets you pick up gold very easily, and Garrett really backs up their detectors PLUS THEIR GEAR well! (my headphones adapter cord I bought didn't work right, I emailed them, Garrett shipped me a new one 11 hours later with a return label, and trusted I would send the old one back so they could see why it failed). It was an accessory and NOT even the detector they backed up, no questions asked, and fast!
    Everyone has their favorite brand, detector, swing speed, sounds, weight, feel, audio and visuals of their ultimate detector, but the AT Pro fits a niche, and I think it does it well. Just my opinion...
    I am not brand loyal... I am performance loyal... and unless I have a sponsorship, I tell it the way I see it...

    Viddy
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  11. #11
    us
    what hath god wrought

    Feb 2009
    Gateway to the 1000 Islands
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    When pp-ing a target, if you run three cycles of detune on the pro, you can make a six inch deep dime or cent sound like the area of about a two inch diameter circle or smaller, and it will be very low volume but very apparent, even at the max level of detune. You know a coin is there, right at the center of the coil. But this is the same situation with most machines. I am more impressed with pp ability of my cz20, that thing purrs on ten inch targets dead on. But the pro is no slouch in this department.
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  12. #12
    us
    Jan 2011
    Dalton,Ga.
    Whites MXT, E Trac, Garrett Pro Pinpointer
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    I've had the MXT for as long as it's been around, And said I'd never buy a Garretts. Well I've had the ATPro for about 3 months now and I swap between the two pretty often in the same hunts, The Pro IS a VERY good detector! As is the MXT, In very trashy ground It will out do the MXT everytime. Togather they make An Awesome team and I personally could'nt ask for any better combo...JMHO.....HH


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  13. #13

    Apr 2012
    Minelab Explorer Se Pro,Garrett At/Pro,Garrett Ace 350,Tesoro Cibola,Tesoro Outlaw,Bounty Hunter SharpShooter 2
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    this is what my ace 350 sounds like when im in a trashy park
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  14. #14
    us
    Garrett watersports!

    Apr 2011
    Pennsylvania
    Ace250,AT Pro & Garrett Propointer!
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    Im just wondering if Cat woman & Mr.Clean had a conversation before reviewing this detector? Hmmmm both from Michigan & both whining when about 98 % of all At Pro users love it ...Ok question is whats that tell Yah?
    Just remember...what you miss today...I will find tomorrow!

  15. #15
    us
    Feb 2011
    Gladstone, MI
    Whites 5900 Di Pro Sl and Whites Eagle Spectrum Fisher Coinstrike Fisher F70 Whites M6 Garrett 1500 Tesoro Cibola Whites XLT Minelab Quattro Minelab Xterra 50 Fisher Id Edge Tekentics Omega 8000 Whi
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    Would anyone else care to chime in here about the Garrett delayed response?
    Why do they call it "Taking a dump" when you're actually leaving one?

 

 
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