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  1. #1
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    Sep 2007
    Reno, NV
    Garrett AT Pro Garrett GTAX 550
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Question Need some advice on detector brands

    So I have been enjoying this hobby for about 5 years now and over the last 3 I have become more and more frustrated with the lack of good solid finds. I am currently and have been using since I started the hobby the Garrett 550 GTAX. I will not dispute that it is great at finding spare change but when it comes to jewelry and other metals it is so erratic and doesn't seem to tell the difference between a rusty old nail and a gold ring. Therefore to this day I have only found a few pieces of sterling jewelry and one gold earring and The only reason I found them was because they were so close to the surface i was able to just kick the dirt away to reveal them. So what I'm trying to get at is can someone recommend a good solid brand detector that surpasses most when it comes to finding jewelry. I'm only looking to spend around $800 i would like to go less if possible and I would be willing to buy used. Can anyone recommend a good jewelry & gold detector?
    Give Northern Nevada Coin a call for any questions regarding US coins and ask for "Joe" at (775)-828-2646 or check out our website at http://www.brokencc.com

  2. #2
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    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

    Jun 2008
    Yarnell,AZ and Titusville,FL
    Right now: Garrett GTA 500, ACE 250, Fisher Impulse 8, Gold Bug 2, Whites GMT, Vibraprobe 570, and Falcon MD20
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    Coinshooting, Gold prospecting, and Nuggetshooting
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    The GTAx 550 had a very short run. I wanted one to replace my GTAx 500 which is out of print, also. I find nothing wrong with the 500 and suspect the 550 is built on the same platform. "Tweak" it up. It should do well. Question: How many hours on the 550? Just because you've owned it 5 years, doesn't make it a dinasaur. What is the ratio of jewelry to hours used? THAT is the parameter that should be considered. Everything else being equal, consider a Gold Bug 2, another garrett, or a Minelab. For $800, you shoul be able to get a decent machine for your needs. I have owned many Garretts and currently own a GB2. I have never owned a Minelab but many here say they are great. Probably are. Just one more thing, try to buy local. Mike at Woodland Detectors or Kellyco. Hope I've been of some help. TTC
    Are you a whiner or a winner?

  3. #3
    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
    1,351
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    Coinshooting
    I think the problem with almost all Garretts is the delayed signal and the block segments. Too many different types of metal can fall into those 9 categories unlike a machine that actually gives a VDI number. Just my opinion, actually under my logic you should be digging more jewelry with a Garrett because you can't cherry pick as easily.
    Why do they call it "Taking a dump" when you're actually leaving one?

  4. #4
    LRL fraud debunked

    Dec 2010
    ciudadano del universo, residente de El Paso TX
    BS detector
    1,092
    247 times
    Underground detection
    For gold & jewelry under $800, you can't beat the Teknetics G2 or the equivalent Fisher Gold Bug models (not to be confused with the GBII).

    --Dave J.

  5. #5
    us
    Sep 2007
    Reno, NV
    Garrett AT Pro Garrett GTAX 550
    398
    18 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by Coinstriking Michigan View Post
    I think the problem with almost all Garretts is the delayed signal and the block segments. Too many different types of metal can fall into those 9 categories unlike a machine that actually gives a VDI number. Just my opinion, actually under my logic you should be digging more jewelry with a Garrett because you can't cherry pick as easily.
    I'm not too familiar when you say VDI number? One of the problems I have been having is that I will get signals and then quickly lose them. Or I will get a nice strong signal and then once I have started digging The signal disappears. I almost wonder if there is something mechanically wrong with my machine.
    Give Northern Nevada Coin a call for any questions regarding US coins and ask for "Joe" at (775)-828-2646 or check out our website at http://www.brokencc.com

  6. #6
    us
    Sep 2007
    Reno, NV
    Garrett AT Pro Garrett GTAX 550
    398
    18 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by TerryC View Post
    The GTAx 550 had a very short run. I wanted one to replace my GTAx 500 which is out of print, also. I find nothing wrong with the 500 and suspect the 550 is built on the same platform. "Tweak" it up. It should do well. Question: How many hours on the 550? Just because you've owned it 5 years, doesn't make it a dinasaur. What is the ratio of jewelry to hours used? THAT is the parameter that should be considered. Everything else being equal, consider a Gold Bug 2, another garrett, or a Minelab. For $800, you shoul be able to get a decent machine for your needs. I have owned many Garretts and currently own a GB2. I have never owned a Minelab but many here say they are great. Probably are. Just one more thing, try to buy local. Mike at Woodland Detectors or Kellyco. Hope I've been of some help. TTC
    when it comes to hours on the machine its well over 900 hours in the last 5 years and again the lack of finds is frustrating. And yes I will for sure buy locally I already have a local dealer that I use and he is very knowledgeable. Do you know anything about the whites models are they worth the hype? I have customers that have Whites detectors and are in almost every other week with more and more gold jewelry that they find, it's very discouraging.
    Give Northern Nevada Coin a call for any questions regarding US coins and ask for "Joe" at (775)-828-2646 or check out our website at http://www.brokencc.com

  7. #7
    us
    Apr 2009
    Bronx
    Tesoro Golden Umax Whites DFX 300
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carson Coin Master View Post
    I'm not too familiar when you say VDI number? One of the problems I have been having is that I will get signals and then quickly lose them. Or I will get a nice strong signal and then once I have started digging The signal disappears. I almost wonder if there is something mechanically wrong with my machine.
    I have only been detcting for two years. Bought a used Tesoro Golden Umax. It took me about that long to realy learn it. Those signals that you describe are ghost signals. I chased alot of those in the beginning. I had a lot of fun with that detector. It's a keeper for me. Especillay since I know it. (Thats the KEY.)

    I just bought a used Whites DFX. When you narrow down your selection download the manual for the detector you are considering buying. Watch some utube videos on the machine. Make your choice based on your own reserch and what you like in a detector.

  8. #8
    us
    Aug 2009
    White's MXT300 D2, 950, 6X10 DD, 4X6 DD, detech ultimate 13" DD coils
    1,600
    194 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Not sure how deep your detector will get but I've been hunting parks that have been pounded for years and the only stuff left is those really deep targets. Sometimes when I get a dime at 10" or a little more once I dig the plug the detector will not be able to pick up the target anymore thats when I pull out about 12" of dirt and its usually a silver dime or sometimes a wheat. Not sure if this is whats happening to you but once you disturb the ground alot of times the detector won't be able to detect the target as deep, so you might pull out a little more dirt next time you run into that. HH

  9. #9
    us
    May 2009
    Florida
    Surf PI Pro/MXT/Quattro/Sovereign XS2 Pro
    1,682
    317 times
    Quote Originally Posted by Carson Coin Master View Post
    Do you know anything about the whites models are they worth the hype? I have customers that have Whites detectors and are in almost every other week with more and more gold jewelry that they find, it's very discouraging.
    You can pick up a used MXT fairly cheap. If you don't like it, you can sell it for what you paid and not be out anything. I think mine lives up to the hype.

  10. #10
    us
    Sep 2007
    Reno, NV
    Garrett AT Pro Garrett GTAX 550
    398
    18 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I have been doing some research with the local dealer and I am considering a gold bug pro. He was saying that they seem to work better in the type of soils we have out here in northern Nevada (a lot of mineral deposits) He was also saying Garrett ATI I believe he said was another good one. I don't know... Its going to be another couple of weeks before I can get back out for a hunt I'm still recovering from hip surgery so until then I don't need something right away. On the other side of the coin if there is anyone out there that has a used gold bug pro for sale I am interested. Thanks
    Give Northern Nevada Coin a call for any questions regarding US coins and ask for "Joe" at (775)-828-2646 or check out our website at http://www.brokencc.com

  11. #11
    Charter Member
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    TerrySoloman.com

    May 2010
    Congress, AZ - White Plains, NY
    Tesoro Cult Member - Tejon; Sand Shark; Lobo Super Traq; Vaquero; Cibola; Compadre - Minelab GPX 5000
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    Metal Detecting
    Save yourself a lot of money and frustration, and get a Tesoro Vaquero Tesoro Metal Detectors - Official company web site with metal detector models for treasure hunting land or water. as in Nevada you need manual ground balancing. Look into the Tejon as well. Good Luck!

    Quote Originally Posted by Carson Coin Master View Post
    when it comes to hours on the machine its well over 900 hours in the last 5 years and again the lack of finds is frustrating. And yes I will for sure buy locally I already have a local dealer that I use and he is very knowledgeable. Do you know anything about the whites models are they worth the hype? I have customers that have Whites detectors and are in almost every other week with more and more gold jewelry that they find, it's very discouraging.

 

 

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