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    Seeking Input From the Non-Garrett Crowd

    Happy Monday. I use Garrett detectors because it's what I know. I use the AT Pro and started with an ACE 400, which is now my back-up machine used by people who join me but don't own their own set up.

    I'd like to hear some feedback from the non-Garrett crowd, explaining what it is about Garrett detectors that turns them off. I know you're out there so please comment. Without making this an infomercial for the brand/model you prefer, what is it about Garrett that makes you chose another manufacturer? Thanks I'll appreciate the info and take it all into consideration.

    For the record, I do very well with my AT Pro and have no complaints at all. I'd just like to see how the other side lives as a learning experience. Thanks-SBD

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    This sure sounds like click bait. What detector you use depends on your soil and what you are searching for.

    I have an AT GOLD and found some good stuff, but now I own an XP Deus. I could list several things I like better--so light weight I would never go back to a heavier detector. Probably the best thing is the Reactivity speed adjustment for me. I can pull targets out of trashy areas--even slightly trashy areas can hide good targets like gold and silver jewlery. You can tell when some gold comes up several inches deep (usually surrounded by trash) that it was missed by other detectors for years. Or in less trash it can be set wider open for deeper stuff. Several other "comfort" adjustments like Iron Volume. While not part of the detector, the pinpointer goes through the headphones, very nice. The totally wireless (no cables anywhere) is convenient and near flawless. And I like the coil size 9". Well, I'm not a salesman but it's a nice detector. And I never mentioned the legendary ability in iron.
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    I think itís just what people start with and get used to and then they just stick with what they like. Sure some believe one company is better than the other but I believe itís just what theyíre used to owning and become brand loyal customers and donít want to believe that another detector is just as good or better. Minelab, Garrett, XP, Fisher all make great detectors, Itís just what you like and what you know how to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Irishgoldhound View Post
    I think it’s just what people start with and get used to and then they just stick with what they like. Sure some believe one company is better than the other but I believe it’s just what they’re used to owning and become brand loyal customers and don’t want to believe that another detector is just as good or better. Minelab, Garrett, XP, Fisher all make great detectors, It’s just what you like and what you know how to use.
    Thanks and I agree. I'm always worried that I'm missing out lol.

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    With me it isn't about brand loyalty, it's about results. I use what gets the job done. As for what I don't like about Garrett detectors? That would depend on the model. In the Ace and AT series, they suck in wet salt water sand and water hunting compared to other makes and models.
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    TunaTonker

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    Having owned both an Garrett AT Pro and Minelab EQ600 I can say that the Minelab recovers faster, goes a bit deeper and seems to discriminate better plus has more adjustability in it's parameters. Not to mention the minelab pairs with low latency wireless headphones with nothing else needed, just turn 'em both on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoDeep View Post
    Having owned both an Garrett AT Pro and Minelab EQ600 I can say that the Minelab recovers faster, goes a bit deeper and seems to discriminate better plus has more adjustability in it's parameters. Not to mention the minelab pairs with low latency wireless headphones with nothing else needed, just turn 'em both on.
    Thanks that's the exact kind of input I was after.

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    TunaTonker

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    I should also mention, i used my AT Pro in the water a bit, even submerging it briefly a couple of times and had no problems. I have not submerged my Minelab, and never will, i don't consider it waterproof, just water resistant given others experiences. Keep that in mind from the get go and you won't be disappointed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoDeep View Post
    Having owned both an Garrett AT Pro and Minelab EQ600 I can say that the Minelab recovers faster, goes a bit deeper and seems to discriminate better plus has more adjustability in it's parameters. Not to mention the minelab pairs with low latency wireless headphones with nothing else needed, just turn 'em both on.
    AT Pro is going on 11 years old. Itís old technology. Not fair to compare it to the new Minelab. I have an AT pro and of course my Orx puts it to bed. I still like using my Pro in the parks because I know it so well. All the newer detectors coming out are putting a lot of the old dogs to bed. Older, slow, expensive and heavy detectors are slowly loosing the race to whatís coming out right now with newer detectors getting better, faster, lighter, and less expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Irishgoldhound View Post
    AT Pro is going on 11 years old. It’s old technology. Not fair to compare it to the new Minelab. I have an AT pro and of course my Orx puts it to bed. I still like using my Pro in the parks because I know it so well. All the newer detectors coming out are putting a lot of the old dogs to bed. Older, slow, expensive and heavy detectors are slowly loosing the race to what’s coming out right now with newer detectors getting better, faster, lighter, and less expensive.
    Great point that I hadn't even thought about. I guess next spring I should look around and educate myself. Thanks for the reply-

    The funny thing is, that right after I started learning on the ACE400 I remember telling my wife I had all the gear I needed lol. I should have known better and said nothing lol.
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    It comes down to technology. Garrett just broke into simultaneous multi-frequency tech with the Apex. Minelab is the leader in FBS / SMF tech, and has been for many years. The Minelab Equinox 600 / 800 is light years ahead of Garrett. A knowledgeable user can get incredible depth and separation in even bad or trashy ground. Even the Vanquish 540 beats the depth and sensitivity of the Apex.

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    Dec 2012
    lower hudson valley, N.Y.
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    When I started fifty years ago there were basically only two choices, Garrett or Whites. The relic guys I knew preferred the Garrett at the time so I got one and used it for many years. BFO, no discrimination or ground balance but all sites were virgin and I did very well. Then ten years ago I bought a Minelab Safari. Holy cow, I could detect in highly mineralized soil with excellent results which the old BFO just couldn't handle. Loved the Safari but it is very heavy, so I got a Garrett ATP because it weighs less. Like the ATP just fine for general hunting but always knew the Safari had superior depth and the Minelab FBS machines are known super silver sniffers and I used the Safari always when hunting colonial sites. I also got a Garrett PI Infinium for ultra depth without discrimination and salt beaches, use it seldom. Now I have an Equinox 800 which is the lightest, fastest machine I have seen and it made the ATP sit around and only really used as a loaner for friends. So I have no brand fidelity, I just like modern technology and the advances made in modern machines. Wouldn't mind trying a Deus either but for now I think Minelab rules. I understand the new Apex from Garrett falls way short of the Minelabs so I won't be trying one of those. If better technology comes along from any company I will likely try whatever that is but I know for sure that the Minelab multi frequency machines offer the best all around performance available at this time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlateBeltDigger View Post
    Happy Monday. I use Garrett detectors because it's what I know. I use the AT Pro and started with an ACE 400, which is now my back-up machine used by people who join me but don't own their own set up.

    I'd like to hear some feedback from the non-Garrett crowd, explaining what it is about Garrett detectors that turns them off. I know you're out there so please comment. Without making this an infomercial for the brand/model you prefer, what is it about Garrett that makes you chose another manufacturer? Thanks I'll appreciate the info and take it all into consideration.

    For the record, I do very well with my AT Pro and have no complaints at all. I'd just like to see how the other side lives as a learning experience. Thanks-SBD
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  14. #14
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    Oct 2020
    Florida
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    I bought my first serious detector in the mid 80's and was a Garrett 'Deepseeker'. Man, that thing was sweet! On the tip of the handle was a toggle switch.. flip left Ferrous [All Mode], flip right Non-ferrous. There wasn't ANY laws regarding MDing then and there wasnt any fences around schools or football fields. I found allot with that machine.. some amazing jewelry I still have. I kept my loyalty to Garrett with a Sea Hunter but was disappointed. I went to Minelab Excaliber with all the frequencies and wont go anywhere without it. I find tiny pain-in-the-ass pieces of leader wire 16" deep and bigger things deeper. I then bought a Safari for inland, because of the many frequencies. I find allot of things but I don't like its layout and plethora of sounds so much. I'm still hooked on the simplicity of my 1st Garrett. Hope this helps.

 

 

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