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  1. #1
    Feb 2017
    11 times
    Metal Detecting

    Question about detector quality

    I have had 2 detectors (teknetics delta 4000 and Garrett at pro)
    My friend also bought an at pro.
    All 3 detectors have had weird electronics issues so far.
    I posted about the teknetics in another post, and my at pro had headphone jack issues...eventually stopped altogether. My friend has intermittent coil issues (jiggling connector brings it back to life)

    My question is more general though. Is there anyone that can vouch for their detector "quality"? I.e. Never had an issue after long term use?

    I am in manufacturing and get that there is always a balance between price and 100% defect free. I guess I am just whining because we are 0/3 on high end detectors.

    I also own 3 cheap $34 detectors that the younger kids play around with and find all my nails for me. They throw these around and they work great...less electronics to go bad obviously...and only good for nails or coins 1 inch deep 🙄

    I would be willing to buy another detector if I could figure out if ANY are high quality. From reading these posts, it is hard to tell.


  2. #2
    Mar 2016
    Hawkeye State - Area 515
    Whites V3i, XP Deus, Minelab Sovereign GT, Garrett AT Pro, Whites TRX (2), Predator Raven, Predator Raptor, Lesche Sampson
    2339 times
    Gimme your jewels
    Whites makes some durable units.

    Over the last several years mine has fallen off a shovel, been knocked and dented with the same shovel, been dropped, stepped on, fallen on (those last two were my kids doing), used damp, used wet, high temps, freezing temps... and it keeps on ticking. I use my machines like tools - not at all gently!
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  3. #3
    Charter Member
    Make America Great Again!

    May 2010
    White Plains, New York
    Tesoro Cult Member & Overlord - Mojave; Vaquero; Lobo Super Traq; Tejon; Sand Shark - Minelab GPZ 7000
    14953 times
    Metal Detecting
    Tesoro offers a Lifetime Warranty for a good reason. The vast majority of Tesoro owners NEVER need to use it. Dropping the mic..

  4. #4
    Feb 2017
    11 times
    Metal Detecting
    I do want to mention that Garrett has great customer service. And it is handy to be able to drive 10 minutes to the factory for a repair, but I would rather the detector not break in the first place.

  5. #5
    Mar 2016
    Schoharie County, NY
    Ace 250, AT Pro
    280 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Dang, dude... if you're 10 minutes from the Garrett factory, get your AT Pro fixed up or replaced and rock on! I've been using mine (AT Pro) for about a year now and have had no issues (knocks on wood). I'm sure that someone who is into electronics could go into your machine and harden it a bit (voiding your warranty)... but if I were you, I'd go into the factory and request that they put extra solder on all the connections and beef up the ports for coil and headphones. It seems to me that they are pretty good with customer service.
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  6. #6
    Charter Member
    Jun 2008
    Stroudsburg Monroe co. PA
    Whites Specra V3I, Whites Beach Hunter
    238 times
    Metal Detecting
    Been using white's for over 25 years never had a failures

    Quote Originally Posted by Deft Tones View Post
    Whites makes some durable units.

    Over the last several years mine has fallen off a shovel, been knocked and dented with the same shovel, been dropped, stepped on, fallen on (those last two were my kids doing), used damp, used wet, high temps, freezing temps... and it keeps on ticking. I use my machines like tools - not at all gently!

  7. #7
    Mar 2013
    Fisher, Wilson-Neuman, Whites, Minelab, Tesoro and others I've long since forgotten
    381 times
    Metal Detecting
    You can pay a lot of money for a cheaply made machine but, you won't pay a small price for a well made one because high grade electronics cost more, as much as 100 times more. A cheaply made gated circuit can cost .40 cents or $40. Historically, my experience has been that White's and Tesoro use high grade eletronics in their machines. As in any man made object flaws are inevitable. These 2 companies have a history of backing are fixing any problems they've incurred. A modern day entry to the list is Minelab. Their military contract background puts proves a reputation for high quality products they stand behind. I have use these companies machines and have never had a failure other than my own doing, in thousands of hours of use in the most adverse of conditions.
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    A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.

  8. #8
    Feb 2017
    11 times
    Metal Detecting
    Thanks for the feedback everyone...I'll check out whites Tesoro and minelab.

  9. #9
    Charter Member
    Coin Rescue Tech

    Jun 2014
    Northern O-H-I-O
    F75 LTD SE, F70, 1280X Aquanaut, & Fisher F2 (loaner) Have had a TC 1023, Fisher F4, Whites Classic ID II, BH LRP, Tesoro Lobo, F75, & XP Deus.
    14752 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)
    How do you take care of your equipment? Where are the 3 detectors stored? I have never had an issue with any of the detectors I have owned. I have one that is 8 years old and still works great.
    Rescuing Coins 1 Beep at a time

  10. #10
    Feb 2017
    CTX 3030 (April 2017) AT Pro Garrett Carrot Pro Pointer Stavr Scoop Moonstrik 6 Stealth 720i (BNIB) Home made beach scoop
    634 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I too was going to ask about the storage and handling of said machines?

    I've had my AT Pro since 2012 and the only problem that I can say I've had with it, was caused by me.

    I didn't realize that I was to use the coil cover when detecting, and only had it on for storage.

    I carved up the bottom of my coil pretty good whacking it up against some old rocks, before I learned what the cover was actually for.

    Having said that, I still use it and it's fine.

    There is storage temperature issues that you may want to pay attention to (look at Garrett's information booklet for what they recommend), perhaps you are stepping on the headphone cord or stretching it too far when you are digging for your finds?

    I'm sure that there are loads more other issues to consider, but in general I don't see people lining up to take their AT Pro's back for repairs?
    Treasure is where you find it, trash is where they left it.


  11. #11
    Do not forget me 24601

    Oct 2011
    Bounty Hunter Mark IV Garrett Ace 350 Garrett Carrot
    2733 times
    Metal Detecting
    When jiggling solves the problem, you have broken wires. Basically the cable needs to be replaced.

  12. #12
    Sep 2012
    D'Iberville MS
    E-Trac Garrett AT PRO Garrett 250 Whites Spectra V3i
    540 times
    Metal Detecting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Depending whether your detectors are still under warranty or not everyone will tell you the all the detector manufactures have excellent service. The coil issue on your friends detector sounds like he needs to tighten the connector. The jack issues may be your headphones. Garrett has a stellar reputation for repairing their defective or even older products.

    In my estimation and I own a Whites, Garrett and Minelab they are all excellent quality.. Every now and then they fail but not often. I have over 1500 hours on my ATP and the only glitch I ever had was the coil cable connection was loose

    Like Deft Tones said he uses his detectors like tools. I use my detectors the same way.

    I don't detect for the stuff I find, I detect for the stuff I haven't found.

    If I didn't find it I hope you did.



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