Garrett GTI 2500 Pro Metal Detector
with 9.5" PROformance Imaging Searchcoil, 12.5" PROformance Imaging Search Coil & GTI 2500 DVD and Manual
When you find a coin, the GTI detectors will tell you what kind of coin it is: a penny, a nickel, a dime, a quarter, a half dollar, or a dollar. The GTI 2500 lets you sift out the trash and concentrate on the treasure, making the hunt far more productive than with any other detector manufactured! This is possible thanks to the secret ingredient in the GTI series exclusive Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chip. With some detectors it’s impossible to know whether a detected target is junk or treasure until you dig it up. Because different targets share similar conductivities, detecting what you think is a quarter may well be an aluminum can. The GTI 2500 TRUE size and depth technology enables you to determine whether a detected target is junk or treasure. Dig no more aluminum cans! Garrett’s GTI detectors are the only detectors in the world that provide true size and depth.
Here at Kellyco, we practically wrote the book on Garrett’s GTI 2500. From the very first day the 2500 come off the production line, Charles Garrett personally trained Stu Auerbach (Kellyco President) on all the features of the detector. Stu in turn trained his Test Team members who all "fell in love" with the 2500, which has remained a favorite to this very day. Thousands of hours of in-the-field use with the GTI 2500 has made all of our Test Team and Certified Detector Salespersons true GTI 2500 Experts.
- Manufacturer Garrett
- Short description on product list Know exactly what type of coin you're detecting with the Garrett GTI 2500 Pro Metal Detector. Stop digging junk.
- SKU 14-1120580
- Product Dimensions 21.375x16.00x9.00
- Hot Deal No
- Manufacturer SKU 1120580
- Product Type Metal Detectors
- Best for Advanced, Beach, Coin, Gold, Relic
Factory Included Accessories
- AA Batteries
- GTI 2500 DVD and Manual
- 9.5" PROformance™ Imaging Searchcoil
- 12.5" PROformance™ Imaging Searchcoil
- Garrett Soft Case, Universal Detector (black)
- Garrett MS-2 Headphones
- GTI Environmental Cover Up
- How to Find Lost Treasure field guide
- Warranty Yes
- Detector Type All-Purpose
- Interchangeable Search Coil Yes
- Technology VLF Single Frequency
- Arm Rest Fixed
- Arm Rest Strap No
- Adjustable Shaft Yes
- Assembled Length Max (in) 51
- Assembled Length Min (in) 40
- Apps None
- GPS No
- Audio Tones Yes
- Depth Indication Yes
- Control Box Mount Convertible
- Frequencies 7.2 kHz
- Number of Frequencies 1
- Programmable Target Id Yes
- Target Id Segments 24
- Target Id Yes
- Threshold Adjustable
- Discrimination Adjustable
- Pinpoint Mode Yes
- Ground Balance Automatic Ground Tracking
- Vibration Mode No
- Search Modes 6
- Search Mode Types All Metal, Coins, Custom, Jewelry, Pinpoint, Relics
- Search Flashlight No
- Display Type LCD
- Backlit Display Yes
- Volume Control Yes
- Headphone Jack 1/4"
- Bluetooth Compatible No
- Interchangeable Headphones Yes
- Battery Type AA
- Battery Quantity 8
- Battery Life (hr) 20 to 25 Hours
- Rechargeable System No
- Exclusive Features Graphic Target Imaging, Graphic Target Analyzer, DSP Microprocessor Controlled Operating System, Enhanced Power Master Circuitry
Garrett GTI 2500 Pro Metal Detector
Garrett's GTI 2500 Pro Metal Detector brings together more than twenty-five years of research and innovation into an almost-automatic device that is easy-to-use and quick to tune. The GTI 2500 is powered by an on-board DSP chip which provides the ability to detect targets buried deep into the earth and a graphic identification readout that most other devices simply cannot match. The One-Touch Treasure Hunting feature of this metal detector makes it a breeze to power on, change settings (custom and factory), as well as make adjustments for ground mineralization.
Garrett has pulled out all the stops for the GTI 2500 and includes features that are absolutely brand new to the art of metal detecting. Users can now measure the size of any buried metal in the ground with the help of the Imaging feature on this device. In the past, hobbyists and professionals would have to dig to accurately determine an object's size. Now, all the user has to do is use the GTI 2500 like they would any other normal metal detector and it will provide the size and the depth of the target.
The Treasure Vision Screen on the GTI 2500 can tell the user exactly what they located even if its a pull tab, drink can, a coin or something much more exciting. The Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chip allows the device to determine the most common types of coins buried beneath the dirt. Pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half-dollars and dollars all show up on the panel display.
By looking at the image to the left for the GTI 2500's panel display, the size of the object is determined by a letter's place in the alphabet. A to B is coin-sized, C is anything larger than a coin, D is a typical 12 ounce drink can and anything larger than a 12 ounce drink can is labeled as E. This display panel is perfect for a user who doesn't want to waste time picking up trash and is only interested in finding things of value.
Since the GTI 2500 is head and shoulders above its competitors, it is important to note that this metal detector is the great for going back over places that had been previously hunted out. The DSP technology on the GTI 2500 boosts detection depth to 20%, adapts to the users hunting speed and includes ground tracking. A twenty-eight frequency metal detector isn't able to able to target everything that the GTI 2500 can with one strong frequency. The Treasure Hound Depth Multiplier finds larger items at the greatest possible depth of 18 feet while ignoring the trash. The Eagle Eye front coil provides extremely accurate pinpointing and smaller object detection. That's why its the number one choice for treasure hunters who want to be able to "check the work" of novice hobbyists who may have missed something.
The 9.5" and 12.5" search coils that come with the GTI 2500 are some of the most advanced offered by any manufacturer to date. The Imaging technology that graces the GTI 2500 is included in these coils as well. That means the user can search for targets at a greater depth than ever before and, with the Power Mastery circuitry, the detection depth is increased by a whopping 20%!
Long time treasure hunter and personal friend of Mr. Charles Garrett, founder of Garrett Metal Detectors, Bill Welch tested the GTI 2500 as a favor to Mr. Garrett for an ongoing product evaluation field testing program and product evaluation. In his time, Mr. Welch has owned 27 different metal detectors which makes him uniquely qualified to give an opinion on this state of the art detector. During his first test run at a house foundation in Arkansas, Mr. Welch recovered a large cache of coins including dimes and nickles from the mid-1800s. Of the GTI 2500, Mr. Welch called it a "very smooth operating detector. It is stable and quite easy to use even for a beginner. I had some younger friends accompany me one day and one of the women was able to operate the GTI with ease. We hit a few parks and found quite a few coins, silver and deep ones among them. The GTI is an excellent detector for both the beginner and experienced hunter."
- Weighs in at 4.6 lbs (2.1 kgs)
- Protected by a 2 Year Warranty
- Operates at 7.2 kHz Frequency
- Adjustable at 40" – 51" in Length
- Provides 24 Different Sensitivity and Depth Segments
- Emits 3 Audio ID Tones Built In For Varied Target Responses
- Comes Equipped with 5 Different Search Modes Including Coins, Relics, Jewelry, Custom, All Metal and Electronic Pinpointing
- Includes Ground Balance in All Metal Mode
- Sounds a Belltone for High Conductivity Targets
- Adjusts Ground Balance Automatically and Manually
- Ignores Shallow Items with Adjustable Surface Elimination
- Identifies Target's Conductivity through a Graphic Target Analyzer
- Reduces Metal Detector Weight using a Hip-Mounted Battery Pack
- Indicates True Target Size and Depth using Graphic Target Imaging
- Ground Tracking is Automatically Adjusted to Ground Mineralization
- Shows Details on a Backlit, Illuminated LCD Screen for Improved Visibility
- Emits Audio from an External Speaker and a Durable 1/4" Headphone Jack
- Optimizes Treasure Signals Based on Search Coil Swing Speed with ScanTrack
- Comes with a Greater Detection Depth in All Metal, Non-Motion Deepseeking Mode
- Eliminates Interference Caused By Salty, Wet Beach Sand using the Salt Elimination Aid
- Switches from All-Metal Mode into Last Used Discrimination Mode with Last Mode Switching
- Provides Adjustable Threshold, Sensitivity, Discrimination and Tone Volume are User-Adjustable
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Review by Doc Savage on December 12, 2019All of Garrett's detectors are wonderful! I'm partial to the GTI 2500 after years of using the GTI 1500 when it was available. I love the Size/Depth technology the 2500 still has, as that works so well even if it has been on the market several years now. Hard to beat something that is so well thought out, designed and proven over the years. You can't go wrong with it in my opinion.
Review by Troyoz-ohio on August 29, 2019I love my 2500 with the eagle eye double coil for deep hunting! This machine rocks!
Review by Bobby on August 20, 2019Really great!
Review by Spooker on August 20, 2019Have had many detectors,minelab,whites,have e-trac but the hit is my go to machine for ease of operation and amount of finds.
Review by Art H. on March 28, 2016I am a Vietnam vet with PTSD, and have owned the 2500 for three years now. I dearly love this detector, Garrett has hit a home run with this one. Its very easy to use with the presets built in, just turn on and go. Mostly what I have found are coins, but coins per se is not what I'm looking for. I'm after outlaw loot. Sometimes when I go on location I don't even turn on my GTI 2500 as I'm looking for signs on my ATV. Folks, if you can only buy one detector please do yourself a favor and get a GTI 2500 and you can thank me later gator. The things this detector will do when you add the treasure hound are very, very cool. The only thing I don't like is this detector is a little bit heavy for me as I've had three back surgeries, but I wouldn't trade it for anything out there bar none. I have a trip planned to Virginia City, Montana this summer for a walk about as I have reason to believe there is a KGC treasure trove buried within 70 miles around there. I don't think I will need a 15 thousand dollar ground radar because I have a Garrett GTI 2500 with treasure hound that will go 20 feet deep. God I love this sport.
Review by Kirk W on June 22, 2015The GTI 2500 is everything Garrett says it is and more. I tested my GTI 2500 against 8 other top of the line detectors from different manufacturers and my GTI 2500 went much deeper than the other detectors and correctly identified the targets much better using the imaging feature. When I search with other detectors and find a good signal a lot of times they turn out to be tin can lids or galvanized steel, but with the 2500 you can determine the size of the target and almost know what it is before you dig. Also, you can nugget shoot and relic hunt with the GTI. I own all of the coils for this green machine, it is the most versatile detector I have ever owned. This unit is very sensitive to very small targets that I have to use a magnet to find them. Once you learn how to use this detector it does so much more than any other detector on the market today. The only con I have about the GTI is the weight, I never really noticed it, but some hunters will find it to heavy for them. I have found some very deep and small targets with this machine, for me this was a best buy.
Review by Kenneth G on June 25, 2014Walked into the backyard to try out finding a coin and WOW!! Not only does it say a B target is a coin, but I found 15 coins in the yard. 2 mercury dimes, two quarters, clad dime, nickel, a bunch of pennies, and some wheats. Love this machine, all you need to do is hit treasure talk and if it says its a B target you better B diggin'. Can't wait to hit some more good spots.
Review by Samuel R on October 24, 2013I've been a Treasure Hunter since 1987. Since 1991, I decided to use Garrett detectors because they are good enough to find treasures underground. I bought my GTI 2500 in the summer of 2001. Since that time, I love my GTI 2500 because I've never had a problem with the circuits, and I've found many coins and relics with it. It's so easy to use, and it is a powerful machine designed to go deeper. It has many features to identify anything buried. I recommend the GTI2500 over other metal detectors brands.
Review by Melinda P on August 23, 2013Fantastic buy! Will be following this brand.
Review by David B on June 24, 2010I have had this detector for several years and have loved every time I go out with it. I have a garden we use to test the ID of the coins and trash and is very accurate. I would say 85% to 90% correct depth, pinpoint and ID out in the fields. My detecting buddy has the Minelab Explorer and he is constantly asking me to check pinpoint and size of what he has found! I would highly recommend the Garrett GTI 2500.
Review by Charlie N on January 12, 2010Hi. I’ve been detecting for 12 years now. I’ve used most detectors. Before I bought the 2500, I used a GTI1500. I found a roman hoard and a medieval hoard with it. So when it was time to get a new machine, I purchased the GTI 2500. I have found loads of small coins and roman and viking artifacts. This is the best detector I’ve owned so far. The GTI 1500 comes in a very close second place. As a word of warning, please DON’T use this machine in coin mode. You will find nothing. This machine is so easy to set up. It only takes seconds. Remember not to use coin mode.
Review by Aenon V on May 18, 2009I had experience with Garrett's lower models and this one is just as easy to tune and start digging! The size detector and depth scale are very seldom wrong and usually because of odd shape or multiple objects in the ground. I use Jewelry Mode - had not had time to try the rest and in my opinion that's most of what a beginner needs. I can pick coins, the occasional silver ring but I was also able to recover 100+ year old coin as well. Now the task is finding fields with old coin and jewelry "potential". I would buy this detector again and I think for a first machine this is absolutely great.
Review by Sam T on May 16, 2009It is easy to operate the metal detector (GTI 2500) and I like the imaging part of it which tells me of size and depth of the treasure. I've been detecting for gold and precious metals. One place detected a big find but so far no treasure was found and we are already 30 feet down. We are digging it now underwater but have to stop because of a storm. We will resume digging this place again after the rainy season. The second place showed a buried treasure that is supposedly 12 feet in depth. We are now 8-10 feet down and we expect to reach 12 feet in a couple of days. I'll keep you posted.
Review by Eulis P on May 15, 2009I was extremely satisfied with the GTI 2500 coming pre-set from the manufacturer. It made the machine easy from turning it on in a coin mode and going from there to learn about the other features of the machine. My first time out I found 27 coins, mostly new clad. The best feature I enjoyed using was the imaging, and the discrimination system was easily understood. I’m primarily a coin shooter and hunting in the backwoods with mineralized soil the GTI did quite well and impressed me. My typical finds are usually dimes and quarters with the occasional silver piece. I would definitely recommend this detector to fellow users. I started on the Ace 250 then bought this and highly approve and support this brand of detector. Thank you to Kellyco for your prompt and speedy delivery of my machine. I will tell my friends about your website and place to get metal detecting needs.
Review by Scott R on April 12, 2009After having a few Bounty Hunters, I am SO glad that I upgraded to the Garrett GTI 2500. On my 3rd day out, I found a 1912-D Barber dime and a silver ring in my own yard! I'm having LOTS of fun. The size indicator I believe is a bit off and when I'm in discrimination mode it still picks up junk! (The machine doesn't ignore the trash it should be!) But it is high grade in my opinion and I LOVE the machine! I'm also still learning how to use it!
Review by Tom S on April 25, 2008I have been detecting for 40 plus years and have owned eleven different makes and models of metal detectors. I love to find personal items such as class and diamond rings for people, especially ones that have been lost many years and have been hunted by other detectorists with no luck and have given up. The owners ask me about my opinion and I tell them I will use a smaller coil, and then just see their joy when it is returned. When you buy a detector, buy the best you can afford with at least 3 different size coils. When you are driving around look for spots that contain old purple or pinkish glass with cork tops, that is where the older items are found. My wife bought me the detector that I use a few years ago - it has factory preset, discriminates coins, jewelry, relics, zero and custom.
If you prefer, just turn on the machine, select coins discriminate and you are ready to hunt or scroll and it tells you as you scroll through the adjustments. It has treasure talk, and also has ID disc. If it shows 25 cents, it is a quarter, and other coins it has size depth and pinpoint. Just insert a screwdriver in the spot when you touch the coin. You can remove with no sign you have ever been in the area. I prefer a 9.5" coil for general hunting, a 12.5" coil for deeper items like coins and relics, and a 4.5" coil in very trashy areas. You will also find more coins, rings and jewelry. Just remember to always get permission and property and owner with respect. This detector deserves a 5 star rating.
Review by David C on April 11, 2008I like to search for everything. The satisfaction of finding that silver coin or curio is truly inspiring. The GTI 2500 does it all. With auto or manual programming anyone can discover the world of detecting. Treasure can be yours with size and depth indicates that are easy to read, allowing you to choose to dig or not. Mode change is a snap. All metal to the discriminate mode of your choice at the push of a button. I have found many coins including Indian head, silver and clad. Relics have come in many shapes. Ox shoes, hand hammered hinges, square nails and harness buckles. If you really want the best all around detector this is the one. Good Luck and Good Hunting!
Review by Malcolm F on April 10, 2008I am new to metal detecting, out in the fields for one year, but I have been detecting in my mind since I was a kid. Now that I'm retired, I have the time to get serious about it. The Garrett GTI 2500 detector I chose allows me to do just that; a turn on and go. I coin-shoot farm fields for big coppers and Spanish reales; doing well so far, but must give credit to my detector's uncanny ability to find those deep coins that others find elusive. Five stars for this detector, as it makes up for my lack of experience.
Using this detector will lay history in your hands day after day. If this is your goal, to feel the tangible, the excitement of discovery, this is the detector you want. It does the work -- you reap the rewards. This is a multi-hunting detector. I have been on the beach, in old cellar holes and fields of old battle for relics. It works like a champ every time. So, if you’re looking for an all-around-detector with experience, this baby will not let you down! Try it for yourself. It will take you deeper than you've gone before and bring you back with a prize. It works every time. When I'm not detecting, I have to take the batteries out of it or it's gone off detecting without me --- that's how good this detector is in my mind. Here's to good hunting.
Review by Ron M on April 9, 2008What can I say? The GTI 2500 just does what it says it would. I have had several detectors I have bought from Kellyco through the years but the 2500 is the crown jewel. I guess the best thing I can say is that "IT IS WORTH THE MONEY." I have recommended this piece of equipment to others as it is simple enough to operate for beginners but it can be programmed to operate on advanced levels. All metal is dead on target for deep items and can be switched back to disc. with a push of a button.
I also like how when all metal is used you can still use the screen to get the size of the target. The battery life is good and the battery bars let you know when it is about to power down. The depth it has is super as I have found an Excelsior shoe co. good luck charm at over 10 in using the disc mode. A nickel is the hardest coin to get a good reading of any detector but I think the 2500 is the best that I have ever used on nickels. The ability to size objects is the best feature of this piece of equipment as when it conducts the same as a quarter and you size it and it says coin size "Dig it" as it is a quarter.
Oh, I know all detectors can be fooled at times and a detector is only as good as the operator but this one gives you a leg up. When I got mine I took the book to work with me as when I had a few min. I would study it. I recommend that a new owner do that as it will help to not get discouraged. Just learn the proper way to use it and have fun!
Review by William M on April 9, 2008I still have my first metal detector, a Garrett GTI 1500. I found many coins and relics with it over the years. I decided to upgrade it a few years ago to my GTI 2500, which is a great detector for either a new person just getting into the game or an advanced detectorist such as myself. The 2500 was a great deal, it also came with a lot of extras and it is very easy to use. My dream is to find a gold coin; I know they're out there I just have to keep searching. I wanted to keep my 1500 so that my son could go with me. It's a lot more fun when you can share the sport with someone else and he loves the time that we spend together. Everybody needs a hobby. Garrett makes a great detector.
When I was a kid, (like most kids) I loved to go hunting for buried treasure at the beach. When I reached the age of fifty and my children were all married that was the time I started looking around for a good metal detector. I was looking at a White's detector used. The place that I was working at used Garrett detectors for security so I looked up Garrett on the internet and did some research. This was how I became interested in purchasing my first one. I had to drive all the way to Massachusetts to find a dealer. I used it to find a lot of coins nothing really old, I even found an old 50 caliber round ball next to an old stone foundation in the woods behind where I live.
The 2500 is like a Cadillac compared to my 1500. I like hunting old foundations for old bottles and relics. I bought my 2500 from Kellyco during one of their Christmas ads for the Garrett 2500 and as you can see I am very happy with my Christmas present!
Review by Debi Y on April 8, 2008I have had my Garrett GTI for ten plus years. I love to get out there and see what I can find. Everything seems to be a treasure. My ex husband had a White’s, which I liked to use also. The past few years, I haven't gone detecting much at all. This is mainly due to the fact that I don't know any where to go in my area. But I still love my pastime. I have found rings, watches, mini balls, 1983 silver dollar, a lot of other coins, a tiny harmonica and triggers of guns. In all I have found all kinds of neat stuff and can't wait to find more.
Review by Eugene B on April 8, 2008I own a Garrett GTI 2500. I did a lot of reading about where to find old coins, rings and lost articles. After doing some research, I decided the best place would be an old private park that was located off the main highway not too far from my home. Knowing that this park and the field were private I set off to find the owner. I drove out and I found the foreman and he told me how to contact the owner. I asked and obtained permission to search the grounds. Since it was getting late I thought it would be a good idea to get a fresh start in the morning. That night I checked out my detector and made sure I had fresh batteries in it. I couldn't help wondering if someone had the same idea I had and beat me to this field. But I was confident that I would be able to make some finds even if that was the case.
The next morning I got up early and loaded up my detector and supplies in the car. When I arrived I noticed the parking lot was small stones and thought that someone might have lost a few coins there. After checking and tuning my detector, I put on my headphones and decided to give it a try. I laid a dime on the ground to see if everything was working and had a clear tone. I gave the parking lot about 10 minutes and thought what a waste of time. Next it was off to the main field. I no sooner entered the field and my detector was getting a lot of hits. I had to make sure I was in discriminator mode. I pinpointed a target, pushed my probe down, and hit a coin. I dug it and found seven coins all stacked on each other (this was a first for me.) I stood in the same place without taking one step. I found sixty coins, pennies through silver quarters. It was then I knew I was the first to check this field out. As the day proceeded, I was busy digging so many coins that I needed to empty them out to make room for more. That night I showed my mom what I had found. Needless to say my mom and I went back and searched that field for days.
Review by Randy A on April 8, 2008I am a newbie to modern metal detectors, (I chose the Garrett GTI 2500) because of all the features. I love the ID Meter, and Discrimination aspects! I once owned an old radio shack $30.00 unit, and I dug up a lot of old pull tabs and junk. I found a few coins, but for the most part, I did a lot of digging for nothing. I am just getting the hang of my new Garrett GTI 2500, and I love the idea of knowing what I am digging for before I start digging. So far I have found lots of coins, pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. Before every digging, I knew what the coin was and how deep I needed to dig. No more wasted effort, to find just pull tabs and trash.
I have to admit I was skeptical at first, but after I received my new metal detector from Kellyco, I unpacked it, popped in the DVD in my laptop computer and enjoyed learning about all the features! My first test was to spread some coins out on the floor, pennies, nickels, quarters, half dollars and silver dollars. As I passed the metal detector over each coin the treasure talk feature told me the depth and the screen indicated what each coin was. This was done over a hard wood floor. At first the detector was finding the nails in the floor, until I pushed on the Discrimination feature.
I was totally amassed at what this machine could do. After I picked up all the coins, I ran it over the floor again, and thought the detector had a problem, because it told me there was a quarter, still down there. But the treasure talk told me the quarter was now 9 inches deep. By the way my house has a crawl space, and after a few days of this reading, (that I did not get except in this one space on the floor), I decided to crawl under the house with my detector, and what I found was a 1952 silver Quarter, laying 1" under the dirt. By the way, my house was built in 1952.)
Review by Drew B on April 3, 2008I love my Garrett GTI 2500 metal detector. Target depth and discrimination, value and attention to detail are unrivaled. My Garrett GTI Pro Package was shipped with 9" and 12" imaging search coils, headphones, a molded foam and cordura carry case, instructional DVD, and an invaluable pocket sized user manual for carry into the field. My two favorite pursuits are coin shooting and relic hunting. Garrett target sizing adds a third dimension to coin shooting which greatly enhances efficiency. The ability to rule out non-coin sized targets displaying coin-like conductance results in a much greater coins dug to trash ratio over other detectors. Relic hunting is made easy with an excellent factory pre-loaded Relic program and the 12" coil for excellent target depth. On my first relic hunting outing I was lucky enough to find two lead pistol balls and an old pistol barrel.
Factory pre-loaded programs include - Coin, Jewelry, Relic, All Metal Modes. Custom programming is available for the expert level detectorist. Menu access is intuitive and user friendly. The capability of this machine gives me the confidence to know when I search an area, I will find what I am looking for. If there is a coin to be found, I will find it with careful search technique. In my first month of ownership, I searched an old park where my now deceased father told my son and I he played as a child. While searching around some old playground equipment I got a solid Garrett "Beltone" signaling a possible quarter on the conductance scale. Target sizing confirmed a coin sized target at three inches depth. Looks like a quarter, smells like a quarter, must be a quarter. I dug a four inch flap and carefully removed dirt from the bottom of the flap revealing my first ever silver. This silver turned out to be a sentimental find for me in that it was a silver quarter minted in 1939, the year of my father's birth, saved six months after he passed away.
Review by Michael K on March 20, 2008I purchased the Garrett GTI 2500 after doing much research on the top of the line coin shooting detectors made by several companies. I mainly detect for coins, and relics, and the occasional jewelry finds. When I received my new Garrett GTI 2500 I found it very easy to setup and use, simply by watching the included DVD and reading through the handy manual. After taking it out for the first time and only after about 5 hours of use I pretty much know my way around the settings and all the great features this detector has to offer.
Some of the key features I like with this detector are the imaging and how it allows me to know what the size and depth of the target is along with what type of coin it is. Also the Treasure talk is a nice feature that allows me to listen to what the detector has found and not even have to look at the screen. I love the pinpointing on this model, it is extremely accurate and allows me to only have to dig the smallest hole to retrieve most targets found.
This is my second detector and I am very pleased with its performance, style, and ease of use. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a well designed and top of the line detector. In fact I have already recommended it to several people looking for a new detector. I am sure the Garrett GTI 2500 will provide me with many hours and seasons of quality treasure hunting.
Review by Nathan M on March 20, 2008The Garrett GTI 2500 works like a dream, with its target ID and depth indicators on the screen, it practically does all the work for you. If it had an automatic digger, you would be set...
It’s kind of pricey, but if you work on the retailer enough, most of the time you can get the pro-pak and detector. That includes the larger coil, bag, and some other little goodies. The only drawback that I see with the GTI 2500 is the fact that it is too convenient; you are tricked into using one of the preset discriminate settings. By using the "Coin" mode or "Jewelry" mode, you miss most iron objects, and some bullets. Even the "Relic" mode, you will miss a lot of stuff that an old TR detector or Using "All Metal" mode would find. The "All metal" mode is great, but you find everything. This isn’t a detector for the newbie, or inexperienced hunter. It takes a while to get used to the ability of this powerhouse, and will make plenty of mistakes and miss a lot of stuff if you don't know what you’re doing. All in all, a five to eight year experienced hunters dream. Upgrade from your Ace 250 or GTI 1250 and you will be surprised at the powerful ability of this detector.
Review by Terry B on March 18, 2008I've been metal detecting since the spring of 1993, and fell in love with the hobby with the first old coin I found. I've used different models of detectors over the years to find coins relics and jewelry. My detector of choice is the Garrett GTI 2500, which does an outstanding job of finding the treasures I'm looking for. In the parks and play grounds the 2500 with its Target ID and Treasure Imaging makes it easy to determine what your target is. This is great for coin and jewelry hunting. While hunting if I hear the Garrett bell tone I stop dead in my tracks because I know there's got to be something good under the coil. For relic hunting you can't beat the 2500 in the true all metal mode. The combo of the 12 inch coil and the all metal mode will seek out those deep relics and targets again and again. I've found some of my favorite relics with this detector!
This detector, like all Garrett detectors, is easy to use even for the beginner. The preset programs do a good job for most hunting spots but if you choose to change any setting on the detector you can do so without a lot of time taken in the field. The display screen lets you easily choose your settings and get back to your hunting. I've had my 2500 for five years now and I have a ton of silver coins to show for it. With the oldest being a 1745 French ecu from the reign of Lewis the XV. When the bell tone went off on that coin and the ID read 50 cents I said yeah right. But when the dirt cleared and that big old coin came out you could have heard me yell from three counties away!
My favorite relic is my 1850-1865 militia belt panel which I found while coin hunting with two of my friends at old fair grounds. We all put up money on a bet to see who could find the most coins for the day. Well, after the day was done I had the most coins in my pocket and to seal the deal I had the old belt plate. Needless to say I not only took the money home but got a great relic to boot.
Review by David R on March 18, 2008I currently own a Garrett brand GTI 2500. From as far back as I can remember, I have dreamed of owning a metal detector. The lure of finding a pirates' buried treasure is a feeling that has been hard to describe. It has been easier to bring someone along on a treasure hunt and let them find something with my metal detector... allow them to experience that rush of cleaning away years of dirt to expose a coin or something else of value. Only then, without me saying a word, do they understand the feeling... and then are believers!
This journey as a treasure hunter began when I was very young. I remember digging in the back yard of the very first house that I recall living in... a shack by today's standards in a little town by the name of Freeport, Texas. My brother and I had been sent outside to find the dog... again! My father worked as a Volkswagen mechanic which didn't pay all that much, so finishing the chain link fence was not a high priority when supporting a wife and four children. My brother and I became bored quickly in our quest to find the dog and began digging in the yard up close to the house.
I could never describe in words the feeling that came over both of us when we struck something... something that we knew wasn't dirt! It was something shiny and metal... smooth, large... oh my god what was it!? We feverishly began digging and calling for mom! "Come see mom... it's a buried treasure!" As she came out to see what all of the excitement was about, we finally unearthed the round, chrome hubcap from a Volkswagen Beetle! My father had used the hubcap to protect the main water shut-off valve from getting full of dirt and mud! I have never forgotten that feeling of discovery and excitement that day that I found the treasure of a hubcap. I now live in my own house and though I have yet to have kids, I have a five year old nephew that I spend as much time with as my brother will allow. I can't wait until the day that he finds his own "hubcap".
Review by Matt P on March 18, 2008Since I've retired I have purchased a Garrett 2500, I've been able to spend more time in the field. Most of my detecting is coin shooting on old farmsteads, public areas or sandy beaches but I am developing a growing interest in gold nugget hunting. The factory settings for the 2500 make it very easy to begin hunting but it also has many features that allow one to move into specialized areas as the opportunities become available. Although I would recommend a 2500 to others, a new hunter may be somewhat reluctant to buy this more expensive machine if they weren't sure they would want to continue the hobby. I purchased the 2500 because I've had good experiences with my old Garrett and I especially like the ID meter on the 2500 although I don't rely on it 100%. The target depth is quite accurate.
Over the years I've learned to use less discrimination and dig a little more. The local club I belong to has monthly hunts during the summer and this has helped improve my skills and compare other detectors to mine. They use a variety of coins to seed an area so this gives us experience with different targets. I have also attended a FMDAC hunt and a regional hunt both of which were areas seeded with coins and / or rings. These too increased my enthusiasm. Other than at the organized hunts most of my finds have been modern coins and a few silver coins. My goals for the coming hunting season are to find more coins, more silver, some rings and try to find a gold nugget and / or a cache. I am registered with the ring finder website but haven't had an opportunity to search for any of their lost rings.
Review by Richard G on March 17, 2008When I started out at 12 years of age, it was with a cheap radio shack detector. At the time I was feeling out this hobby, unsure yet what to think. After a few successes with my brother, I was hooked line and sinker. Both my brother and I were big dreamers, dreaming of lost treasures of a lost age. I laugh now, because the tools we had were barely able to pick up a coin an inch under sod. My dad often told us that, "it would be of better use to look for vehicles that weren't buried too deep for it to read. Maybe then you could sell the scrap metal and make it worth your time." His words hit home. I needed something better to help with these dreams. After finally getting enough money, I set off for the quest of the right detector. All the research I did, I mainly did on dependability in the field and user friendly function. I finally narrowed my choices to two detectors, the Minelab Explorer II and the Garrett GTI 2500. Both had amazing qualities and functions, and both had its own draw backs.
The GTI 2500 I rented and tested first. After turning on the machine, I realized how self explanatory it was and didn't bother with the instructions. After a few air tests, I took it to field. With it I had immediate success finding a silver quarter about 6 inches deep. Believe it or not, it was my first signal. After feeling it out for a weekend and getting to know the finer functions, I was impressed. I ran into a few problems in highly trashy areas, but that was overcome simply by "notching" out particular types of trash I ran into and adjusting sensitivity. This, along with the visual graphics, is what this detector is all about. If I stumbled upon a typical pull tab, I could notch it out and no longer have to deal with that type of pull tab. Depth and accuracy was also a plus. About 9 times out of 10 it was accurate to a fault, at least with coins, jewelry is another matter.
Review by Bob G on March 17, 2008I like to search mostly for coins and jewelry, my finds being from Wisconsin, will not beat the finds of the beaches off the Florida coast, but they do satisfy and excite me. With the oldest coin being an 1879 Indian cent to lots of silver rings, not bad seeing we have very few months to do it! So yes, if a person can afford the GTI 2500 I would recommend it. But I also can't afford another one, and would like one for my wife, so this is why I entered the contest. thank you!
Review by Arthur M on March 17, 2008I use both a Garrett GTA 1000 and the Garrett GTI 2500. Each has a "DD" coil and an Elliptical Coil. I have used both on trips to England, plus on many hunts - such as regularly detecting school parks and historical places. On hunts such as these I need speed and ground coverage, plus pinpointing. The meter on these Garrett machines is easy to read - a bell tone for high conductivity items, etc. They're also light weight, even with their battery packs, and have easy-to-change coils.
Review by Rob G on March 17, 2008Sir, I purchased a Garrett 2500 several years ago from Kellyco detectors and I can not say enough about the detector. It is a fine piece of equipment and so easy to use. I have found many valuable coins, relics, and much jewelry. I have recommended this detector to others and would still do so. Just to sum it all up "it is worth the money". Thank you!
Posted On: 6/30/2020 By: Brian
Q: whats the advantage to having a 9.5" searchcoil and a 12.5" searchcoil? Wouldnt you always want the bigger coil?
A: When you use a 9.5" coil, it is better for target separation. Smalled coils are used in trashier areas. A larger coil is better for covering more area and getting more depth. You would use this in fields or on the beach.
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