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Garrett ATX Extreme PI Metal Detector

Garrett ATX Extreme PI Metal Detector

Product Review (submitted on May 29, 2015):
This detector is a fantastic piece of equipment at a great price. It consistently beats my gold hunting partner's TDI by several inches in depth. It's a robust machine built like a brick outhouse. The controls are easy to use and tune. Once or twice through the DVD and you'll have a very good idea of what to do and how to tune it for your particular ground mineralization. One thing I absolutely love is that I can hunt under and near high-tension electrical cables whereas other machines go nuts with the EM interference. I also do a lot of hiking into washes in the canyons here in Arizona that are accessible by foot only. No horses, no ATVs... maybe a parachuting horse, but I digress. Needless to say, this machine was made to pack into remote locations. You can use it to run up a wash until the canyon chokes down on you, fold it up and drop it inside of a 45L backpack, climb 30-40" worth of cliff, and start detecting on the other side. The meek may inherit the Earth, but they ain't getting 10 acres worth of remote gold field.

Why four stars then? First, the unit is heavy. Walking through 3 miles of tough brush that requires a machete to hack through is bad enough. This machine won't let you forget its on your back or your arm for even one foot of those miles. The added shoulder strap does take a lot of that weight off, so I'll commend Garrett for that. The real reason for that lost star, and I almost took off another, is the pin connection for the headphones. For as robust and tough as the machine looks, the connection for the headphones is the exact opposite. The dang thing looks like a sewing needle. BAD idea there Garrett. I shouldn't complain too much, I don't use headphones much anyways as there tend to be a lot of legless rattlin' reptiles in my neck of the woods, but if I was hunting where I needed the headphones I'd be very concerned about the longevity of the pins.
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