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Post  Guest on Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:52 pm

The newer machines do get more small gold, BUT it's been over 10 years, since the 2200, that we have had a machine that goes deeper on bigger bits...Minelab will probably release a new machine this year, and i hear that GARRETT are to release a killer detector soon, so lets pray..!!

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Post  Shinegold on Fri Jun 26, 2009 2:57 pm

Where did you hear about Garrett releasing a detector? Are you sure it's going to be a PI?
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Post  Guest on Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:02 pm

just different blokes i met out bush...who knows...sometimes where theres smoke theres fire keep fingers crossed

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Post  nero_design on Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:43 am

I heard they dropped it. That was a few months back and, assuming it's the same detector we're talking about, I heard that it was something to do with production costs and related expenses in bringing it to market. You see, in the USA and North America, the Garrett is still popular due to a lack of mineralization in the soils there compared to Australian soils so they never worried all that much about needing to produce anything beyond the current range of Garrett detectors. Over here, in Australia where the soil is supposedly 10 times worse (according to Jack Lange), they need to penetrate the market here ...but in order to do so, they need something that will perform well on our soils. Unfortunately, Garrett sees Australia as a minor strategic area and they don't see us as a viable buyer per our smaller population.

If they do release something, it will be interesting to see if it shakes up the market but I heard they tried to produce a few new machines at a lower cost (to compete with the SD/GP crowd) and were unable to produce the units in a way that kept the price down yet maintained performance and quality.
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Post  Shinegold on Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:28 am

What Garrett don't realise is that if it sells in Australia then it will sell in america.
BTW, I hear that the Infinium sells a lot more in Australia then in the states.
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Post  gold bug sniper on Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:51 am

Hey, I am from Northern Calif. and I watch your forums all the time to see whats what in new nugget detectors. If it will work for you guys I know it will work for us. I will be watching the reviews from your side of the pond on the new Garrett ATX as it comes out to the public. Looks like a detector I might be interested in. Hard telling from the company hype. Actual user reviews will tell all. We have noticed that the 12x10 coil is a new innovative design for pi detectors to increase sensitivity to small nuggets. Not sure how the detector will respond to deeper nuggets. They say one timing will cover all types of hunting.
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Post  kon61 on Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:07 pm

G'day Gold Bug Sniper,welcome to the forum.

       Lets face it,it's only a matter of time before the Garret ATX hits the market and in the lap of some of our local dealers here.Considering some of the testing for gold nuggets were performed here on Australian soil conditions you can bet the ATX will be tuned to such.The compact ruggedness & versatility alone as an all purpose detector,has got my attention and if it can do what Garret states,handle highly mineralized soils on our Australian gold-fields,with a good discriminator for junk areas,will be the bonus. PI's have the tendency to be more stable and punch deeper on targets,over dry,water saturated salty environments,or highly mineralized soils,than any VLFs can.

         Cheers Kon.cheers What a Face
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Post  Guest on Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:26 am


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Post  kon61 on Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:00 pm

Adrian,top video m8. The air tests alone tell me that its almost on par with the best of what we currently use for gold detecting today.Like I said in one of my earlier posts,if it shows an improvement of at least 20% better all round performance over the Infinium L/S,its compactness and versatility alone is worth the asking price.These tests clearly show it to be well above the 20% mark I gave it. Now if it can handle some of the hotter ground within our Vic gold-fields,for the price,we're looking at a damned good PI detector from Garret.

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Post  Guest on Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:41 pm

kon61 wrote:Adrian,top video m8. The air tests alone tell me that its almost on par with the best of what we currently use for gold detecting today.Like I said in one of my earlier posts,if it shows an improvement of at least 20% better all round performance over the Infinium L/S,its compactness and versatility alone is worth the asking price.These tests clearly show it to be well above the 20% mark I gave it. Now if it can handle some of the hotter ground within our Vic gold-fields,for the price,we're looking at a damned good PI detector from Garret.

         Cheers cheers Kon.
I agree Kon
I cant wait to test it out in our Aus conditions but I am really interested how it goes on larger deeper targets aswell

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Post  kon61 on Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:20 pm

Garret USA,from the current testing and comments I'v seen and heard on You tube so far,you'v succeeded in producing a finely tuned 12x DD coil for general purpose gold nugget detecting on your newly designed ATX PI.Just in case the mono's don't quite cut it,over heavily mineralized ground,do consider the introduction(if you haven't already) of a larger 16 inch DD or so in size,together with a smaller size DD than your standard 12x,when chasing both the larger slugs of gold at depth,as well as the tinier stuff,than what the standard 12 inch DD can handle.

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Post  Guest on Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:09 pm

It is shaping up pretty well. The extreme iron mineral handling ability is what will be the deciding factor for gold field use.
Those coils are large and will clearly be a problem in the rocky ground where a small eliptical is needed but in some of the WA fields that are fairly flat it will likely be dynamite on all size nuggs.

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Post  Guest on Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:58 am

Adrian SS wrote:It is shaping up pretty well. The extreme iron mineral handling ability is what will be the deciding factor for gold field use.
Those coils are large and will clearly be a problem in the rocky ground where a small eliptical is needed but in some of the WA fields that are fairly flat it will likely be dynamite on all size nuggs.
You would be surprised what I've pulled out of tight rocky gully's with a 25in mono where most would use a small elliptical Shocked 

I recon it needs 2 mid range mono's (11in and 14in) and a large mono (25in) as well

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Post  gold bug sniper on Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:27 pm

Here is a very good demonstration of how the atx does on a 7+ gram nugget at depth, as well as a couple smaller nuggets, very impressive results, way better than air tests previously done.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGaH1ckivwI
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