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Got my Pro back. Garrett’s Customer Service ROCKS!

16 Nov

I got my AT Pro back from Garrett today. It looks beautiful! Garrett’s customer service was GOLD throughout all this and the best part: they did it under warranty so I pay nothing!

Like I always say: I did not set out to become a Garrett man, their products and service made me into one.

Now if you all will excuse me, I got to get my Pro back together to clean up the parks!


My First Barber

12 Sep

My first ever Barber coin is a heavily tarnished 1899 Barber quarter.

I found it at a set of apartments downtown. I have hunted these apartments a couple of times before and I just knew there were old coins there.

This quarter was just below the surface. I am not surprised at the shallow depth however, because I found it on a slope and water has been washing off the dirt over the coin for God knows how long. And I am so proud I did not scratch it!

The AT Pro identified it correctly as a quarter, with a Target Id of 87-88.

1899 Barber quarter

Not pretty but awesome anyway

1899 Barber quarter reverse

My Garrett AT Pro

26 Aug

I bought my Garrett AT Pro about 3 weeks ago and I like it fine so far.

This is the new model with the longer arm cuff and the cam locks. The cam locks make the shaft nice and solid so it doesn’t wiggle.  This model doesn’t false under 6 bars of sensitivity and it falses very little when ran at full sensitivity which I do often.

I put a coil cover because I also like to hunt with the coil on the soil. I know that Garrett says to hunt with the coil 1/2 t0 1 inch off the soil but I want that extra depth to find the cool stuff.

The AT Pro is water proof up to 10 feet of water. I haven’t had a chance to test it in the water and in fact I am a little afraid because some units leak. I suppose it’s better to learn if the AT Pro will leak now rather than later when the warranty runs out. By the way, the AT Pro comes with a two year warranty.

My experience with the AT Pro is limited to the Pro mode. I hunt on Custom with the Iron discrimination up to 35 and open from there to 100. I run my sensitivity at full or one bar below full. I usually swing slower than the 3 ft/sec recommended by Garrett.
The AT Pro comes with a Target ID that gives you a number to go with the sound to id what’s under the ground. In my experience, this ID works only on relatively shallow targets in the 5-6 inch range. Deeper targets don’t id very well as the Target ID jumps through many different numbers or if the target is very deep, then the Target ID just completely goes away.

And this brings me to the issue of depth. It is very hard to determine the depth of the AT Pro. I have now detected a penny at 7 inches without any difficulty. The Target ID was even right on with an ID of 77. I have not however, dug any dimes, or any other coins besides the penny at those depths. Is it because the AT Pro can’t go that deep on those coins or is it because I haven’t ran into any deep coins? I don’t know. Only time and experience will tell.
One thing is for sure DON”T GO BY AIR TESTS. Very Low Frequency (VLF) machines don’t behave the same on the air as in the soil. This is because of ground mineralization, which will play a role on the depth capabilities of the metal detector.
To be fair, I saw a video on YouTube where a MUCH more expensive Minelab E-trac failed to detect a half-dollar coin at 8.5 inches whereas the AT Pro did, even if the AT Pro identified the coin as a nickel.
So depth is affected by a number of variables thus making it very difficult to pinpoint the depth capabilities of the AT Pro.

I will continue reviewing the AT Pro as I use it. Meanwhile, Garrett has announced a new metal detector to come out on the Fall of 2011. I can’t wait!

1898 Indian Head penny

26 Aug

I found this Indian Head penny at the house of a co-worker. I had already detected his front yard going South to North and found many wheat pennies but nothing else. The house was built in 1910 in the College Hill area.

I went back another day and worked the front yard from East to West and voila! I got this IH and a no-date Standing Liberty quarter with stars under the eagle (type 2). This hunt happened on the second week of August, 2011

1898 Indian Head penny

My first 1800's coin

reverse of 1898 Indian Head penny

A little corroded but I'll take it