Garrett GTI 1500Price: $800
Based on 27 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.67
Avg. Ease of use: 5.00
Not the best
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Garrett GTI1500 = What a great machine!
I went from diggin trash on a consistant basis with the CZ3d to only diggin trash if I chose to with the 1500. The first time out with the 1500, I dug like 25 targets and only two were trash targets. The only reason I dug the two trash targets were to see how accurate the ID was and it was right on the money so to speak.
I find the GTI1500 to be ruggedly built, with a very appealing display. I have tested the 1500 against the CZ5, with equal results in the depth department in coin mode. In jewelry mode, which is an inch or two deeper, it was closer to the depth of the CZ70. But even in relic mode, it wasn't quite as deep as the Coinstrike, but very close though.
I have heard that the 1500 doesn't get very good depth, but here in Florida, I find this not to be true, especially in Jewelry or relic mode. I think coin mode maxes out at around 8 inches.
NOW the imaging feature is worth its weight in coins. It will keep you from diggin a lot of trash, unless your looking for jewelry or nickels, unfortunately, there is no magical feature to keep from diggin pulltabs when you looking for nickels or jewelry, but if there is, I bet Garrett will come up with it. Now the imaging feature is pretty accurate within the first 4-5", but after that, its not totally reliable. Which is no problem because I dig most targets that are 6" and deeper anyway.
The only improvements I would suggest is, switch over to the 9 volt system, which will help on the weight because the 1500 isn't real light, matter of fact, it seems to weigh more then my Fishers , but I suspect that its because of the design of the unit rather then the weight itself. You can hip mount the battery pod, but it kind of gets in the way. Come out with a molded Imaging coil which will give less falsimg when the coil is bumped. Also a manual ground balance would be nice for extra depth.
With all that being said, if you want one heck of a coin shooter that will give the CZ5 a run for its money then grab a GTI1500, you won't be disappointed and will enjoy using it. Its one of the most fun detectors that I have ever used.
Mike from Central Florida
Wonderful in dry sand but accuracy suffers in wet sand, but who cares, it's so easy to recover targets in sand!
If you"re a coin shooter this is a great machine. If you are a treasure hunter dig all targets above foil and you won't be disappointed. My seven year old unit works just like the new GTI1500 I just purchased for my wife.
The small 4.5 inch coil won't give you size or depth, but I've had thousands of good finds with the aid of a pinpointer. The target ID still works with the discrimination to find those good targets masked (or overlooked) amid the trash.
A great machine with excellent depth.
Dean Rogers from Geneva, Illinois
Dislikes: 1) You have to keep constant pressure on the pinpoint button to keep it in pinpoint mode. This can be hard to do when wearing gloves. 2) The detector has automatic gain control on the audio amplifier so that all targets sound the same volume, deep targets sound the same as shallow ones and small targets sound the same as big ones. 3) The machine only has 24 possible target IDs. Most other machines have some sort of VDI number display that shows a number for the target ID that has at least 100 possible values, some machines have many more. 4) There are only 2 imaging coils for the machine - the standard 9.5 inch coil and a 12.5 coil. (Note: there is a wide selection of non-imaging coils for this machine). 5) The 1500 falses a lot at salt water beaches - pretty much all single frequency VLF detectors do as well so this isn't a problem specific to the 1500.
All in all, the GTI-1500 is a fantastic coin shooting machine and doesn't do too badly as a relic machine. If you are looking for a well built, well designed, easy to use detector that will be used primarily for coin shooting then the GTI-1500 deserves some real serious consideration.
Steve Pearsall from USA
w/discrimination this may be arguable.
the gti 1500 is the best all around garrett today.
the 1250 will go DEEP!!! i tested and found very nice things.
i will use my 2500 in the gold fields or in a "hunted site" (no site is truly hunted) - till i arrive ;)
Rickey from USA
Garrett GTI 1500
Terry from USA
Garrett GTI 1500
The stability , depth , accuracy and weight of this detector make it may #1 coin hunting detector .Garrett is the only company that makes a depth meter that gives the exact depth regardless of size( a coin or a cannonball at 6" will read 6" ), the other brands are calibrated for coin sized objects & will give realitvly inaccurate depth readings for a size other than " coin size " .
The imaging feature is also unique to Garrett . Other brands have imaging , but from what I understand , they work on a sampeling basis .Why the 1500 over the 1250 or the 2500 ? The 1500 competes well in the "0" discriminate mode with the 2500's all metal mode ( for depth ).
It is also lighter & less expensive . The " IMAGING " feature of the 1500 is well worth the extra cost over the 1250 .DRAWBACKS : At the beach I found that the " saltwater mode " was still very noisey even on dry sand no matter how I tuned or adjusted it .
Since my trips to the beach are few & far between I use my CZ5 on the beach & my TESORO Sand Shark in the surf .I have yet to have the need to test the GARRETT service Dept. however , if they are 1/2 as good as TESORO I will be happy .
SUMMATION : After 33 years with other detectors I am back with GARRETT & their 1500 & I can't say Praise this detector enough , in fact I now own two of them . It IS the best coin shooter I have ever used .
Mark from USA