Garrett GTI 2500Price: $1000
Based on 88 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.60
Avg. Ease of use: 4.33
Two thumbs up
First off. . I really don't understand why so many people are writing bad reviews. I think they must have got lemons.
This machine is a bit confusing at first, but I am new to the hobby, and didn't know nothing from nothing. There is a manual and DVD included, maybe they should try reading it and watching the movie. . . I did and went to a park. . . turned it on, waved it over the ground, and it said there was something about two inches down. . . dug it up and it was a Canadian dollar, Exactly at the right depth and size it said it was. . . simple. As for recognizing Canadian coins it usually doesn't . . except for the dollar, toony, and quarters. But it always gets the depth and size right. . . I've dug them up at 8 inches deep.
I'm still learning the machine but I am 100 percent satisfied. . . it can detect the smallest targets. . . and I mean tiny tiny, and deep.
Next is the weight. . . other machines must be really light because I have NO PROBLEM using this machine ALL day!! Some people on here make it sound like it weighs a ton,. . . really ? Seriously ?!?! Do you have the strength to open your car door? It's light as a feather man, like Com'on !!
I'm still learning the 2500 and the hobby, but have had no issues what-so-ever two thumbs up.
Todd from Alberta Canada
Tom from Colorado
The Elder from Ottawa - Canada
Good boat anchor
Bill from Canada
The GTi 2500 is a perfect machine But Way too Heavy, after some minutes you really feel it in your arms, a shame really because it out beats the AT Pro that I also own, but detecting with the AT Is better due to its weight.
Nothing more to add really, if you want a good detector the GTI 2500 is the king of the Garrett line, it does amazing things. But once again its a monster (Big And Heavy) I would give 5 stars to the performance, but an overall 4 star.
JOHN ADDAMS from Salem Ma
GTI 2500 Pro Gets My Approval
However, patience and persistence plus a good re-read of the user manual paid off for me. In particular, I found that the factory settings should not be taken for granted in locating Australian coins, for example, I recommend either a custom tuning or the Jewelery Mode on your your GTI 2500 for this Down Under.
I have found coins 12" down with this setting using just the standard 9.5" coil and that was on damp beach sand. So moisture doesn't affect the detector's penetration capabilities. For those who are sick of the "bong bong" bell tone, simply adjust the Tone or be patient and after a while you will start to detect changes in the factory tone which will enable you to identify your target as junk or treasure.
Lastly, the larger more sensitive 12.5" coil I intend using out on the goldfields soon. Okay, maybe a Minelab will beat the 2500 but hey, Minelabs cost a couple of thousand dollars more don't they? The Garrett is not bad for the price, so it gets my approval.
John from Australia
Take the time
Contrary too what some people might say, the gti machines are easy to use, you simply need to take the time, I've found liberty seated dimes at 10 inches plus, indean head pennies at 10 inches plus, and a couple of flying eagle cents at 10 inches plus, to name only a few of the coins I've found. The gti 2500 has GREAT DEPTH, GREAT SENSITIVITY, and GREAT DISCRIMINATION, you simply need to take the time to learn this outstanding metal detector the GTI 2500.
Larry Kadra from Lynn mass
Depth is great. Don't let anyone who has little experience with this machine tell you it is junk. I would not trade it for any other because I KNOW MY MACHINE.
It may be a little heavy but you can detach the battery pack and clip it to your pants. I have done very well with this machine and have saved a lot of time digging pulltabs and other junk...and yes while still getting gold rings!
Eric from Mi
Sad detector way behind the times
What a joke sure this thing will pick up lager coins 7-8 inches but it would not pick up on threepence sixpence coins more than 6 inches my minelab detects these coins over double that. I took this machine out for six hours and field tested it along side an minelab etrac when my buddie got nice tones with the etrac I went over them with the gti. I was shocked when the gti could not pick up on any target smaller than the old new zealand ten cent piece!
Maybe the ground is drier in USA and they work great over there but here in southland where the ground conditions are tough the gti 2500 will not find the deeper old stuff period.
Micheal Barrett from Southland New Zealand
Thats all you NEED
Eagle eye is most important part of the machine you can not detect any coins unless its in a bottle only detects larger then can size objects that means good for gold and treasure hunting, we did find 2 gave that has treasure in it but respect to death peoples right?
Eagle eye goes 5 meter deep machine also finds graves or spaces underground. mostly on a beach, with 12 inch search coil you can find any object 2 feet deep, we did not try more than that but eagle eye is perfect onw for gold miners or treasure hunters. As I said know your machine what it is capable of.
UGUR from CANADA