Garrett GTI 2500Price: $1000
Based on 88 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.60
Avg. Ease of use: 4.33
No good for Canadian coins
For example the detector should tell me when it detects something like let's just say 5 cents, the detector should tell me that it could be 5 cents on the display screen; instead the detector shows the 5 cents as well as all Canadian coins as junk or trash like a bottle cap or a pull tab, but of cause the detector will pick up all metal.
The Garrett GTI 2500 is only set up to detect coins in the USA which is very disappointing considering how much the unit costs, you would think that for the price you paid a feature would have been available on the unit to change the country you live in or city because ever countries coins I'm sure is made for a different metal.
I am very surprised that Garrett didn't think of making a universal unit that would work anywhere, Garrett should have mentioned this on there web side and I would not have gotten this unit, any unit would have worked the same way in my opinion, if I lived in the USA this detector would rock you would never need another detector ever, it has all you need.
The detector is a little heavy but you will get used to it, I don't mind it been heavy that tells me that it's built well.
But having said all of this, there are some good things to say about the unit.
(1) The pin pointer on it is very accurate
(2) The imaging display to show you size and depth works very well too but around 12 inches it does not work well.
I hope this helps.
Dave from Canada
Pennies at a Foot, and a Dime at 11 inches!
Later I took it to a solid black sand, far northern California beach, and dropped a thin clad dime in the thin surf. That one half inch, thin shiny dime looked so forlorn all by itself on that immense, solid black sand beach!
I kept raising the 12-1/2 inch coil, and it kept detecting it and ID'ing it. The last time she detected it, she consistently said it was a coin sized object at 11 inches! And the ID stuck right on a dime, with absolutely no false signals at all! And this was on a black sand beach with salt water running over the dime! I was awestruck, doing the happy dance!
I'd been detecting for 48 years. I've had multiple top of line detectors during those years: Whites, Garretts, Technetics, Compass X-100, Bounty Hunter, Big Bud Pro, Gold Mountain, and finally, my second Garrett, the 2500. I'd had several top of line detectors in several of those different makes. But NOTHING BEFORE ever came CLOSE to detecting the smallest normal coins we have, at a foot deep!
I usually find up to 20 coins an hour with my GTI 2500, sometimes more. It always finds its share of the nickles and jewelry too.
I don't understand why some reviewers have said the sizing feature is not needed! It is so easy to use, and once you learn what to pay attention to in the sizing and ID'ing areas, you almost NEVER have to dig up any trash, ever again! This feature alone is worth the price of the detector!
It DID take a while to learn to use it, and I'm still learning. But the GTI 2500 is the most awesome metal Detector in my whole lifetime of experience! Its the best detector of its kind that money can buy!
It also has the versatility that allows you to detect down to 18 feet deep, in search of large relics and caches. No other standard detector can do that, for just $200 more. Now that's DEPTH! I rate this detector at least TEN stars - More than any other detector!
Dave from Far Northern Calif. and Southern Oregon.
Not happy in Washington
Earl from Marysville, wa
The gti 2500 after 4 years of use
Dan from linesville pa from Linesville pa usa
Lots of "Bells and Whistles".
Jamison from SC
Garrett GTI-2500 -haven't found a damn thing with it!
Rick Rogers from New Orleans Louisiana
Most versatile detector out there-period.
THer from Wyoming, USA
GTI 2500 better than I thought!!
Josh from Portland, OR
Great machine but takes a bit of time to understand it.
I must admit like many others here that you have to read the book and DVD as well as experience what the machine can do. I'm hunting in Europe right now and for those who say that this machine is not good for European coins I say go back to the book and do some dry testing of the coins you want to find.
If you do you will quickly see that most European coins are low on the conductivity side unless they are big and made solely of conductive material.
This was my first mistake coming from the US. Second if you pay attention to the manual and CD you can even discriminate in the All Metal Mode with a little experience.
At first I thought the machine did not operate right and was frustrated. Why because I thought I was a seasoned hunter and didn't need to go step by step in learning how to operate it.
I was wrong and when I took the time to do what I was instructed, eureka! Coins started to fall into my lap.
I really like the Identification capabilities because the relics I'm finding generally have such and I can quickly weed out the nails and other junk iron most of the time.
Of course hunting in the All Metal Mode finds you all kinds of different objects but switching to the various useful discrimination modes is easy and faster than any other machine I have ever used.
It's also easy to change most all of the other settings within a few seconds once you get use to what is available for your use. I do recommend that you get the smaller coils and also wish it was had a TI capability.
I use the 9" most of the time but in trashy areas the 4" is a must. Even there you have the surface elimination function that will help get rid of those things you don't want to dig.
I've hit most coins here from 4 to 8 inches the smallest coin "Roman" is a mere 5 to 6 mm and sounds off just as well as the other's at the same depth.
The machine finds metal that's for sure,sometimes it finds to much and this characteristic needs a bit of experience to overcome.
If you hit a lot of targets you have to pay attention to the TI and Discrimination sounds and once you learn this you can even work in these areas with a high level of confidence that you know what's in the ground.
I like this machine and really happy with it now. But, like I said it does take a bit of work on your part to understand what it can do for you. That's why I rated it a 4. Otherwise it's a five in my book.
Mirin123 from Europe
The best detector ever.
Depth: This machine will go down to about 8 inches with Smaller than coin size, 16 Inches Coin size and 20 inches Plus for Large Metal objects. I dont like digging bigger holes than that as it takes all morning. (I did dig once down to 24 inches to find a Large aluminium bolt) I gave this hobby up as best finds are 2 - 10 Inches.
Imaging: The imaging is superb, But this takes some time to master, Basically upto 8 Inches spot on Deeper not so good, Will fluctuate when object not in centre of coil but once you have pinpointed the object it gives you a proper reading, Always a good idea to scan objects at 90 degress after found as can tell you wether its round or oblong like nails ect..
Coils: Superb range of coils, choosing the correct coil for the job is vital to what you want to find, Example Use Larger Imaging coil for deeper larger finds and smaller coils for shallower smaller finds, Use DD coils for Wet sand on beach and mineralised grounds, Use with the salt cancelation setting.
Discrimination: I always use all metal mode which is extremly sensitive when adjusted correctly in conjuction with Threshold, When target is found the discrimination indicators at the top of display will tell you the conductivity of the object also is more presice with coil centred on object, I also flick between custom discrimination and weed out unwanted objects on site.
Pinpointing: Excellent, but you need to start this slightly away from the object as will cancel signal if right above to start with.
Surface cancellation: Works great on trashy areas, Also advise smaller coils in these areas as multiple targets can make the display iratic.
Bad points (Not Many)
Weight, Not for the weeker person.
No backlight on buttons Needs abit of guess work in the dark. (Thankfully theres not many buttons)
John Joyce from Dudley, England.