Garrett Infinium LSPrice: $1200
Based on 39 reviews
Avg. Durability: 3.00
Avg. Ease of use: 4.00
Not satisfied with it
I go to the beach only maybe 5 times a year so my two years passed quickly and unit is no longer under warranty. Although that's not my only complaint. The quality is also not something I'd expect from a $1200 unit. I've screwed the coil by hand. But to take it off I had to use pliers. The connector is now wobbly since I had to do it twice and the plug on the detector itself is too short to fit a normal sized wrench. I had to grind to fit it in.
I'm sure that if the detector worked out of the box I would leave a positive review but I'm sorry I just expected better quality for 1200+ I paid for it. Bought it direct from Garrett.
Max Depth: 14 inches on US quarter
Ease of Use
Would you recommend this to a new user? No, not really.
Anton from NJ
Just bought a used l/s $600. I am excited
It worked great. I dig everything because I am in Japan right now, but I found hair pins at 6-8 inches and the machine was screaming. I only went over two beaches that I had checked thoroughly and it found everything I missed before that was deep plus I was able to check the surf line that I wasn't able to do with my old cheapo machine.
I cant wait till the hurricane passes so I can check some new beaches and load up on the booty. Thanks for all your post they were a lot of help in buying this machine. Which was $600 used. I hope I didn't get ripped off but from the sounds of it I made a great buy.
Max Depth: 10 inches on US quarter
Ease of Use
Would you recommend this to a new user? I have no clue...
Chris from Okinawa Japan
Daniel Joe Oconnor from Santa Monica
Garret infinium ls
Davo from Down under
A shaft for diving
Ray giroux from Vermont
The New Messiah from Malibu
I did however have family coming over for a prospecting trip and wanted another machine that really could be used for prospecting without forking out another $5 grand plus for a GPX.
After doing a lot of research I purchased an infinium with the 8" mono additional with a little trepidation as intentionally or not I would compare it with my GPX4500.
Well, I have to say I am more than pleasantly surprised. Firstly this machine simply blows my sovereign away on the beach with the 8" mono both in depth and sensitivity - I am finding really small hooks and even the back shaft of an ear-ring at a good couple of inches. The depth on rings and small coins is ridiculous and when people talk about 15" plus they are not exaggerating.
On gold (using my small test nuggets) without going into too much detail. It will get you 5" + on a 0.5g nugget freshly buried with the 8 inch mono. The 8" mono will detect as small as 0.3g nugget at 2" depending on shape. The stock DD is less sensitive but for 0.6 gram up performs well.
Yes it is not quite up to the GPX4500 on sensitivity less than 0.5g nugget but as you get further above that the margin gets much less much faster. Value for money this is an outstanding machine and if you only prospect occasionally ie a couple of weeks a year, I would recommend it over the GPX for the price.
Further the discrimination using both tones and rev disc really do work and very well...you just need to play.
The really important thing about the infinium is that Garret compressed a lot of features into a housing that has only three selectors. This makes you think it is a simple turn on and go machine...BIG mistake.
This machine has to be frequency adjusted IF the tone is unstable both due to EMI and/or on hot ground to get an absolutely smooth threshold.
The discrimination is exactly that and just keep it at zero unless using the reverse descrim to ID a target that has a LO/HI tone. Drop descrim less than 1 and you start losing sensitivity to small nuggets.
The gain/power is directly linked to the threshold selector. If using a mono in extremely hot ground and the threshold is slightly falsing drop it to 3-4 anything above 5 is a waste as you lose the ability to note threshold change.
Also - very important. PI's in general and the infinium especially need the coil at least one inch above the ground in really hot soil.
I have used the 8"mono on the hottest ground I can find (above 38% iron ore) and got the threshold smooth as a baby but have to lower my swing speed and keep coil level.
All in all if I had to choose one detector for all
occasions it would be my infinium. Change the shaft (minelab shaft works well just trim the coil attachment on the bottom of shaft)and LEARN the machine and you will be more than pleasantly surprised.
This detector is the most underrated you will find.
Barry David from Western Australia
When I reported this to the Garret agent in RSA whilst the unit was under guarantee, I was fobbed off completely (I purchased the unit elsewhere.) Later, when I complained to Garret directly, I was again fobbed off, as they claimed that it was no longer under guarantee! This, even though they admitted that their agent should have repaired the unit when it was first reported.
The detector now no longer works, and lies abandoned in my cupboard. I have never had a single useful days work out of this detector - a complete waste of money, and the Garret backup service is appalling.
Anonymous from Southern Africa
Not good to find gold
Michael from Newport, North Carolina
Infinium L/S Great Detector
I do a lot of relic hunting in Northern Virginia where the soil is like powered rust and this machine is amazing. The factory shaft is junk, it wobbles and drove me crazy. I Bought a straight shaft from a guy named Reid Bridges, see the video on youtube under Infinium Straight Shaft by SC Digger. Also if you do alot of hunting by the waterproof headphones for this, it is worth it. I went to Cabelas and purchased a neoprene range finder cover I use for a chest harness and it is more stable then the stock harness. This is a great beach machine also. You can't go wrong if you take the time and learn this machine.
Steve Fitzpatrick from Pittsburgh, Pa.