Garrett Infinium LSPrice: $1200
Based on 42 reviews
Avg. Durability: 3.60
Avg. Ease of use: 3.60
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.
Infinium a great salt water detector
I purchased the 10x14 mono coil for it since it was the recommended coil for beach use.
On my first trip out, wanting to dig everything, I found the unit very smooth on the wet sand. In the suds, the threshold did rise and fall as the waves went over the coil, but nothing that would make one not hear a target.
Setting up the detector was easy. After finding the quietest frequency to hunt in, I ground balanced in Slow then Fast mode, and once the unit leveled off, put in in Lock and that was it. Most times I could hunt in 0 discriminate setting, but if the salt water was causing the unit to run a little unstable, I raised it to 1 and every thing was fine.
First time out I found a 14K heart pendant...first gold in a while so I was happy. After an hour or so, I began to hear the differences in the shallow iron like nails vs non-iron targets. The Infinium hits hard on nickels, tabs and aluminum in the wet sand...a very good sign ! All those targets hit as a hi/lo signal, even a depths of 14-16 inches. Elongated nails and shallow wire most times give a double hit signal as well as a drawn out one. Good targets like nickels and gold give a solid, sharp, narrow hi/lo. Quarters and clad along with some iron give a lo/hi tone. Kinda cool and once you get the hang of it, you can learn what the machine is telling you. And...it DON"T MISS MUCH !
The second time out, on the first beach I hunted, I found a big 14K earring. On the next beach I hunted that day, I found my best find ever in my 25+ years of hunting. A 14K gold ring with a 1 carat, super clean princess cut diamond in it that was appraised at 6K-7K.
Awesome machine in my book ! The only negative I have is that the stock configuration is not that well balanced so I had to buy an after market straight shaft. That and the fact that you can only use Garrett headphones due to the propriatory headphone connector. I still give it a 5 and would give it a 10 if I could.
John Cipriano from NJ
Water, Land, Prospecting, Relics, Coins, Gold...FUN!!!
Deep seeking at 730 pluses per second on 32 separate channels, read the specs, this machine makes detecting in mineralized soils child's play. If you want to find it all including necklaces in the water get one, talk to the Minelab boys and you will find out the Excal can't come close to the Infinium. Do your homework before getting on here or a forum telling folks lies about something that works for a change. $5300 ring?
Turnhimloosebill from Iowa
Infinium is designed for GOLD PROSPECTING!
I have paid for my Infinium with gold nuggets in its first three months of use in the goldfields of California. It ignors all the nasty mineralization that a VLF detectors might go crazy on. The smallest nugget I have found is at .4 grams using the 8" mono coil.
It is not as sensitive as a $5000 Minelab machine but I wouldnt have paid for the Minelab in 3 months either. Very happy with my Infinium and hope they add some updates to it soon for more sensitivity to smaller gold.
Bearkat from Medford, Oregon
Mis named, Not L&S , it is not for the Sea
Mike from Hawaii
Infinium LS finds the gold and silver!
Sandmagnet from USA
New up date
Scrooge from Florida
The gold in my safe says it all.
I dig everything, forget hi/low or low/high. Don't try to test for Iron unless you want to leave the gold for someone else to find. As nails and other metalic objects work there way down a stream they fall into the same cracks in the bedrock as the gold. Three out of six nuggets I found were shareing the same crack with a nail. The 12 gram nugget was in a large crack next to a quarter pound nut from a bridge. The rust on the nut stained my nugget. I got a signal 3 feet away and it was screeming low/hi. I found the nut first and tested the hole again and got a hi/lo. I pulled out the 12 gram nugget and let out a little hi/low of my own. If I used a discriminator I would only have found two nuggets last summer. My smallest nugget was without a nail and weighed a half gram, found at two inches. Any smaller than that and I can't pick them up. Anyway, great machine I highly recommend.
Terry from Nor Cal