Quick comparison between:Garrett AT Gold
Minelab XT 18000
Use search box below to compare Garrett AT Gold with something else
|Options||Garrett AT Gold||Minelab XT 18000|
|Battery Type||4 AA||8 AA|
|Operating frequency||18 kHz.||6.4, 20, 60 kHz.|
|Target ID||20 Segment Numeric||Audio|
|Tone ID||3 Tones|
|Ability to change coils||Yes||Yes|
|Ground balance||Auto, Manual||Auto|
|Waterproof||10 feet||Coil only|
|Warranty||2 Years||2 Years|
|Number of Reviews|| 10
|Avg. User Rating||4.29||5.00|
|Avg. Durability Rating||4.07|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.20|
|Avg. Depth Rating||No data available yet|
Most helpful review for Garrett AT GoldCoin shootIng with the Garrett AT -Gold
On December 15th 2011 I took my new Garrett AT -Gold to a local Chicago park to test out this machines ability to find coins. The temperature was approximately 40 degrees and the ground was moist. The unit performed wonderfully. Even though I did not recover any silver coins, I did find about 35 various clad and copper coins including 12 wheat pennies.
The clad quarters and dimes were all less than 4 inches and the AT -Gold's numerical readout was very consistent. Quarters registered a value of 86 and the dimes 80. Zinc pennies came in at between 77-79 and the wheaties at 80-81.
Some of the wheaties were as deep as 6 inches and the unit gave solid tones. I encountered a few aluminum pull tabs which in discrimination 2 gave clearly broken signals that made them very easy to identify as trash. Even on the deeper wheat pennies the signal remained solid when I lifted the coil higher to test the function of the depth reading. I experienced almost no fatigue after hunting for more than 4 hours.
I am very impressed with this unit. From the quality of the construction and materials to the design and ergonomics. Garrett has a real winner here. I own several other high quality detectors and this one holds it's own with any of them.
I also air tested the machine against many others at the metal detector store and it blew away the competition on coins, rings, and a small gold nugget . To the best of my knowledge, this unit boasts more features than any other detector I've run across. How many water capable machines have removable headphones and coils, digital readout, multiple frequencies, 40 hours of operation on 4 AA 's, and auto ground balance with adjustable iron discrimination.
The proportion audio response is also great for identifying deep targets just by the sound level. The small double D coil is also so light I can barely feel it. Although I used the larger double D coil on the first park hunt. This detector can do it all with no compromise.
You will be very satisfied if you get one. I will be posting more results as time goes on. I can't wait to use it again. Good luck hunting !
Ron galiene from Illinois
Read all reviews for Garrett AT Gold
Most helpful review for Minelab XT 18000The xt18000's
These are simply the best Minelab gold VLF's that were made. But there are two different models of the XT18000, the early and the late, and they are vastly different units.
The 'early' 18000's have a very loud audio and a terrific sensitivity to them in both the 60khz and 20 khz frequency's. You can actually "feel" the 60khz penetrating into and feeling it's way amongst the dirt, but not very far, only an inch or so, which in this frequency ( as in all very high frequency detectors ) is about all the depth they will get you on very small pieces of gold. The 60khz will hit on larger pieces a bit deeper though, but not much deeper. The 20khz an allrounder.
The 6.4khz on these models however is a very dull frequency and only suited for the big coils and thumbnail size targets and up. The early models would blank out and shut down over very large surface targets and severe ironstone outcrops etc.
The later model XT18000's, which have a white stripe on the tone dial and had the box bracket mounted under the forearm, had a very low audio. Pathetically low. What they did have though, was a fantastic "audio supression" in them. This meant that they would not blast your ears over large targets. But the best thing with this new audio suppression was that when worked with a good signal enhancer, the threshold could be brought way up into your ears to judge slight dropout's and rises in the threshold ( meaning very deep targets could be heard quite distinctly ) but large surface targets dulled down to protect your hearing.
The 20khz and 60khz on these later models were some how not as sensitive as on the early models....But....The 6.4khz was much more sensitive on them than the earlier model. A real killer on smallish and deep targets.
On my late model unit I can run the big 14.5" WOT coil along the side of a car and drop off the other end and the detector recovers itself instantly. Amazing detector.
The automatic ground balancing on these units leaves the auto tracking on detectors like the Lobo supatrack and MXT's and GMT's for dead in hot ground. That is the truth...Whether the Whites or Tesoro dealers like it or not.
I have made many good gold finds with my 18000's and cannot recommend them highly enough to other detectorist's for gold detecting.
I hope this helps someone.
Dual Ace from Victoria, Australia
Read all reviews for Minelab XT 18000