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|Options||Garrett AT Gold||Fisher Gold Strike|
|Battery Type||4 AA||Two 9V|
|Operating frequency||18 kHz.||30 kHz.|
|Target ID||20 Segment Numeric||Numeric|
|Tone ID||3 Tones||2 Tones|
|Ability to change coils||Yes||Yes|
|Ground balance||Auto, Manual||Auto, Manual|
|Waterproof||10 feet||Coil only|
|Number of Reviews|| 10
|Avg. User Rating||4.29||4.43|
|Avg. Durability Rating||4.07||4.00|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.20||3.00|
|Avg. Depth Rating|
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
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Most helpful review for Fisher Gold StrikeIs the Gold Strike worth it... ?
I have been using the Gold Bug 2 for several years now and I thought I'd upgrade to the newer Gold Strike from Fisher. At first I thought I had made a real mistake but found that the biggest part of the problem was the operator... me...
The Gold Strike has a much more difficult learning curve than the Gold Bug 2 but if you put in the time and effort to learn the detector it works quite well. I took both detectors with me on a trip to central Az, and ran them against each other in a field test.
Result... over the course of 3 days, every time I detected a nugget with the Gold Bug 2 the Gold Strike would also find it before digging, The Gold Strike found 2 moderately buried nuggets that the Gold Bug would have missed because of hot rocks.... The Gold Strike did find a lot of Trash that the Gold Bug ignored but the final tabulation was ..
Gold Bug 2 --- 5 nuggets (very small to medium)
Gold Strike -- 7 nuggets (very small to medium)
Total gold ... about 4 Dwt.
If you take the time to learn how to use the Gold strike, it is a very good machine. For a first Detector I wouldn't recommend it but for someone willing to take the time to learn how to adjust it properly, It is worth the effort.
Glenn R. from Central Texas
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