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|Options||Fisher Gold Bug Pro||Garrett AT Gold|
|Battery Type||9V||4 AA|
|Operating frequency||19 kHz.||18 kHz.|
|Target ID||Numeric||20 Segment Numeric|
|Tone ID||2 Tones||3 Tones|
|Ability to change coils||Yes||Yes|
|Ground balance||Manual||Auto, Manual|
|Waterproof||Coil only||10 feet|
|Warranty||5 Years||2 Years|
|Number of Reviews|| 10
|Avg. User Rating||4.91||4.29|
|Avg. Durability Rating||4.60||4.07|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.40||4.20|
|Avg. Depth Rating|
Most helpful review for Fisher Gold Bug ProGold Bug DP Pro - First impressions
Just bought this great machine - confess I have only used it once for 1 hour on the beach but found 12 coins at various depths ranging from just beneath the surface to 9 inches.
I have owned the Garrett 250, Minelab Etrac, Sovereign GT, Explorer SE Pro, Tesoro Vaquero and The Laser Hawkeye - But all had varying issues which resulted in me selling them. I am not knocking any of these machines but on first impressions the Gold Bug seems to be the perfect machine for me.
It is lightweight. Easy to switch on and go yet it is a serious machine. I bought it for all round use and have so far found it to be the easiest of all the machines I have used on the beach. It works well on dry, wet and black sand. I used it in discrimination mode at 20 which cut out iron nails. The target ID numbers locked onto the target and remained constant with each pass. I could easily identify modern coinage and also found the depth to be accurate.
Ground balancing was quick and easy and pinpointing was spot on. I turned the gain to practically full on and the machine still remained quiet. Moving to the wet sand just required a quick ground balance and off I went. The machine is extremely quiet between targets, non of those confusing multi tones.
I air tested the Gold bug for sensitivity to small gold items and it detected everything including fine trace chains. None of the other machines I owned matched this sensitivity to gold.
Tomorrow I will be testing it on pastureland. I am confident from what I have seen so far that the Gold bug will prove equally as good on land.
Still have a lot to learn about this machine but I know I will enjoy getting to know it better.
Keith from England UK
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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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