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Options Fisher Gold Bug DP Garrett AT Gold
Detector Type Nugget Detector Nugget Detector
Price $750 $800
Manufactured in 2010 2012
Battery Type 9V 4 AA
Weight (Lbs.) 2.5 3.03
Operating frequency 19 kHz. 18 kHz.
Display Yes Yes
Backlight No No
Target ID Numeric 20 Segment Numeric
Tone ID 2 Tones 3 Tones
Search Modes
  • Discriminate
  • All Metal
  • Pinpoint N/M
  • All Metal
  • Discrim 1
  • Discrim 2
  • Pinpoint
Ability to change coils Yes Yes
Ground balance Manual Auto, Manual
Waterproof Coil only 10 feet
Warranty 5 Years 2 Years
Number of Reviews graph 1
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Avg. User Rating 4.50 4.29
Avg. Durability Rating 5.00 4.07
Avg. Ease of Use Rating 5.00 4.20
Avg. Depth Rating No data available yet
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Most helpful review for Fisher Gold Bug DP

Gold bug dp loves nickels.
I live and Indiana and purchase my Gold Bug DP 8 month ago. I bought the machine specifically to coin hunt and hunt for micro jewelry. After many hours using this machine I would like to share my view point with you.

I own many different detectors and over 20 years experience to base my opinion on. The 1st trip out: I was eager to try the machine and saved a few good places to use it on when the weather cleared. I also had in mind a few detectors I owned and wanted to try it against. After 1 hour using the machine, I hated the machine, I liked the weight, but I thought the machine was a mistake because of all the problems I was having finding good targets.

I switched machines, went back over what I had already hunted and found a few good coins. The next several hunts also ended with me hating the machine and I contemplated sending the unit back. The Turning point: About the 5th hunt I started finding a few coins, but I was still having some confusion on the tones and the erratic readings I was experiencing on the display. The light was fading fast and I was forced to finish out the hunt in the dark. 3 hours after light had passed I finally figured out my problems and I began to dig the good finds with little junk!

What happened? I was forced to hunt by tone and not reading the numerical display. The tone qualities on this machine are amazing. I am now able to pretty accurately guess what I am going to dig. The machine is sensitive to EMI buried lines etc. Keep your sensitivity low for your 1st set of batteries are used up, then your learning curve will be shorter then mine.

Last week I went to my back yard and hunted a 13'x26' area, I have hunted this with my Minelab, Tesoro, Fisher CZ models and a Garret. Now the results were a little concerning, I found way to much stuff! 8 old pennies and a nickel. Most these were dug at 4" to 6" depth. What happened? Not sure at this point but I had a hunch.

Proving Grounds: I went to a elementary school that is located about a 100 yards from my house. Last few weeks I searched an area that was 40'x120' with a Fisher CZ-3D and I found a few coins. This Trip I ground balance the machine made 3 steps and Ding! Good target 4" down, reading 57 and 58. Yup a nickel! After 1/2 a day in this area I dug out 2 quarters, 10 Dimes, 12 nickels and 19 pennies only three were at the surface. Now I am upset...Why did my other detectors not find these coins??? Truthfully...Who cares!
This detector is my newest it should out perform my others.

My Summary: This Detector has Several Key points I liked.
1-This Detector is Hot on Nickels! Smokes all my detectors.
2-Finds the coins in trash better then all my other detectors.
3-Love the weight! Easy to swing.
4-Great Battery Life!
5-Good Dollar value based on performance.
6-Great Owners Manual. Read it 3 times!!!!

The Bad points.
1-No volume control. Use Premium Head Phones...A must!!!
2-Electrical interference issues.
3-Steel Bottle caps.
4-Finds small items that you do not want while coin hunting! You will figure it out!

The detector was used with the stock coil, I liked using it on the large open ball parks and soccer fields. It did good in school grounds and homesteads. I have yet to hit any woods, but I am pleased with the performance now that I understand all the tones and noises it makes.

One time I dug out a dime with a pull tab above it and a nail next to it. Swing speed is what ever you want, fast or slow. I had the best luck coin shooting with the discrimination set on 40 and most items I dug were good. Study the chart in owners manual it tells you with good accuracy what the numerical readout is on coins.
Dig everything your 1st week and learn what the chirps, bleeps, beeps and screamers are. By the end of the week you will know the tones.

After you master the tones then you can work on reading the numbers. If I had this detector stolen today, I would order another one immediately. I am ordering the 5" coil for it this week and going to try my luck in a real trashy areas. Small jewelry tested well, but so far I have only found 1 ring with it. Now I am faced with the decision of what to do with my detectors that do not live up to this level of performance! Hello e-bay!
Tim from Indiana

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Most helpful review for Garrett AT Gold

Coin 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

Thumbs up! 314
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