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Options Garrett AT MAX Fisher 1280x Aquanaut
Detector Type VLF Beach Detector VLF Beach Detector
Price $722 $800
Manufactured in 2017 1985
Battery Type 4 AA 8 AA
Weight (Lbs.) 3.03 5.1
Operating frequency 13.6 2.4 KHz.
Display Yes None
Backlight Yes No
Target ID Yes Audio+LED Light
Tone ID 3 tones
Search Modes
  • 4 Pro Audio modes
Ability to change coils Yes No
Ground balance Auto/Manual Auto
Waterproof 10 feet 250 feet
Warranty 2 years 5 Years
Number of Reviews graph 2
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Avg. User Rating 3.67 4.31
Avg. Durability Rating 5.00 4.80
Avg. Ease of Use Rating 5.00 4.80
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Most helpful review for Garrett AT MAX

At max
Love this machine. First outing with this second dig a gold ring 10in. Second outing gold ring 5in. I use pro-zero, a 8x5x11 in coil. Ground conditions varied from moist to dry. Sensitivity setting high. Light weight. In my opinion this is the best out of the At series, using the others from experience of my own. Good investment for the hobby.
Rob from Ohio

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Most helpful review for Fisher 1280x Aquanaut

5 stars for using it for what it was designed for
I have owned a Fisher 1280X for about 14 years. In those 14 years I have used this machine to find many gold, silver and diamond rings. I have also found many silver coins (Pre 1965) and tons of old pennies plus tons of clad coins.

I have also used it as a rain detector for days when it is raining...which by the way is the best day to hunt due to ground conductivity being better when wet.

I have found that this detector is best used for
freshwater swimming holes and lakes, and
land searching where there is not a lot of trash.
It does discriminate but with noise. It will make a chit chit chit noise and not a smooth tone when finding good targets.

As far as saltwater and beach hunting goes, It is a great dry sand beach hunter with a fairly good discrimination to let you know if it is a good target or not. I have found a few gold rings down to about 13 inches with the 1280X on beaches. Just stay away from the water line at saltwater beaches. The black sand and the movement of the water under the coil will cause the machine to bark and it is very annoying making the 1280x almost useless. But get this machine's coil totally into the water away from the shoreline and this machine almost acts like a PI machine with discrimination.

I really like the idea of being able to submerse the whole machine including the headphones. The 1280X is at home best underwater. You never know when you might trip in the water and get dunked all the way. I have seen guys cover their land machines not designed for water hunting with plastic bags and watched them ruin their machines as they fell in the water. The 1280X was designed for water and for that it is fantastic.

That is why I have kept this machine for so long. It is a great fresh water hunter anywhere and a great salt water hunter if you stay away from the shore line.

This machine is very easy to use. Just 3 control knobs. Volume, Sensitivity and Discrimination. Very easy to use and understand. That is probably why so many professionals use this machine. Very simple and very effective.

The battery life is about 50 hours, 8 AA penlight batteries. I have never had any mechanical problems with the Fisher 1280x.

Once you learn how to use the 1280X and what makes what noises, you will find this machine a joy to use.

Just remember, use it for what is was designed for and it will reward you with lots of finds.
Steve from Cleveland, OH

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