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A proper recovery speed test of Garrett AT MAX

Which recovery speed test is the right one? You think it’s the one performed in the ground? You are wrong. The ground test is an interpretation of the air one. What we call a proper recovery speed test is when a positive target is located beneath a couple of negative ones. Simply said, when a coin is under the nails. That’s the only way you can know the detector’s real capabilities… But how about the Garrett AT MAX? Is this new machine able to well and truly separate close together targets? And is it worth its considerable price declared? It’s interesting (learn how to make proper tests). Continue reading

Comparison: Garrett AT MAX & Garrett AT PRO. Depth + salt test

It’s strange, very strange, when the manufacturer has to prove that its new machine is on par with an old one. But it’s difficult to prove it if the new detector looks and works similarly to the old one. For example, the manufacturer says that the new Garrett AT MAX provides greater detection depth than the old Garrett AT PRO. But is it true? Both devices actually come with identical coils. Or, as another example, according to Garrett, on salt beach (and in saltwater) will the Garrett AT MAX operate considerably better than the Garrett AT PRO. Here’s a salt beach test: to compare the Garrett AT MAX and Garrett AT PRO. Also, a depth test: how the machines react to salt sand and water. Continue reading

Garrett AT MAX test on gold. And you thought it was a magic machine?

A 0.5 gram gold nugget at a 7.5 cm depth. Will the Garrett AT MAX be able to see such a find? And even if it can, will the target be identified as ferrous or non-ferrous metal? According to the manufacturer, the Garrett AT MAX metal detector has already gone on sale. Find authorized Garrett dealers near you. Continue reading

Is depth of Golden Mask 5+ a myth or is it time to change your machine?

The manufacturer has loudly announced that its new Golden Mask 5 Plus equipped with a 9 DD coil is greatly superior to other detectors with the 11 DD ones. Moreover, they revealed the test videos showing the Mask 5 Plus is deeper that the Makro Racer 2, even… in the Deep mode. That got me interested. Can it really be possible? Continue reading

Comparison: Garrett AT PRO vs Teknetics Patriot

Here are the Garrett AT PRO and Teknetics Patriot detectors. The first machine was released in 2010, the second one launched in 2017. Have they changed over the last 7 years? See the comparison between the Garrett AT PRO and Teknetics Patriot: a review, depth and recovery speed tests. Continue reading