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Hi guys - I owned one of the first ATX units (actually 2 of them) and suffered from the coil cable issues.   Despite that, these machines produced 100+ gold rings for me (in the space of 1 year).

Garrett was awesome and replaced the coils but they failed again (and again) and eventually I sold the machines and focused on the CTX and EXCALs (modded) and later the Equinox.  After selling the ATX I purchased the Whites BeachHunter TDI and to be honest, was less than impressed compared to my finds with the ATX of the past.  I deeply missed the two-tone audio of the ATX and the 8” mono in the water.  It was a deep machine (the TDI) but I had become used to the ATX.

I noticed my finds ‘dropping off’ once the ATX was sold - and there was no ‘replacement’ PI that was readily available......

So last week I came across a late 2018 ATX and picked that up for a very good price - shipping now!

i will update you guys with regard the cable issue - I guess I am hoping the cable is in good nick and may be the later version?  

I missed the ATX - despite its known flaws.  Roll on the courier!  The forums are certainly quiet on the ATX nowadays 

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Dmnz, I remember your run on the Gold rings when you broke out with the Atx.    Then you and everyone else got  jacked with all the problems. A lot of ifs surround that machine.   If Garrett did this or did that with it. Hope you got a good one, let us know how it goes.

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Yes fingers crossed - brought from an older gentleman that never used it (aside finding a septic tank!) so let’s hope it’s a good one.   It should arrive this few days.

I kept some older ATX coils, interestingly the 8 inch coils and cables seem fine - the older stock coil i kept in the cupboard has fallen to bits (the cable) so I will try and re cable that 

I’ll be interested to see how it goes after a few years away from the ATX

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3 hours ago, Dmnz said:

Hi guys - I owned one of the first ATX units (actually 2 of them) and suffered from the coil cable issues.   Despite that, these machines produced 100+ gold rings for me (in the space of 1 year).

Garrett was awesome and replaced the coils but they failed again (and again) and eventually I sold the machines and focused on the CTX and EXCALs (modded) and later the Equinox.  After selling the ATX I purchased the Whites BeachHunter TDI and to be honest, was less than impressed compared to my finds with the ATX of the past.  I deeply missed the two-tone audio of the ATX and the 8” mono in the water.  It was a deep machine (the TDI) but I had become used to the ATX.

I noticed my finds ‘dropping off’ once the ATX was sold - and there was no ‘replacement’ PI that was readily available......

So last week I came across a late 2018 ATX and picked that up for a very good price - shipping now!

i will update you guys with regard the cable issue - I guess I am hoping the cable is in good nick and may be the later version?  

I missed the ATX - despite its known flaws.  Roll on the courier!  The forums are certainly quiet on the ATX nowadays 

I sure hear you, as another guy that was out there first with the ATX. I did well with mine for coins, gold nuggets, and of course jewelry. The largest gold nugget I've found in Nevada so far I found with the ATX.

I actually had better luck than you. My first machine was flawless, but then I blew it. It was running out of warranty, so I decided to make it into a rebuild project, and bought another ATX, this time the Deepseeker package. I should have kept using the one that was working. This new unit failed on a trip to Hawaii, and this combined with all the reports from people like you, made me decide to sell it after it got repaired under warranty.

So I have been trying to get something else. I looked at the TDI Beachhunter, but the Impulse AQ was close so waited. Got one of those, not ready for prime time, so sold it last fall. I'd be better off with the ATX myself, and the thought still crosses my mind, especially when a killer deal on a used one comes up.

I love the circuit, have no issue with how the ATX works at all. I'd buy a light weight dry land ATX in a heartbeat for gold prospecting were it designed properly. Great guts.... held back by the hardware.

Right now I'm in line for a GPX 6000, and am going to see how it does at Tahoe, as salt will not be an issue, and I can at least wade with it. The main thing is I get near saltwater so rarely it is difficult for me to get a machine just for that, but if I did, I'd have to look hard at the ATX again. It's either that or the TDI Beachunter, but that situation is currently up in the air... and under Garrett's roof!

https://www.detectorprospector.com/magazine/steves-reviews/garrett-atx-pulse-induction-metal-detector/

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Ok, so, I don’t think I could have made this up if I tried!  Decided to go for another water hunt today, ATX charged and not expecting a great deal as has been ‘slim pickings’ lately - especially with the CTX / Nox / Excal.

Found a spot in the water, I have walked over hundreds of times in the past!  Not kidding. 

A mixture of luck, tides, sand, the ATX, the mono coil - and clear water!

May be worth writing to Garrett about this one hunt - especially after “breaking up with my ATX” in the past, only to rekindle the efforts this week!  In love again. 

Several old coins (mostly 70’s and 80’s), 4 silver rings, 2 junk rings, a junker gold coloured earring, and copper / plated locket....

Then 30+ grams of gold!  Including an awesome Sapphire? Ring!   Hmm, back again tomorrow!  

 

 

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Dmnz,    30+ grams of Gold.   Your blowing us away again.   That's about $950 to $1000 just  in scrap here in the states.   But the Thrill had to be a high !

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some serious luck involved with yesterday’s hunt - especially the chains ‘balled up’ and found 10 minutes apart.  Will head back today to see if we can repeat!

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On 4/14/2021 at 4:36 AM, Dmnz said:

May be worth writing to Garrett about this one hunt


That saphire ring will make their monthly finds photos for sure, and have a chance at find-of-the-month! 

On 4/14/2021 at 2:28 PM, Dmnz said:

some serious luck involved with yesterday’s hunt

You show commendable humility to admit it.  IMO there is luck in every hunt (sometimes good; sometimes bad).   You hit the jackpot and luck is only one part of it.  You (and your ATX) supplied the rest.  Well done!

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      I always considered ergonomics to be the easy low hanging fruit for anyone considering manufacture of a detector to compete with the Minelab PI series, and I am frankly amazed anyone could make something even heavier I am less excited about handling. It is an absolute fact I would put the GPX aside for an alternative, even if that alternative was next best in overall gold ability, if it offered a big advantage ergonomically. I in fact often do decline to "harness up" and set the GPX aside in favor of a lightweight VLF at times because I am just too tired or not in the mood. More importantly, in steep terrain bedrock is often shallow and so when hunting hillsides and slopes there really is no advantage to using a GPX in ground only inches deep.
      I would very gladly use a properly designed Garrett ATX instead of a Minelab GPX in many situations that I currently encounter. In particular areas where bedrock is less than a foot deep or in areas where large nuggets have historically never been seen. The only reason right now that is not going to happen is I do not want the ATX on my arm. Yes, the ATX has an inherent advantage on small gold but nothing I can't negate by putting on a small mono coil and running the GPX hot. No, in my opinion Garrett missed a major opportunity to wow somebody like me by putting a fantastic prospecting circuit in a package very inappropriate for the target audience.
      Metal detectors are tools. Now the fact is that for the average person Craftsman tools do just fine and represent good value. But the guy making his living with his toolbox is probably going to be investing in Snap-on tools. It is an apt analogy accentuated by the real performance difference that exists between the Garrett ATX and Minelab GPX detectors on the kind of gold most pros are looking for. The vast number of accessory coils and other aftermarket options on top of a well proven platform makes it an easy decision for the serious prospector. Minelab makes a tool designed specifically for a certain job. The Garrett ATX unfortunately I feel is a duck out of water when employed for normal prospecting uses.
      I do have to say my hat is off to Garrett for producing a detector that is the first to really give Minelab a run for the money. I hope they do follow up and produce a model expressly designed from the ground up as a dry land prospecting machine. It may well become my primary prospecting detector if they do so. If you have read this review carefully you should understand the issues involved. For many people wanting maximum bang for the buck a Garrett ATX straight up and used properly is a real bargain in a PI prospecting machine. It can and will find gold and find it very well. The guys like me (you know who you are) that probably already have a Minelab PI plus extra coils, batteries and so forth can continue waiting for the next big thing in nugget detecting. You may also consider the Garrett for exactly the reason I did. It is waterproof, and currently is the closest thing you can get to a Minelab PI in a waterproof package.
      In closing I am curious to see how both detectors do for me this year. The ATX has the lead with about 2.5 ounces of gold and platinum jewelry found so far. I plan on using it often to hunt jewelry every chance I get in 2014. The GPX I will once again be taking to Alaska for a couple months of nugget detecting which may or may not pay off with a large nugget found. I will be hunting the right places but large gold is rare almost anywhere you go. Given the lead the ATX already has the GPX has its work cut out for it so it should make for an interesting year. For those of you trying to decide between these two very fine metal detectors I can only sympathize and count my blessings for not having to make such decisions. However, I hope this helps you with your decision because I have done my best to try and do just that. Good luck and good hunting!
      2020 Note: Since this review was written in 2014 the price for the ATX was remained the same, while the price for the Minelab GPX 4500 and GPX 5000 have both come down considerably. This does change the value proposition offered by the Garrett ATX, especially as regards the Minelab GPX 4500, which can now be had for only a few hundred dollars more than an ATX.
      Detailed information on the Garrett ATX
      Detailed information on the Minelab GPX 5000
      Great video by another party (a Garrett dealer) confirming the above results at another location with a different large nugget....
       
    • By tim Fara
      I'm killing myself trying to determine the best rout to go with PI detector. I just moved to Tennessee and with red clay mineralized soil would the White's TDI SL be a good choice or the Garrett ATX? I am new to PI detecting and thinking the TDI would be a good beginner's but should I jump all in with the ATX? I've heard the TDI is under powered but the ATX has a steep learning curve. 
      Your input is welcome!!!! 
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