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A little late chiming in here but wanted to suggest that for powder coating you can pick up the powder cheap at harbor freight. Using an ordinary heat gun, simply warm the metal up and dump the powder over the piece and shake off the loose powder. The warmer it is the more powder will stick. Once that is done simply continue to heat the part up until the powder turns shiney and starts to level then let it cool down. I used this technique on a laser cutter control panel that I mounted a dsp controller, power switch and safety switch.

As far as needing plastic parts you can cast your own out of urethanes. You can use rtv silicone to make molds in ordinary plastic containers and do gravity pour for the urethanes. This is handy to duplicate parts so you don't destroy the original. I often use parts I print out on my 3d sla printer as masters to make molds from. Casting materials available from a few sources but I use Smooth-On for much of that stuff.

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35 minutes ago, kac said:

A little late chiming in here but….

You have real talent there Kac.

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I can’t believe I started that thread back in 2014 after talking about it for a couple years. From day one I all but begged Garrett for a dry land version of the ATX. Something like the new Fisher Impulse AQ but with the ATX touch pad, which I prefer over the Fisher knobs. Would have needed light coils on standard rods instead of what is currently offered for the ATX.

That machine at about 4 lbs well balanced, out the dealer door for under 2K and Garrett would have a winner. The LTX as I call it has been one of the major frustrations for me as a detectorist. It is clearly something that is possible, I can see it in my minds eye... but Garrett won’t budge. Who knows, maybe other companies will wake them up to the possibility at some point. I hope so, I would still love to have that machine.

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On ‎6‎/‎21‎/‎2017 at 10:39 AM, Steve Herschbach said:

The whole project was done to poke a stick in Garrett's eye about building a lighter weight ATX.

One wonders why a company that could do better, does not. The SDC 2300 suffers from a really unfortunate package in addition to one hard wired coil. It cannot be that these companies do not know better, they must simply refuse to do better for reasons that are hard to see. I like the look of your version, and it seems to put the weight where it belongs.

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4 minutes ago, Steve Herschbach said:

It is clearly something that is possible, I can see it in my minds eye... but Garrett won’t budge. Who knows, maybe other companies will wake them up to the possibility at some point. I hope so, I would still love to have that machine.

The sense of it escapes me. Why a company would make a detector so much less than it could be? Garret is obviously not the only one doing it at the present time either. It seems especially common with the PI detectors for some reason. Perhaps they are just the ones I notice. Excessive thinking leads to confusion. 

Was out with the Mirage for the first time today. Finally frost down enough to dig some places. Works as advertised but will take some learning. Nice and light and swings easy and very sensitive. Simple and light. No need to lug heavy clubs for what I do.

Off topic, sorry. We now return you to regular programming.

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Is a good idea, doubt Garrett will adapt it. They seem to lock their designs down and maximize part usage across machines, this is really good for costs and tooling but can inhibit improvements/features in some cases.

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