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Here is a quick comparison chart for the most common VLF waterproof detectors (not including PI detectors in this) that are currently being manufactured or on the way. Updated 10/1/2018. Click for larger version. Follow up posts in this thread have the details on each model.

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Waterproof VLF metal detector comparison chart - updated 10/1/2018

Waterproof Pulse Induction (PI) Metal Detectors Compared

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Current Internet Pricing:
Garrett AT Pro $552
Garrett AT Gold $637
Garrett AT Max $722

Garrett AT Pro Manual
Garrett AT Gold Manual
Garrett AT Max Manual

Garrett AT Pro Data & Reviews
Garrett AT Gold Data & Reviews
Garrett AT Max Data & Reviews

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      Nothing too hard even for a rookie technician like me with not so High knowledge on boards whistles and bells...
      I'm Just posting a couple pictures at the end of the work, but really (again) misappointed regard the gasket system in the TDI beachhunter.
      To give some value to this post, I Just want to Say: please BE CAREFUL doing surgery on this control box, as the plastics are something to severely review to the death White's factory, now Garrett property.
      Not only the gasket tunnel between the upper and the lower part of the box is been made to create gasket's cuts and leaks at the first attempt to re-assemble the box, but even a Nightmare to get the job done without the o-ring moving inside and over the PCB when 6 of the 8 screws are already there again....😭.
      So this time I'm not so sure to have a leakproof TDI and I swear to want a detector.mod hard case for It.
      I Just don't understand why not to create a flat against flat surface with again a flat gasket in between😒😒😒.
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      (I don't want to advertise for free or without Steve to be ok with these words) so Sorry for complaining with a self exposed solution to this bad thing...
       
       


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      Underwater treasure hunting is full of adventure and opportunities to find some really valuable and interesting finds. Whether you are using scuba equipment, snorkeling, or using our new BLU3 Nemo Dive System, you want to know where to hunt, what to expect to find, and what equipment you need. Continue reading for an in-depth look into the exciting world of underwater treasure hunting.
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