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Garrett ATX vs Minelab GPX 5000 test 10 months 2 weeks ago #7316

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Garrett ATX vs Minelab GPX 5000 test 10 months 2 weeks ago #7317

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Cool can't wait to get an atx
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Promissing, but still an air test.
I want to see then find a target in the ground with the 5000 and scan it with the ATX before digging it. And then they show a real comparrison in real world situation, not setup with disturbed ground or air testing.
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Garrett ATX vs Minelab GPX 5000 test 10 months 2 weeks ago #7321

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Getting more an more appealing.

It would be nice to see the two out in the field with real buried nuggets and see the responses by scanning the same spot without digging first.
Its all well and good having them sit on the surface.

But the ATX is just sooooo portable.
Try taking the 5000 on a plane when you want to fly out to a spot.
I have the 1400mm hard case to carry it all.
It becomes a special luggage item.
To big for normal check-in.
Haven't even thought about how to explain as it has a huge Lithium battery in it.

Hope Uptons is up to the challenge. Might be getting a few orders.
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Agree, an air test is limiting info. Minelab don't do well in air tests but targets in the ground well that's the proof in the pudding, especially where depth is concerned. Cheers Richard
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Uptons is up for it, I think. The big problem is Garrett USA as they haven't made enough. I was told the other day that every ATX coming into the country is already sold to customers so there will be a waiting list.
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Isn't it funny when testing the 5000 on the last nugget he is very quick and loud to say "not a peep" over and over again tryiong to mask the sound. He is also doing the test about 3-4inches off the ground which isn't true detector skills.
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What we need is an avid GPX5000 user to bring one down to Uptons when the ATXs come in and we can test it. We can then film it and post it here.

I would like to know myself, as all the tests I have seen are from Garret and who knows how biased they are.
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Good plan.
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Hi Ben, Ide be most happy to put my hand up to test the 5k with the atx. as a semi pro prospector if the atx gives me any advantage I would be interested.
A note to all though _ the atx is NOT meant to compete or be as good as a gpx5000, it will certainly fill the void in the mid range market .
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Cory, that would be great. I would love to put the 2 together and see what the result is. Garrett do say that it is equal to or better than the GPX5000 in every respect and that it is a direct competition for the GPX5000 but Garrett can say anything. I just want to know one way or another. Give me a call and we can arrange it.
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Garrett ATX vs Minelab GPX 5000 test 10 months 2 weeks ago #7339

not really much of a test, because gold sounds different in the ground.I guess owning a garrett,you would be cleaning up all the junk and leaving the gold. Can I come out with you and your Garrett? :) ;)
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Let us know when it is going to happen and I for one will be there to see where they differ. Apart form the all in one water proof/more portable design.
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WHY WAS MY LAST REPLY REMOVED AND WHO WAS IT REMOVED BY?
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Garrett ATX vs Minelab GPX 5000 test 10 months 1 week ago #7412

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Courtesy of WalnLiz, I'm sure most of you have seen their awsome vids on youtube.
G'day guys,

Fellow forum member gtxJeff and myself have just got back from Mongarlowe testing the ATX against the GPX.

The Garrett certainly looks bullet proof and is extremely compact when retracted. The controls are simple and easy to use. We only had the DD coil, as the Deep seeker package with the 2 mono coils has yet to arrive. Jeff ran the ATX across some moist (thanks to the showers) and fairly mineralized soil with the sensitivity setting set to max sens,(13), and the threshold at 7. The sens needed to be cut back to around 8 to 10 to run quiet.

First impressions after 15 minutes of detecting mullock heaps was quite favorable, with a few small targets easily picked up. We then proceeded through the typical leaf / twig / rocky areas and soon noticed how touch sensitive the coil was.

This combined with the concentric rings on the coil catching numerous twigs and sticks soon became quite annoying. In the coils favor, it wasn't provided with a skid plate and this should eliminate hooking up to scrub, but I'm not too sure about the touch sens issues.

I ran the machine for about an hour myself and the first thing i noticed was the weight difference to the 5000. Being an extra half kilo heavier, the use of a bungee for a full days detecting could be inevitable. I'm use to sliding the coil on the ground for max depth and this is very difficult with the ATX because of the touch sensitivity to surface clutter. The manual suggests keeping the coil 2 or 3 inches above the ground to avoid this, (pg 26 of the manual). This does not ride well with me on small gold targets.

One thing i found extremely annoying was the coil to shaft position. While moving over uneven ground the only way to move the coil into a horizontal plane once it tilted, was to step on the end of it to hold the front section of the coil on the ground. It does not pivot from within the coil but instead pivots from the outside edge of the coil. This may be OK in sparse desert regions like WA, but is no good in wooded Eastern regions.

Our next comparison was on a couple of nuggets, first .25gram and second 12gram. We dug both nuggets down in mildly mineralized soil to a depth that was a definite signal to the 5000. Both the small and the larger were not audible on the ATX even at sens set to max 13. We then lifted the nugs till they were audible and in our combined estimate this was some 30% less than the 5000.

I do not want to read too much into these depth tests just yet, as it was comparing the ATX with a DD coil to the 5000 with a Mono coil. As soon as the monos for the ATX arrive in Australia we will do a very detailed test of depths, as they will then be on an even playing field.

Initial summary....An extremely sturdy and capable machine.... Is it better than a 5000,???... Not from what i have experienced so far.... Is it great value for money,???.. Detector wise yes, BUT, at $750 for extra coils...???. I'll sit on the fence till the mono coils arrive before giving my opinion or comparison between the two machines. On the subject of 5000 with mono coils V ATX with DD coils, initial unbiased tests puts the 5000 30% ahead in my books.....But this % may reduce after the final mono to mono comparison.

Cheers Wal.
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Garrett ATX vs Minelab GPX 5000 test 10 months 1 week ago #7413

Any Moderators want to put their hand up for Corydale?
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Garrett ATX vs Minelab GPX 5000 test 10 months 1 week ago #7414

Already been in touch with him Ivor..
interesting comparison from Wal so far...
be interesting to see the outcome.

SS :)
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Garrett ATX vs Minelab GPX 5000 test 10 months 1 week ago #7419

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countvondevlin wrote:
Any Moderators want to put their hand up for Corydale?

No idea on that one !
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Garrett ATX vs Minelab GPX 5000 test 10 months 1 week ago #7421

Bris joe

Thank you for that great read, as I am looking at buying a new detector, but if I can find another detector just as good and under six grand, that would be sweet! :cheer: :cheer:
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Encouraging



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