Metal Detecting Blog
A blog all about metal detecting and metal detectors
So the Garrett AT Max is almost ready to release for 2017 and we could not be more excited. The Garrett AT Pro and Garrett AT Gold have been outstanding machines and often our favorite mid to high level metal detector to use and to point our customer toward. If price, value, performance, depth, all around build quality and honest to goodness good ole American made metal detectors is what your after look no further than the Garrett AT Series.We expect the new Garrett AT MAX to be no exception! Below is the differences in the Garrett AT MAX and the Garrett AT PRO and GOLD.
New Built-in Z-Lynk Wireless Technology • Lose the old cord! Integrated and built incircuitry transmits audio to your Garrett MS wireless headphones. Six times faster than Old Bluetooth speed! All with easy to use Auto pairing. No cables or wires to tangle up, and no interference from other wireless electronic devices.
New Adjustable Volume control • Garrett has just added a volume control to the Garrett AT MAX. Now you can use any headphones you want and control the volume from the machine or use no headphones at all and adjust the built in speaker to your liking and situation.
New Garrett MS-3 Z-Lynk Wireless Headphones are now included FREE • The amazing speed of Z-Lynk Wireless Technology, and high-fidelity stereo audio with no wires cords attaching you to anything.
Even MORE Maximum Detection Depth for the MAX • Increased TX transmitting power and enhanced electronics gains the AT Max with significant depth increase over older AT series machines!
New true All Metal Mode • Garrett AT MAX detects every type of metal and provides the even greater possible detection depth and sensitivity for those hunted out areas!
Bright LED Backlight • Illuminates LCD screen for improved visibility in low light situations to keep you in the field on a hotspot after others had to call it a day.
All new optimized frequency • The AT Max 13.6 kHz operating frequency provides deeper and excellent detection on a extreme range of new targets. including deeper silver coins, gold jewelry and rings, and brass and civil war relics.
Better High Resolution Ground Balance • Easy to use automatic and manually adjustable for improved performance. Includes 175 points of Ground Balance resolution or adjustments, allowing the Garett AT Max to push deeper through both conductive soils (such as saltwater beaches) and highly mineralized ground which all detectors have difficulty with.
Fast Automatic Ground Balance Window • Garrett New Exclusive feature will simultaneously ground balance the AT MAX to a range of values to help overcome localized ground mineralization and differences. The Garrett At Max reduces subtle ground responses, the Automatic Ground Balance Window smooths detector audio and allows the user to hear faint targets that otherwise would NEVER be heard!
Brighter and Larger Display Numbers • Digital Target ID number, Iron Discrim number to make things easier to see in the daylight and at night.
More Control Buttons • That are all easily accessible with a single finger as you swing away with the AT MAX.
Manually Adjustable User Threshold • AT MAX users can now manually adjust the audio threshold (the constant background sound or “hum”) to better hear faint targets that would be missed by other metal detectors.
Click here to see the key differences between the Garrett AT Pro and Garrett AT Gold
Check out the all new Garrett AT MAX Metal Detector with all the features we are asking for in one machine!
Comes with New Garrett MS-3TM Z-Lynk Wireless Headphones included. NO MORE WIRES! True All metal Mode. New Backlight, More detection depth, larger display and much more!
Be sure to call us at 405-206-9010 or email us at Bart@bigboyshobbies.net to reserve yours. The Garrett AT MAX will be a very limited supply and extremely popular!
Expected in late June or July 2017.
Finding treasure while metal detecting is great, but getting it home and cleaning it up can be even better. You must take great care when cleaning gold, silver and other precious metals, especially older pieces that may have been buried for many years. follow these tips to best care for and clean up your newly aquired metal detecting finds!Important note, check the date of your coins before moving forward with cleaning, the last thing you want to do is potentially damage a valuable date incorrectly cleaning a rare coin.- Dipping: This is the best method for cleaning gold and silver, without using any abrasion. Fill a small glass or jar with an ammonia solution and let your find soak for a short period (a minute or two to begin) and wipe clean gently with a cotton cloth, repeat the process as necessary.- Soapy hot water: most finds that don't have much history (like modern coins and trinkets) can be cleaned with a standard washing up detergent and a gentle scrub with a sponge. Be careful not to scrub too hard though, especially jewelry with set stones as they can become loose.- Take your time: Probably the most important tip is to take your time while cleaning anything that may be valuable. These relics and old coins have survived many years buried in the earth, over cleaning and polishing may actually heavily devalue your find. Do research before committing to cleaning and polishing!
Pricing is out on the new XP DEUS 9" Round Waterproof DD High Frequency Search Coil!
No availability yet but keep checking our website for updates!
Buying used metal detectors and equipment can sometimes be the best option for this hobby. Enthusiasts often upgrade to keep ahead of the curve with metal detecting technology and they sometimes make for unwanted gifts so deals can be had if you shop smart.
Your best option for buying used metal detectors and equipment will always be to try and buy through a reputable metal detector dealer. We stock used and factory refurbished machines but they tend to sell very fast. Buying from a reputable dealer means you can rest assured the machine has been properly tested and is fit for resale.
When buying a used metal detector from other sources, like local ads, craigslist and Facebook marketplace, Ask the seller about the warranty registration, is it transferable, where was it purchased and do the manufactures have their own warranty transfer rules? Make sure to test the equipment before handing over any money. It's a good idea to bring some different type of metals with you so you can make sure the tones and signals are accurate, some old jewelry, aluminum can, scrap metals, whatever you may have lying around. To test, simply lay the metal detector on a table or flat surface and wave the different metals in front of the coil.
Also, when making big purchases through online ads make sure to meet in a safe, public place with lots of people around. Starbucks is a great example.
Try and buy equipment with boxes. this drastically changes the resale value if you decide to sell your used equipment. a lot of manufacturers of modern metal detectors now print serial numbers and other important information directly onto the box so its good to have and put away somewhere safe.
Have any more tips about buying used metal detectors? let us know in the comments below!
Beach metal detecting can by far be the most profitable and most fun for the detectorist. Not to mention the easiest to dig! ha ha Gold rings add up quick with todays gold prices! Most often a couple found rings can pay for you detector or come real close to it. If your like me the exercise is an added bonus! The beach view is not bad either!
Serious beach detectors come in two main groups but really any machine will work but just not as good as the first two. Especially in dry sand.
Group 1 is not my favorite do to the excessive digging for bobby pins at 12" that sound like good targets. PI machine or Pulse Induction like the Garrett Sea Hunter, Garrett Infinium and Whites Dual Field Surf Master are very deep and sensitive machine but all lack good discrimination. That is just par for the course on PI machines. As I said you wate a good amount of time digging bad targets when you could be on to your next good target if the machine could tell the difference. PI machines are not BAD per say because you do get more depth and sensitivity but pay for it in lack of discrimination. Still many people prefer to the dig them all mentality and love the PI machines. Not me...
Group 2 are the multifrequency VLF machines like the Minelab Excalibur II, Fisher CZ-21 and Minelab CTX 3030. The discrimination is MUCH improved on these metal detectors but you do lose a bit of depth and sensitivity. You get payed back by being able to skip over obviously bad targets so you can move on to the next gold ring hopefully! They do a MUCH better job hearing iron targets and properly identifying them. Although no machine is perfect on this they are much better than most. the multifrequency helps penetrate the high mineral content in the salt water and properly ID your next gold pendant! haha
Other good single frequency machines like the Garrett AT Pro and Whites MX Sport are waterproof to 10 feet and do a great job in the dry sand and sometimes even the damp sand can be used as well. When you get in the surf they often become very erratic and you have to turn sensitivity way down to compensate. Nulling out any chance at deeper targets. Both companies claim these machines to work in the salt and they do but just not very well. Dry sand they are great! Wet sand not so well. In the actual surf?... ehhhh Now fresh water they are AMAZING! Go jump in any pond or creek and go to town!
As always if you have any questions or looking for a better deal call or email us. We would be glad to work with you and get you set up correctly to find the next lost pirates chest full of gold coins!
Bart at BigBoysHobbies.net
Check out Steve Moore's field test of the brand new Garrett Z-Lynk Wireless System thats coming soon to Big Boys Hobbies Metal Detectors! The new wireless system is designed to work with any brand / model of headphones with a compatible 1/4" Jack. The new Garrett Z-Lynk will revolutionize metal detecting and bring about a new age of truly wireless metal detecting at an affordable price!
Feel free to click the link to learn more about the Z-Lynk http://www.bigboyshobbies.net/garrett-z-lynk-wireless-system
Are you an urban detector? hitting up the parks and sports fields and schools? Looking for a bit more history but don't know where to start? Here's our top tips for finding new spots to metal detect!1. Check out historical maps. there are many free resources online that have databases of old maps dating back hundreds of years, if your hunting for history, you can gather a lot of insights using these free services. Old schools, churches and battlefields often yield amazing results for historical finds while metal detecting!2. Advertise on craigslist! A lot of private property owners would love the chance of someone who wants to politely and respectful metal detect on their land. You can offer to split the haul, clear any trash and give the owner any insights as to what was on the land before they purchased it.3. Good old fashion door to door. If you've had your eye on a certain area that's privately owned, don't be afraid to approach the owner and ask permission, what's the worst that can happen! Once you get a property get to know their neighbors as well. Example, I detected the Jones’s house on the corner and wondered if I might be able to check your yard as well?4. BLM / public land. Another great option is publicly owned land. Be very careful and check with local, state and federal laws before digging but a lot of public land is available to detect on, many resources for researching BLM / Public lands are available online for free.Do you have any other good tips for finding new spots to metal detect on? feel free to leave us a comment below and let us know!