Sunday, March 22, 2009

Garrett Metal Detectors

Here is a write up on Garrett Metal Detectors, who they are and what their products are. Well worth reading before you decide to buy a Garret gold metal detector.

In any purchase of a gold metal detector it is always a good idea to know as much about the metal detector and its manufacturer before you buy.

Who are Garrett Metal Detectors
Garrett Metal Detectors was first established in April 1964 and the website was launched in 1998 as

Garrett Metal Detectors was started up by Charles Garrett, current President and Chief Executive Officer, and his wife, Eleanor Garrett who is the Executive Vice President. Since they started in the garage of their home over 40 years ago Garrett Metal Detectors has expanded to be one of the prominent metal detector manufacturers in the home, security and countermine areas.

In 1968, understanding the tremendous value of a distributor network, Garrett begins placing ads to set up dealerships across the country and quickly established distributors around the country.

In the same year, Garrett becomes the first manufacturer to eliminate oscillator drift. He also designs and patents his revolutionary, independently-operated search coils which greatly improve treasure hunting efficiency and was the first to overcome searchcoil drift by inventing (and patenting) a special coaxial searchcoil winding technique.

These discoveries launch Garrett to the forefront of the industry. Many of his competitors close their doors or later acquiesce that the Zero Drift Revolution, as it is now called, changed the metal detection industry forever.

In 1971 Garrett Metal Detectors moves into a new 15,000 square foot facility and begins increasing production of its more sophisticated products and produced the first low cost metal detector - The Mini Hunter. This was followed up in 1973 with the first TR (Transmitter-Receiver) metal detector.

Later, in 1974 Garrett begins worldwide distribution of the, now famous, Gravity Trap Gold Pan, designed and patented by Roy Lagal of Lewiston, Idaho. This gold pan continues to be the world’s most popular gold pan. Garrett then introduced the original GroundHog VLF/TR prospecting and general purpose detector.

In 1978 Garrett began to open international dealerships and now has dealerships around the world including Australia and the UK.

By the mid 1980s Garrett Metal Detectors had become one of the largest metal detector manufacturers with over 1,800 distributors worldwide. Garrett Also introduced the Sea Hunter, an underwater pulse induction metal detector.

Garrett has also supplied security metal detectors for various Olympic games including Korea, Sydney Australia and Salt Lake city and has been named the official security metal detector supplier for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada.

Garrett Metal Detectors ISO 9001:2000 Certified & Warranty

Garrett Metal Detectors has achieved certification as an ISO 9001:2000 company.

In order to pass the certification audit, every member of Garrett’s management, manufacturing and office staff worked to raise the quality level to ISO standard.

Acknowledged worldwide for the highest standard in quality, ISO 9001 Certification is a guarantee to anyone, anywhere in the world that Garrett metal detectors come from a quality managed organization. This certification is an indication that Garrett has met stringent guidelines with regard to product design processes, manufacturing procedures, distribution systems and customer service methods for all products and services provided and that every detector sold from one of Garrett’s authorized dealers, located in 120 countries across the globe, arrived from the Garland factory in perfect condition.

Garrett Electronics, Inc. ("Garrett") also warrants that each piece of detection equipment manufactured by Garrett is protected by a limited parts and labor warranty for a period of 24 months from the date of purchase, with the following exception: the Sea Hunter Mk II, which is covered for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase.

During this 24-month period Garrett state they will inspect and evaluate all equipment returned to its authorized repair station or factory to determine if the equipment meets Garrett's performance specifications. Garrett will repair or replace at no charge to the owner all parts determined faulty. This Warranty does not cover batteries nor any and all failures caused by abuse, tampering, theft, failure due to the weather, battery acid or other contaminants and equipment repairs made by an unauthorized party.

Garrett Metal Detectors

Garrett have a number of metal detectors. Here is a list of them.
ACE Series Detectors
ACE 150
ACE 250
Graphic Target Imaging Detectors
GTI 2500
GTI 1500
Specialty Detectors
Sea Hunter Mark II
Infinium LS
Scorpion Gold Stinger
Mid-Range Detectors
GTAx 550
GTP 1350
Master Hunter CX Plus
Prices range from as low as 150 dollars up to well over a thousand. You can, with a bit of searching buy them for under the listed retail price. Here is a write up of three selected metal detectors from the Garrett range of metal detectors.

Garrett GTI 2500 Pro with Treasure Hound Eagle Eye Metal Detector
This is one of the latest models with all the bells and whistles.
Enhanced Power Master Circuitry
LCD Graphic Target Imaging/Treasure Vision - Size and Depth Matrix
LCD Graphic Target Analyzer, 24 Notch Discrimination
Sharp Audio Target Response
Target Size Data, Ramrod Stem Design with Armrest
Hip mounting of Battery Pack
Waterproof Elastomeric Membrane Touch pads
Imaging Search coil Series
Interchangeable Search coils
Optional Pinpointing - Non-Motion
True Coin Depth Reading

Menu Selections:
6 Operating Modes
Non-Motion/All Metal
Coin, Jewelry
Relics, Zero
Sensitivity Adjustment
Threshold Adjustment
Tone Adjustment
Volume Adjustment
Manual Ground Balance
8 Detection Frequencies
Surface Elimination, and Search Image

Search Aids:
One Touch Operation
Last Target Recall
Last Mode Recall
Audio Mode Selection, and
Salt Elimination

Fiber Optic Back Light
Auto Ground Balance
Fast Track Ground Balance
Auto Threshold Retuning and Manual Threshold Adjustment Factory Reset LCD Battery Conditioner Indicator - 5 Levels
The unit uses 8 AA Batteries and has an operating weightof 4 lb., 10 oz. It comes with a 2 Year Warranty and Instructional Video.

Factory Accessories Include: 12.5 Inch GTI Imaging Coil, Garrett Master Sound™ Headphones, GTI 2500 Rain and Dust Cover, Garrett Guide: Lost Treasure, Garrett Supreme Carrying Case. Total Value $394.80

Retail price $1,729.75 plus 394.80 equals 2124.55 USD.

Garrett ACE 250 Graphic Target ID
A less expensive metal detector but still very comprehensive in its Features:
Graphic Target ID Cursor (12 Segments)
Discrimination: Accept/Reject Notch
Electronic Pinpoint
Sensitivity, Depth Adjustment (8 Settings)
Coin Depth Indicator
Headphone Jack
Interchangeable Ace Series Search coils
Large LCD Display
Microprocessor Controlled
Push Button Controls
Clear Speaker Tone
Tone ID (3 Levels)
Touch-n-Go Operation

Search Modes:
All Metal

Length: 42" to 51" Adjustable
Weight: 2.7 lbs (1.2 kgs)
Frequency: 6.5 kHz
4-AA battery operation (batteries are included)
2 Year Warranty
Garrett ACE 250 Deluxe Sports Package Metal Detector with 6.5 x 9" PROformance Coil and 9x12" Rhino PROformance Coil list Price is $349.95 Plus $248.65 in Free Detector Accessories. Total Value $598.60

Infinium LS
The Infinium LS (Land & Sea) is a new direction for Garrett and treasure hunters all over the world. it was designed to find nuggets, coins, caches, and relics virtually anywhere in the world including depths of up to 200 feet under water.

The Infinium LS has variable speed ground tracking, multi-channel pulse induction technology, advanced discrimination, Tone ID for enhanced target information, a fully submersible, all-environment design and interference elimination without reduced sensitivity.
96 Operating Frequencies.
Convergence of technologies including Garrett's exclusive new Advanced Pulse Induction (API).
Easy operation with just three controls.
Discrimination Dial provides all-metal detecting or varying degrees of discrimination.
Tone ID helps identify targets via distinct audio tones.
Enhanced discrimination to eliminate unwanted targets.
Reverse discrimination capability assists in identifying most iron.
Adjustable operating frequency minimizes electrical interference
Automatic Ground Track with lock, slow, and fast settings to master changing soil conditions.
Audio Threshold adjustment ensures clear interpretation of all target signals.
Rugged go-anywhere design and stable, quiet performance.
Lightweight, power-saving design uses eight AA batteries.
Choice of four different control housing configurations.
Complete line of new Infinium LS search coils: 10" x 14" Power DD, 10" x 14" Mono; 8" Mono.

Circuit type Advanced Pulse Induction technology, automatic cancellation of salt/ground mineralization
Frequency 730 pulses per second.
Submersion depth Up to 200 feet (65 meters) or seven atmospheres.
Buoyancy Near neutral.
Batteries Eight AA
Battery life Approximately 10-15 hours.
Control housing weight 31 oz.
Headphones 16 oz. Non-Submersible
The Infinium LS Multiple Frequency Metal Detector with 10" x 14" "DD" Searchcoil retails at $1,250.00 - Plus $488.54 in Free and optional metal detector accessories.

Last Word on Garrett Metal Detectors
Garrett are also a manufacturer of security devices such as you see at airports and secure building including the type you walk through and hand held devices which those security guys run down your clothing. They also manufacture A detector called the RECON_PRO® AML 100 which is designed to operate under all conditions for the search and location of landmines. This detector is set up for immediate deployment and no assembly is required for speed and instant use requirements.

Garrett have established themselves as one of the leading metal detector manufacturers. An ISO ranking and a 12 to 24 month warranty will ensure that buying a Garrett Metal Detector will provide many happy hours of gold and silver hunting.

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