Today I have another question from a man named Frank. He is considering retirement and wants to get into metal detecting as a hobby – great move if you ask me! His question, and my answer, are below.
Hi. I found your website with a search on Google. I’ve never owned a metal detector, but I’m considering retirement in the next year in south Florida on the east coast and I’m considering taking up the hobby while walking the beach.
That said, I typically don’t get into anything at a beginner-quality level. My life motto has been go big or go home.
As a newbie, would I be an idiot to buy the Garrett ATX?
There may be a time that I walk through mountain trails looking for Civil War relics or gold nuggets, but I envision using this device mostly for searching for gold and silver jewelry and coins on the beaches in a saltwater environment.
I’m an engineer, so I’m sort of used to figuring gadgets out with trial and error or videos.
I’d like to hear your thoughts. The $2k is not an issue. It’s more about whether the device would be too difficult to learn as a newbie and whether it’s the best tool for finding coins & jewelry.
Thanks a bunch!
Thanks for contacting me.
I personally really like the ATX for the price and the ability to find precious metals. Although it is very expensive for a first timer.
The beauty of the Garrett machines is that they are all really user friendly, so even a novice should have no issues picking up the ATX and getting started.
In terms of finding gold, silver, coins and jewelry – the ATX is pretty much second to none within the Garrett range. I’ve recently bought an ATX and it really is a great machine, although to be fair, the Minelab GPX does outperform it on land (not waterproof though).
My only concern would be that you are brand new to treasure hunting and you are going to jump straight into arguably the 2nd best detector on the market today. You may not like it and will be wasting $2,000+, that’s not small change. If you do change your mind about the money, try looking into the Garrett AT Pro, it’s also very good, but a lot cheaper.
Update 2020: We’ve also recently pulled together an extensive piece showing the top 40 metal detectors for various activities – this is what you are looking for if you need help finding the right fit.
If you do end up buying it, I hope you will enjoy it – it really is something special.