The Garrett ATX is one of Garrett’s top of the line detectors that makes metal detecting in even the most harshest of environments and extreme conditions possible.
The ATX is an advanced pulse induction detector designed with the gold prospector and relic hunter in mind. It can tackle the most challenging environments that are faced by prospectors and relic hunters.
The Garrett ATX, with it’s advanced Pulse technology and 20″ deep seeker coil can reach incredible depths in very highly mineralized soils not seen by most conventional metal detectors .
Like the other AT line of detectors and products the Garrett ATX is fully submersible in water up to 10 feet and even folds up into a small travel bag for easy transportation to and from hunting site.
The Garrett ATX is also packed with a ton of options and features that will improve your productivity, enjoyment and will take your metal detecting experience to the next level.
Garrett ATX Metal Detector Overview
Weight: 6.9 lbs
Length: 20″ – 68″
MSRP (Basic): $2495 USD
(DeepSeeker) $2995 USD
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Garrett ATX Features
The Garrett ATX is loaded with features that not only make it easier to locate treasure but increases your ability to find treasures that were once nearly impossible to find due to the extreme conditions of the soil or area. Here are the feature of the Garrett ATX metal detector.
Automatic Ground Tracking
When hunting in extremely mineralized soils, or in harsh conditions where the terrain is constantly changing, ground balancing is a must to ensure your detector is not picking up the minerals in the ground.
The Garrett ATX auto ground tracking feature constantly monitors the soil and automatically adjusts itself to account for the changes in the soil you hunt in. This way you can focus on finding treasure instead of constantly adjusting your detector to the ever changing ground minerals.
Note: (Most useful in extremely mineralized or hot rock infested ground. Otherwise not usually needed)
Fast Track Ground Balance
An easy function to quickly and accurately ground balance your ATX to the current soil conditions you are hunting in.
Allows you to check to see if the target you have found is iron or not. This is incredibly helpful with a PI based detector as it does not have the type of discrimination available to a VLF detector.
True All-Metal mode
The Garrett ATX has a true all metal mode which offers you the deepest detection and sensitivity on even the smallest of gold nuggets. This mode will give you the edge you need out in the gold fields.
Adjusting the threshold sound of the Garrett ATX will allow you to better hear those good faint deep signals.
Multi-Frequency Pulse Induction
The Garrett ATX generates a pulse at different frequencies to better penetrate and overcome harsh mineralization and salt content in the soil that you’re hunting.
The ATX has electronic pinpointing so that you can pinpoint exactly where your target is. This will speed up the process of finding and recovering your target thus allowing more time to find more targets.
Waterproof to 10 Feet
You can literally hunt with the ATX anywhere with its ability to withstand water up to 10 feet deep. This makes it extremely convenient for use in rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, mines and more.
Motion/Non Motion Modes
This allows the detector to scan the ground and receive signals while either in motion or not.
Motion Mode Pros:
- Increased Stability
- Threshold adjusted automatically
- Suppresses unwanted ground signals
Motion Mode Cons:
- Loss of Depth
Non Motion Mode Pros:
- Increased Depth
- Easier to Isolate targets
Non Motion Mode Cons:
- Less stable
- Frequent re-tuning
- More susceptible to ground mineral variations
Equal Target Detection
The Garrett ATX allows for maximum detection on all target type at one time. There is no need for adjustments or mode changes to increase sensitivity to one type of target over another.
The ATX metal detector can easily and quickly be folded up into a convenient size for transporting to and from detecting sites. This makes carrying it on a plane or in your vehicle a lot less cumbersome.
This feature allows the detector to make small detection frequency changes should you be detecting in an area where RF interference becomes an issue.
How to Use Garrett ATX Pinpointing Feature
The pinpointing feature on the Garrett ATX is incredibly easy to use and will help you to narrow down exactly where your target is in the ground before you dig it. This will allow smaller more discrete holes, faster target recovery, and a lot less effort on your part.
In order to use the ATX pinpoint feature follow the steps below:
Step 1: After receiving a signal for a target, place the coil beside the suspected location of the target.
Step 2: Press the “Pinpoint” button on the ATX metal detector control box.
Step 3: Move coil side to side and front to back to locate where on the ground you get the highest peak signal. (most LED’s lit up and loudest audio)
Step 4: Take note of the spot on the ground and begin recovering the target.
For a visual representation of these steps you can go to Garrett’s ATX Manual
ATX Controls Explained
The above picture (From Garrett ATX Manual) shows what the controls on the ATX look like. Each of these lettered controls are explained below to give you a better understanding of how they work.
A. On/Off Switch
(Not shown in picture) This powers on and off the Garrett ATX. It is located on the rear of the control box to the bottom left if looking straight at it.
B. Headphone Connector
(Not shown in picture) This connection socket is for Garrett headphones. A Garrett Headphones Adapter for regular headphones can be purchased.
C. Power On Indicator
This is the LED that shows when the Garrett ATX metal detector is powered on. This LED will be green and will blink if ground track is currently on.
D. Signal Strength Indicator
These LED’s 1 to 13 show the strength of the target signal that you are detecting. Used when pinpointing to mark the strongest point of the target. These LED’s are also used to indicate setting values on the Garrett ATX as well.
E. Low Battery Indicator
The Garrett ATX has a low battery indicator, as well as some audio alerts to alert you when your batteries need replacing. Upon powering the ATX up you should hear a series of beeps that indicate the strength of your batteries.
4 Beeps – Full Charge
3 Beeps – 75% Charge
2 Beeps – 50% Charge
1 Beep + flashing light – Low Battery, should be replaced.
If you power on the ATX and receive no beeps at all you will need to verify that the batteries were installed correctly.
F. Threshold Adjustment
The threshold is the amount of background noise that the Garrett ATX will give off. The volume of the threshold noise is adjusted using the + and – buttons.
G. Frequency Scan/ Iron Check
This ATX control serves 2 functions:
- Pressing the button allows you to cycle through different frequencies in order to find the one that caused the detector to function properly when around RF interference.
- Holding the button down will allow you to check to see if the target is iron. If the target is iron you should receive a low grunt type tone.
This button serves 2 purposes:
- A quick press will allow you to re-tune the ATX to cancel out unwanted signal or in case the detector begins behaving erratically.
- A hold down of the button will start the pinpointing function.
H + A =Factory Reset
In order to reset your Garrett ATX back to the settings that came from the factory, you press and hold the PinPoint button while turning the detector ON.
I. Sensitivity Adjustment
The sensitivity is what determines how small of a signal your detector is able to pick up. Using these buttons you can increase or decrease the sensitivity. The goal is to get as high as possible without the detector chattering.
J. Shift Button
This button allows you to access the “Secondary” controls of the ATX. In the secondary controls area you will be able to set:
- Large Object Volume
- Ground Tracking
- Ground Balancing
- Non-Motion/Motion mode
Garrett ATX Videos
Garrett ATX: Black Sand Beach Tips for Success
A short video featuring the power of the Garret ATX on an extremely mineralized black sand beach. Some great tips and tricks in this video to help you with your detecting hunts.
Garrett ATX Instructional Video 1
This is the official instructional video from Garrett on the use of the ATX. This is a great video that will give you all the information you need to start effectively using the Garrett ATX
Garrett ATX Instructional Video 2
The second part of the official instructional video for the Garrett ATX.
Garrett ATX vs Minelab GPX 5000 – The Definitive Test
A comparison of the minelab GPX 5000 and the Garrett ATX on fine gold. This is literally a $5700 detector vs a $2500 and the ATX holds its own.
Garrett ATX Tips and Tricks
The Garrett ATX is super sensitive and therefore you will need to be mindful of any jewelry, buckles, shovel, pick axe or any other type of metal that you are carrying or is being worn when using this detector.
The Coil on the Garrett ATX can be angled and locked into position to make it easier for searching embankments, walls and other areas that are perpendicular to the ground.
Clean Detector Before Collapsing
It is important that you clean the ATX detector from any dirt/sand before collapsing it and storing it away. This will help to ensure the continued smooth operation without scratches, gouges or any other type of wear.
The Garrett ATX is seriously one of the best PI detectors that is available on the market today.
With it’s advanced PI technology, coupled with it’s ability to see iron and hunt in extremely mineralized ground the Garrett ATX makes the perfect metal detector for those who are looking for a rugged, detector they can use on land and in water who want maximum depth on small targets.