Garrett ATX in Australia: A Professional Prospector’s Viewpoint.


Join with us for a couple of beers around the campfire with two Western Australian Professional Prospectors – Matt and Campbell, who now use the Garrett ATX as the primary pulse induction metal detector in their arsenal. Matt and Campbell explain their reasons for converting to the ATX, discussing such features as threshold stability in the highly mineralized W.A. goldfields, detecting W.A. salt lakes, EMR shielding and the usefulness of the Iron Check feature. This is Part 1 of a series of videos filmed entirely on location in the beautiful Eastern Goldfields of W.A.

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2 thoughts on “Garrett ATX in Australia: A Professional Prospector’s Viewpoint.

  1. Hi Warren and Colleen

    The good old ATX is really going full swing into making a name for itself. It deserves every bit of positive publicity it gets. Things are changing rapidly at the leading edge of PI technology, and it is so good to see the Garrett name right up there at the top where it belongs. Hopefully the engineering team at Garrett will keep it there, whatever direction detector technology takes next!

    I have been watching several of your recent videos over again (that’s something I do quite regularly). This fascinating activity we are involved with knows no bounds when it comes to the excitement we feel at the moment of a good discovery, it can be your own discovery or you can be watching someone else recover a find, and it is still exciting. It never fails to excite when a nice silver florin comes to light. Especially when they come out in excellent condition like the one Colleen found. I haven’t found one of those lovely big silver coins for a while now. Perhaps it’s time I tried some new hunting grounds. I noticed an old miner’s weight flash onscreen for a few moments in one of your videos. They are always an interesting find. I have added several of those to my own collection over the time I have been here in this area where I live. It is right in the middle of the Golden Triangle Goldfields, so that comes as no surprise. The weights range from 2dwt to a half ounce. Most of those I have found though are of the 5dwt variety.

    Up until exactly one week ago I hadn’t been out swinging detectors for just over 2 months. Instead I had been attending to some of the other things that tend to be forgotten and neglected when a large slice of time regularly goes into getting out on the treasure trail. But last Sunday I decided that this was definitely no way for a diehard treasure hunter/prospector to behave, and I was going to go back to my nugget patch without any further delay. So I did – and the ATX went with me!

    The hillside patch has been yielding small nuggets to my Garrett detectors since late 2009. The productive area is no more than about 3 acres in size. Over the time I have been working it I have (supposedly) pounded it to death – and that is not taking into account all the other folks who have hit the same area with detectors over the years. I have considered the possibility on several occasions that maybe it has yielded up all the gold I am going to get out of it. Yet the ATX has proved me wrong again. It seems that if there is any gold still to be found the ATX will find it! So, from a “dead” patch out came another little 1.2 gram nugget (depth was 8 to 9 inches). Despite the hot ground and power lines the ATX ran at full throttle without even a hint of difficulty. What a beast! Another obvious thing is that when using the ATX and Pro-Pointer together, the Pro-Pointer, as brilliant as it is in most of its applications, would do well to be turbo-charged (or its electronic equivalent) when working with the ATX. The tiny targets that the ATX blasts out such a powerful response to can very frequently prove elusive to the Pro-Pointer until it is almost in physical contact with the target, and some of them take quite a while to track down. I could go on and on about the things I am discovering about the ATX, such as the Iron Check feature and its ability to accurately ID non-ferrous targets through its tonal responses (similar to the Infinium’s reverse discrimination) just about as well as it does ferrous targets. It is no AT Gold or AT Pro when it comes to indicating good targets amongst heavy trash, but it’s probably far better at finding its way in trashy areas than any other PI in existence – much better than many may think. My trashy hillside patch gives me plenty of opportunity to test and verify that.

    Well, this is turning out to be another one of my long-winded posts. Some folks may struggle to find words, but I don’t know when to shut up when the subject is something I find interesting . . . however, it is time I signed off.

    Keep those Garretts swinging and that good old Defender rolling – what better weaponry could a treasure hunter hope for than a Land Rover Defender to take you to where the treasure lies and Garrett detectors to help you find it when you get there?

    David K.

    • Thats just great news that you are still getting gold from your spot David. We were able to get small gold directly under powerlines in WA where no detector had been before. The ATX is getting lots of gold in WA, but you won’t see that on the forums – the ATX users are too busy detecting and digging! We really appreciate the time you take to watch our videos and share your experiences mate – really enjoyed your post and wish you all the best – listen for those tiny ‘whispers’ on the hillside – might be a couple of ounces down deep! Happy Fossicking! Warren and Colleen.