Owners of Garrett AT Pro International and AT Gold metal detectors who want increased ground coverage per sweep, are up a creek without a paddle because Garrett don’t make anything bigger than their 8.5″ x 11″ PROformance DD coil – an already impressive performer – for the AT range.
Fear not, help is on hand. Here in the UK, Regton Ltd, our biggest and most comprehensive retailer of metal detecting equipment is the agent for ‘after-market’ NEL coils specially designed to complement most major manufacturers’ machines and Garrett is no exception.
NEL coils are factory tuned to the operating frequency of particular machines thus enhancing their depth and performance capabilities. On the AT Pro International that’s 15 kHz and 18 kHz on the AT Gold.
The 12” x13” Tornado model is real asset; a Double ‘D’ configuration giving excellent target separation. Target pinpointing is spot on …immediately in front of where the detector’s lower stem bolts to the coil. The Tornado is good compromise between ground coverage, weight, depth, without significant loss on earing-sized targets. Owing to the increased coil diameter, keep the Tornado well away from trash-filled areas of beach, or junk-infested inland sites, where target masking will be a problem for the unwary. Nevertheless, the Tornado is ideal for hunting pasture land.
There’s little point in owning a well-built, top-performing machine such as an ATPro/ATGold, only to fit a flimsy, poorly designed ‘cheapo’ searchcoil. You’ll discover NEL build-quality is robust and attentively designed even down to positioning the cable plug on the coil so as not to have an acute angle that might lead to later problems. Priced at £129.95 post free (UK mainland), with a coil cover thrown in for good measure, the Tornado’s a bargain.
- Read more at the Malamute Saloon on Dick Stout’s, Stout Standards treasure blog.