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Tough decision to make
Posted by: buckyt418
Date: July 24, 2018 09:17PM
I am a beginner, live in Palm Beach, Florida area. I am torn what unit to purchase. I plan on doing mostly beach and shallow water digging. I was looking at the Garrett Sea Hunter II and AT Pro. I understand the difference between PI and VLF. I also want a unit that I can use on land. My concern with the AT Pro is ground balancing the unit for salt water, that's a little confusing to me.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. (Edit) Use classifieds to buy.

Re: Tough decision to make
Posted by: controlfreq
Date: July 24, 2018 11:02PM
Are you going to SCUBA with it? Just curious. If not, then read up on the ATX; it's a little bit more expensive than the SHII (Sea Hunter II) but it looks really good from the reviews I read. If considering the SHII, I would also look at a used Infinium. They are out of production but a dandy machine although probably not so much for a beginner. Don't remember a lot about it but did choose the Infinium LS (ILS) over the SHII when I was getting a PI a few years back. The ILS seemed more versatile although has a steep learning curve.

The other one would be the AT Max. Again, I've only read the reviews but it looks pretty good on paper and has a few extra better features from the ATP. I have an ATP and like it (and would like to have the ATM, just can't justify it right now.) With the ATM being the new and improved AT, I can only wonder... there's a bit of discussion about it on the AT forum.

If you are planning to SCUBA with it, then your only choice between the two is SHII. The ATP is only good to 10 feet or so. Basically it's dunk proof if you trip and drop it in shallow water. Easy to clean up too.

Hope I didn't confuse you more...

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Re: Tough decision to make
Posted by: ewtaylor
Date: July 25, 2018 07:15AM
The At Pro has a tough time in salt, but still usable. Supposedly the At Max is a bit better. I owned a Garrett Infinium, loved it. Recently sold it to pay some bills and I'm hoping to buy another one in the future.

I would look for a USED AT Pro, AT Gold, or AT Max since you are a beginner. The Infinium has dual tone to help identify items a little better than the SHII. PI machines are good for diving but not so much on tourist beaches as they pick up the slightest bit of metal.

Good luck

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