I have been detecting with this detector for quite a while, and in different conditions, and, I believe that i know it very well now, so now I want to share my opinions about this device with you.
Firstly, I want to definitely recommend this to all beginners – it is very simple and reliable, its large and easily with a readable display, you can easily see and understand all the information that it will show you about the detected target. Personally, I look only at the VDI number, and if it is unstable, then the display will show a small iron icon – Fe with a scale that accurately shows if the target contains iron or not. Typically, these signals are, for example, from old metal hinges or some parts from a tractor.
Secondly, A big plus of this device is its all-weather ability. I have detected with it in heavy rain and light snow. It seems to be a small thing but quite often when you go digging, you realize that these little things make your trip more comfortable and will allow you to focus on the detecting itself.
Once again, we note that this detector is very comfortable: simple menu that even a child will understand, very good volume control for those who walk on the dynamics, back-lighting for those who detects at night. By the way: with this back-lighting the detector quickly runs out of battery, so use it only when it is absolutely necessary!
Third, it gives the opportunity to go with the maximum sensitivity in a variety of challenging environments, such as grass or close to power lines. Often you get false signals when you detect close to power lines, but there may be finds there as well which you will miss!
I also like the sound it gives. Who has gone detecting with the ACE 250 for example, knows that detecting a bit with the mode “all metal” on a heavy littered site is not too fun, but with the Fisher F44 I can easily detect for 4 -5 hours in the “all metal “. In this mode I can quickly understand what is under my coil.
An interesting feature is “ground balance,” I use it about once every half hour, it seems to me that the detector runs more stable and accurately detects targets after i balance it.
I would also like to note that the Fisher F44 Metal Detector distinguishes close objects very nice, and it perfectly locates a small coin from a number of underlying iron parts. By the way, by the sound the pinpointer gives, which, of course, there is in this device, one can easily determine what is beneath the coil – a coin or a large object: when a large object is detected, it will be more blurred.
I’ll tell you a bit about the power. It feeds on two AA batteries. When I bought the device, I thought i would save much money, but the reality was different, because when you lose the first bar of battery on the indicator it starts working worse. So I change the batteries very often -i get around 15 hours of detecting with headphones and, of course, without back-lighting.
So, you ask, after reading this article, if it is such a beautiful detector with the same functions as the professional detectors and a good price, why would you buy the expensive Deus or the F75 from Fisher? My opinion is that the professional detectors have a much higher depth of detection. I had a test measurement in the ground – a copper coin my Fisher detected at 15-17 cm, and this despite the fact that the coin is ideally lying flat under the coil, and this is a fairly large piece of pure copper. I have found small coins of bronze and copper with this detector, but they were almost on the surface. But if i get a bigger coil i may get an increase in depth.
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