Whites Classic 5 ID

Price: $450
Avg. Score: 3 stars 3.33
Based on 6 reviews

Avg. Durability: 4 stars4.00
Avg. Ease of use: 4 stars4.00
Maximum detection depth

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For the canadian

August 08, 2017
I have been detecting for just over a year and a half. I have been through the detectors from fisher to Tesoro to Garrett. I picked up a Classic5ID this spring. It is a great machine I have pulled pennies at 7 inches and it is the first detector that allows me to predict our Canadian coins.

My first Gold ring was found with this machine just 3 weeks ago. If you go slow and hunt in all metal ( the toggle lever pushed forward ) you will find the deeper targets. I will take the slightly less depth for the predictability of the Classic 5ID. There are a couple of larger coils avail the prizm 950 which I picked up adds a little depth and wider coverage. As these are older machines you can pick them up relatively cheap mine was $180 shipped from a member on a forum.

Depth on a coin Depth Max Depth: 7 inches on US quarter

Overall Rating 4 stars
Durability 4 stars
Ease of Use 4 stars
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!

Pull tabs for gold

September 06, 2010
I belive the classic 5 is a good detector for a person that is just starting out, I have found three gold rings, ten silver rings, twenty six hundred clad coins, one hundred wheat pennies, fiftheen silver coins.
By moving the coil back and forth and going slow you find more targets, and yes you do dig a lot of pull tags and junk, but some of the junk you dig are old toys ect.
Good luck and happy hunting.

Overall Rating 4 stars


OK - but not impressive

May 15, 2009
I have had the detector for about 4 years and the typical find is usually less than 4 inches deep. The detector has had a problem with locking-up - which can usually be cured by disconnecting and reconnecting the coil. I bought a PZ-950 coil hoping to cure the problem and get better depth. No real noticeable improvement. Upon dis-assembling the detector case, I found a few wires pinched between the inner and outer case. Repositioning the wires seems to have cured the problem. This detector is easy to use but lacks depth. You will find nothing in a well searched area whereas, for example, an MXT will find coins at greater depths. You can find better detectors for the same price.

Overall Rating 3 stars


Could use more bang for the buck

September 12, 2007
I'm pretty new to the detecting game and this is my second machine. I've been wanting to get my hands on a whites detector, but quite frankly I find them overpriced. The cheapest price I saw for a classic V was about $350. I was cruising ebay however and was able to stumble across a near new one for $250 from a no longer interested owner.

I've used it for a couple of months now. On the plus side, it has a nice quality fit and feel to it. The coil is light as well as the rest of the unit and I have no problem swinging this for hours. The volume is not adjustable but the setting is good-not too loud or too soft. The set up is easy and the instructions are simple to follow. The coil depth is pretty good. I've occasionally found coins up to a foot deep and the signal was very clear although a majority of my findings are in the typical 2 to 4 inch range. The display is pretty accurate in identifying the target. It shows pulltabs well and most junk will show as fluctuating blocks. On typical grass areas, I can max out the sensitivity with no problem. On a saltwater beach, it gets chirpy but lowering the sensitivity a few levels helps out alot.

On the negative side, there is no battery life meter which I find bewildering. The pinpointing signal is weak even when the target is fairly close to the surface, but it is accurate most of the time. It would have been a nice touch if a detector stand was included to keep the control box off the ground. The LCD display is small so keep that in mind if your eyesight is lacking. My biggest gripe is quite simply the price. For what it does, I can't picture buying one new for around $400.00.

Overall, I'm not bashing the machine but I'm not blown away by it. I'll likely hang on to it as a backup, but I look forward to upgrading in the future. If you're an upstart like me,you might want to consider getting a classic V, but shop around for a used one.

Overall Rating 3 stars



April 06, 2007

I have been detecting for awhile now with the classic 5. overall its ok for begginers but if you want a good all around machine, this is not the one. It does really good in places where there is not any trash. but take it out into the field and its a big chatter box, no matter how well you try to tune the disc. controll. the best set up for this machine is disc. Controll at around 9oclock and the sens. at max. this set up is all around best for coins and jewelrey. Ive found nothing but modern clad mith this machine, maybe its just my bad luck. but ive been to some places that should have produced some really good finds. Overall great machine to start out with to learn the basics. but you will soon want to update. The GARRET 1350 is a great choice. Hope this helps some of you out there.

Overall Rating 3 stars


Whites Classic ID 5

April 11, 2006
I bought this machine several years ago. The average depth of coins it finds is around 6 inches. So far my best finds are several old wheat pennies, a 1901 indian head penny and a 1942 walking liberty hlf dollar and a 1940 mercury dime.
However if u are looking for the old stuff i would suggest a minelab in the 600 to 700 dollar price range.

Overall Rating 3 stars


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