Fisher F-75Price: $1000
Based on 95 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.93
Avg. Ease of use: 4.47
This machine has it all!!!
John N from Vancouver Canada
F-75 vs T-2 vs Tejon vs DFX and MXT
I own a Tejon. I own around 20 detectors, including Minelabs. I own high-end Fishers, Tesoros, White's, Compasses, Bounty Hunters, etc. I have used the DFX's, MXT's, etc, etc, and have matched the operation of the newest Minelabs, White's, Bounty Hunters, Fishers, including the T-2 and the F-75 with top rate detector users operating them, all against each other. If you turn the sensitivity too high, or forget to ground-balance a detector it will make a lot of unnecessary noise and chattering. It will be unstable fighting all the changes in the ground conditions and the tiny bits of magnetite, hematite, and miniscule pieces of rusted iron and steel. The Tesoro is one of the noisiest ones on the market, MUCH noisier than an F-75 or a T-2, and especially when using it's bigger coils, as is the case with ALL detectors, regardless of their brand. I can't say much more for the MXT either. It also is subject to these problems. The DFX runs a bit smoother. It should, it was designed as a coin hunter and the MXT originally was a very sensitive nugget hunter.
The soil here is around 2X to 3Xthe iron content than is found in Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, etc., and at times I have to leave the Tejon in the truck because of this problem. It does the worst in high iron soil. It won't ground balance well enough in most of this soil and on the high salt, high magnetite beaches it is almost useless. The T-2 and the F-75 work just fine here though.
My old Compasses, Sovereign Elite, Explorers and Fishers balance the easiest of all, and they do not do much chirping either, unless I have the gain set too high or GB set wrong, or there is interference of some kind.. The F-75 and the T-2 balance just fine too and make little if any noise of adjusted correctly, but you can't run them full sensitivity in many places because they already have SO much gain built into the circuitry. The 60 cycles (120 v), 220, 440, etc voltages from powerlines or transformers will cause almost ANY detector to chatter unless it is an underpowered or cheaply made one, so just move somewhere else to detect and turn the sensitivity down. That should cure the problem in almost all cases. It works well with both the T-2 AND the F-75. The powerlines drive my Minelabs crazy!
I hope this helps the person from Georgia with his F-75 and T-2 operating and chattering problems.
Larry D Gressel from Sweet Home, Oregon
F75, not your father's detector.
Steel bottle caps are no problem for the F75, it id's them better than the T2. Running in DE mode and DP tone a bottle cap will sort of whine, where a quarter will be a solid beep.
I mentioned that the TID is not a steady lock as with some other machines and this is not alway's true. In good ground without to much iron the TID will lock right on and stay steady. In mineralized ground with a lot of iron the TID will jump around but... it will hover around the correct number. It may run a 10-12 digit range but it will keep hitting the correct TID. Once you learn how it act's this will be no problem. There are so many different ways to check a target that you will not dig as much trash as before. As far as the recovery time... forget it. Your brain cannot keep up with the detector. You can swing it as fast and you like and it will hit one every target in it's path and id them. It will not be as stable if you try to id a target using the Sovereign wiggle, you must use a wider swing. Even if there are other targets near your target.
I cannot stress this enough: If you are used to a Whites or a Minelab and you buy an F75, you are surely going to think that there is something wrong with your machine. The Minelabs run quiet the F75 does not! It's like driving a 1955 Buick for years and then buying a Ferrari. Both will get you where you are going but one is a big heavy smooth ride and the other is quick and fast.
If you buy an F75/T2 be willing to put your other detectors in the closet for a month or three and use only the F75/T2. That is the only way you are going to learn this machine well enough to really like it, if you are used to a slow and quiet detector.
I use, beside the T2 and F75, a Minelab SovereignGT, and a Tesoro Tejon. Both the GT and the Tejon are good machines but the F75 is better than either of them. In really heavy iron I sometimes like the Tejon w/5.75 coil best. In salt surf or in really clean ground the GT does well, but it is heavy.
Remember, an F75 in perfect working order is not a quiet machine. It will false. It will chatter. It will also signal on everything in the ground.
If you are coin hunting use either all metal, one tone or four tone because DP and 2h will give a low iron audio tone on a nickle in both DP and 2h.
I am very happy with my F75.
The F75 also has a static/non-motion all metal mode that run's very deep. You can use it for hunting artillary shells or for finding utilities like pipes or for cache hunting.
FT service is good. They replaced the coil, resoldered the wiring, and replaced he handle on my T2 and it is now like new. I hope I don't need service on my F75 but if I do I am certain it will be done to my satisfaction.
If you want a quiet detector, do not buy an F75. If you want the most powerful detector ever made.. buy it.
Julien from Cartersville, GA
John from FL
Deepest Detector out There
Pinpoint,Target ID, Discrimination,Ergonomics, Ease of use are all as good as it gets.
This is by far the most accurate deepest machine for the money...PERIOD. Yes... I've used them all. Sold them kept the F75
KC from Oregon
Easily Finds Coins.
David Harper from Dinwiddie, VA
Deeper than my ace
Loyd from Rancho cordova CA
Serious quaulity issues
Terry from Anytown, AT 55555
The more I use it the more I like it.
Sometimes I'll just clad hunt with it. DE mode, senstivity between 40-50 and 3 tone mode. Easy to tell coin from trash. Sometimes my nickel count will outdo my dime count. How often can a person say that? In the high trash spots I'll lower the sens another 10 points and use the notches to reduce how much audio I have to process. Works just as good as a 4" coil that way. Sometimes the bottle caps will get to me but most of them will either give a wide number variation or the deeper older ones will spike the FE meter. I can't say the steel bottle caps have really been a problem with my F-75 like they were with my T2.
In the iron sites, DE mode, 2+ tone, disc at 6 and just piddle around listening for that high tone. Use the pinpoint feature and see if you can seperate whats down there as well.
In the homesites/ghost towns, watch the FE meter. All those buried flattened cans and flat iron will give often give a high tone but the FE meter will give them away. When in doubt pull the pinpoint trigger and listen to that large response.
The hardest thing to learn about the F-75 is turning down the sensitivity setting. That and learning how to look at all the information displayed on the faceplate. But once you do, man, I am finding it to be a sweet machine.
The only draw back is the response speed will ruin you toward using some of the more traditionally engineered units.
I would have liked to see the notches go all the way into the high coin range.
I really like being able to choose if nickels will give a high tone or medium tone.
I rate it 5 stars.
( I also use the ExplorerII, Golden uMax and until just recently the DFX, Xterra 70, and CoinStike)
I am a Fisher shill :)
Mike Hillis from Albuquerque NM
Terry from Anywhere