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Avg. Ease of use:
Killer Relic Machine.
June 17, 2011
Owned mine for almost 15 years and would only sell it when a better and
deeper relic machine came along. Still waiting! Never had to replace
anything but the batteries. It goes DEEEEEEEEEEEEEP with the 10 inch coil.
And I love the second disc button. It really cuts out those square nails we
relic hunters love to hate. Fisher needs to bring this one back! I see them
on ebay once in a blue moon but they sell high.
It should be called the Chinaman!
March 12, 2011
The best detector fisher ever fielded period! That machine has found me
bullets a foot deep! I would crank that sensitivity up until that sucker
would sound like Aliens trying to contact me! With the dual discriminate it
just ate buttons and bullets! But like everything they do away with the
great stuff and you get Garbage!
All this high tech bells and whistle over priced GARBAGE! You know the
ones that cost $1000 or more Then if you want better depth they want
another $200-300 for another coil! Or after buying one they have a recall
on them. Or they add a $100 dollar coil too it. Call it a different model
and charge you $300 more for it. And the performance is the same or worse!
Just my thoughts on the new stuff.
March 09, 2011
I used to use the 1266 from a buddy of mine, well long story short he
carried to a shop to get it tuned and all but could not afford to get it
out so I went and got it and very pleased with it and yes it goes deep, I
dug a nice gilted flat button it was over a foot in the ground!!!!!!!!! It
has found cannonballs bullets buttons even took it out to va beach one day
and found a 1/4 karat diamond engaugment ring with it!!!!!!!
LEE JACKSON from
The 1266-X is the Best Relic Machine EVER Made.
July 01, 2008
I've had my 1266-X for 16 years straight, and it's still going
strong--never had to have a repair. These machines are seldom seen online
for sale used, even though they work for decades. That's because people
don't want to give them up. The machine goes incredibly deep for
relics--to be honest, this depth is probably only eclipsed (coil size-for
coil size) by the new Minelabs. The background "chatter" (which can be
annoying to the novice until he/she learns the machine)is Invaluable in
locating iron patches which indicate former occupation of a site. You
would have to take most detectors, and either hunt in "All-Metal Mode"
(which is annoying), or hope that you hit a signal other than iron in your
first pass through the patch (to let you know that the site was there!). With the 1266 (and '65), you can hear that background chatter of
discriminated iron--and still run the discrimination high enough to knock
out some of the small iron. I've dug CW bullets out of pastures in
Virginia with this machine at over a foot deep. And the sensitivity knob
(when soil conditions allow you to max it out)makes it almost like you're
hunting with a 22 inch coil when you have the 12 inch on. You can hear
good signals which are just out of reach of your sweep "almost" break
through the audio threshold and you'll know to zero-in and sweep directly
over them. The experienced user can also tell how big a target is, roughly
how deep it is, and what it is through thumbing the knobs as well as the
sound of the beep itself(an idea which was lost on the makers of many of
the newer computerized "ID" detectors). I'd challenge any of the comparably
priced "meter machines" to a head-to-head contest for accuracy in depth,
target ID, and target size Anyday.
Had mine for about 8 years
September 17, 2007
On the last review I learned something. I did not know the sensitivity
button pulled out. I have used it with a 10" head on max sens. (button in)
and found civil war bullets at 19". I know this sounds like a stretch. It
was in wet ground and no leaves. Rain washed areas. It will not find them
this deep with leaves in the way. I put it up in lew of a DMCIIba
Nautilus. I like the descrimination of the Nautilus better. However, it
takes a 15" head on the Nautilus to go that deep on a bullet in the same
conditions. I will have to break the fisher back out and find some shells
Cecil Morris from
Colonial Heights, Va
No hype, just deeeep!
July 05, 2007
The Fisher 1266X can get large coins at 12inches, as measured carefully by
a ruler. I've found a womens cosmetic case (2.5 inch diameter) at 14
inches. The 1266X still had a few inches in the tank. If you can get a
second-hand one at a fair price, do yourself a favor and get it.
I'm not selling mine.
Alex White from
Fisher 1266X ...A True Legend
June 21, 2007
The Fisher 1266X is very well known among veteren metal detectorists as one
of the deepest units ever made. One reason for this is the dual (push-pull)
sensitivity knob that works similar to a double stacked tuner. Push the
knob in and turn for regular sensitivity and pull out and turn for super
deep operation! You hardly ever see one of these used units for sale
because people keep them! Found gold rings at 8 inches deep in searched out