Fisher F2Price: $200
Based on 47 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.25
Avg. Ease of use: 4.50
Bexleybee from Belvedere, Kent, England.
Very nice detector
I have a great place to detect. It is a turf area above the beach near a camping site. Many people sunbathe on this grass area and they drop lots of coins. The thing is that the main currency here in Sweden is 1 Krona. This coin is TID at 34-35 which is very close to pull tabs and bottle caps. So it gets boring after a while to dig a presumed 1 Kr, just to find a pulltab. (1 Krona is equivalent of 1/8 of a USD.) But on the other hand we have a fairly new coin that is worth 10 Kr. this will be a solid 62 on the TID. And there are almost no trash in that area on the TID. So I have found that I can go to this place and cherry pick all the 10 Kroner out of the grass. they are shallow and easy to find. Last time I was there I found 110 Kroner in less than 2 hours.
I can absolutely recommend you to get this cheap and great detector. It is better than the ACE 250 in many ways and I am glad that I bought it!
Lars Persson from Landskrona, Sweden
I know it doesn't go as deep as some of the expensive detectors but it will get coins at four inches or maybe a little more. The pinpointing is usually right on. Easy to use machine. I would recommend this machine to anyone. Good luck and happy hunting to all.
Joshua from Central california
Well it turns out the f2 is a decent detector for the money
Jo from La
I finally did something right
I bought the F2 with a coil package of three coils with an extra lower rod, Pinpointer(now I will not hunt without one)and a admittedly cheesy carry bag. I could not believe all this stuff, and a VID machine with Tone ID could sell for less than $300. Allot less!! I like to hunt Parks, School Yards, Play Grounds, and early home sights. After assembling the F2 I went straight to the local high school yard where school had just ended for the summer. I had the best detecting time of my life. I was so excited about using the F2 I forgot to read the Owners Manual. No problem. I discriminated out Iron, set the Sensitivity at Max. and went hunting.
The first thing I noticed was how fast the recovery speed was. I had never operated a detector that would hit a target, reset then hit another target so fast. It really helped when separating several targets that were under the coil at the same time. In about an hour of hunting, my shirt pocket was sagging from the weight of the coins so I took them out and counted. This may not sound like much to you who live in huge cities with schools that enroll 1,000 or more students. Our H/S class graduated 45 Seniors this year. All told, with an unusually high number of quarters and low number of pennies, the total was $3.76 Average depth was about two inches, with a few older clad coins coming up from four to five inches. I found out later this area had a shallow layer of dirt fill several years ago to more level the site. Now I am just itching to hunt a place where there are deep coins.
I know of an old Boy Scout Camp that I hope to hunt next week. By the way, I initially used the F2 with the standard 8" coil. Next I am going to use the 10" coil for the Scout Camp, and am looking forward to using the 4" coil on the Park Playground around the Steel Bars and Swings. Driving back home, I began to realize just how fun, functional, and easy the F2 was to operate. At no time did I ever have to stop and figure something out or did I have any concerns about getting tired swinging. Some of the machines I have had were heavy and not balanced well and after a short time I began to feel the pull on my shoulder or back. I am a couple months away from turning 70. Today I felt like a kid again.
Do I recommend the Fisher F2? For what I got, and for what I paid, I think I finally did something right.
Grumpy Grampa from Small Town Oregon
F2 metal detector
Jason from Uk
F2 metal detector
Robert mulverhill sr from Upstate ny
Hard to beat for the money........
R. Jones from Ky. USA
F2 excellent choice for starter machine
Don't let anyone fool you (like the reviews from Jo) it's plenty deep for a starter unit, and the build quality is perfectly fine. It's NOT an Explorer - but then it's only $199 too. For depth, I pulled a nickel at 7", and an Indian head (my 1st) at 6" with the 8" concentric. Haven't tried the 4" or the 10" yet. You can do a lot worse than the F2 - it's a very hard machine to beat for the price and performance level.
Steve from Ohio
Poor Detector No depth just fancy features
Big Jo from CA