Fisher F2Price: $200
Based on 47 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.25
Avg. Ease of use: 4.50
The F2 made a believer out of me! But not on the first try.
I?ve owned my F2 for about 2 weeks now, and I must say, within the first hour of swinging, I started regretting I bought it! The multiple tone variations were going wild, the VDI was flipping back and forth, and the pinpointer wasn?t exactly pinpointing! This machine not only left me in utter disbelief, I was frustrated and pissed off that I had spent my money on this piece of crap.
I threw my hands up and decided to call it quits. While driving home angry and frustrated, I figured if I listed it on Ebay today, I should sell it by the end of next week. I powered up my computer and instead of going directly to Ebay, I checked some of the MD forums, in search of a plausible answer to my disappointing experience. I found some suggestions from other F2 owners, and decided to give it a shot. The outcome was much better. Here?s what I learned about having a successful hunt with the F2:
1. Turn down the sensitivity. (between 1 ? 3 bars)
2. Use the 4? coil in trashy areas, like parks, baseball fields, etc.
3. The F2?s multiple response is super fast, but you can make the machine mellow down by slowing your forward pace and shortening your swing arc.
4. Use the pinpointer sparingly. (swing over your target while closing the swing gap)
5. Don?t pay so much attention to the VDI. They all lie. Focus on the sound!
6. Remember and respect the learning curve? (30 - 50hrs hands-on)
The next day, I took the F2 out behind a school yard and found a pair of old brass keys, a silver ring, and $3.10 in clad, during a two-hour swing. Of course, now the F2?s my new best friend.
My only dislike with the F2 is the slight pauses when pinpointing or resetting the notch discriminator. For some reason, my VDI pauses for about 5 seconds, and then it?s good to go.
Listen guys, I?m no expert. But these tips helped me to better understand the F2 and thereby appreciate the potential this MD has. Like all of you, I live to hunt. But let?s face it, you got to put in the required work. Thanks to all the Fisher F2 posters at Findmall.com. Happy hunting.
Hugh from Memphis - 10
An honest openion
West Coast Hunter from Portland Metro area
Junk at a Walmart price
DioMan from NE,Pa
Better than the Aces and White's Classics too
In the ground it got roughly the same depth as most middle-priced detectors, including the F-4. In fairly bad soil and on Oregon salt/high black sand beaches using a low level of discrimination, it matched the depth of an
a White's 6000 di Pro,
a Minelab Sovereign Elite Pro,
and Explorer SE.
It beat the Ace 250 and 150 by 1" to 2" in depth both inland and at the beaches. It also beat my White's Classic III by bout 1/2". It did not make all the noises the Aces did in high black sand soils. Of course, as many people already know, the Garrett Aces are not recommended by Garrett to be used for beach hunting, it even says this in their own charts.
A lack of manual ground balance did not cause it to get any less depth than it's big brother the F-4
Most detectors have trouble finding coins deeper than 5 inches inland and 6 inches on our beaches, and the F-2 and the other aforementioned were no different. There were other detectors that I tested against the above and they were the Compass Goldscanner and Relic & Coin, a Whites DFX, and my Fisher cz-70. These detectors only found coins 1/2" to 1" deeper than all the others.
One thing I didn't like about the F-2 and the F-4; Niether of them would find a BB sized nugget deeper than 2" in the air and even less than that in the ground. This however, was also true of the low-end White's, the Sovereign, and the 6000 di Pro.
Finally, the F-2 and F-4 unlike the Aces, the Sovs, and the Explorers, and the 6000 di Pro, AND the cz-70, would give a signal on ALL 5 pennies I placed on the ground in a row at 3 inches apart, no matter which way I checked, left, or right. Only the F-2 and F-4 and a Tejon and a Silver and Golden Saber could achieve this great target separation. The others couldn't quite cut it, and only gave one signal each way, never five like the Tesoros and F-2 and F-4 could.
Anonymous from Anytown, AT 55555
The F-2 Needs a LOT of Work!
I was asked to post my review again.
I had very high hopes for the F-2. I?ve been into this hobby since it?s earliest days and have since the 60?s been a user of Fisher detectors.
To cut to the chase, I found my F-2 to have very serious shortcomings.
1. Very poor depth ? 4 inches maximum on a wheat penny with zero discrimination and maximum sensitivity (w/8-inch coil).
2. Target ID is way off on buried coins. I got a 06 IRON reading on the wheat penny at 4 inches deep.
In air tests the machine ID's nearly perfectly so I know it's not defective.
After testing the machine I discovered it was not worth returning to the company and it was useless for my types of hunting. I traded my F-2 for another model Fisher detector.
So, maybe the F-4 or F-75 but definitely not the F-2.
MB from Michigan
Worst $100+ detector ever
Bob Smalley from Dover, Deleware
(We both own several different makes/models and are both familiar with using TID machines).
Posters on the forums were giving them great reviews as well, seemed like a no-brainer!
I fully expected it to shoot my 250 right out of the saddle!
I was soon to find, however, that this wouldn't be the case..
The first alarming issue was the fact that the stock 8" coil was a dud, dead in the water. Machine wouldn't power-up at all with the big coil. Worked just fine with the 4", however, and I had a spare 8" BH coil that worked just fine on the machine as well... time to do some hunting!
Second issue: the arm rest on my machine was mounted off-level. This resulted from the mounting holes being drilled off-plane. Mostly cosmetic, I could correct for this while hunting, still it doesn't speak too well for quality control.
Third issue: I quickly found that the coin-depth readout was not accurate at all. Coins were reading 1-2" deep in pinpoint mode when they were actually much deeper.
I tried it on targets in my test plot, all items buried 3-5" deep. It would indicate a depth of 2" on the deeper targets. My other machines with depth-indications are dead-on on reading depths on the same targets.
Fourth Issue: The VDI readout is so 'twitchy' and jumpy, that it is all but useless, especially on any target deeper than about 3"
Fifth Issue: Poor depth, In a nearby park, I have a dime buried at 5.5" deep in clean ground. The F2 couldn't hit the coin at all with the 4" coil. With the 8" coil it would hit it, but the audio ID would register like iron, and the visual displays would jump all over the scale without a good 'lock-in'.
Out of 11 different machines on my rack, this machine is the only one that wouldn't give-up a diggable coin signal on this dime. My 250 will hit it solid even with a 4.5" coil.
Fisher, to their credit, has sent me a replacement 8" coil. It works no better than the BH coil did, so I know that it's not an issue with the first coil I tested.
My hunting bud's observations mirrored mine, except that he didn't get a bad first coil and his armrest wasn't crooked.
Sad to report, but this new F2 is for sale as I can't see myself getting much hunting time in with it.
I have to give it 1 star... zero stars if that's allowed.
When my bud and I posted our observations about the F2 on a Fisher forum (we were not rude, this is a machine I tried very hard to like!) the moderator quickly deleted the string... sad.
I'm not a brand-loyal 'basher'... I own Garretts, White's, Tesoros, an Explorer etc. and use the heck out of them all.
My impression of the F2, I feel compelled to report, is not favorable at all.
Skillet from USA