Fisher F-70Price: $650
Based on 17 reviews
Avg. Durability: 3.00
Avg. Ease of use: 3.00
Ease of Use
Would you recommend this to a new user? No, not really.
John Anderson from Marysville, Wa
Take your time and learn your machine
The biggest problem I see people having with this machine is that they don't take time to learn what it will do and what it won't. This machine has a ton of power, to much for most people, they complain about it being noisy, well it is, if you turn it up all the way. I can't hardly find a place where I can max this machine out, but with that being said if you operate it in a reasonable manner it still goes very deep.
We have done air test on it and it seems to perform best around these settings: disc 4 sens 60-75 thres 0-1 Of course if your environment will let you go higher on the setting then do it, just don't blame the machine because it was engineered to have the ability to "hunt into the noise". Fisher designed it that way so you would have all the power you wanted available to you, then you could set up the machine however you wanted for your hunting style and soil.
I have been hunting for around 20 or more years and have used many different detectors and brands, and I will say this is my favorite detector I have ever owned. It is so versatile and capable of almost anything.
Max Depth: 12 inches on US quarter
Ease of Use
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!
Mike Davis from Sherman, Tx
Great for BEGINNERS !!!
Santiago from Macedonia
Machine gives excellent battery life, esp. w headphones. Comfortable, well-balanced, and lightweight. Large display. I have been detecting for 36 years, and have owned many machines. . . . this is my favorite. For the price point, a very hard machine to beat.
Stephen from Dayton, Ohio
My Settings (hope this helps)
Getting used to the F-70 has been quite a challenge for me and maybe so for others. So before anyone puts theirs on Ebay please read the following trains of thought.
The best place to start is double checking the F-70 against established benchmarks. In the 80's they called it, “Trust but Verify”. I looked up a chart (highly recommended) at metaldetectingworld.com that shows the conductive order of metals. Then I bench tested the F-70 with these very items. The F-70 results were VERY similar. So my machine is running correctly.
With confidence in the F-70 I kindly asked my wife to test any gold rings she my have. Eight of the ten read between 21-25. The two others were 28 & 29. Men's class rings are 58 by the way. I figure men's rings are so huge they would be hard to loose so I set about notching out everything except 16 though 25. Then set DISC to 20. So between the two I was only looking at 21-25 and anything above 65 (silver, dimes and quarters). This could also similarly done with other gold sections if you want to focus. You need to run very hot though.
Notch out everything but 15 though 25
Speed = dE
Sensitivity = 85 or up to 99
Threshold = 6 to 9
THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN A KILLER SETUP. I bench tested and the readings came out perfectly at about 5 inches. In the field though it didn't work out as good as I wanted. Ground testing showed that a number of inches are lost due to the ground as opposed to air. So I was only getting accurate numbers on a 14K gold ring at 2 inches but new something was there at 4 inches. The farther aways from the target the higher the number got. At 3 inches it read about 32 and 4 inches a 36. Not satisfied with this outcome I had to switch to All Metal mode. There you gain back an inch or two but loose the DISC. For some reason All Metal Mode just has more power.
DISC = 0 = All Metal Mode
Speed = dE
Sensitivity = 85 (don't go lower)
Threshold = 6 Gold rings are a good size but there's a lot more gold earrings and charms.
If the display reads anything under 16 I don't dig because it's either foil or iron. If it's above 16 then I dig. I try to average some find every two to three minutes.(most will still be trash tough). Remember I'm going for gold, coins and silver (not relics).
I don't want anyone to loose heart and give up too early. Try these settings and modify if needed.
What's down there you ask? Let's go find out!
PS. The best places to dig are local swimming pools (kids, teens, parents) and apartment complexes (people moving in and out every weekend) with plenty of earth around them. Both will need permission but O' the finds. Also remember drought conditions tend to help us.
Patrick from Texas
Take Your Time...
This Fisher F70 is proving to be an excellent finder. Deep, 10", hits on things that I couldn't get to with my two dollar garden trowel because of hard ground...snapped the handle right off of it...and, the machine is very light and well balanced in hand...it seems to discriminate very well...I'm just overall happy with the F70...but, it DOES take a little time to learn...
Scott from NE USA
Fisher f 70
Paul from Sonoma,California
Better and better!
Eric Dagostino from Warren ri
More practice and faith
All were 5 inches and more. I am convinced THAT THIS MACHINE IS REALLY HOT IN TRASHY AREAS WHEN SEARCHING SLOWLY WITH AN 11 INCH COIL. Persistence and practice with a little patients pays off. Oh, by the way my settings were 54 discrimination, 90 sensitivity, -3 threshold, dp tone.
Eric Dagostino from Warren ,Rhode Island
Practice, practice, and a little luck
Well I have been rewarded Three hunts, slowly moving in this area with an 11 inch dd coil produced an 1876 seated dime, a 43 merc. two indian cents 1908 and one unreadable, 4 wheat cents 1909, 1913, 1928 1943, a 1946 rosey, silver. Not bad for a coil that large. I hunted with good ground balance, -3 threshold, 90 sensitivity, 54 discrimination. I'm very satisfied. Oh, all coins were 5 inches or better.
Eric Dagostino from Warren Rhode Island