Fisher ID Excel

Price: $500
Avg. Score: 5 stars! 4.58
Based on 19 reviews

Avg. Durability: 5 stars!5.00
Avg. Ease of use: 5 stars!5.00
Maximum detection depth

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Almost worth the $250 or less it sells for on ebay

March 01, 2006
I bought this in search of a light machine with target ID to change pace from my CZ-20. I'd rank this right up there with the higher end Garretts. It IDs well. Its light, good tone ID, simple to use. Cons: requires super slow sweep speed compared to higher end CZs / Minelabs. Overall it just seemed weak to me. Would probably be good for a youngster picking out shallow clad. I personally wouldn't pay more than a $100 for this machine.. I've seen them sell as low as $165 shipped in forums. I say try to score a used CZ or sovereign for around $300 (its possible) before before wasting your time with this. I read the Minelab x-terra spank these too. I'm a Fisher fan, but I can't recommend this ID excel detector to the serious hunters. just my opinion - I'm sure some will dissagree. After this I'm going to try a White's IDX Pro machine.

Overall Rating 3 stars


Excel abroad

October 15, 2005
very nice, no-nonsense lightweight, digital detector with depth, sensitivity and some unique features. beats my older tesoro's with much more then a nose- length.

Overall Rating 5 stars!


From Russia with Love,

September 20, 2005
Has got the detector 2 months ago. In Russia, coins have distinct from American coins the response and consequently "trash", frequently it appears coins. Besides silver things under the instruction having ID +35 realities look as +13 (a silver chain in weight nearby 2 gram). Gold jevelery 585 tests, nearby 1,5 gram look weight as +5 - +6 (under the instruction it is a metal foil). Despite of it I found silver things being guided on these responses. Gold did not come across yet to time.
As a whole I like this detector though experience of use of other detectors at me is not present.

Overall Rating 4 stars


An excellent all around detector!

September 15, 2005
The Excel ID is an excellent machine. I've had it for a few weeks and so far I'm very impressed. Unfortunately, I just sent it to Fisher for repair because of an erractic target ID problem. I'm hoping to get it back soon so I can put it back into the field.

To summarize:

1) The Excel is a light-weight machine that can be used for hours without getting fatigued.

2) It is one of the best discriminating detectors around. I've found a dime 5-inches deep with a rusty nail above it. This machine can really separate trash from coins.

3) It has excellent pin-pointing the best I've used so far. The target is almost always in the center of the coil when I dig.

4) The ID system works well and helps you figure out what you digging before you dig it. Although, it can be fooled once in a while, for the most part it is accurate.

5) I love its depth indicator! Most the time the depth is very accurate!

6) This machine sweeps moderatly quickly and has has fast target-to-target recovery time. No complaints here!

Most the time, in my soil, I need to run the sensitivity down in the 4 range to prevent chattering. But this doesn't seem to affect depth range much. Most the things I've recoved so far are from 4 to 6" deep. The Excel also seems to be fairly immune to RF interference.

So what can be improved on the Excel? Well in my book not much, it is not a really deep machine like say the Cibola and if you don't use headphones the batteries discharge quicker than I like. Overall the Excel has so many outstanding qualities it is a winner no matter how you look at it! It definitely is a 5-star champion!

For reference: I own a Minelab Quattro and Advantage, and a Tesoro Cibola. I bought a Garrett Ace 250 for my son. So far the Excel ID and Cibola are by far my favorite detectors.

Overall Rating 5 stars!



August 02, 2005
I am new to metal detecting and this machine helps with the learning curve. Its so simple to use as it has an auto setting or you can adjust it. I have found several items, coins, jewlery, old lock, bullets and items that I am still researching.

I was looking for a machine that could do the job without the complexity because I did not want to get discouraged while trying the hobby out. All I can say is that I am hooked into metal detecting and the Fisher ID excell was the right choice and will serve me for some time to come. My friend that got me started wants to get rid of his now and get one like mine. Happy hunting!

Overall Rating 5 stars!



May 05, 2005
i think the id-excel is a hot new metal detector.its everything you would want in a detector.its a awsome coin detector when thay say it just about pops the the coins right out of the ground fisher isnt kidding.i love it for what it does i cant say anything bad about it. its a winner for detecting deep also i have dug a dime from 8 or 9 inches down. im also thinking about buying another one for my with that note i would reccommed the id-excel to anyone from novice to expert. thank you

Overall Rating 5 stars!


Fisher ID Excel

September 25, 2004
Few machines rate 5 stars no matter what the price range. Except for ultimate depth this is as good as it gets.

A rare 5 Stars from me on this one....Well done Fisher!!

Overall Rating 5 stars!


Fisher ID Excel

September 21, 2004

Does everything just right, and as advertised.

Overall Rating 5 stars!


Fisher ID Excel

September 20, 2004
Very easy to use. A great coin machine, good depth! You can't beat a Fisher!!

Overall Rating 5 stars!


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