Fisher 1236 x2Price: $400
Based on 24 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.75
Avg. Ease of use: 4.75
Fisher 1236 X-2 Best Fisher of all time in trash!
Silencer on acts like all other conventional detectors on the market eliminating the spits and sputters of discriminated targets and ground noise.
Silencer off lets you hear the discriminated out targets as spits and sputters but lets it peek through and see the other targets that are usually masked. Also let's the ground noise bleed through but also hear the target in the ground noise. This is very useful in unmasking targets that other machines cover up or blank out. This is why it runs so good without a ground balance adjustment since ground balance is a form of discrimination that will cancel the ground but also cancel the target in the ground if its low conductor items. When you hear the ground matrix noise as simple spits and sputters the good target can bleed in and alert you it's time to dig.
One thing I've found of importance with the 1236 is it works best audio wise with low ohms headphones not the costly high ohms types but the regular fisher phone type. I actually built my own with the fisher speakers out of the cheap headphones and put them inside a set of high dollar headphones. Its because of the fisher engineers designing the 1236 to have a 400 hz audio. the low ohms replicate that better than the high ohms for some reason?
Also a very easy machine to master that will produce straight out of the box.
My all time favorite fisher and possible my all time favorite detector.
P.s If you hunt wet salt beaches it works great at that also.
Keith Southern from Georgia
I'm still waiting for UPS
It's the only Metal Detector that retains a 4.5 Star Rating or higher in almost all of it's reviews. I won't take anyone's review into account unless, they have several years of experience with metal detectors, and or been to competitions. Even in Professional Circles, out of having read Reviews that are only Reviews without any marketers or sales taking place from that given site, have found that this is probably the best Analog metal detector you can buy. I've even found bootleg schematics, pictures of the circuit boards and looked over those.
The clicks, pops and static are suppose to be there, and they give you information that you need about how you should adjust your knobs to weed out anything you don't want, and they won't go away when you are searching relics. Most of it has to do with trash and soil. But, none of that is a malfunction, and for no reason would it ever need to be fixed when you didn't read the instructions and static seemed to be the problem.
Geek Moses from Bremerton, WA
Recived my fisher 1236x2 one week ago went to test it out in my back yard could not turn sens knob past 4 have tried everything it keept chadering away and full of staict even when it was pointed stright in the air. Called Kellyco where I got it from they trid everthing over the phone still full of static. Sent it back they sent a new one to me SAMETHING FULL OF STATIC ABOVE #4 SENSITIVITY IN THE HOUSE OR STRAIGHT UP IN THE AIR OUTSIDE. I'll just sell it on EBAY AND LET SOMEBODY ELSE DEAL WITH IT.
TOM from VA.
The Quiet One - Does What It Says
This particular outing took place on a freshwater beach, an area known for alot of boaters and picknickers. The lake level was down about 6 feet due to extreme drought conditions. I thought it would be a good place to shake down the metal detector. I turned the sensitivity up to a maximum of 10 with not much falsing. This particular unit has a silencer switch to quiet down the pop and clicks since it is so sensitive, but I didn't need to use it this time. When air testing this machine before going out I found that it does not do as good a job of knocking out iron as my Bounty Hunter or White's. I has a stutter signal on iron but the signal is stronger than my Bounty Hunter Tracker. My White's Classic SL all but completely runs silent over iron unless I switch to "All Metal". I could see this feature fooling me into digging large iron on some occasions.
I knew going in there would be alot of trash. I dug up several soda can tops, pull tabs, and a lone sardine can along with some foil. These types of items will fool any machine and it comes with the territory. All of these junk items were collected and thrown away after the hunt. At the end of the hunt I managed to come away with a few pieces of clad coins, some lead sinkers, and a bullet that was completely mushroomed. It looked as if someone stood on the shore and fired a shot right into the beach. Due to time constraints I didn't hunt the entire beach area so I will be back. This unit really likes coins and gives off a strong tone on them. The deepest target I removed was the bullet, and it was down about 7 inches.
Overall the machine performed well. For me less is more when using a metal detector. There is no target i.d. or depth reading, but in my opinion they are not needed. The most important features a person should be looking for in a metal detector should be comfort, good discrimination, and good depth. If a machine has good discrimination then target id takes a backseat. If you want to know how deep a target is, then raise the coil up higher-if you are still getting a good signal then the target is shallow. If you lose the signal then the target is deeper. All of this can be done without even looking at a display screen. Display screens are a nice feature but I find them to be a distraction.
I give this metal detector 4 stars due to the average ability to discriminate out iron targets. Happy Hunting!
Brad from North Carolina
Fisher 1236x the Giant Killer
Ron from Michigan
Battery compartment/removing the battaeries
I could only imagine if the batteries were warm from heavy use. it would be a nightmare to remove, for this I gave this unit a 4 star. But a great starter detector, if anyone have a better idea how to remove the batteries in a hurry please e-mail me. WO2E@NETZERO.NET. Thanks,
PETE from NEW YORK BX, USA
Fisher 1236-X2 Great coin mechine
Paul Melkus from NC, USA
Fisher 1236-X2; well satisfied
AllenMcB from Mississippi
Great For Newbies Too
DIzzy Izzy from Springfield, New Jersey
Seated Half on first trip
Jerry (TX) from Willis, Tx.