Fisher Gold Bug 2Price: $850
Based on 22 reviews
Avg. Durability: 5.00
Avg. Ease of use: 4.00
Tiny gold vacuum
Max Depth: 10 inches on US quarter
Ease of Use
Would you recommend this to a new user? No, not really.
Dave from Northern Calif
Gold bug 2 iron discrimination problem
Ease of Use
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!
Ned from Arizona
Gold Bug II
Takes patience and practice to slow sweep properly and keep it ground balanced. Run it slightly hot (positive feedback) and take your time. I generally use the Whites GMT with larger coil to locate a patch in open ground and then work the patch with the Gold Bug II.
I'll also go back with the GB II afterward in many situations if I know there's more small gold there. My personal preference is for two machines in case you have a problem with one of them and are remotely located.
Either of these machines will do the trick but like most gold specific machines one will compliment the other. These are my two best machines for the money. I've owned the MXT with all three coils and the GB Pro with the small 5" coil, in the end these two are my go to nugget shooters and will always be pending a future break-through in the technology.
IdaNug from Idaho
Manual Ground Balance
Keep in mind that, lacking visual readouts, auto-balancing, etc, the GB2 is the lowest frequency MD available, at 71khz. I hit on 4 thumb-sized rocks today, took them home, and after closer examination, they actually had tiny pieces/specs of gold in them!(Needed a pretty powerful magnifier to see it.) This is why the detector hit on them. I've never seen gold so small But, this is exactly why the GB2 is what it is.
Joel from Mesa, AZ
Need to learn the machine
If one puts forth the effort to do the learning, this machine will reward them better than most, by far. Get a friend to bury a small piece of gold or silver in your yard, at different depths, and practice finding it. Learn, learn, learn.
Minerbob from Motherlode, CA
Grizzlydueck from Kootenays- british columbia- canada
Comparison test w/ mxt/goldmaster/eureka/lobo/stinger
A couple of my friends were grabbing smaller and deeper pieces I walked over. Being disappointed I wanted a specialised gold MD because that's what I primarily do. The gold targets were buried at about 3, 6, and 10 inches, three times each with the different sizes at the different depths.
The findings cemented my purchase. The best unit with all the finds was the fisher goldbug2, then the GMT, the lobo, the mxt, eureka and stinger were about the same, good but not excellent.
Done in northwestern AZ with many hot rocks and mineralization. Hit the iron disc on the GB2 and boom, the hot rock signal disappears 90% of the time, no digging. If it's a nug still a sharp signal...ground balancing is easy and gives excellent discrimination also...most important thing is know your machine, study the controls and it's awesome...only drawback I saw is compared to the whites the control housing is'nt as sturdy/durable, but the high impact plastic is lighter.
I'm no dealer, or prejiduce to any brand all of these are good, but I think one is better, especially for the price point....
Gold miser from Montana and Nevada
Gold Bug 2
John in AZ from USA
Slowly slowly , catchy monkey.
Found nothing yet but thats not the detectors fault, I am taking it to the beach next even though thats not what it's designed for. Will tell all about how it goes.
Ausdigger from Pyramul, Australia
Big to minute it gets them all .... NO Bull***t
And this is in Scotland. If only I could get to Ozland !!!!!! Learn and keep at it, you will win. This for me is the bees knees !!!
Chrispy from Scotland