Fisher Gold StrikePrice: $850
Based on 7 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.00
Avg. Ease of use: 3.00
Sensitivity 3 to 5 max. (Fishers are hot, lower sens settings work fine)
Threshold -1, 0, 1, 2.
Auto ground balance on Iron disc on setting to 80 to 90 Volume 10
Where I was testing out the GoldStrike at Quartszite and Morristown Arizona gold fields the ground was lightly damp down to 2" to 3" inches, why the 6" coil was working well.
I was able to find tiny bird shot with no trouble. The GoldStrike is well built battery life is great. Ground balance tracking is fast and trouble free. The touch screen works well, had to repress buttons at times. LCD screen labels for: disc, ground balance are too small for me. I would sometimes while hunting try to switch disc and ground balance off and have a hard time reading the LCD. But not a big operation issue.
The detector ran stable and predicable during the 2 days of testing. The low tone audio didn't bother me, I tuned it out. Several times I had some confusing false high tone signals, however the area has positive hot rocks. All vlf detectors I've tried here have had trouble with the same ground.
Conclusion GoldStrike Not a really great beginners machine. I liked the 6", that coil is very sensitive and light. Dig repeatable + High tones in disc mode. Keep sensitivity settings on the low side unless the ground is mild, a setting of 4 is still going to find tiny targets and not false too much.
Max Depth: 8 inches on US quarter
Ease of Use
Would you recommend this to a new user? No, it's too complic
Allen from Arizona
Lee from Oregon
STILL ONE OF THE BEST
Dennis the menace from Redding ,CA
Un gran detector
A great detector
Hi, I am from Argentina, I bought this one to find gold nuggets, I have searched a great deal but no gold, the other finds are plentiful, bullets, nails, horseshoes and all kinds of metal, if you have a new configuration (settings?) for this gold strike that is difficult to use, if you have I would be grateful if you gave them to me. I am happy to have a place like this for the detector fanatics Thanks for letting me share our experience and regards from the great country of Argentina.
from Ricardo (Rick) Valentino
Ricardo valentino from San juan ARGENTINA
Excellent gold detector
Jeff from Redding ,CA
Very competent unit!!
I can see what the last reviewer said if it is adjusted wrong you might think something is wrong with the machine if you use the tracking feature while hunting in an area with high mineralization you will get alot of false targets, it could use a pinpoint mode but other than that it is an easy unit to learn to use....Unfortunately Fisher quit producing this model I don't think it caught on with Fisher traditionalists, it seems this model and the coin$trike suffered the same fate.
Rick from Wa state
Is the Gold Strike worth it... ?
The Gold Strike has a much more difficult learning curve than the Gold Bug 2 but if you put in the time and effort to learn the detector it works quite well. I took both detectors with me on a trip to central Az, and ran them against each other in a field test.
Result... over the course of 3 days, every time I detected a nugget with the Gold Bug 2 the Gold Strike would also find it before digging, The Gold Strike found 2 moderately buried nuggets that the Gold Bug would have missed because of hot rocks.... The Gold Strike did find a lot of Trash that the Gold Bug ignored but the final tabulation was ..
Gold Bug 2 --- 5 nuggets (very small to medium)
Gold Strike -- 7 nuggets (very small to medium)
Total gold ... about 4 Dwt.
If you take the time to learn how to use the Gold strike, it is a very good machine. For a first Detector I wouldn't recommend it but for someone willing to take the time to learn how to adjust it properly, It is worth the effort.
Glenn R. from Central Texas