Bounty Hunter Fast TrackerPrice: $130
Based on 11 reviews
Ebay purchased - mixed feelings
I also do not like the low tone as it sounds distorted. For all I know this detector fell in a lake in a past life so who knows. I found several coins mostly zinc pennies which sound a high tone but everything except nickels and gold seems to sound a high tone even aluminum cans and wads of foil. So you are kind of left to dig a lot.
My question is why in the world would I use this detector when I have a perfectly good Discovery 2000/Lone Star detector made by the same company that is vastly superior. I'll use it some more and try and get used to it and maybe keep it for a backup detector.
Ken from Sisters, Oregon
The good and the Bad
I have had the Bounty Hunter fast tracker IV for about 2 months now and made almost $200.00 with it. About $30 in change and the rest from gold rings I found and sold. So it does work.
Now the bad.
This is a beginners detector no ifs ands or buts. The old silver coins are NOT going to be found with this detector. I did 3 different tests to see what was wrong and the problem is, even with a quarter, max depth is 5-6". Most older coins are going to be in your 6-9" range. You get what you pay for and I will keep this one, however going to splurge for something better for the deeper silver.
Jack from Florida
The Best Beer Can Locator ever made.
Jeremiah from MD
We found gold
Robyn from Westport, IN
Great Little Relic Machine
I bought it for relic hunting mostly. I know that it does not have notch disc. or a digital read out to tell you how deep your target is, but that is ok for me.
Here is what I found impressive. It has great depth and is good with target seperation. With the stock 7" coil, I found a horseshoe at approximately 9". I also found a U nail (fence staple) used for tacking up barbed wire at 4". What was neat about the U nail was that I got two solid signals when I swung the coil over it slowly. I got a hit for each side of the U nail.
I bought the optional 10" coil and was blown away with the depth! I recovered the top of an old Sinclair oil can at over 18"! I had a SOLID signal from the very beginning. Please note, I use this machine with maximum sensitivity and no discrimination. I have also found smaller items with the larger coil including a Civil War era round lead ball at around 5"
I was a bit worried that I was not getting any hits from coins with it, so I took it to a tot lot to test it out and found two pennies in the first two minutes (one copper and one zinc). I ended up with four pennies, one dime a quarter in under 30 minutes.
There are not a lot of bells and whistles on this machine but in my opinion, they are not needed for what I do. Do not be afraid of this machine just because it is inexpensive or is marketed as a kids machine.
I'm not trying to push one machine over another but I am trying to let people know one person's experiences with this machine.
Doug from The Ozarks
Very Good . Inexpensive,.......But Not Cheap
Works fantastic! I found some coins in my yard before going to work this morning.I should have called in sick and took it to the park.
I think the real treasure was finding this detector for only $20. What a steal! I can't wait until things dry up a bit(It's been raining here), so I can get out there again and find some more $$$$$$.
Christopher from NY
Dont waste your money
Benny v from Fernie B.C. Canada
Great budget detector
Taking it to the beach I found its weak spot...black sand. Even with the sensitivity turned way down and discrimination turned up it still gave a lot of false bleeps and pops.
It worked well in sand a little way in from the beach black sand deposits though, at our campsite we found a bunch of rusty tent pegs, bolts, a couple of coins, an old rusty iron stake and a lot of melted aluminum.
The kids enjoyed using this detector and it seems fairly robust so we will be taking it on all our family outings.
Rob O. from Camas, WA
It could be this particular unit was defective, though it was less than three months old, and had seen little use. The other reviews are very positive on this machine, but after yesterday's experience, I wouldn't buy one.
Allen McB from Starkville, MS USA
Surprising Performance and Simplicity
The Fast Tracker is simple to use. There are only two controls to think about - Sensitivity and Discrimination. I was able to turn the sensitivity to maximum without any falsing. The discrimination can be set so that pull tabs give kind of broken tone and most everything else of value gives a high or low tone. Iron will only give a short pop or no sound at all if you set it that way. The depth is only about 5 inches, but I attribute this to the smaller 7" coil. A larger 8" coil will probably give better depth. The discrimination can be turned off to put the Fast Tracker in ALL METAL mode. There is no toggle switch for all metals so you will need to mark the dial setting to return to your favorite discrimination setting.
*Excellent discrimination - as good as anything else out there
*Easy to use
*Very lightweight and comfortable
*Low Price - anyone can get into the hobby
*5 Year Warranty
*The shaft is a little wobbly, but I could see no effect on the performance.
*The depth was not as good as advertised 5" vs. 7"
*There is no low battery indicator - I have heard that the newest Fast Trackers have an audible low battery warning.
For the money, this model has surprising performance. It is worth what I paid for it. The Fast Tracker is a good beginner model or an extra detector to have around to let a friend or family use when you want to take them hunting.
Brad from North Carolina