Bounty Hunter Land StarPrice: $300
Based on 24 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.50
Avg. Ease of use: 4.50
Learning the Landstar
Also, to date I have found lots of shallow, recent coins but not much at any depth ... could just be my bad luck. But I'd sure like to find something older at a little depth, just to reassure me I'm not passing good targets by!
Mark from Frederick, MD
Great Detector, Good Value
Yes, you will experience false readings (tones and item indications) like myself and several other reviewers with this detector. But this is the case with high dollar detectors as well. However, with practice, your treasure to trash ratio will increase.
I've been running my detector with the sensitivity at the 2 0'clock position in the Auto Notch Mode. I do not pay attention to the type of audible tone or the item indicator, just repeated tones. For instance, I have found several coins that will give off a medium tone and register as zinc. With a second pass over the same target, it will have a higher tone and register as a penny or dime. The commom factor is that, regardless of what tone or the indicator tells you, as long as you get some kind of tone on every pass, DIG! You won't find coins on every target but I've unearthed a few civil war buttons and pieces of jewelry along with of course, some trash.
The depth indicator works well and you can get about 10 hrs from two 9v batteries. Overall, this detector is well worth the money. As with any detector... just practice.
Mike S from Central Texas
My first detector
Pinpointing seems to be pretty accurate.
For me, I am using it in the disc or notch mode. Sensitivity set at around 10 o'clock position, notch around 12 o'clock position.
Hope this helps
Metaldetectorsg from S'pore
Excellent for the money
It gets good depth, and pinpoints right on. The no motion all metal mode is fantastic for pinpointing. The target id has been fairly accurate, although I've found that the more experience I get with the detector, the more I just listen to the tones. This seems to be common with all detectors.
I've found plenty of silver with it and a good number of old coins, hunting primarily parks, yards and woods. Nice to have the 5 year warranty if you need it, and the coils are very reasonable. I bought the gold nugget coil for trashy areas off of ebay for $35. It's a little gem.
Dave from Pennsylvania
Maybe mines broke
Digit rich from Ames, ia usa
Land Star = Work horse
I?ve owned the Land Star for over a year now. Type of hunting I do the most is coinshooting, either in the parks or at the beach. This past year I?ve had the most coins found, have dug up less trash , found more rings, and deeper valuables this year than any other year. This detector is a work horse.
The manual is easy to read. The ground balance took some understanding but, didn?t take long to get that nailed down.Pinpointing is right on. In ?all metal? mode you can re-ground balance and ratchet right onto the target. In other modes, yes you?ll get a tone after the peak of the targets? signal. Using the X pinpointing method, the target is in the middle of the 4 tones. No problem, learned this with-in 5 minutes.
At the parks and trashy areas I use the 4? coil mainly. Using ?Disc? mode it?s not a problem pulling coins 5- 6? deep with that coil . The display and indicators are very accurate on telling you what?s under the coil. One key principle for coins and ?goodies? when pinpointing is good, repeatable tone/indication.
Beach hunting , is not a problem using the 4? or the standard 8? coil.
The BH users at the forum www.detecting.com ( bulletin board) are a great bunch and helpful. Bounty Hunter?s customer service is also excellent.
To sum it up in a nut shell. The Land Star is easy to learn, good depth, and good discrimination. I?ve enjoyed my Land Star and plan on keeping it for a good while.
Crpando30 from Wakulla Co. Florida.
As good as the operator
Pete Netzel from LaCrosse, Wisconsin
Land Star a very good Mid-Level detector
Scott from South Carolina
David Loving from Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Fantastic Entry Level Detector
I've found tons of silver coins with this detector. It's target processor is extremely reliable for coins. If you get a solid repeatable coin tone then you've got a 95% chance of digging up a coin. I've also found Civil War buttons, old toys, and multiple rings at the beach. Yesterday I found 2 Mercury Head dimes (1918 and 1941) in a local park. Believe me when I tell you that treasure is in the ground everywhere.
Bottom line: Great metal detector to get you into the hobby cheaply so that you can begin finding some great stuff. Like I said, I've been using mine for 2 years and I don't feel the need to upgrade.
Skadar from Stamford, CT