Automax Precision v2
Based on 35
Avg. Ease of use:
March 12, 2014
This thing is junk when it comes to finding a coin, silver or gold. It will
find a nail though. Total wast of good money. I should have looked at
reviews on this pointer. Stay away from this junk!
Ease of Use
Would you recommend this to a new user?
The v4 is a waste of money!
June 18, 2013
I have owned an original Automax for many years. I have broken the probe
off and used JB Weld to mend it. I have worn a hole through the tip of the
probe. But, it just keeps on working! About a month ago, I decided it was
time to look into getting a new one just in case my original decided to
I checked with Kellyco and found that they were not carrying them
anymore. So, I went to Ebay and found several that I bid on. I ended up
buying a new-in-box v4.
Man, was I disappointed when I got it.
Oh, it is new and looks great, but when I turned it on, I immediately
sensed that something was wrong with the sensitivity knob. It just did not
operate like the old one. I thought I would just need to get used to it,
but it only got worse from there. The longer I used it, the more broken up
the sound was when adjusting the sensitivity. Now, the only way I can use
it is with the sensitivity turned completely down. Wish I had read some of
these reviews before I wasted $45.00!
I hope that I can a least
salvage the probe to use on my old one.
Max Depth: 1 inches on US quarter
Ease of Use
Would you recommend this to a new user?
No, not really.
January 03, 2013
Never used a Pinpointer before, but decided to get this one from Kellyco
along with a new detector. It is totally worthless. I had to physically
touch the item with this pinpointer to get it to register. Called Kellyco
to make sure it was working correctly and the nice gentleman confirmed that
you do have to physically touch the item. After checking some other sites
I found this is not how most other quality pinpointers operate and I needed
to take all "reviews" on Kellyco with a grain of salt.
April 29, 2012
I used to own an Automax. I thought it was overly large (about 16 inches
long), hard to carry around when metal detecting, and clumsy to use.
By clumsy to use I mean you have to tune it when you use it. You don't
have to do this with other pinpointer brands and you shouldn't have to do
this with the Automax.
Other pinpointer brands out are smaller, easier to use, and,work just as
well or better than the Automax.
If you're looking to buy a pinpointer, I'd recommend getting a Garrett
Pro Pointer. It's rugged and small enough to carry in the side pocket of
a pair of carpenter jeans. You don't have to tune it.
If you want to step it up another notch, buy a Sunray inline probe. The
Sunray inline probe fits into a clip on the side of your metal detector,
and uses your metal detector's electronics to pinpoint. The Sunray in
line probe is the only pinpointer that can discriminate between different
March 09, 2012
I got mine free like most people from kellycodetectors. It's very big and
akward, it reminds me of a star wars light sabre! Also if you turn up the
sensitivity even past half way it starts beeping, even while holding it in
the air. The clasp belt attachment is very flimsy, my pinpointer fell off
after half an hour. All in all a very disappointing machine. It works ok
as a pinpointer, but for me it's just to big. I now own a garrett pro
pointer and can't speak highly enough of it. . . but that's for another
E beckers from
February 12, 2012
Got my first Max through Kellyco free with Whites MXT. Love the longstem
which goes deep in hole and you don't have to push a button on. It tells
you when you are about 2inch way from target. Had a PistolProbe but had to
hold button while getting it in hole and it it picked up all in the area.
The Max only picked up about 2inch way from target. My TDI does the
finging, My Max does the Pinpointing. I now have 2 Max. Try IT YOU WILL
Ralphe Tylor from
Prince George BC Canada
Very happy after modification
November 06, 2011
I bought the Automax v4 a few weeks ago. I feel it was an excellent
purchase for the money. I looked at the reviews and agree with most, that
the electronics were good but the design was not as good as it could be. I
made these modifications to it and now I'm very happy with it. First I cut
the handle off and relocated the vibrator. I then removed the middle of the
pointer shortening it 1/3. I used a small piece of styrofoam to hold the
coil in the tip off the pointer as it rattled. I then epoxied the remaining
sections of the pointer together and filled the hole where the handle was
removed. Now it's only 11 inches. Very happy with it.
Lou Parson from
August 02, 2011
Got one as gift, it is unstable and requires constant tuning, reacts
strongly to mineralized ground.
Kansas soil is mostly neutral never oer seldom
require GB of detector, but the pinpointer still reacts..
don't bother wasting time, recycle the box, and trash the PP, on second
thought why waste
valuable dump site space, just hang it on the wall.
Piece of Chinese Junk
May 24, 2011
Like others I got this awkward piece free from Kellyco. Don't need
something to sit and adjust and readjust and then have to be careful with
while I'm out enjoying detecting so after careful consideration purchased a
Garrett Pinpointer to replace this aggravating piece of junk.
Jimmy D from
Kansas City, Mo USA
V4 Lasted all of four months:
February 28, 2011
My V4 was a free gift from Kellyco (minus shipping costs), fortunately I
didn't pay their retail price of $89.95... Almost from the very beginning
I started having issues with the V4 and was always needing to fiddle with
the sensitivity to get it to work properly. It was easy to see that it was
very cheaply made and wasn't going to hold up over the long run and sure
enough the first time I got caught out in a light shower, it quit on me for
Anyhow I didn't even bother returning it to Kellyco, but bought a Garret
Pro-pointer online for $109.00 and it is still going strong over a year and
a half later... If you want to baby your V4, then it will probably be okay
for use as a lite-duty pinpointer (if a free gift), but I "use" my
Pro-pointer and don't have time to baby it!
Just for the record Harbor Freight sells one which is very similar in size,
shape and features to the V4 for $16.99 which gives you a truer idea of its