Automax Precision v2Price: $140
Based on 35 reviews
Avg. Durability: 1.00
Avg. Ease of use: 1.00
Frankenstein Pin Pointer
FJ Rogers from Rocky Mountains Logan, Utah
3 Years and Still Going Strong!
Why is it that some people dislike and/or manage to destroy this fine instrument? Let me point out a few things concerning the Automax V4 that may help:
1. It's not a pogo stick, so don't jump on it.
2. It's not a walking stick or a cane, so don't lean on it.
3. It's not to be used for pole vaulting, nor is it to be stepped on.
4. It's not a toy, so keep it away from the kids.
5. It's not a crow bar, don't use it to pry your finds out of the hole. You have digging tools for that purpose.
6. Its long probe was designed for scanning deep holes with ease as well as keeping it's control box out of water-filled holes.
7. Be gentle sliding its 3-position switch, it's made of sturdy plastic, not tempered steel.
8. The probe can be immersed in water all the way up to within an inch or so of the control box, but the control box cannot be immersed.
9. The Automax V4 is of the blunt-nose variety of pinpointers. Don't jam it into the soil trying to reach your find, blunt-nose pinpointers are designed only to TOUCH the walls and bottoms of holes as well as sift through loose soil.
If you absolutely must pierce the soil to locate your find, then use the proper type of pinpointer for the job such as Intex System's Cache Probe CP 250. I own one for just such purposes.
The Automax V4 is very sensitive, it'll detect shards of foil if you set it correctly. Turn the control knob until the unit alerts, then turn it back slightly and you're all set. Recheck the adjustment for every hole.
You also have the choice of an audible or vibrating alert. I prefer the vibration because it alerts only me and not everybody in the vicinity.
The handle, control knob, control box, belt clip and probe are all sturdy and should remain so if the above recomendations are adhered to.
Unlike my Vibraprobe 560, which crapped-out on me after 3 months, my Automax V4 goes on. I got the Automax free when I purchased my first detector. When I purchased the second detector, they gave me yet another free Automax - which I haven't had need to use because I have taken such good care of the first one!
Take care of your Automax V4 too, and it'll serve you long and well.
Chris from Simi Valley, CA
Ill try this one.
Rob from Boise, ID
Very flimsy and arkward to handle
Alton Schexnayder from Knoxville, Tn USA
Expected better design!
All in all its a good pointer with a bad body. Never fails to pick up even the smallest bits of metal but then when I want to put it away or on my belt its just a pain!
Ronjinsan from Cape Town
Good pinpointer but big and the clip is bad.
The bad points: It's BIG so it's not something you can really stick your pocket or your detecting apron/pouch. The clip is poorly constructed which is almost the only way you can carry this thing around is to slide the clip onto your belt or pocket. One screw placed on the clip has fallen out. The clip is also bent so it doesn't grasp that well after half of a season.
I don't think the positives compensate enough for the downfalls. But if you can deal with the size and the shoddy clip it's a good pinpointer.
Litlewolf2 from MN USA
Best Buy for the money
Thomas J Sciaretta from Bernardsville NJ,USA
Good basic pinpointer
James from Anytown, AT 55555
Automax, needs structural help.
Timothy from Monroe City, Mo
Good electronics, but not satisfied
Rez from TX