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|Options||Fisher Gold Bug Pro||Fisher Gold Strike|
|Battery Type||9V||Two 9V|
|Operating frequency||19 kHz.||30 kHz.|
|Tone ID||2 Tones||2 Tones|
|Ability to change coils||Yes||Yes|
|Ground balance||Manual||Auto, Manual|
|Waterproof||Coil only||Coil only|
|Number of Reviews|| 10
|Avg. User Rating||4.91||4.43|
|Avg. Durability Rating||4.60||4.00|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.40||3.00|
|Avg. Depth Rating|
Most helpful review for Fisher Gold Bug ProGold Bug DP Pro - First impressions
Just bought this great machine - confess I have only used it once for 1 hour on the beach but found 12 coins at various depths ranging from just beneath the surface to 9 inches.
I have owned the Garrett 250, Minelab Etrac, Sovereign GT, Explorer SE Pro, Tesoro Vaquero and The Laser Hawkeye - But all had varying issues which resulted in me selling them. I am not knocking any of these machines but on first impressions the Gold Bug seems to be the perfect machine for me.
It is lightweight. Easy to switch on and go yet it is a serious machine. I bought it for all round use and have so far found it to be the easiest of all the machines I have used on the beach. It works well on dry, wet and black sand. I used it in discrimination mode at 20 which cut out iron nails. The target ID numbers locked onto the target and remained constant with each pass. I could easily identify modern coinage and also found the depth to be accurate.
Ground balancing was quick and easy and pinpointing was spot on. I turned the gain to practically full on and the machine still remained quiet. Moving to the wet sand just required a quick ground balance and off I went. The machine is extremely quiet between targets, non of those confusing multi tones.
I air tested the Gold bug for sensitivity to small gold items and it detected everything including fine trace chains. None of the other machines I owned matched this sensitivity to gold.
Tomorrow I will be testing it on pastureland. I am confident from what I have seen so far that the Gold bug will prove equally as good on land.
Still have a lot to learn about this machine but I know I will enjoy getting to know it better.
Keith from England UK
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Most helpful review for Fisher Gold StrikeIs the Gold Strike worth it... ?
I have been using the Gold Bug 2 for several years now and I thought I'd upgrade to the newer Gold Strike from Fisher. At first I thought I had made a real mistake but found that the biggest part of the problem was the operator... me...
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
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