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|Options||Tesoro Outlaw||Fisher F-70|
|Battery Type||9V||4 AA|
|Operating frequency||10.6 kHz.||13 kHz.|
|Target ID||Audio||8 Segment Numeric|
|Tone ID||Single Tone||4 Tones|
|Ability to change coils||Yes||Yes|
|Ground balance||Manual||Auto, Manual|
|Waterproof||Coil only||Coil only|
|Number of Reviews|| 5
|Avg. User Rating||5.00||4.26|
|Avg. Durability Rating||5.00||4.00|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.67||3.75|
|Avg. Depth Rating|
Most helpful review for Tesoro OutlawLove the outlaw
I've been using the Tesoro Outlaw for just over 3 weeks now and based on my location, I have been working hard to get as much search time in as possible before the snow starts flying. Let me make it clear that I have had minimal experience with a real MD though I have studied it for some time and have a good grip on the physics involved.
On arrival, the MD was very well packaged and much to my surprise, my dealer threw in a volume controlled set of headphones and a geologist's loupe. (Thanks Middlesex Detectors). Assembling everything was really easy and I thought the engineering that has gone into the device was extremely well though out. Each of the three coils came with it's own lower pole assembly and velcro strap to keep the cables in place when you are not using them. Battery included was a nice touch as well. The manual recommends using the velcro on your detector shaft and indeed, there are three straps to accommodate each disc. All told I had all the coils ready to go and the main detector assembly in place within 20 minutes.
Prior to receiving the detector, I created a test bed in my backyard with clad, silver, copper coins as well as aluminum tabs and some assorted junk materials I've been collecting for some time. So far I have only worked with the 8" coil and I love it. This thing really likes silver and I was able to detect buried silver coins down to about 9" in disc mode. All metal mode gives me an extra 1. 5", in my soil conditions which seems to be relatively non-mineralized.
I don't have a pin-pointer yet (hello Garrett PP, coming soon) so I have been relying on the MD for everything. To date I have been relying on a single location not too far from my home that has a lot of junk but also a lot of coins. In the summer it is rarely used but in the winter it is filled with hundreds of kids and their parents all sledding down this hill. No one seems to use velcro pockets because I have I have found close to $30 in coins in the last 21 days. The deepest coins have been around 6".
It only takes a little while to get to recognize the sounds associated with coins and keeping my thumb on the disc mode while scanning gives me a pretty tight understanding of what kind of a coin to expect. There is a double beep with coins that are close to the surface which is a big help.
I am still learning to master the sensitivity, threshold and disc settings but so far this unit has completely exceeded my expectations. Next up will be to start testing the big DD coil.
Tee1up from Saskatoon
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Most helpful review for Fisher F-70The Fisher F 70 is awesome
I've owned many detectors in my 19 years of metal detecting. I still own my first which is a White's Eagle Spectrum. The Spectrum is still a very viable, deep machine that I enjoy using.
I wanted to upgrade to a more modern technology. I was looking at the Minelab E-trac and a friend had just got one along with the Fisher F-70.
We were doing air and ground tests with both machines and the $649 Fisher F-70 was about the equal to the $1600 Minelab.
In air tests, the F-70 was beating the E-trac by 2 inches and in the ground, the F-70 hit every coin up to 14 inches down just as the E-trac did.
I did notice that the F-70 was able to hit coins on edge better. The F-70 was a better machine for covering more ground than the E-trac.
On ID'ing, the E-trac is better due to more information about the target being given with the technology involved.
The best things about the F-70.....
Very light. Easy to swing. Easy to use and adjust for ground conditions. Excellent ergonomics.
Good to excellent depth. Large numbers easy to read on the screen. The price is right. Top of line bells and whistles in a machine that is very fast on recovery. Battery life (4 AA batteries) is around 40 hours. Quite a few coils available to adjust the F-70 to your hunting styles.
Deep and somewhat accurate.
After a few hours of use, it felt like an old friend. I was able to ID nickles from tabs with no problem. The F-70 is a coin killer. Quarters down to over 12 inches. Dimes to about 9. Halves and dollars down to over 14 inches.
The screen can sometimes not be read easily due to sun glare.
No back light for early evening hunting.
Can be affected by RFI...can be jumpy at times.
Volume control is in an area that can rub against your side and would turn the volume down.
Does not come with Velcro strap for arm rest.
Can be affected by aftermarket pin pointers. My Vibraprobe 570 causes interference with the F-70 if too close to the machine. The Sunray probe would solve this.
There are several coils available for the F-70. The F-75 DD coil and the 3.5 x 6 Fisher coil are the two hot setups. The standard coil is also a great coil.
I would recommend the F-70 wholeheartedly. An awesome machine for the money. Deep, pretty accurate and light.
Steve from Cleveland, Ohio
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