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Options Fisher Gold Bug (new) Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ
Detector Type Nugget Detector Nugget Detector
Price $550 $700
Manufactured in 2010 1989
Battery Type 9V 8 AA
Weight (Lbs.) 2.5 3.5
Operating frequency 19 kHz. 17.8 kHz.
Display Yes None
Backlight No No
Target ID Numeric Audio
Tone ID 2 Tones
Search Modes
  • Discriminate
  • All Metal
  • Pinpoint N/M
  • All Metal Motion
  • Disc. Silent Search
  • Fast Auto Tune
  • All Metal N/M
Ability to change coils Yes Yes
Ground balance Manual Auto
Waterproof Coil only Coil only
Warranty 5 Years Lifetime
Number of Reviews graph 1
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Avg. User Rating 5.00 4.68
Avg. Durability Rating 4.25
Avg. Ease of Use Rating 5.00
Avg. Depth Rating No data available yet
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Most helpful review for Fisher Gold Bug (new)

Great new gold bug from fisher
I'm a long-time Minelab PI user, so please bear this in mind. Normally I avoid the VLF detectors from ANY manufacturer, simply because of their inherent sensitivity to the ever present hot-rocks.

The new Goldbug (mine is the "Special Edition" unit) is no different in this regard -the positive variety still sound much like a nugget, only perhaps with a little more blur in the "zip".
The real innovative difference with this detector is the digital screen, which gives you a numerical reference for the ground balance. They call it the Ground Grab(GG) feature, which is a button you push while pumping the unit to achieve a very quick GB.
It works much like the Gold Button on the Minelab 3500, 4000, and 4500. You just press the GG while pumping, and you can watch the Goldbug do a comparative analysis of the ground via two digital numbers in real-time.
Its pretty slick in actual use, and you have the option to go positive or negative to suit your personal preferences.

I like the fact that you can switch to the Disc. Mode to check on the positive hot-rock(i.E. To check on the signal, just switch to Disc, and the hot-rock will usually vanish if not too large). The default on the Disc is set at zero, but this is enough to eliminate the hot-rock w/o losing a potential nugget(unless it is very tiny). I got skunked in Nevada last week using the 4500, so I purchased this unit at a local dealer-the 4500 has a tough time finding nuggets smaller than 1/4 gram or so.
I have not enough time with this machine to know its absolute limits, but the 19kHZ New Gold Bug is sensitive enough to pick up nuggets down to a grain or so. Not quite as good as the GB 2, but I really don't want to dig gold smaller than 2-3 grains.

At the MSRP of $549.00, you really can't get a better gold detector. My only complaint is the threshold tone sounds much like a digital mosquito, more so than the GB 2, Lobo, or Gold Master.
I have not used this unit for coinshooting or relics-I have an E-TRAC for that. Hope this first impression helps...
Pete from Denver, CO

Thumbs up! 55
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Most helpful review for Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ

Lobo Super Traq
Best all around coin, relic, machine I have ever owned. No nuggets yet, or at least not gold ones, found a couple pounds of lead/galena nuggets up in Wisconsin, at least 50 pieces of gold and silver jewelry, several chains, and over 500 bucks in clad and pennies.

Best all around coil is the 9x8, pinpoints extremely well and detector has VCO pinpoint and auto ground tracking in all metal mode. THe only misgivings I have with it are that it hates water. I have had to return it 4 times now for retuning and they always accuse me of water damage.

I bought a Headhunter Diver last year and it is the best for ring hunting in water. The LST is a keeper. I have 4 coils for mine, hope to use the new Tejon 10x12 coil with it when it comes back from retuning. I always get my LST tuned to the 9x8 coil in disc mode for max depth, like a foot on gold rings.

This is the only detector I have ever owned that will go deeper on gold jewelry, by 3-4 inches, than on, say a silver quarter, about 8 inch on the quarter and 12 inch on a heavy gold ring, AFTER the retune.

It comes stock with a 5 x 10 elliptical which is harder to pinpoint with. Gimme that 9x8 anyday. I guess the 5x10 is what is preferred for nugget hunting but I still say the 9x8 is the best coil for this unit.

Tom Van Vleet from USA

Thumbs up! 245
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