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|Options||Fisher Gold Bug (new)||Garrett Scorpion Gold Stinger|
|Battery Type||9V||Three 9V|
|Operating frequency||19 kHz.||15 kHz.|
|Tone ID||2 Tones|
|Ability to change coils||Yes||Yes|
|Ground balance||Manual||Auto, Manual|
|Waterproof||Coil only||Coil only|
|Number of Reviews|| 1
|Avg. User Rating||5.00||3.84|
|Avg. Durability Rating||5.00|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.00|
|Avg. Depth Rating||No data available yet|
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
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Most helpful review for Garrett Scorpion Gold StingerTake Your Time!
I purchased the Stinger nearly 2 years ago as a first detector. Living in California, I dreamt of finding gold in them thar hills.
The Gold Stinger arrived and, per others' comments, read and re-read the manual before even turning the detector on. This helped a lot. Then, I practiced in the yard to get the feel of all metal and motion discrim. When I felt ready, I hit the hills.
After owning this detector for nearly two years, here are my thoughts:
* Deep in All Metal. Although I haven't found any gold nuggets yet, I have hit other items like a .45 bullet at about 14". I'm confident that if there was gold, I would have found it.
* Easy Motion Discriminate. Coin hunting in parks is easy to do in this setting. Although you have to manually pinpoint, that's very simple, especially after watching the video and practicing.
* Light! This detector is very light and well balanced. I can swing for hours without my arm tiring.
* Long battery life. On (3) 9 volt batteries, I average about 25 hours, with headphones.
* Rugged! I've dropped it, stepped on it, and even got sand in the control box, and this machine kept on going.
* Manual Ground Balance! This is an issue when searching in All Metal Mode in mineralized ground. In one area, I had to balance this machine every few steps. Finally got frustrated and switched to Motion Discriminate Mode.
* Motion Disriminate depth. If you want to hunt coins in the park, expect to get only about 6"-7" depth max. Even on quarters. DO NOT USE ALL METAL MODE IN PARKS! It will drive you nuts as it will never stop making noise.
* One tone ID. Because this machine has only one tone, expect to dig a lot of trash. When coin hunting, keep the Discrimination around 6-7 and depth at the arrow. This will help reduce bad targets. Also, listen to the beeps. Practice and get familiar with what it's telling you.
* Batteries. As stated above, this machine uses (3) 9 volt batteries. These are situated in the control box on the circuit board. To change the batteries, you must disassemble the housing. Kind of a pain! Would prefer AA batteries as they would probably be easier to replace and less expensive.
All together, I'm pleased with the machine as I'm familiar with what it can do and what its limitations are. I have found a ton of coins, jewelry, some relics and other cool items.
But, having to do it all over again, I would save my money for a better gold detector like the Whites MXT. I have tried it and feel it is better equipped to handle the mineralized ground and all around detecting.
If you buy the Garrett Scorpion Gold Stinger, just remember to practice, practice, practice. Expect to put in an easy 100 hours to get familiar with it.
I hope this info helps.
Robin from Pasadena, Ca. USA
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