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|Options||Fisher Gold Bug DP||Fisher Gold Bug Pro|
|Operating frequency||19 kHz.||19 kHz.|
|Tone ID||2 Tones||2 Tones|
|Ability to change coils||Yes||Yes|
|Waterproof||Coil only||Coil only|
|Warranty||5 Years||5 Years|
|Number of Reviews|| 1
|Avg. User Rating||4.50||4.91|
|Avg. Durability Rating||5.00||4.60|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||5.00||4.40|
|Avg. Depth Rating||No data available yet|
Most helpful review for Fisher Gold Bug DPGold bug dp loves nickels.
I live and Indiana and purchase my Gold Bug DP 8 month ago. I bought the machine specifically to coin hunt and hunt for micro jewelry. After many hours using this machine I would like to share my view point with you.
I own many different detectors and over 20 years experience to base my opinion on. The 1st trip out: I was eager to try the machine and saved a few good places to use it on when the weather cleared. I also had in mind a few detectors I owned and wanted to try it against. After 1 hour using the machine, I hated the machine, I liked the weight, but I thought the machine was a mistake because of all the problems I was having finding good targets.
I switched machines, went back over what I had already hunted and found a few good coins. The next several hunts also ended with me hating the machine and I contemplated sending the unit back. The Turning point: About the 5th hunt I started finding a few coins, but I was still having some confusion on the tones and the erratic readings I was experiencing on the display. The light was fading fast and I was forced to finish out the hunt in the dark. 3 hours after light had passed I finally figured out my problems and I began to dig the good finds with little junk!
What happened? I was forced to hunt by tone and not reading the numerical display. The tone qualities on this machine are amazing. I am now able to pretty accurately guess what I am going to dig. The machine is sensitive to EMI buried lines etc. Keep your sensitivity low for your 1st set of batteries are used up, then your learning curve will be shorter then mine.
Last week I went to my back yard and hunted a 13'x26' area, I have hunted this with my Minelab, Tesoro, Fisher CZ models and a Garret. Now the results were a little concerning, I found way to much stuff! 8 old pennies and a nickel. Most these were dug at 4" to 6" depth. What happened? Not sure at this point but I had a hunch.
Proving Grounds: I went to a elementary school that is located about a 100 yards from my house. Last few weeks I searched an area that was 40'x120' with a Fisher CZ-3D and I found a few coins. This Trip I ground balance the machine made 3 steps and Ding! Good target 4" down, reading 57 and 58. Yup a nickel! After 1/2 a day in this area I dug out 2 quarters, 10 Dimes, 12 nickels and 19 pennies only three were at the surface. Now I am upset...Why did my other detectors not find these coins??? Truthfully...Who cares!
This detector is my newest it should out perform my others.
My Summary: This Detector has Several Key points I liked.
1-This Detector is Hot on Nickels! Smokes all my detectors.
2-Finds the coins in trash better then all my other detectors.
3-Love the weight! Easy to swing.
4-Great Battery Life!
5-Good Dollar value based on performance.
6-Great Owners Manual. Read it 3 times!!!!
The Bad points.
1-No volume control. Use Premium Head Phones...A must!!!
2-Electrical interference issues.
3-Steel Bottle caps.
4-Finds small items that you do not want while coin hunting! You will figure it out!
The detector was used with the stock coil, I liked using it on the large open ball parks and soccer fields. It did good in school grounds and homesteads. I have yet to hit any woods, but I am pleased with the performance now that I understand all the tones and noises it makes.
One time I dug out a dime with a pull tab above it and a nail next to it. Swing speed is what ever you want, fast or slow. I had the best luck coin shooting with the discrimination set on 40 and most items I dug were good. Study the chart in owners manual it tells you with good accuracy what the numerical readout is on coins.
Dig everything your 1st week and learn what the chirps, bleeps, beeps and screamers are. By the end of the week you will know the tones.
After you master the tones then you can work on reading the numbers. If I had this detector stolen today, I would order another one immediately. I am ordering the 5" coil for it this week and going to try my luck in a real trashy areas. Small jewelry tested well, but so far I have only found 1 ring with it. Now I am faced with the decision of what to do with my detectors that do not live up to this level of performance! Hello e-bay!
Tim from Indiana
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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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