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Options Whites MX5 Fisher F-70
Detector Type Coin and Relic Detector Coin and Relic Detector
Price $600 $650
Manufactured in 2013 2008
Battery Type 8 AA 4 AA
Weight (Lbs.) 3.9 2.9
Operating frequency 14kHz. 13 kHz.
Display Yes Yes
Backlight Yes No
Target ID 190 segment 8 Segment Numeric
Tone ID up to 8 tones 4 Tones
Search Modes
  • All metal
  • Coin/Jewelry
  • Beach
  • Pinpoint
  • Custom
Ability to change coils Yes Yes
Ground balance AutoTrac Auto, Manual
Waterproof Weather proof Coil only
Warranty 2 Years 5 Years
Number of Reviews graph 6
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Avg. User Rating 4.75 4.26
Avg. Durability Rating 4.63 4.00
Avg. Ease of Use Rating 4.75 3.75
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Most helpful review for Whites MX5

Mx5 very nice!!
Whites newest detector based on the mxt platform. I really like this detector.
Things I like:
It has all the qualities of the mxtpro but in a fully digital design. Its ability to go deep with good vdi. Simple to use yet enough different settings to please most anyone. Lightening fast response makes it great in trashy areas. The mx5 is very very good at finding good targets in the rusty nail infested yards. It also uses all of the eclipse coils.Its lighter and feels very comfortable.

The things that I'm OK with but could be better:
The coil connection kinda tight. That's about it. So many good features and it performs so well makes the mx5 one of my favorite detectors.
Bill from Central ohio

Thumbs up! 73
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Most helpful review for Fisher F-70

The 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.


F-70 faults.
Not many.
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

Thumbs up! 92
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