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Feature comparison between Fisher F-19 and Minelab Xterra 505
Options Fisher F-19 Minelab Xterra 505
Detector Type Coin and Relic Detector Coin and Relic Detector
Price $800 $600
Manufactured in 2014 2010
Battery Type 9V 4 AA
Weight (Lbs.) 2.5 lb 3.1
Operating frequency 19 kHz 3, 7, 18.75 kHz.
based on coil
Display Yes Yes
Backlight Yes No
Target ID Visual ID Audio+Numeric
Tone ID Adjustable iron audio, tone discrimination 1 - 4 or 19
Search Modes
  • Coin & Treasure.
Ability to change coils Yes Yes
Ground balance Manual
Waterproof Coil only Coil only
Warranty 5 Years 3 Years
Number of Reviews graph 5
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Avg. User Rating 4.83 4.56
Avg. Durability Rating 4.67 4.67
Avg. Ease of Use Rating 4.83 4.33
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Most helpful review for Fisher F-19

Sleeper unit??
Have had my F19 now for a few months, and wow!! I really like this machine. I have had a number of detectors over the past few years, and find this is a keeper. Hits rock solid on good targets (for me, that means round targets, rings, coins and the such)... I am mostly a park jewelry hunter and find this machine gets the job done, very well! Runs nice and quiet, steady and solid... The Target ID, is amazing with this machine, at least mine is... I'm pretty impressed. Like others say, may not be the deepest, but not a slouch either... I'm always amazed at the depth I get with the stock coil. The V-Break makes it even more downright fun! I don't see a whole lot about the F19, not sure why... During research I heard there may have been some issues that some folks were having with the early model, but that you could send in to Fisher and they would rectify... But that the next batches had the fix...

All I know is that I could not be happier with the F19... Love the backlight as well... The ease of use, how balanced it is, the V-Break, the Tones, Disc, etc etc... For my needs... Pretty darn good and it earned itself a place in the stable of units I will not be selling. Just a lot of fun - heck even targets at depth the ID remained pretty solid! Being a jewelry hunter, I don't rely on target ID... But it is fun to have it and dig up things and see how or whether the machine was right or not... More often than not, this one is on the money. Is it perfect? Are any of them? Lol - Suits my needs to a T. One of my favorites, period. Have not tried it on the beach though so can't speak for that aspect.
Happy hunting!
Ron from Phoenix

Thumbs up! 55
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Most helpful review for Minelab Xterra 505

Minelab 505 is a great metal detector!!!
I got the 505 after wishing I had never sold my other minelab xterra 50. I have been through alot of good metal detectors and I know them quite well. If your not going to look for gold then I would suggest the 505. Do not believe a lot of the bad reviews about the minelab xterra's here on this review site. They either have something against the xterra's or they do not know how to operate a metal detector.
It has one of the largest easy to read screens available. The number to me is better than a probable description ID like a lot of other units have. It is very light weight and last a good long time on a set of batteries. Pin point is dead on and accurate with the stock concentric coil. The option to choose how many tones you want is nice too. If the machine gives a good unbroken signal and the number locks on or only varies a little then the target is worth digging. The stock coil is good enough for all round detecting.

The Xterras have a great selection of optional coils too that are made by Minelab. I relic hunt and coin shoot and to me this is the perfect machine for my kind of detecting. The controls are user friendly and easy to understand. You do not have to re program settings after the unit is turned off as it saves your settings. Just make sure you ground balance correctly and off you go.

If there was anything I could say I did not like about the xterra it is the narrow stand under the arm cuff. It tends to not sit straight up when you set the detector down to dig the target. Also the large DD coils for it tends to make the xterra a little front heavy when you use them. That is not enough to merit loosing any stars for how I believe this machine performs. It is a 5 star unit all the way.
Tim from Middle TN

Thumbs up! 36
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