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Options Fisher F44 Garrett GTA 500
Detector Type Coin and Relic Detector Coin and Relic Detector
Price $400 $450
Manufactured in 2015 1992
Battery Type 2 AA 8 AA
Weight (Lbs.) 2.3 3.2
Operating frequency 7.8kHz.
Display Yes Yes
Backlight Yes No
Target ID 9-Segment viisual and numerical
Tone ID Adjustable Iron Audio
Search Modes
  • Jewelry
  • Coins
  • Artifact
  • Custom
  • All Metal
Ability to change coils Yes Yes
Ground balance Computerized Ground Balancing + Manual GB Auto
Waterproof Weatherproof, waterproofcoil Coil only
Warranty 5 Years
Number of Reviews graph 4
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Avg. User Rating 3.50 5.00
Avg. Durability Rating 3.88 5.00
Avg. Ease of Use Rating 4.75 5.00
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Most helpful review for Fisher F44

Fisher f44-great detector for the money
The F44 provides a lot of performance for a machine a little over $300. No other machine on the market has near the features of the F44 for the money. The custom mode, where tones can be assigned to each category, is an industry first that I'm sure many others will copy. Depth is very good for a low priced machine, and separation is decent.

Fisher advertises it as weatherproof, but I've found that if you're water hunting and happen to drop it, it won't leak. I wouldn't intentionally submerge it though. The build quality is good and light. Just because it doesn't weigh five pounds and made of steel doesn't mean it's not durable. Fisher machines are a lot tougher than they look.

This would be a very good beginner machine, as it's not too complicated. But I've got over 40 years in the hobby and don't feel at a disadvantage using it.
John Samsky from Manassas, Va.

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Most helpful review for Garrett GTA 500

GTA 500 Review
For the money this machine is down right awesome and goes really deep for the better finds. You'll find more coins and gold and silver then you can dream of. And it is simple and easy to use if you follow the books and watch the videos.
Ted from Nebraska

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