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|Options||Fisher F44||Bounty Hunter Platinum|
|Battery Type||2 AA||9V|
|Operating frequency||7.8kHz.||7.81 kHz.|
|Target ID||9-Segment viisual and numerical||Audio+Numeric|
|Tone ID||Adjustable Iron Audio||4 Tones|
|Ability to change coils||Yes||Yes|
|Ground balance||Computerized Ground Balancing + Manual GB||Auto|
|Waterproof||Weatherproof, waterproofcoil||Coil only|
|Warranty||5 Years||5 Years|
|Number of Reviews|| 4
|Avg. User Rating||3.50||4.42|
|Avg. Durability Rating||3.88||4.60|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.75||4.80|
|Avg. Depth Rating|
Most helpful review for Fisher F44Fisher 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 Bounty Hunter PlatinumHobbist
I've owned the detector for over a week now and I'm very pleased with it. It's a real coin hog. The build quality is excellent. I think the two other reviews are from inexperienced operators. I too had troubles first time out but I went back and read the manual and discovered I wasn't ground balancing the machine properly. It ground balances different than any other detector I've owned, and it's also the easiest to ground balance,takes 5 seconds. Read the manual.
The detector hits hard on coins. I've found clad dimes at 7 inches and thats pretty good in my book. The machine is light as feather and the display is excellent with the large numbers. The menu is simple to navigate and use.
One thing I've noticed is the TID numbers don't bounce around when it locks on to a coin, even the deeper ones. It also likes nickels. Bouncing numbers tend to be irregular shaped objects. Pin pointing can take a little practice. You really need to detune the coil to get dead center. I really don't have any complaints it's just a really fine machine. Bounty Hunter has really stepped it up with this machine.
S Hardy from NW Ohio
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