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Fisher F44
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Options Fisher F44 Whites PRL-1
Detector Type Coin and Relic Detector Coin and Relic Detector
Price $400 $400
Manufactured in 2015
Battery Type 2 AA
Weight (Lbs.) 2.3
Operating frequency 7.8kHz.
Display Yes
Backlight Yes
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
Ground balance Computerized Ground Balancing + Manual GB
Waterproof Weatherproof, waterproofcoil
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 Whites PRL-1

White's pl1 / ul2 with 9.50 6.59 hz.
I have the UL-2 the original Industrial model that I picked up On feebay on the cheap. And with little out of pocket expenses I have a great detector, today I played in the yard that has been scoured by my other detectors, I pulled two modern quarters, two modern dimes, and three zinc's plus two .177 cal. pellets in thirty minutes! All were in clay and under the topsoil average depth of 9 inches and all had a great tone in the phone's.

I bought it for relic hunting and in that field all targets should be dug. So I don't even look at the meter while hunting. I run first in low to find the trash and then I can kick it into high gear tweak the knob, a point I have to make, This unit has two controllers on/off threshold and the other is high,medium,low. Power output that's pretty simple and to set the ground balance just pull the toggle switch under the meter head on top of the hand grip. And go!

I don't believe that one brand of detector is better and or best I only want what works best for the task at hand. And I will say this. If you want to get down to the relic depth's and don't mind digging do yourself and your wallet a favor and try one out. The tone's are discernible! You just have to spend the time and learn to listen for the slight change in the pitch. The older detectors used the same audio and those guys, Mainly the ones that we buy from did pretty well with them.

Another thing I enjoy about this no frills machine is running for a long time before tripping the ground balance switch. This allows for the operator to focus on the site and possible target areas. A good set of headphones with stereo/mono are a must. The last and most notably the best statement is you can use any blue maxima search coil with this unit giving a wide range of hunting scenario's as far as depth go's I bagged two clad quarters in 9 inches and I was in the low setting. Can't wait to get back on my relic site and crank it up!
Christopher Dilworth from Cleveland Ohio

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