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|Options||Fisher F44||Tesoro Bandido II uMax|
|Battery Type||2 AA||9V|
|Operating frequency||7.8kHz.||10 kHz.|
|Target ID||9-Segment viisual and numerical||Audio|
|Tone ID||Adjustable Iron Audio||Single Tone|
|Ability to change coils||Yes||Yes|
|Ground balance||Computerized Ground Balancing + Manual GB||Manual|
|Waterproof||Weatherproof, waterproofcoil||Coil only|
|Number of Reviews|| 4
|Avg. User Rating||3.50||4.60|
|Avg. Durability Rating||3.88||4.50|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.75||4.50|
|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 Tesoro Bandido II uMaxBandido II uMax
This is a good detector, and it's what I currently use. I've had it about 1 year, and bought it used on eBay. I did have a short in the coil, which Tesoro promptly serviced for me. This detector takes quite a bit of time and practice to get used to, as it's a single-tone discriminator. It's the only detector that I've found gold with, but you've gotta be willing to dig the pulltabs.
With all my detectors, the 4" coil is a must-have accessory, as the stock coil is only used at the beach. I also use the widescan coil, while expensive, can work great in the right conditions.
Brian Gilbert from USA
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