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|Options||Fisher F44||Tesoro Cibola|
|Battery Type||2 AA||9V|
14.3, 14.5, 14.7 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||Auto|
|Waterproof||Weatherproof, waterproofcoil||Coil only|
|Number of Reviews|| 4
|Avg. User Rating||3.50||4.73|
|Avg. Durability Rating||3.88||5.00|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.75||5.00|
|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 CibolaHaving trouble selecting a detector
This is a problem many have who are new to the metal detecting hobby. First you have to decide what you want, a beep & dig or a digital TID detector. I've used the digital machines and yes they are accurate but not 100% of the time, small aluminum read as coins ect.. no matter how well or how much Hype the detector ads throw at you "you will dig trash" and that's part of the hobby.
I am a happy Tesoro owner, why? Well they are excellent well built deep seeking detectors with very good discrimination, plus they are light weight and they have a Lifetime warranty and they back what they sell, if it quits send it in and in less than 15 days you are detecting again!! How many other detector companies offer this type of warranty or service? I see other brands that seem to have a new model every 6 months something Tesoro does not do, possibly for good reasons, they are happy and the customers are happy with what they have.
Now to the Cibola, here in SC the soils are mild and I've had no issues with the detector lacking the manual GB like its brother the Vaquero. I've hunted SC beaches with no problem in dry sand with sensititivy and threshold maxxed out, wet sand I can still hunt but have to adjust sensitivy/TH down a bit to reduce chatter.
Old home sites is where the Cibola shines, don't ignore those faint beeps just "digg" I've recovered Mercury dimes at 7-9" with no problem. The pinpoint does not work well on deep small finds, it tends to null as the object passes the center of the coil, I simply X the find and dig without the pinpoint and I'm usually dead on.
As far as Ground Balance,I press the PP and turn the threshold till I have a slight hum at waist high and while still holding the PP I lower the coil to the ground, if the threshold hum does not change you are fine as far as being ground balanced but if there is a change or null "silence",you are + or - on the factory preset ground balance, you will loose some depth but you can still hunt, as stated before in our soils I have not had a threshold change, if I do I'll move to another area but this is the method I use.
As far as discrimination it does a fine job rejecting iron, I've taped a Silver dime to a old square iron nail and it beeped loud and clear on the dime while rejecting the iron nail. I found the more I use the Cibola the more I'm able to decide if I should dig or not unlike the TID machines that suppose to make that decision for you.
I've heard many say the Cibola loves Aluminum even with the discrimination wide open and it does, if I don't get that double blip on a shallow target like it does on a coin but rather a loud long beep, I'll raise the coil 8" or move and if the signal is still strong it is highly possible you have a aluminum can especially at older sites, or use the pinpoint feature, coins and rings tend to have a sharp short beep, as I said it's a matter of getting to know the detector and making the decision to dig or not.
As far as air testing here are some of my test done using the stock coil with sensitivity on 10, threshold at 1 o-clock "slight steady hum" and discriminate on iron with US clad coins Nickel=9" Dime=7 1/8" Quarter=8" and the half at 9" .At 100% with full threshold & sensititivy "Supertuned" Nickel=12.50" Dime=9.75" Quarter=11" and the half at 12" as far as gold it has about the same depth air testing a Nickel.
These airtest were done on a wood table using headphones, new battery and the measurments I took were where the detector first broke silence at the maximum distance at the settings provided, so digg those faint signals. As we all know air test are controlled and cannot be used to determine how deep the detector will go in actual hunting conditions but I think the test are impressive for a under $400 detector.I'll give the Cibola 5 stars.
Charles Hattaway from SC
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