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|Options||Fisher F44||Bounty Hunter Land Star|
|Battery Type||2 AA|
|Target ID||9-Segment viisual and numerical|
|Tone ID||Adjustable Iron Audio|
|Ability to change coils||Yes|
|Ground balance||Computerized Ground Balancing + Manual GB|
|Number of Reviews|| 4
|Avg. User Rating||3.50||4.38|
|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 Bounty Hunter Land StarLove my Landstar
In June of this year I bought a Radio Shack Version of a Bounty Hunter Landstar metal detector on ebay for $117.00.
As of today, (December 9th) I have found two silver rings, five silver coins, four silver charms, a silver chain, fifteen wheat pennies and
$135.00 in clad coins. I have also found several pieces of costume jewelry, a civil war button, several matchbox cars,
and an old horseshoe.
After having spent a great deal of time with this detector, I thought that I would write a review based on my personal experience.
You won't be very interested in this thread unless you have a Landstar, or are thinking about purchasing one.
In this review I will give you some insight into the modes that I most commonly use, and some advice that will help you optimize its performance
that you might not find in the operator's manual.
The detector has a no motion "all metal" mode that sounds a single tone for all metals. A three tone "motion" discriminate mode, a three tone
"notch" mode, and a three tone "auto notch" mode.
It is light, and two 9V batteries will last me about 10 hours of hunting before they require replacement (using headphones).
There are three coils available for this detector. The standard 7" coil, the 4" coil, and the 10" coil.
I most commonly use the 7" coil, and only use the 4" coil in excessively trashy areas.
In all modes I generally hunt with the sensitivity knob between the 2:00 and 4:00 positions.
Hunting in the all metal mode:
The "all metal" mode is the deepest mode that is also the only mode that utilizes the manual ground balance knob.
I generally hunt in this mode when I am in an area that I suspect may have deeper targets and not a ton of trash.
To optimize the sensitivity in this mode I set the ground balance knob to the 12:00 position, hold the coil about 2" above the ground and
press the "ground track" button a few times until I no longer get false signals.
If I find that the detector becomes too noisy, I turn the ground balance slightly clockwise and then press the "ground track" button a few
times again. Note that when you make any changes to the sensitivity or ground balance, you must press the "ground track" button a few times
or you will not be detecting very deep at all.
Conversely, if I want the detector to be a bit more sensitive I follow the same procedure turning the ground balance knob further counter clockwise.
Note that the manual will tell you to start with the ground balance knob in the fully clockwise position, but in my experience you will be losing a lot
of depth if you follow that advice.
Another thing that I should mention is using the "all metal" mode this way will make your target separation really stink, so setting up the detector to go deep like this
has a draw back.
In this mode I hit quarters at depths of 7-8" routinely and sometimes deeper if I am in an area where I can crank up the sensitivity.
With my version of the Landstar the target ID and depth displays still work in the all metal mode. I understand that newer Landstars will not display
target ID and depth while in the "all metal" mode.
I find that the target ID is accurate down to about 5-6". For targets deeper than that the accuracy of the target ID gets kind of sketchy.
Hunting in the Auto Notch Mode:
The "auto notch" mode is a three tone motion mode that I like to use when hunting trashy areas or areas where I am trying to rake in a lot of shallow clad.
It is nice because this mode will discriminate out the iron and foil, but still allow you to pull nickels.
In this mode the detector will sound a low tone for nickels, a medium pitch tone for zinc pennies, and high pitched tones for copper pennies, dimes,
quarters, and silver.
For things that are discriminated out, you will still hear a click in your headphones in this and the other motion modes, and although you do not hear a tone
the target ID and its depth will still be displayed.
To eliminate a lot of the trash in this mode, I only dig signals that give me repeatable tones if the depth is displayed between the surface and 6".
Targets deeper than that will tend to bounce around a bit both tone and target ID wise, so you might want to dig those deeper targets just to be on
the safe side.
Generally twist off beer bottle caps will give a high tone in one direction, and a low tone in the other.
Screw caps that come off of two liter bottles, and rusty beer bottle caps tend to sound and ID like quarters.
Copper pennies will some times jump around between medium pitched and high pitched tones.
You will also hear a little squeal in the tone for coins that are near the surface which helps out a lot in determining wheter I grab my coin probe
or pull out my trowel to recover the target.
Pinpointing in the all metal mode:
The most accurate way to pinpoint a target with this detector is to put it into the all metal mode and then detune the detector to increase its accuracy.
To do this, move the coil over the target until it justs starts to give a weak signal. With the coil stationary in this position, press the "ground track" button a few times.
This will effectively reduce the sensitivity of the detector and allow you to get a much tigher fix on the target.
This method is very accurate for pinpointing with this detector.
The only other advice that I can think of regarding the use of this detector is that keeping the coil cable tight to the shaft of the detector will help eliminate
a lot of falsing. I use velcro wraps to secure the coil cable to the shaft and it seems to work pretty well. Also swinging at a slower pace will help eliminate a lot of falsing.
You will also get false signals if the coil is bumped on this detector.
All in all, I really enjoy this detector. It has the capability of going pretty deep if you optimize its set up, and the target ID and depth are right on the money for
most targets. Its only drawback is the target separation/recovery time isn't that great.
I have used my buddie's Ace 250, and in my opinion the Landstar blows it away.
Hope that this was helpful.
Ken Lehocky from New Lenox, IL
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