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|Options||Whites TreasureMaster||Bounty Hunter Sharp Shooter II|
|Battery Type||2 AA||Two 9V|
|Operating frequency||7.812kHz.||6.5 kHz.|
|Target ID||8-Segment||9 Segment|
|Tone ID||4 Tones||3 Tones|
|Ability to change coils||Yes||Yes|
|Waterproof||Coil only||Coil only|
|Warranty||3 Years||5 Years|
|Number of Reviews|| 3
|Avg. User Rating||4.00||4.04|
|Avg. Durability Rating||4.25||3.91|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.75||4.09|
|Avg. Depth Rating|
Most helpful review for Whites TreasureMasterPro features, amateur price.
It's been a very long time since we've seen anything TRULY new from the big "W". The MX5 was the last 'new' machine but was based on MXT technology. While it did pretty well, it never really seemed to find it's market. It's priced up there with the AT Pros but never garnered the respect the AT Pro gets.
Enter the Treasuremaster. I've been detecting 30 years, and I've used 'em all. This little machine has more 'pro' features than any other machine out there in it's price range. It's sensitive, deep, easy to use, lightweight and should give that little banana colored beeper some serious competition as the Treasuremaster isn't even in the same class as the Garrett Ace, but it's priced where the Ace is.
Real automatic ground balance, VCO pinpointing, adjustable target volume, 4 tone ID, 8 segment disc, threshold hunt (a sensitivity feature that no other detector has under $300), runs on 2 AA batteries for 20 hours and it's weatherproof. (Let's call it rainproof). It's weighs in at about 3 lbs. A little extra 'beef' than the featherlight detectors like the Tek Delta 4000 but the extra heft makes it feel like a better built detector.
I've had it out about 5 times now and have re-hunted some sites that I've been over. Finding a lot of clad. I'm not finding much in the way of serious keepers, but that's the fault of my location and not the detector. The detector hits coins very solidly and will lock on a target. Target ID is pretty much the same as other White's machines. 70's-80's are dimes/pennies/quarters, nickels ring up at a consistent 20-24, zincs read 59-61. I hunt in Georgia red clay and it seems to handle the hot soil well. You can hear the detector update the ground balance if you lift the coil about waist high and walk with it in the air. You'll hear a deep beep every few seconds.
Using it is as easy as turning it on, use the UP/DOWN arrow by the Options button to set a slight threshold and start swinging. If the detector falses, simply turn the sensitivity down using the +/- buttons. The various settings are selected by pressing the Option button and cycling thru the various tweakable settings.
The display numbers are large and easy to read. Not as big as the Fisher F series, but much easier to read than even my expensive MXT. I found the 4 tone ID a little annoying especially in hotter ground and it can false and cause some random low tones. Setting the tone ID to 2 tones solved that. Overall, the Treasuremaster is MUCH more machine than the Coinmaster/Pro series it replaces and MUCH more machine than it's target competition the Garrett Ace series. I think given some time, the Treasuremaster should become a popular choice in the vast array of detectors out there.
Jay Emm from Georgia
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Most helpful review for Bounty Hunter Sharp Shooter IIBounty Hunter Sharp Shooter II is hard to beat.
I am very happy with my Bounty Hunter Sharp Shooter II. It takes time to learn the machine. I have found a gold ring, numerous silver rings, silver coins, clad, clad and more clad change.
This detector is a dime and quarter magnet. I have dug a child's silver ring at a fresh water beach over 12 inches deep. It regularly finds coins eight inches and deeper. I set the sensitivity at around 12:00 o'clock and the discrimination at 10:00 o'clock for moderately trashy areas, more sensitivity and less discrimination for clean areas.
After getting a high pitch repeatable tone, I switch to all metal mode. I know the size of the object before I dig it by passing the coil over the target and listening for the tone in the all metal mode. The shorter the tone the smaller the object. Longer tone means a soda pop can 90% of the time. Short tones or precise tone means a small coin sized object.
Once I figured this out, my trash to treasure ratio increased dramatically.
I thought you had to spend a lot of money on a detector, but this detector has proved me wrong. I watch a lot of You Tube videos and I am finding as much and sometimes more than the guys using the $1,400 detectors. I saw a new Bounty Hunter Sharp Shooter II at Academy Sporting Goods the other day for $149.00! I bought it so I can take along someone and introduce them to the world of metal detecting.
My wife thinks I need intervention.
Fred Gober from North Central Texas
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