My “Go To” detector is the Fisher F2, and for good reason! The Fisher F2 is one of the easiest metal detectors to use.
The F2 is a great land machine, and finding the goodies couldn’t be simpler. The F2 really locks onto targets and gives a digital readout with both a target notch system and a number readout system.
The coolest thing about the F2 is that you can discriminate or eliminate any unwanted targets. For instance, if you DISC Iron, foil, nickel and tab, you can then go back in using the NOTCH feature and notch that Nickel target back in that was eliminated between foil and tab.
If you want to just find coins, just Discriminate Iron, Foil, Nickel and Tabs, THEN go back and NOTCH the nickel back in and you will only be searching for Nickels, Pennies, Dimes, and Quarters!
The Battery life of the F2 is outstanding. I usually get between 4-6 hunts in before losing one bar on the battery meter. The cool thing about that is, you can run the battery meter all the way down to 1 bar without losing any noticeable depth! The speaker uses one battery, and the machine itself operates with one battery. I have learned that if you start to lose battery power, you can switch the sides the batteries are on, and usually gain one bar back on the battery meter!
When inserting or removing the batteries, you can slightly push in on the battery, and it will be easier to remove or install! When I finish a hunt, I always remove the batteries and just turn them around the opposite way where they can’t draw any power and re-insert them for easy access on the next hunt.
There is also a depth meter on the right side of the machine. The manual states that each bar equals 2 inches of depth. In my experience, each bar equals 3 inches. So, two bars would be a 6 inch deep target, 3 bars would be a 9 inch target. In the field this usually rings true and makes for fast target recovery since it tells you just how deep to dig!
There is also a pinpoint feature on the F2, once you locate the target you wish to dig, depress the pinpoint button while slowly moving the coil towards the target. When the numbers get to Zero, or close to Zero, the target will be in the center of your coil!
The stock 8 inch coil works great for almost every situation. If you are in a trashy area or near playground equipment, you might want to invest in the 4 inch sniper coil also. The 4 inch coil makes it easier to separate targets in an area filled with trash targets.
As for depth, well the Fisher F2 does pretty well. I have dug quarters at 8 inches with the F2, and dimes as deep as 6 inches plus! Larger items such as aluminum cans or large iron can be detected deeper at around 12 inches. Most targets I dig are around 6 inches deep, but as stated, the F2 can go deeper than that!
The F2 is a very light-weight machine, which allows for hours of swinging without tiring your arm or shoulder! The Arm cuff is also very comfortable.
The F2 is a FAST machine, which means that if you are prone to a faster type of swing, the processor can keep up and locate targets with pinpoint accuracy. The center of your coil is your pinpoint area, and the F2 is very accurate in pinpointing.
I use the Garrett Easy Stow headphones with mine since you don’t need an additional headphone jack, so you might also want to add a pair of those to your order. The Garrett Easy Stow headphones have an 8 ft coiled cord which makes it easy to keep from pulling your headphones off when you stand up while you machine is still on the ground. Likewise they have an inline volume control, and padded ear pads that also rotate in case you only want to wear one ear piece at a time.
The F2 is a great all around machine, and I have found silver coins, silver rings, gold ring, necklaces, earrings, and even platinum with mine. For the money, it is hard to beat the Fisher F2.
If you are in the market for a great metal detector that can run with the big boys, consider the Fisher F2. You can thank me later.
Good luck out there, and remember, you can’t find anything if you aren’t out there detecting!