Tips To Set Up The Fisher F2

So you have your Fisher F2 Metal Detector, but you don’t know how to set it up. Well here are a few tips on how you can program the Fisher F2 metal detector. Really what program you use depends on what type of hunting you plan to do that day.

Coin Shooting:

Coin shooting is when you only want to find coins. Most parks and playgrounds are littered with coins and that’s a good thing because the Fisher F2 is a coin magnet! To set up the coin mode on the F2 it is really easy, and this is how I do it:

* Press the Discrimination button up Four times. This will eliminate Iron, Foil, Nickel and Tabs.

* Next, Press NOTCH button and then Press Discrimination UP Three times, to Notch the Nickel back in. Then, Press the Notch button one more time to lock in and set the program. Now you will only be searching for Nickels, Pennies, Dimes, and Quarters! That is the coin mode.

Fisher F2 Display

Fisher F2 Display

Relic Mode:

There is no true All Metal mode on the F2, but you can run your machine in Relic Mode. That is, you do not use any Discrimination at all, and dig it all. This mode is useful for when you are detecting areas like Civil War camps that have the potential for all types of metal targets to be found.

Jewelry Mode

What I call the jewelry mode is how I normally run my F2. Basically, I discriminate iron, Use MAX Sensitivity and start swinging.

To run in Jewelry mode:

* Press the DISCRIMINATE button Up once, which eliminates iron targets.

* Then, Press the SENSITIVITY button Up once, making the machine maximum sensitivity and start swinging. That’s all there is to it.

In all of these modes, what you are listening for is a Repeatable signal. What is a repeatable signal? Any signal that gives you a tone Both ways of your swing. In jewelry mode, a good target can be found in any target range from foil all the way up to quarter. You just have to dig the solid repeatable signals and eventually you will be rewarded with a nice find.

What I like to do is what is called the X technique. Once I find a target I want to dig, I turn my body 90 degrees and swing over the target again. If the signal repeats, I make a visual note of where the target is in the center of the X and then I dig. Note the Depth of the target on your depth meter on the right of your screen. Normally each bar represents 3 inches. The target is going to be in the center of your coil.

Obviously you can Discriminate or Notch In any combination of target ranges that you like, but in my experience these three modes will fit just about any situation. If you get tired of digging tabs, well, just discriminate tabs. If you get tired of digging foil, just discriminate foil.

It’s your machine, run it how you want to!

I hope that these tips on the Fisher F2 Metal Detector help you enjoy your new hobby and machine even more!

Thanks for reading… Happy Hunting out there!

Since writing this Article, the Fisher F2 has been replaced by the Fisher F22 Metal Detector.

Check out the new F22 features on Amazon


About Ozarks

I enjoy Metal Detecting in The Ozark Mountains and surrounding areas where I primarily detect for relics and coins. I have tested and used over 20+ metal detectors as a dealer and Company Sponsored 'Pro Staff' Product Tester. Previously Senior Editor of Detecting365 Metal Detecting Magazine for 7 years. I have authored over 200+ articles published on multiple metal detecting websites and magazines. I have real world experience testing metal detectors in the field and enjoy teaching others how to become better metal detectorists. Questions? Shoot me a contact email! Check out my Recommended Metal Detecting Supplies here:
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15 Responses to Tips To Set Up The Fisher F2

  1. Derek Odom says:

    You and i think a lot alike–that’s how I run my F2, as well. 😀 Gimmie that joory.

  2. Ozarks says:

    Great minds think alike…hahahaahaa

  3. Ricko says:

    This article was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found some usefull F2 information which helped me.

    Appreciate it!

  4. Johnie Dixon says:

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  5. Ken says:

    I’m new to metal detecting and bought the Fisher F2 package with pinpointer and 2 coils. I have been souring forums for information for a few weeks (to help me with purchasing the best detector for my experience and price range), and since purchase so I can learn how to use it. I can honestly say, after reading just two of your posts, I have more useful information than just about all of the others combined. Thanks for the advice! My first hunt, tot lot, yielded about 15 coins, and a small junk ring. Needless to say I am excited about that!

    • Ozarks says:

      15 coins and a ring! Hey, that’s a great start. A ring is a ring! I am happy to hear that you have learned some useful information reading my posts. It sounds like you are off to a great start, keep up the good work!

  6. Dakota says:

    I’m hunting in a very trashy area that has produced two silver coins one tunsania coin and plenty of regular coins and now I’m on the hunt for jewelry. Any tips to deal woth all the trash?

    • Ozarks says:

      If you want the gold, unfortunately you’re going to have to dig the trash targets since gold usually rings up from foil to zinc on most detectors. Happy Hunting!

  7. Guest says:

    I just ordered mine today. From what I have seen and heard these metal detectors seem to do the job Quite well. Can’t wait till the snows gone in Vermont.

  8. Karen Andrews says:

    Thank you so much for the info you shared! I. Have the F2 and I had not figured the notch even out how to use it! You made it so simple to understand! Thank you again!

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