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Fisher F5 Metal Detector

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$99.85 in Free Accessories
with 10" Elliptical Search Coil Plus FREE Metal Detecting & Treasure Hunting Accessories

Fisher F5 Metal Detector
with 10" Elliptical Search Coil Plus FREE Metal Detecting & Treasure Hunting Accessories

Fisher proudly named the F5 a "Professional" metal detector due to the many professional features that are incorporated into the F5. The F5 is a high tech metal detector that is very automatic, making it a detector that is easy to set up and easy to use in the field. A large visual display gives you Target Identification, Target Depth while in either search mode, All-Metal or Junk Discrimination. The F5 operates on all types of soils with a computerized ground balancing circuit allowing you to detect in areas difficult for other detectors. A professional metal detector at a budget price!

Fisher F5 Visual & Audio Target ID Metal Detector Combines the Best in Analog and Digital Technology. High Resolution Manual Ground Balance.

Kellyco has sold and distributed Fisher products since 1975 and was certified as Fisher detector experts since 1984! Buy with confidence at Kellyco where you always get more for your money.


  • Frequency : 7.8 kHz
  • Warranty : 5 Year Limited
  • Total Weight : 3 lbs (1.38 kgs)
  • Operating Principle : VLF Induction Balance
  • Operating Humidity Range : 0-90% Non-Condensing
  • Operating Temp Range : 4 to +122 ° F (-20 to +50 ° C)
  • Ground Balance : Computerized and Manual Ground Balancing
Factory Included Accessories:
  • 10" Elliptical Search Coil

Additional Information

Manufacturer Fisher

Instruction Manuals

SKU 12-F5
Product Dimensions 28.50x10.25x6.25
Hot Deal No
Manufacturer SKU F5
Factory Included Accessories
  • 10" Elliptical Search Coil
Warranty Yes
Detector Type All-Purpose
Interchangeable Search Coil Yes
Technology VLF Single Frequency
Arm Rest Fixed
Arm Rest Strap No
Adjustable Shaft Yes
Assembled Length Max (in) 51.5
Assembled Length Min (in) 41.5
Apps None
Audio Tones Yes
Depth Indication Yes
Control Box Mount Standard
Frequencies 7.8 kHz
Number of Frequencies 1
Programmable Target Id No
Target Id Segments 99
Target Id Yes
Threshold Adjustable
Discrimination Adjustable
Pinpoint Mode Yes
Ground Balance Manual
Vibration Mode No
Search Modes 3
Search Mode Types Auto Tune, Motion Discrimination with Notch, Pinpoint
Search Flashlight No
Display Type LCD
Backlit Display No
Volume Control Yes
Headphone Jack 1/4"
Bluetooth Compatible No
Interchangeable Headphones Yes
Battery Type 9-Volt
Battery Quantity 2
Battery Life (hr) 30 to 40 Hours
Rechargeable System No

Fisher F5 Metal Detector

If it's in the Ground or in the Water a Fisher Metal Detector Will Find it!

Combining the Best in Analog and Digital Technology
High Resolution Manual Ground Balance

Technical Specifications:

  • 5 Year Warranty
  • Weight : 3 lbs (1.38 kgs)
  • 10" Open-Frame Search Coil
  • Operating Frequency : 7.8 kHz
  • Batteries : (2) 9V
  • Battery Life : 40 Hours
  • Search Modes : 2 Plus Electronic Pinpoint
    • Discrimination, Auto Tune, Pinpoint
  • Operating Principle : VLF Induction Balance
  • Operating Humidity Range : 0-90% Non-Condensing
  • Operating Temp Range : 4 to +122 ° F (-20 to +50 ° C)
  • Resistive Overload : 600 micro-cgs (with standard search coil)
  • Reactive Overload : 5,000 micro-cgs (with standard search coil)


  • Large Display Screen
  • Computerized and Manual Ground Balancing
  • Continual Visual Indication of Important Parameter
    • Target Identification, Target Confidence, Target Depth, Ground Phase, Detector’s Internal Ground Setting
  • Ground Suppression : Combination of Second and Third Order Methods
  • Mechanical : S-Rod with Electronics Housing on Rod, 3-Piece Breakdown Construction, Non-Metallic Telescoping Lower Rod, Adjustable Position Arm Rest

Included Free Accessories - Sku: 64-KITE - Total Value: $99.85
Customer Reviews

Average Rating

4.8 average of 11 reviews

Review by Mark K.

Review by Mark K on March 24, 2016

I am very pleased with my new F5. I did a great deal of reading and research before I selected the F5. For my first detector, I wanted a unit that was about "middle of the road" and I had $500 to buy with... the F5 was the obvious choice. Excellent company, 5 year warranty and the price was right in the range I wanted to spend. I've waited to write this review because I wanted to get some time on the unit... so far I have been very pleased with the performance. The F5 does very well with coins! I actually had a quarter and a nickel on top of each other about 3 inches deep and the F5 gave me a dual tone for both! I could hardly believe it when I dug the coins and found them stuck to each other! They did not fool the F5! Battery life is BEYOND excellent and the VDI is very good as well. The F5 does well at the beach (it found an aluminum can 9" deep in dry sand). Once you ground balance this unit it works well in semi-wet sand and "OK" in the very wet sand. You need to back down the gain and the threshold settings in the surf, resulting in a loss of depth, but for shallow objects (1-3") it does find things! My only complaint is that I would like to see more coils for this unit. Right now I understand there are only 3 types available. The F5 is an excellent land machine and does pretty well at the beach too... making it a good cross over machine for the beginner-Intermediate MD'er to cut their teeth on. The unit is very easy to use right out of the box, discrimination works like a charm and setting the ground balance is VERY easy to do with this unit. I really like the continual ground conditions read out! I am very pleased with my purchase and would highly recommend the F5 to a newbie or intermediate MD'er.

I Have Been Treasure Hunting with my Fisher F5

Review by Michael T on May 05, 2014

I have been treasure hunting with my Fisher F5 for the last 7 months. Learning curve is quick. I like the knob controls. I considered other machines, but after a lot of research, I decided the F5 was my best option for quality, features and price. The only feature missing is a back-lit display. I have started hunting several times before sunrise. Without a back-lit display, you simply can't see. I set up with my flashlight, otherwise you just have to depend on sound. As of 04/26/14, 7 months, close to 30 trips to the beach with my F5, I have found $95.89 in loose change, $25 in reward money and $150 in jewelry gold sales (jewelry I found). Total = $270.89. My finds will soon pay for my detector. I started a treasure hunting board on Feel free to visit and see my treasures.

Fisher F5 Exceeds Its Price Range!

Review by David H on May 15, 2013

I've used the F5 for over 4 years now, and have had wonderful success with it. To make a long story short, I have no trouble getting the depth or the same quality of finds as my detecting buddies with considerably more expensive machines do. 6 to 12 inches is not uncommon for dime to quarter sized coins and relics - including a small gold coin at 9 inches. Tiny buttons and split shot sized bits read up to 6 - 8 inches. I've even reached coins as deep as 14 inches, and a 4" piece of lead pipe at several feet. I've given up on at least one target when I just couldn't dig any deeper without creating a huge mess - I should really go back for that one!

The Threshold/Gain/Frequency/Ground Balance options allow you to adapt to conditions, including next to electric fences and under high tension lines with little to no issues. If I had to give any negatives to the F5, they would be the following. It LOVES to show iron objects as good targets, and tends to have a little issue with damp areas. As for the iron issue, the F5 will make sure you dig any larger iron relics, which isn't always a bad thing. The issues with wet ground can be countered with reducing the ground balance to 0, although this leads to false targets. The strange thing about the F5? It often sounds off on fresher cow patties...

Conclusion: The F5 will not disappoint you if you're looking for a detector in the $500 range. Personally I won't upgrade until my F5 dies or I get a super deal on an F75!

Review by Marcus L.

Review by Marcus L on March 01, 2011

I would definitely recommend this detector to a beginner or pro. I am a newbie and me and my fiance just found a 1791 Spanish Half Reale. Something to consider is the size of a Spanish Half Reale. It is a very small coin, and at over 8 inches deep, all I can say is WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!. This is with the 10 inch coil also.

Review by Denis L.

Review by Denis L on December 30, 2010

This unit is very easy to use! This detector has a good deep and automatic ground balance, multi-segment target, deep indicator, pinpoint function, what more do you want for $200! I've got 4 years of experience and I've had 5 detectors but this Fisher is one of my best!

Review by Mike G.

Review by Mike G on October 24, 2010

This detector is for the most part as good as everyone says with one exception. I can't detect the coins below the 6 inch depth. I have tested it over and over on different settings. Gain levels, threshold levels makes no difference and it will not detect a dime at 6 inches or a quarter at 7 inches during many different tests, air or ground tests. It is not the machine I thought I was getting. Yes, it will find coins/jewelry all day long in right places just nothing below that 5-6-7 inch range on down. It could be I've just got a bad one. But I have to write on what I have. It is NOT user error as everyone tries to blame it on. Been detecting for 30 years.

Review by Robert Y.

Review by Robert Y on April 04, 2010

The Fisher F5 is extremely easy to use. Once you read the instructions, possibly watch a YouTube video, you can easily make adjustments, discriminate, ground balance and so on. I have had my F5 for 6-8 months now and love every minute of it. I typically find a lot of clad with an occasional older coin. I get a screen depth of about 8" in my soil (Northern California), but faint audio goes down to around 10 or 11". Pinpointing is a breeze with the stock coil and is accurate down to around 6". This detector was a great starting detector and a very good detector for the experienced.

Add-ons: The F5 has a limited amount of accessories, but that is because it really doesn't need them. I did buy the 11" DD coil, which does cover more ground than the stock concentric... but to be honest the stock coil does a great job and gives more depth.

Bottom line: An excellent detector that is easy to use. I highly recommend this detector.

Review by Barry .

Review by Barry on March 22, 2010

I have been metal detecting since the 1970s on and off. I have had luck with the cheaper model metal detectors, but have always had to dig the cans, tabs, and nails. I finally decided to upgrade. I was wanting a detector that would tell me what I am digging, one that I could ignore the things I wanted to ignore, and be able to hunt around old houses and parks but also be able to do some beach detecting. After a lot of research (several weeks) I decided on the Fisher F5. I am so happy. I thought that I was going to have to explain to my wife why I needed to buy a $1000 detector. The Fisher F5 has it all and at a mid-range price! I love having knobs and buttons instead of all buttons, I feel more in control of my settings.

A slight learning curve, but after reading reviews, YouTube videos, and some forums I was pretty much set. It is easy to ground balance yourself, discriminate, and notch out what you don't want. Even if you don't want to discriminate it still shows you what you are over. It still picks up cans, but you learn to tell what they are in the display. Just turn it on and ground balance, set your desired discrimination and you're set to hunt. You can then set the number of tone ID variations between 1 and 4 (I like 4) with the push of one button. If you are picking up frequency interference you can change frequencies with the push of one button. When you are over a target you can pinpoint it with the touch of one button. When over a target it will tell you what it most likely is at the top bar graph and how confident it is in the middle with a two digit number that IDs the target also. Then you just pinpoint it and it tells you the depth! I would highly recommend this detector because it has everything you need at a mid range price. AWESOME!

Review by Kevin L.

Review by Kevin L on October 25, 2009

The Fisher F5 Metal Detector is an excellent value for the money. I bought mine from Kellyco and I love it! One of the unit’s best traits is its recovery speeds. I put it to the ultimate test when in the field I found a nickel and a quarter stuck together. The F5 toned out for each of these! It does not get any better than that! I have been using the unit in dry and semi/wet sand and I would classify the performance as EXCELLENT. This baby is a coin and jewelry magnet. The F5 is light, easy to swing and a solid design. You can't go wrong with this unit. I bought it as a mid range unit and I am so very pleased. I suspect you will be too!

Review by Greg .

Review by Greg on April 13, 2009

So far, I'm very happy with my Fisher F5. It is a little tricky to tune in. But if you give it a chance, you'll find that it does pick up small objects up to 10'' deep. The F5 is nice and lightweight. The pinpoint feature is also very nice. Yes, it has a lot of buttons and knobs, but I'm finding that it's getting easier to use. The Fisher F5 is easy to tune out foil, pull tabs, nails, and empty bullet shells.

Review by Mark E.

Review by Mark E on August 06, 2008

Okay... are you ready for this? I'm going to open this F5 review with a very bold statement. The new Fisher F5 has the BEST user interface of ANY metal detector I've ever used! And I've used a bunch!

The Fisher F5 is yet another weapon in Fisher's ongoing "war on bad ergonomics and interfaces" that tends to plague the hobby industry. The absolute brilliance of the design makes me wonder "why in the world hasn't someone already done this?" Sure... hobby detectors have used knobs in the past to control functions (like Fisher's own venerable CZ series), but never before has there been this perfect storm of digital, software driven power combined with the ease of tactile knob control. The F5 knob settings are instantly relayed to the user in a window in the bottom left of the display (settings). When you give the gain a tweak, the window intelligently switches to the gain setting... adjust the ground balance, it shows you that too! The same goes for Threshold, Discrimination, Tones and more. When you're not adjusting something, the window displays the current ground "phase" setting. It's a great concept... all adjustments can be made on the fly, and you're instantly informed on what you're changing (and by how much).

Each of the knobs on the F5 is strategically placed so you can "thumb" the controls. If I hear a deep target that is on the fringe of detection, I don't have to dig through layers of menus to adjust the gain or threshold... a quick reach with the thumb of my detecting hand and I can ease the controls up quickly and efficiently! When I'm done, it's a very simple task to "thumb" it right back to my starting point... Speaking of gain and threshold, the F5 puts these to control knobs side-by-side for a reason. There is a very synergistic relationship that has to be seen to be believed! High gain or high threshold…which will be best for my current hunting site?

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