Fisher 1280X Metal Detector with 10.5" Search Coil
- Product Review (submitted on March 18, 2008):
This was the first detector I ever purchased. At the time of purchase I had dreams of learning how to scuba dive then discovering shipwrecks and gold coins. I never did take up scuba, but I did use this detector to start me in the hobby. Since I never made it underwater, I came upon my coins by hitting the parks. Then I branched out into relic and beach hunting. The machine is easy to use with the headphones and coil hard wired into the control box. When starting off, I didn’t have to think about what headphones I should use or which coil would be the best for my type of hunting. As long as I had batteries that were charged, I was good to go.
The control box is pretty basic, and I was easily able to use the machine. I would read the manual, play with the machine, and do some tests on coins and jewelry around the house. After that I was out into the backyard and parks, which lead to coins from day one. With basic knobs of volume, discrimination, and sensitivity it still took me a few times out to get comfortable with my settings. I think that was more because I was new to the hobby and not because of the machine. I went from finding clad, to older coins, to silver and gold jewelry. The hard case makes it very easy to travel with. I even took it to Mexico with me on my honeymoon. After bringing a few gold rings to my wife on the beach, she would yell at me if I was sunbathing "get out there and find more gold.”
The one thing I did have a problem with was going into the wet sand. It seemed like the wet sand would cause an increase in false signals. In fresh water or dry sand the machine worked like a charm. I ultimately did change to a different detector that I felt might be better in wet saltwater sand.
This was a great starting water machine; and I never regretted owning this one. I even wish I still had it at times, especially when I'm at a fresh water pond or lake.