To begin I’d like to explain a little about why I wanted to write a review of the F75. My first detector was purchased by my wife in 1980. As most well know, the machines back then, had very little depth and hardly, if any, discrimination. Since that time I’ve owned three other detectors from two different manufacturers, not to include my present Fisher F75. Being a procrastinator, (in the biggest way) I\’d dragged my feet for over a year before choosing the F75. I had read every article and review that I could find before my purchase in March of 2009.
The F44 is the latest in the Fisher line of entry level detectors. It was specifically designed and intended for land use and does well in that environment but as the manufacturer clearly states, it was not designed for use on salt water sand or surf.
This field test was designed to evaluate the F44 strictly from the user standpoint and was never intended as a metrics driven technical analysis. Secondly, the results, as with any detector undergoing field testing, reflect and are dependent upon the specific test environment, particularly where the level of mineralization in the soil, sand and water is [...]
I took the F44 for another spin on a saltwater beach but this time using the 7×11 DD coil and in a phrase, “big improvement!” The difference from the stock coil was significantly obvious in terms of overall performance on a wet salt beach and in the surf. After stabilizing it with proper manually adjusted ground balance set at 00 and sensitivity settings between 17-18, I was able to detect the target quarter at depths 2 – 2.5 times deeper than with the stock coil previously tested! The sensitivity and separation capability was also improved.
For a single frequency [...]