Makro Racer Metal Detector
Introducing the Makro Racer metal detector. The Makro Racer is available now. The Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $499 for the Racer is very aggressive for a detector that offers both manual ground balance and automatic ground tracking. The ergonomic three pound package is also drawing attention, as the Racer's ability to pull non-ferrous targets out of heavy trash. I have a detailed review of the Makro Racer with photos on the Detector Prospector forum.
Note also that Makro has now released another new model, the Makro Racer 2.
Makro Gold Racer vs Racer 2
The Makro Racer comes standard with an 11" x 7" DD coil and has optional 5.5" x 4.7", 10" x 5.5", and 15.5" x 13.25" DD coils available. The Makro Racer models will not share coils with the Nokta FORS models. The Makro Racer is a 14 kHz single frequency detector while the FORS models are 15 kHz and even though that is close, I have tested the coils and they are model specific.
It is evident from the photo of the display panel shown above that the Makro Racer shares an almost identical feature set with the Nokta FORS CoRe metal detector. The Racer is basically a FORS CoRe in a lighter weight package and a forward facing display.
The Makro Racer includes innovative features like a handle incorporated vibration mode for use in very noisy areas. This feature can even be used to allow a deaf person to metal detect more efficiently and safely without having to constantly stare at the meter. There is a small LED flashlight built into the pod that illuminates the coil area in low light conditions.
The Makro Racer has a full set of accessory items available, including optional environmental cover set, a Bluetooth module and headphones, and coils including the new 10" x 5.5" DD coil pictured above. This coil will be the stock coil on the Gold Racer model.
There is a Pro Package available (pictured above) that includes a carry bag, environmental cover set, NiMH rechargeable battery system, 5.5" x 4.7" accessory coil, treasure bag, Makro t-shirt & hat, and headphones. The Pro Package is $699.00.
The Makro Racer comes with an 11" x 7" DD coil but a popular option will be the 10" x 5.5" DD coil. This is a superior coil for nugget detecting due to the narrower profile and solid design, which prevents it from snagging on brush or sharp edged rocks. Other coil options include the 5.2" x 4.7" DD coil and 15.5" x 13.25" coil. The small coil is great for hunting in really trashy locations and for finding the smallest targets. The large coil is mainly for covering more ground quickly but also adds extra depth on large items.
The Racer is a very high gain detector susceptible to overload signals. From the Findmall Makro Forum "The electronic gain of the RACER consists of 3 levels to eliminate the internal electromagnetic noise and to adjust the saturation level. The electronic gain change points correspond to levels 39 and 69 on the Gain setting. In case of saturation (overload), you may raise your search coil a bit or adjust the Gain to the lower electronic gain level. For example, in the All Metal and Two Tone modes, if the Gain is set to 70 or above and if saturation occurs, adjusting the Gain to 69 or 39 will minimize or eliminate the saturation. Similarly, if you experience saturation in the Three Tone mode, adjusting the Gain to 39 will be sufficient. Reducing the gain will not cause a dramatic decrease in depth."
The VDI chart below is based on statements by company representatives that the Racer is very similar to the Nokta FORS CoRe in capability combined with the VDI reference label published in early photos. You can see below that the VDI values on the reference label and those published in the FORS CoRe owners manual match almost perfectly.
Makro is fast gaining attention as a company that listens to its customers. The new Makro Racer models are offering performance on par with detectors selling for quite a bit more money. They are simpler detectors focused on the task at hand - making good finds.
Detailed Review of Makro Racer
Download the Makro Racer Instruction Manual Here
Download the Makro Racer Product Brochure Here
|Technology||Induction Balance (IB)|
|Autotune Mode(s)||Pre-Set Slow Motion|
|Ground Rejection||Grab, Manual, & Tracking|
|Discrimination||Variable with Visual ID & Tone ID|
|Audio Output||1/4" Headphone Socket & Speaker|
|Hip Mount||Shaft Mount Only|
|Standard Search Coil(s)||11" x 7" DD|
|Optional Search Coils||4.7" x 5.2", 5.5" x 10", 13.25" x 15.5"|
|Operating Time||25 - 30 hours|
|Additional Technology||Built in handle vibration target feedback, backlit screen, optional Bluetooth headphones|
*Notes on Technical Specifications - Detailed notes about the specifications listed in this chart.