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Way back when I was shopping for a machine I had looked at the F5 and ultimately went with my AT Pro. Was always curious how the machine performed depth wise and overall as a coin and relic machine. I do prefer pots over buttons for the finer adjustment and that 7.8khz seems like a good frequency for bad ground.

Poking around I saw that one the dealers has it on sale at $299 and they Nel makes a Superfly for it.

https://www.metaldetector.com/fisher-f5-metal-detector

 

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Hmmm... I thought the F5 had been discontinued some time ago. Maybe they found one in the warehouse.

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Dealers still selling them at the $500 mark and Fisher still has it listed. That one dealer has it at a really good price. Thought it would make a great starter machine for anyone wanted to get into coin and relics.

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I have used.  My bud has one.  He does pretty good with his.  Good higher conductor detector for the $$$.

Nice and ergonimic too.

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16 hours ago, kac said:

Dealers still selling them at the $500 mark and Fisher still has it listed.

Fisher lists discontinued detectors on their website, and most dealers show the F5 as out of stock; others show it as discontinued.

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Fisher hasn't updated their website in ages either, might explain that. Curious why that machine didn't do well market wise when it has the base key features to be a good relic machine.

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I've had an F5 off and on for a few years in addition to the Deus and Nox 800 (and others). The F5 is a great Coin and jewelry detector for hunting parks and school grounds. It not the deepest detector but has some nice features like ground grab and manual G/B, Threshold, Notch, Multi tones, etc. Just a fun detector to use. I think all the Knobs may have scared off a lot of buyers and more experienced users felt like the F5 was a beginners unit (wrong). 

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I think your right on that Tom. Seems Fisher put a pretty small coil on it too which I am certain doesn't help on depth. I did see a 12" superfly coil available for it and with that unit selling at 299 think it would make a nice relic machine with descent depth. I would snag it but I have too many vlf's now. My next machine will probably be a land based pi with ground balance.

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I, myself wouldn't add a larger coil to the F5 as I already have a Nox 800 and the Deus for deeper hunting and/or relic hunting. I do however have a CORS Shrew 3.5 x 6" DD that I once used on a EuroTek Pro. The F5 with that tiny coil gets the job done when hunting around picnic tables where there's lots on aluminum trash (tabs) and bottle caps.  

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Good point. The stock concentric should help around beer caps and flat iron. Probably why it does well with the stock in parks.

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