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I got lucky at the recent East Texas Treasure Show and found a nice used Fisher F5. I specifically wanted to try this detector because of the separate Gain & Threshold controls along with Target ID and the running Ground Phase and Mineralization scale. I hope it may prove a less powerful but versatile companion to the Vista X at a lower kHz frequency. 

I am surprised that I can not seem to pull anything up from the past in this forum on it. Any comments from those who have used a F5 would be appreciated. 

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6 hours ago, JCR said:

I am surprised that I can not seem to pull anything up from the past in this forum on it. Any comments from those who have used a F5 would be appreciated.

This forum has grown by leaps and bounds in the last year or two.  The F5 was released several years before this forum was created.  DetectorProspector.com came into existence to fill the gap of detectors used for finding native gold but has grown to include any legitimate metal detector.  Today any new or even proposed detector with even a hope of being relevant (independent of application) gets attention.

The Fisher F5 is a coin specialty detector and in combination with its release date seems to have slipped through the cracks.  There are certainly some here who have experience with it (including some who still own it) so hopefully you will get some responses to your request.

It sounds like you got a deal one one.  From your realistic expectations I suspect you will be pleased with its performance.

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I own the F5 and think it is a  very nice detector.  In my opinion it has one of the nicest displays going.  Very adjustable with all controls on the front panel and no menu diving. Mike Hillis was known as the F5 guru and wrote the F5 bible.  Do a search on Mike Hillis and read up on his tips.  He found lots of rings with his unit.  The F5 is very good at coin shooting and has a very distinctive high pitch tone.  When it sounds off you will know you have found something good. The F5 was my first "real" detector when I bought it many years ago.  I sold it after a couple of years but there was something about it that made me always miss it even though I owned higher end detectors.  About six months ago I saw a vendor selling new units at a very very steep discount with two coils.  Almost half the price of what I paid many years ago so I bought one. My understanding is Fisher had discontinued the F5 and this vendor bought out the remaining inventory. They sold so well that I read that Fisher was going to make another run. I think you will really like this detector.

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Thanks for the replies. I have read the info that Mike Hillis has posted and that let me know what to expect. He is very knowledgeable. So far it is what I had hoped and I really think it will fill a spot for me in addition to being a learning tool for setting up any detector for more challenging conditions. I hope to be able to get another coil or two in DD. It is my first Fisher unit.

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