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This metal detector is, well, just ok...
on October 13, 2011
I purchased this metal detector for myself and my BF. We've both never metal detected before as a hobby, but were interested in trying it out. We saw this Bounty Hunter "Gold Digger" model on Amazon for a fair price, and figured why not give it a go!
Well, the unit is very user freindly! It's very easy to put together. It should take only about 10 minutes following the directions that come with the item. It simply operates using two 9-volt batteries. If this is a gift, don't forget the batteries...or the whole excitement factor just went out the window,lol. Anyway, we've since taken it out into the wooods a maybe a handful of times so far, and for all intensive purposes..it does an ok job. We found a few coins, some rusty nails and such, and it pretty much does what it was built to do.
As we did more research, however, we've since discovered that if this is going to be a new hobby for someone...A LOT of time and energy can be saved by moving up to the next price point ($200 or so). What I mean is some of the units in that higher price point have a little basic monitor on the front that can tell you what it is you've found...before you spend 15-30 minutes DIGGING and...DIGGING, just to come up with nasty rusted out tin can that is useless! Take my word for it, this "Gold Digger" model is...just ok for a beginner. Maybe great for a kid with lots of endless energy to burn digging a hundred holes a day every weekend. But, if it's for you, or an adult friend who is taking up Detectoring as a new and exciting hobby...pop for the higher end unit and you'll (he,she,mom,dad,pal) will have a much better time knowing that you're at least digging or sifting through loose sand for say a valuable coin...instead of some junk that someone should have put in a trash can 50 years ago!
Happy relic hunting!!