Fisher F44 Review in 2020
Fisher F44 was specifically designed to be an upgrade to the already existing entry level of F4.
While the F4 is an entry level metal detector that has minimal features, aimed for the beginner when they just start out., the F44 has seen a bump in features with great overall experience for the starters.
The pricing for this metal detector is in the range of the medium level metal detectors £ as it should be expected.
This is enough to take a closer look at the F44 and see if it really is a step in the right direction with the advancement.
Design and Appearance of Fisher F44
To start things off, you are going to need to assemble the F44 as it will arrive to you in various pieces.
Unlike many other metal detectors, this one actually requires the help of a tool. Of course, it is only a screwdriver but still, requires a little bit more elbow grease than with other models.
In particular, you are going to need more time to set up the F44 than the F4.
This is not the only place that the path diverges between the F44 and the F4.
The other noticeable element is the 11” triangulated elliptical concentric waterproof coil. This coil is more ideally shaped to fit into smaller areas and have greater accuracy at picking up objects. The coil is waterproof and can be submerged in water. The lower portion of the stem can also be placed in water but the upper part and control housing cannot.
This metal detector is weatherproof, however, and can function even when it is raining. The only catch is that it can’t spend too much time in the water or be submerged. Even the headphone jack can be covered up with a rubber cover to prevent moisture or other particles from getting in.
The display is bigger on the F44 than with the F4. In this way, the metal detector is actually closer in design to the F22 as they share a similar structure and construction.
The larger display means that the user is able to view a greater amount of information, increasing precision of detecting endeavors.
The F44 weighs only a little over two pounds. This makes it excellent for longer detecting trips as you are unlikely to get tired, carrying it around. The armrest, as well as the handgrip, are also adequately cushioned to add to the comfort level of the detector.
Buttons and Modes of Fisher F44
As noted, the F44 and the F22 share a lot of designs when it comes to the control box.
They have similar buttons including the Power, Mode, Pinpoint, selection, and Menu buttons.
The F44 has something additional, however, and this is the Ground Grab button. The Ground Grab feature is responsible for ground balance.
The F44 consists of four different modes. You can choose between:
- Jewelry Mode: this is when all of the iron objects are ignored during the search.
- Coin Mode: when this mode is activated, both foil and aluminum are rejected and not detected by the machine.
- Artifact Mode: in this mode, all of the target categories are enabled. This means that none of the materials are left out while the machine is being used.
- Custom Mode: with the custom mode, the settings are programmed by the user. This means that they can assign any tone that they want to a particular target category.
- All metal mode: detect any type of metal (thanks to Phill in the comments for mentioning it),
The F44 also has a greater sensitivity range than the F22. With this metal detector, the range is between 1 and 20, offering a larger number of settings for the users.
Features and Performance of Fisher F44
There are several features that make the F44 a lot more proficient than the F4. One of these is the nine segment Target ID.
These nine segments are not just visual but also numerical. They are indicative of probable target IDs that range from 1 to 99.
The various materials are placed into a category of their own. When the category is indicated, there is a strong probability that the detector has detected that particular material.
One of the advantages of this metal detector is the fast response. It only indicates the last object that was detected and often ‘clears’ its memory in a matter of seconds. This proves to be especially useful when searching in areas where objects may be quite close to one another. Especially if the good quality targets are closely mixed with the trash items.
More specifically, there are Iron, Silver, and Gold indicators. These are in the form of bars, surrounding the target categories. If an object is more likely to be made from one of these materials, the bar around the categories will light up.
The other feature that is useful is the four tone identification capabilities.
In addition to the visual cues, there are also audio tones to indicate what has been found. These tones include bass, low, medium, and high. You can choose to customize the tone to the category in custom mode.
One of the reasons that the F44 is considered to be more useful than the F22 is the Ground Grab feature.
With this, you can take into account the naturally occurring mineralization present on the ground. This will result in reduced interference during the detecting process.
Pros and Cons of Fisher F44
- Waterproof coil
- Ground balance
- Increased sensitivity
- Audio and visual Target ID
- A bit expensive
- Minor hassle with setup
The Final Verdict about F44
One of the frequent questions that people ask when thinking about purchasing the F44 is that whether it is worth it comparing it with other models in the same class.
Just the simple fact that it this model has ground balance means a lot. It makes for greater clarity and fewer interruptions during the detecting. Not to mention, the greater range of sensitivity means that the target identification is more accurate as a result.
So, yes, you may have to spend a little more and it may take just a little longer to assemble.