First things first; is it for you? Well, if you're looking for an all-rounder metal detector for coin shooting or even extensive search for metals like gold, silver, and as such, then it is for you. We'd suggest this to any beginner or professional.
In this Fisher F75 review, we’ll be taking a look at the company’s one of the most sought after mid-high range metal detectors. For a while, they’ve been making top-notch metal detectors in each class.
The first thing you’ll notice as we did is its design. Their intention is clear; this is an all-rounder when it comes to hunting for any kind of metals in any situation.
Fisher F75 Metal Detector Overview
Fisher brought the F75 in 2007, and the updated versions are still being produced. Although not the lightest detector of the bunch, it’s certainly one of the most comfortable if not the most thanks to the ergonomic handle and padding.
With a nicely balanced weight, you’ll be using it for hours and not feel a thing. It’s ready to be used straight out of the box.
The F75 runs on AA batteries, and you'll need 4 of them, which should give you about 40 hours of runtime, and that's plenty. Buy rechargeable batteries for less hassle, although they will provide reduced runtime.
It has a ¼ inch headphone jack, but no headphone comes with it. No wireless headphone compatibility, either. The control panel is an LCD, and it's controlled by a single node.
In terms of features, the 11-inch elliptical coil is waterproof with a high search frequency that makes it a preferable option for gold coin searching.
The rest of the features include different search and discrimination modes, Digital ID, both manual and auto ground balance, and other modes like pinpointing and digital shielding technology. More on these below.
It has one of the higher frequencies available in metal detectors. At 13kHz, it’s the highest among Fisher detectors equaling with the F70. Its competitor, Garrett AT Pro, has a higher frequency of 15kHz.
Detectors with higher frequency have a better chance of detecting small objects with a bit of sacrifice in the depth of search. But the 13kHz frequency of this F75 balances between them nicely.
This is a good choice if you’re into searching for relics, coins, and other jewelry.
You’ll have three search modes at your disposal. They are,
- Dynamic All-Metal Mode
Here, you’ll need to move your coil around to detect an object. This has a higher sensitivity range than the other two.
- Static All-Metal Mode
As the name says, you'll not need to move the coil around to detect objects, and it detects larger and deeper objects better.
- Discrimination Mode
This is also a motion mode, but this is specifically for ditching trash and picking the specific good things you want from it.
The discrimination mode of the Fisher F75 is a very detailed and helpful one. Its discrimination range is distributed into 8 parts, such as ferrous, non-ferrous, and others.
Its discrimination range is from 0 to 99. Each of the levels denotes a specific material that helps you to eliminate the things you don’t want to search for. The notch discrimination comes in handy in this case.
Digital Target ID
To dig or not to dig? This question is answered by this feature. You can ensure its efficient use by combining its discrimination and FeTone audio settings.
This feature is a basic one to be included in all mid-range detectors. It’s quite a necessary feature to have as the scale lets you understand what sort of object is hiding under the soil.
The digital ID’s are denoted by numerical numbers. It has a scale of 0-99 based on its base metal. You’ll learn the range for different metals as you continue to work with it.
There are some usual target ID ranges or VDI scale given below that can help the inexperienced.
- 99- Large Non-Ferrous
- 50- Medium Non-Ferrous
- 20- Small Non-Ferrous
- 5- Tiny Ferrous/Non-Ferrous Overlap
- 3- Small Ferrous
- Medium Ferrous
- Large Ferrous
This is more of a generalized idea, but you get the point, right?
The control panel is an LCD screen that we appreciate. It's a backlit screen, so it is quite clear. You’ll tinker with the settings by its single node. We would have liked different nodes for each setting like the Garrett AT Pro has, but this will have to do.
You'll need to use your other hand to change the settings during your search operation, which is a bummer. Leaving and holding the shovel to change settings each time is tiresome.
Manual and Auto Ground Balance
It has both of the options in it. Moreover, its FASTGRAB feature allows you to change up between them rapidly.
From rapid response time to the digital shielding technology and a Trigger Pinpointer, it’s got the basics right and more. But how does it stack up against Garrets or XPs?
Comparisons with Other Models:
Fisher F75 Vs Garrett AT Pro
These are two of the best in the business. Both have done right by their features, and both have some advantages over the other.
In terms of construction, there's no contention worth noticing. Both of their coils are durable, but Garrett AT pro's coil is the better one in terms of reliability.
We prefer the armrest of the Fisher F75, and it's one of the most comfortable ones. Both the Fisher F75 and Garrett AT pro have all the necessary features. But Garrett AT pro comes up in front with its underwater searchability.
When talking about modes, the F75 has two extra modes: Threshold setting and Static mode. The discrimination accuracy of the F75 is also better.
Ease of use goes to the Garrett AT pro as you can easily access the control panel, whereas in the F75, you have to use your other hand to change settings.
Fisher F75 Vs XP DEUS
Another rivalry worth mentioning is with the XP DEUS. Both have made their places as professional metal detectors. But we have our favorite.
Again, the armrest of the F75 wins, as does its better ergonomic design. Other manufacturers should take note.
The F75 seemed to be the better one detecting small targets sitting deep in the soil while the XP Deus does hold its own. That being said, you'll notice more false signals and VDIs with the Fisher, which rarely happens with the XP.
Furthermore, the XP Deus is a better detector in terms of discrimination, and it identifies big silver coins better.
Ease of use goes to the F75, to be fair, just by an inch. The XP Deus has some hidden settings that need time to get used to, and also the F75 allows quick searching. But then again, the XP Deus has more settings for more customization.
The XP Deus is wireless and works with wireless headphones! And what’s more, it has rechargeable batteries than can be charged directly, which is the opposite for the F75.
Yes, the price difference is big. So, make your decision.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s waterproof up to the control box, which means that the coil is waterproof, but you can't wet the control box.
Not much of a difference worth mentioning other than the price difference. The special edition has a black shaft, comes with an extra 5-inch DD coil and two additional modes: Boost and Cache. And it can detect a bit deeper than the standard one.
No accessories unless you buy a combo. There are many accessories available such as the headphone, extra coils, and pads.
No, there is no age limit for using this Fisher F75 metal detector. Kids also can use it, but this is a professional detector, so it's not recommended.
It all depends on how you use it. You can expect a full 40 hours of runtime from its 4 AA batteries. Using headphones will help as power will be saved.
Headphones are optional. You can work without headphones, but using a headphone increases inclusivity and reduces distractions as well. And as said before, using headphones can save the juice for longer runtime.
Any good quality metal detectors will detect from 4 to 6 inches. This one can go up to 12 inches, depending on the specific metal.
Everything in this Fisher F75 review is put together for you to let you know that you’re making a good choice by considering it. Although the Garrett AT Pro gives it a good competition, it has some additional features and the most comfortable design to make up for its price gap.
With all being said, we don’t see why this shouldn’t be a top recommendation.