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30 of 98 people found this review helpful:
Mar 17, 2008
I had two sent to me from Amazon.com - both were DOA. It looked like a nice unit but i was very disappointed in that they did not work.
Now I am looking for another product, maybe saving up to buy a better quality white unit or tesero
i hope i win this contest so i can get to try a good detector for free. that would be great.
there is nothing else for me to say regarding detectors except this, let me win!!
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Apr 13, 2008
The Bounty Hunter Tracker 4 was my first metal detector. I was eager to try it out but it was the dead of winter here in Ohio and the ground was frozen solid.
I downloaded every treasure tale and metal detecting tip sheet I could get my hand on.
Once the weather had broken, I was off on the hunt. It seems to work exceptionally well on hills I detected. I would go to all the sled riding hills and cash in on the lost change from the sled rider wiped outs. I kept the sensitivity around 1/2.
I decided to go on the beach areas near my home. I found an array of bottle caps, pull tabs, and an occasional penny or nickel.
The controls on the Tracker 4 are simple to understand. The unit is balanced well and was not too heavy to swing for several hours. It is powered by two 9 volt batteries. I get about a half season of detecting before needing to replace the batteries. The coil is waterproof and can be submerged up to the electronics without any problem. I found that the tracker 4 worked well in shallow water as well as in the park. The meter is helpful in indicating the type of target located.
This detector is in the beginner category metal detector but I have found some of my most valuable finds with it. I have passed it on to my son who continues to mark good targets with it. I purchased a more advanced model.
I got hooked on metal detecting with this machine as you might too. If you’re looking to try metal detecting and you don't want to spend a lot of money to find out if you might like the sport, I would suggest a Bounty Hunter Tracker 4.
Did you find this metal detector review helpful? 47 of 47 people found this review helpful:
Mar 20, 2008
Experience is the best teacher ! With my experience in metal detecting, I have seen many a detector with flashy symbols, lights, gauges, and colors, but not many have surpassed the ease and expertise with which this simply styled, yet extremely reliable and precise, Bounty Hunter Tracker IV metal detector guide you to your finds. Whether they are silver, gold, copper or bronze, no metals escape the bloodhound accuracy of this light, little treasure.
I was amazed at the heavy amount of finds I was able to uncover, without paying the heavy duty price of a very heavy machine. I once swung this little beauty for 6 hours straight, and my arm was no less the wear than when I started. The meter and discrimination settings were easily adjusted, controlled, and and able to be read, consistently yielding finds on wet or dry, sand, soil, and dirt. The auto ground balance was a big help, and allowed me the time to enjoy detecting, rather than fiddling with controls.
I have never experienced problems finding the target with my tracker IV. I found numerous silver coins at nearly 2 feet in the sand, and gold rings, pendants, and other goodies, even deeper than that ! Consistently finding good targets, you have to rely on what this machine tells you. If you don't hear a strong, steady, signal, and decide to dig, you will only spend hours of backbreaking work digging up total trash. With the discrimination set to just past 12:00, it sets aside all the garbage, and has no problem separating the small time clad pennies from the nickels, quarters, silver, and gold. A strong, distinct, high tone usually means a silver find, and a strong, low tone usually means gold, dimes, quarters, but watch out, you will dig plenty of pull tabs, rolled up aluminum foil, and cigarette boxes, as these usually masquerade themselves as gold, when passed under a detector.
When using this machine in busy park areas, I also recommend using the smaller 4" coil, as it helps with pinpointing targets in litter ridden areas. All things considered, I say that the Bounty Hunter Tracker IV is one of the best, if not the best, deals around in the metal detecting hobby, it will give you more hours of enjoyment than you could ever hope for. I give this tracker IV a perfect score when it comes to meeting all your expectations !
Did you find this metal detector review helpful? 32 of 39 people found this review helpful:
Apr 21, 2008
The Bounty Hunter Tracker IV is a beginner level detector, selling for around $140, but you probably find one cheaper. This was one of the first detectors that I owned. I chose it for two reasons, one, the price. It was one of the cheapest detectors that I could find out there. The second reason was that it looked like it would do the job. The Tracker IV's control panel has a sensitivity knob, a discrimination knob and a target indicator meter. The Tracker IV has 3 different modes of detecting and automatic ground balancing.
What I liked about the Tracker IV was that it was so simple to use. With it I found a gold bracelet and a lot of change. You really don't need to practice using the Tracker IV. Basically, you can turn it on and go. You don't need to set up any buttons.
What I don't like about the Tracker IV is that it lacks a lot of features. It does not have a depth meter. Without the depth meter, I found that I was unable to get an accurate depth of the target and didn't know how far down to dig. Also, the Tracker IV does not have a pinpointing option. My holes were bigger than they should have been with out a pinpointing feature. Another thing that the Tracker IV is lacking is target ID. I personally like to have a relative idea of what I'm digging.
As, you can see the Tracker IV lacks a lot of features. If you want the basic detector with no bells and whistles for an extremely cheap price, than the Tracker IV is a great buy for you. Don't expect a lot of features with the Tracker IV. Overall, I would give the Tracker IV 3 stars. Thumbs up for the price, but thumbs down for the features.
East Meadow, Ny
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