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"What is the BEST pinpointer?" A common question. Here you can learn...

..all about PINPOINTERS.


Preface: Electronic pinpointers come into play after locating the target initially with your metal detector. They can decrease the time of target recovery tremendously, helping you dig more good targets in a shorter period of time... and with less digging (less mess!).



Pistol Probe pinpointer by Detector Pro: MSRP $189.95

Comments: this is the deepest of the probes. It needs a vibrate mode, VCO, or gradient audio like the Garrett has as you close in on the target. Detector Pro also makes a Uni-Probe which DOES have that gradient audio approach at $279.95. That probe can convert into a full blown pulse detector. Also: Uniprobe Headphones... they incorporate the same circuitry to bring you a high quality Detector Pro headphone set at $349.95.
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Whites Bullseye II 120mm pinpointer: MSRP $119.95


Comments: the Bullseye II is frequently included with White's seasonal specials or mail in offers. Most of my customers own this pinpointer. It has a moderate price point and although it is not deep, is has adequate performance. Once you set the audio level, operation is very simple and automatic. Audio and vibrate rocker switch in 9 Volt battery compartment.

White's distributors/local dealers have been replacing Bullseye II's that don't hold up to the abuse as some users like to force that probe into the soil to find the target. Many of my customers eventually upgrade to a Garrett Pro Pointer or a Detector Pro Pistol Probe.
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Vibraprobe 580 pinpointer: OUR PRICE $139.95 MSRP $149.95

Comments: the 580 has been just introduced and replaces the shorter lived 570. Like the 560, it is unique and you can submerge it under water which makes it ideal to use at the splash line in lakes such as Lake Tahoe, or at waters edge.
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Treasure Mate pinpointer by Tesoro: MSRP $179.95

Comments: vibrate mode can cause occasional failure when unit is always left on. It can go off constantly due to contact with treasure pouch/metal targets, so it is best to turn it off when not in use. The lifetime warranty on this unit is the strongest warranty available. It does have a higher than average on false signaling. When tuner is turned down enough, false signaling can be reduced. This unit ground balances like a small metal detector such as for instance the Falcon Series.
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PRO Pointer pinpointer from Garrett: OUR PRICE $127.45 MSRP $150.00

Comments: you can't turn off audio but overall #1 in my book due to its gradient target acquisition, which works like a Geiger counter...the beats increase until you are about 1/2" away and then flat lines. About 3x depth of Bullseye II, Fisher FP. In depth it is surpassed only by the probes of Sun Ray and Detector Pro.
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Sun Ray in-line probe/pinpointers: MSRP $189.95 (Minelab owners add $32.00 for middle rod)

Comments: Proprietary to the model(s) it is built for. The DX-1 as an example works ONLY on the Whites DFX, M6, MXT and will not work on other detectors. This pinpointer is popular with owners of Minelab, Whites, Garrett and Fishers. Not made for Chinese- and other off-brand detectors.
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F-Point pinpointer by Fisher: OUR PRICE $69.95 MSRP $79.95

Comments: you'll find this pinpointer of very cheap construction usually packaged together with high end Fisher F series.
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