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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!).

Fisher F-Pulse pinpointer, a pulse-induction model pinpointer: Features
  • Pulse Induction
  • Beep, vibrate or both
  • Lost mode alarm
  • Single button operation
  • 3 sensitivity levels
  • Proportional response
  • Retune
  • Adjustable LED light
  • Auto shutdown
  • 2-AA batteries (not included)
  • Belt holster included
  • 2-year warranty
  • Constructed from special abrasion-resistant materials (won’t wear through like other pinpointers)


Makro Pointer pinpointer: Our price $125.00 SPECIAL!!! (price can change any time...)

Comments: the Makro Pointer pinpointer is the only pinpointer that is waterproof to 1 meter, which is about 3 feet. It will also shield its signal while not in use, so that the signal does not interfere with the operation of your metal detector. It also has a powewrful LED flashlight built right in to the unit.
Rating by Big Valley:

White's TRX Bullseye pinpointer: MSRP $149.95

  • 12 kHz operating frequency, doesn't interfere with any other metal detector
  • Audio and/or vibrate alert
  • Automatic ground balance with tracking
  • Automatic power off
  • Dual battery operation (2-AA or 1-9V
  • Full two-year warranty
  • Holster (up to 3” belt)
  • Lanyard attachment loop on TRX and holster
  • LED light
  • Lost pinpointer alarm
  • Overload indicator
  • Replaceable shell
  • Rugged, weatherproof design
  • Ruler, with inch markings
  • Simple, one-button operation
  • Target ratcheting

Comments: White's Bullseye TRX is the perfect companion to your metal detector. No tuning. Completely automatic. Powerful LED light illuminates target areas when the button is pushed. Powered for up to 20 hours on two AA batteries or a single 9-volt battery.
The Bullseye TRX's area of detection is concentrated around the tip, making it easy to zero in on the target. This is just one of the many features that make the Bullseye TRX the most complete pinpointer on the market. Rating by Big Valley:

Pistol Probe pinpointer by Detector Pro: MSRP $189.95

  • Pulse induction technology
  • Adjustable pulse timing to prevent cross-talk and increase sensitivity over small items
  • Manual tuning/threshold adjustment
  • Excellent depth on coins and 3+ grain nuggets
  • Larger than average
  • Wide grip, less comfortable than others
  • Full time audio, manual audio low, high, silent with LED target light

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

  • Vibrate mode
  • Dirt resistant on/off button switch replaced older toggle Bullseye I
  • Audio mode
  • Bright white LED illuminates hole... also works well for Night Hawks and locating fallen or left tools in the grass
  • Comfortable fit in your hand
  • Minimum depth
  • VLF circuit
  • Adjustable sensitivity

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.
Rating by Big Valley:

Vibraprobe 580 pinpointer: OUR PRICE $139.95 MSRP $149.95

  • Automatic on and manual off by tilting
  • Vibrate only
  • Submersible to 100'
  • Moderate depth improvement over 560
  • Comfortable grip
  • Pulse induction circuit

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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PRO Pointer pinpointer from Garrett: OUR PRICE $127.45 MSRP $150.00

  • VLF technology 12 kHz
  • Ergonomically superior to most other models
  • Durable construction
  • Similar button switch like Bullseye locks unit on
  • Loud audio and vibrate simultaneous signal; place thumb over micro/speaker to semi-mute
  • Scraper blade... works great in bark
  • Increasing gradient audio response; gives you an accurate sense of how close you are to target
  • Depth is excellent but falls short of the leader: Pistol Probe
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)

  • Integrates with detectors circuit through on/off switch box
  • NO cross talk
  • Adds a little weight to the detector
  • Durable construction, tips now in black
  • Excellent depth
  • Limited to certain makes/models but preferred by Minelab owners
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

  • On switch and then turn to target audio and back off
  • Quality construction and performance suspect
  • No LED light
  • Audio only
  • Depth is minimal, least in Trans Bay's test

Comments: you'll find this pinpointer of very cheap construction usually packaged together with high end Fisher F series.
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It's hard to beat Minelab's Equinox 800 or 600, so come see me at Big Valley Metal Detectors to get yours, and I'll show you how to use it properly, too!!
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