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Metal Detector Reviews 2012 | Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Metal Detector Still Leads The Way For Beginners
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Metal Detector Reviews 2012 | Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Metal Detector Still Leads the Way for Beginners

The Bounty Hunter Tracker IV is still in the lead for the top metal detector for beginners according to Amazon. Most of the metal detector reviews in 2011 and 2012 for people who have never used one before pointed to the Bounty Hunter Tracker IV. I am so glad they did. I was always curious when I saw someone using one on the beach, especially when they bent down to dig up something they detected. When I finally took the plunge and purchased the Tracker IV, I found it's not only a lot of fun but a great activity to get others involved with too. A metal detector is a great conversation starter!

The instructions for the Tracker IV are very easy to understand and get you started within minutes. Before you begin, the manual for this simple metal detector suggests testing it out with common objects you might find by grabbing some coins and other things you already have and practicing with them first. This helps you learn how to distinguish different sounds the detector makes for the various types of metals and objects. In this way, you can set the detector to tune out junk like aluminum pull tabs and bottle caps.

It has three tonal modes that give you flexibility in choosing which types of metals to search for. You can set it to reject items made of iron in full discrimination mode and two different audio tones help you distinguish between various types of metal. I also learned that since soil and sand naturally contain traces of metal, the Tracker IV's Ground Trac capability automatically balances itself to ignore these.

I've had my Tracker IV metal detector for about a year now and used it in my backyard, at a local park, and at the beach. I don’t use it over the grassy parts of the park but you can find things in the soil covered areas. So far, the best things I found are some change, a two-piece silver wedding ring, a cheap necklace chain, and a commemorative, presidential, silver-plated spoon that has a picture of Martin Van Buren on it. My mom told me these spoons were giveaways when you purchased gas when she was young. The Tracker IV can detect small objects up to eight inches deep and larger items buried up to three feet in dirt or sand.

I really like the fact that the Tracker IV is waterproof. Well, not the whole unit. I wouldn't recommend diving into the water with it. But you can submerge the coil part. If you like to go camping, this metal detector would work great in small creeks and in the campground and surrounding woods.

And, of course, the beach is a great source for lost items too. I also purchased the pouch and scoop so I don't have to dig in the sand with my hands and I have somewhere to store any loot I find. I also take a trash bag along so I can help keep the environment clean by collecting any trash I find and throwing it in a trash receptacle instead of leaving it where I found it.

Tip: I found out that metal detectors work better when you swipe them over the dirt or sand slowly. A little patience is called for here. If you go too quickly, you might miss the beeps, especially if you're not using headphones.

The best places to use metal detectors are anywhere people congregate like campgrounds, local public parks, and the beach. Anywhere you go, take along your metal detector to make the trip more fun. Don't be surprised if you draw a crowd or at least curious stares from those nearby. People are always interested in what you might find when they see you using such a device.

I am happy with my Bounty Hunter Tracker IV. I am not an expert at metal detecting and this device has given me plenty of enjoyment. That is enough for me.


Street Talk

William6  

Hi Ann Marie, I have a Bounty Hunter Tracker IV and I like it. I also have it's obese grandaddy from back in the 80's. I have hit anywhere from the beaches of California to the Baltimore, Maryland playgrounds and all over the Southheastern US. I have been TH'ing in all sorts of weather and have met all sorts of people good and bad. I have found rings watches, coins, and necklaces. I even found a set of car keys out in the middle of a field. I have also found lots and lots and more lots of bottle caps and pull tabs. It's aggravating, but I still put them in my always too full litter pouch. It's a great hobby and I can't wait to get back out there again this fall. Happy hunting!

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  about 7 years ago

Interesting to learn about how you use a metal detector - and that you're helping our planet as you do so. Indeed seems like a conversation opener!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Great way to meet new people! :) You may even get a date out of it if you're single...lol

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  about 7 years ago

I love these things! Your site is looking good!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks, Shawn! :)

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  about 7 years ago

sounds like something I should have to find the car keys my wife keeps loosing...

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  about 7 years ago
  

Many people Do use them for stuff like that, Rob.

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  about 7 years ago

That sounds like a great idea. I often lose keys. Now, if the metal detectors can help us find vibrating cell phones and other small technological devices like the I-Pad, that would be soooo helpful!

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  about 7 years ago
  

LOL...well, I don't know about that but there are metal parts in those things too, aren't there???

  
  about 7 years ago

Retirement will be spend looking for treasure.....I have wanted one for some time now...nice article AnnMarie

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks Tim....new retirement hobby, eh?

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  about 7 years ago

May be if I am good Santa will bring me one....:)

  
  about 7 years ago
  

Better be real good then... :)

  
  about 7 years ago

I live in Israel where there are loads of old coins and artifacts buried under the ground for hundreds of years. This could be interesting!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Better than the US where things aren't so old or ancient...with the exception of American Indian relics. That Could be very interesting.

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  about 7 years ago

Sounds like a cool tool to have around. Thanks for the info.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks, Jim. They are fun to play with.

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  about 7 years ago

I've always wanted to try this. this article put it on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing

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  about 7 years ago
  

Don't wait too long, John...LOL

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  about 7 years ago

I want to get a hold of one of these down in the keys!! Thanks for the read!

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  about 7 years ago
  

They're great on a beach!

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  about 7 years ago

What a great activity to do with your children or grandchildren. It may even draw them away from the computer and video games . Thanks for the article AnnMarie.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Fun for the whole family, Jackelyn! I don't know anyone who isn't at least intrigued by metal detecting. Thanks for the comment.

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  about 7 years ago
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