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  1. #16

    May 2005
    671
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    Re: Automax Precision v4 Pinpointer is crap...

    I use the Cen-Tech from Harbor Freight, about $20. Had mine for about 2 years, still working & think maybe still on first battery or 2nd. The only problem is if you must be very quiet, it is audio alert only. HH, George (MN)

  2. #17
    us
    Aug 2010
    Oregon
    Garrett Ace 250 - Bounty Hunter 505 - White's Prizm V - Garrett Propointer
    12

    Re: Automax Precision v4 Pinpointer is crap...

    Quote Originally Posted by George (MN)
    I use the Cen-Tech from Harbor Freight, about $20. Had mine for about 2 years, still working & think maybe still on first battery or 2nd. The only problem is if you must be very quiet, it is audio alert only. HH, George (MN)
    I second the Cen-Tech solution now selling at Harbor Freight for $16.99. Good range, adjustable-sensitivity, auto-off when you release the button, built in light, even a case. Why pay more and get less?

  3. #18
    us
    Mar 2007
    Kerrville, TX
    White's DFX: Minelab Excalibur 1000
    1,184
    3 times

    Re: Automax Precision v4 Pinpointer is crap...

    I have two pinpointers.... Bullseye I and the Vibraprobe. The Bullseye is giving less and less and less depth with each use. It's about 4 yrs old. The Vibraprobe....I just never get used to it. It kept going off in my bag. So...I have been looking very seriously at the Garrett Pro.
    --Mel

    Borninok
    To conquer your flaws, you must first accept them.

  4. #19
    us
    May 2010
    South Jersey
    Whites DFX, MXT
    963
    340 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Automax Precision v4 Pinpointer is crap...

    Two reasons it could be doing this, it is either faulty or there's metal in your bag somewhere, possibly a grommet. Once its turned on you have two minutes before it vibrates twice announcing that it is turning itself off, the others have a button or switch that would manually shut
    Quote Originally Posted by borninok
    I have two pinpointers.... Bullseye I and the Vibraprobe. The Bullseye is giving less and less and less depth with each use. It's about 4 yrs old. The Vibraprobe....I just never get used to it. It kept going off in my bag. So...I have been looking very seriously at the Garrett Pro.
    --Mel

    Borninok
    them down. If there is metal somewhere in your bag it is doing its job, vibrating. I have not experienced any problems whatsoever with mine. It came with a nice slip in holder that makes it very convenient to use and it stays put. I purchased a padded belt at the local hardware store for it. I left it accidentally behind once and had my backup in the truck, a Bullseye pinpointer, it was a long frustrating day. Arty
    Its a small world until you have to walk somewhere.

  5. #20
    us
    Sep 2010
    Carson, California
    Whites IDX Pro w/950 Coil, Bounty Hunter Fortune Hunter w/Gold Nugget Coil
    2

    Re: Automax Precision v4 Pinpointer is crap...


    here is a pic of mine after using i in a bad way a few times!!! Cheap cheap cheap!!!! C@@P Chug and Red


    Hey, That's the same way mine looked after tossing it in the rear cargo box on my XR650L and riding 200 miles (180m FWY, 20m Dirt)
    I actually broke all four wires that go to the coil. (very thin and all the same color) I did manage to get it back together but I'm not sure if I got the wires mixed up or if the thing was always as bad as it is now. Would be nice if someone had a pic of the coil that shows which wires go where on the circuit board. The tips of the wires were color coded but where they broke there all the same. I also bought a Bounty Hunter Pinpointer but the performance is about the same. You almost have to touch something to find it. One of my other posts describes other issues I had with it as well. For anyone who has an Auto V4 if you can twist off the tip of the pointer a drop of glue could save you a lot of trouble. HH
    Chris

  6. #21
    us
    Sep 2010
    southeast PA
    CTX3030
    711
    61 times

    Re: Automax Precision v4 Pinpointer is crap...

    i just recieved one of those V4's from kellyco for ordering a detector and haven't used it yet, it did seem rather bulky and not really built well but will make a great backup pinpointer. i have been using a vibraprobe for a couple years and really like it, no buttons to break, totally waterproof and doesn't make a sound(vibrates only)
    down and dirty

  7. #22
    us
    Aug 2010
    Oregon
    Garrett Ace 250 - Bounty Hunter 505 - White's Prizm V - Garrett Propointer
    12

    Re: Automax Precision v4 Pinpointer is crap...

    Well since my reply Aug 9th I have upgraded to a Garrett Propointer and I am very pleased with it and my success rate has improved dramatically with fewer lost targets. I have no complaints with the Propointer at all.

 

 
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