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Bounty Hunter TIMERANGER Time Ranger Metal Detector

Pros: A deep detection range in a light, waterproof package. Easily distinguishes various metals. Simple to adjust and calibrate.

Cons: Might be complicated for beginners. Display is small and difficult to read. Unit is finicky to program for different metals.

Summary: The Best of the Best because of its ability to detect, its durability and for being easy to adjust. It's hard to go wrong with this unit.
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Ground EFX MC1 Youth Metal Detector

Pros: Durable model good for beginners and newcomers. Looks like a toy but functions like a tool. Easily finds small items.

Cons: Adjustable arm sometimes fails. Length is an issue - as is lack of wrist control. Won't find much more than coins.

Summary: A good choice for grandkids and those who want to start small. Better choices exist for everyone else.
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Bounty Hunter BHJS Junior Metal Detector

Pros: Ready to use out of the box after inserting batteries. Solid and well-made without being heavy. Good choice for youngsters.

Cons: More of a toy than a serious tool. Range is limited and battery life is short. Requires considerable tinkering to detect metal.

Summary: This is a toy and should be treated as such. Better options exist even for children. The positive marks are insufficient.
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Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV Metal Detector

Pros: Easy to assemble and lightweight. Shaft adjusts in length. Sensitivity to various metals is easy to calibrate.

Cons: Has trouble discriminating between different metals.

Summary: A solid mid-range metal detector, but the Bounty Hunter Timeranger is the better overall buy.
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Bounty Hunter Gold Digger Metal Detector

Pros: An accurate, cost-effective option for first-time diggers. Junk filter helps weed-out scrap bits and helps user find items of more value.

Cons: Batteries tend to go quick. Does not detect items more than six inches underground. Not the most durable of units.

Summary: A good starter unit for backyard prospectors searching for coins, rings, nails, and lost keys - but not much more.