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Yard sale Fishers
Posted by: Auriemma
Date: September 12, 2015 01:32PM
I spotted a yard sale ad that said metal detector. So I wake up early on my speed in day and drive out. After I get there and fend off the other yard sale Hawks (a very aggressive bunch... Like territorial seagulls), I see the MD... Or should I say 2. Two Fishers, 1265x, 1280x, and headsets. They were all tangled together by the coil and headphone cables. After a little haggling. I load them in the car and head home. After a serious cleaning and untaping (I think someone had stock in 3M), I load in batteries and tada... They both work.

The 1265x box is pretty banged up. The corner is chipped, bottom mount is cracked, missing a nut and washer on the toggle, and the shaft is stained by old scotch tape, but everything works. Air testing depth with the solid 8" coil, at Max pulled out, and backed off so no chatter is like 8-9". I wonder if Fisher has a replacement box.

The 1280x is in excellent condition. Original fiberglass shaft, oversized padded grip, and SS arm cup. The only issue I found was a broken strain relief of the headphone side. Otherwise it has no issues. For a 5 lb. unit, it balances well. I can only think even better underwater. This one has the smaller 8" coil, but still air tests to 8-9". Respectable for a small coil. The Bilson headphones are not bad, fairly comfortable and very light.

Still not sure if I'm going to hang on to them, or fix and sell them.

One question... I find it odd that both coils are attached with a brass bolt. Is this normal?
Keep in mind, they are small diameter, #10-32 (3/16" dia) I think.



--- Joe ---
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Minelab Sovereign XS-2a Pro, XS2 meter (550), & Detech 5" coil
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Re: Yard sale Fishers
Posted by: MarkCZ
Date: September 12, 2015 01:51PM
No, many or most of the older models even other brands had metal screws attaching the coils to the lower stems.
In motion mode the screw moves with the coil so it ignores it.
In all metal mode seeing how the screw is there when you switch to it, the detector cancels it out automatically.

Mark



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Re: Yard sale Fishers
Posted by: ETEXHunter
Date: September 12, 2015 10:56PM
I'm pretty sure that Keith Wills, East Texas Metal Detectors / www.Brokendetector.com, has the replacement cases and probably has the arm cuff rubber and foam grip as well. You might contact him and ask how much it would be to replace those parts.

Good Luck, Nice Find!!

John

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Re: Yard sale Fishers
Posted by: Auriemma
Date: September 13, 2015 01:44PM
Thanks.

Mark, so I shouldn't swap them out (or drill the out for larger) for nylon bolts? They are 10-32 brass. Nylon that thin won't last long.

John, I contacted Keith... Yes, he as a replacement control box, he also has the locking bolt for the Trigger. The cuff has rubber, the previous owner glued the wool pad in. I peeled it off this morning.



--- Joe ---
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab Sovereign XS, Plugger CF shaft, XS2 meter (180) & S-12 Intruder coil
Minelab Sovereign XS2-Pro, Ron's 180 & 8" CoinSearch coil
Minelab Sovereign XS-2a Pro, XS2 meter (550), & Detech 5" coil
MineLab Pro-Find 25 | Garrett Pro-Pointer AT | RTG700 BeachMaster | RTGBB6tip Pro | Lesche 85E


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Re: Yard sale Fishers
Posted by: thump7
Date: September 16, 2015 09:26AM
Nice score, for a no display machine, the 1265x is my all time favourite. The audio language on those older fishers is almost like having a vid.

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Re: Yard sale Fishers
Posted by: Auriemma
Date: November 25, 2015 07:16AM
Well... I got the replacement housing and switch hardware from Keith (www.brokendetector.com). Perfect fit. Thanks Keith!
The rebuild was flawless. I just need some foam for underneath the box to add some comfort.



--- Joe ---
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab Sovereign XS, Plugger CF shaft, XS2 meter (180) & S-12 Intruder coil
Minelab Sovereign XS2-Pro, Ron's 180 & 8" CoinSearch coil
Minelab Sovereign XS-2a Pro, XS2 meter (550), & Detech 5" coil
MineLab Pro-Find 25 | Garrett Pro-Pointer AT | RTG700 BeachMaster | RTGBB6tip Pro | Lesche 85E


Re: Yard sale Fishers
Posted by: shooter
Date: December 05, 2015 07:41PM
I have a brand new box just have to drill the holes.



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Re: Yard sale Fishers
Posted by: Wayne Smith
Date: December 28, 2015 12:49PM
EXCUSE PLEASE, NOTICED YOU HAVE A 555-d FISHER. just BOUGHT ONE, NO BOOK WITH IT, WOULD YOU CONSIDER COPY ONE FOR ME, I'LL PAY FOR IT ALSO WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE 555-d THAT i MIGHT NEED TO KNOW ? been PLAYING THIS GAME FOR 35+ YRS SO I'M NOT A NEW COMER. you CAN WRITE smitty78659@gmail.com. BY ALL MEANS HAVE FUN, LIFE IS SHORT MY XL & i LIVE NEAR Austin, Texas EVER DOWN THIS WAY LET'S GO DIG IN THE DIRT SOME TIME,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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