Makro Pin Pointer...a review (initial)

Makro Pointer includes: Carrying pouch, Hard Shell case, Hard Shell case with scraping blade, Finds bag, Belt Holster, 9V Battery, Instruction Manual, 2 year warranty

        Will see how extreme this pin pointer really is...

        Will see how extreme this pin pointer really is...

Technical Specifications: Working frequency is 11.6, Alerts are both Audio and Vibration and or both at the same time, 4 levels of sensitivity (easily adjustable), Coil interferance sheilding, Size 9.4"x1.9"x1.9". (24x4.8x4.8cm) Including case, Detection Tip 3.7" (9.3cm), Weight 8.3 oz (235 grams) including case and shell, Working temp -4F/+122F (-20C/+50C), Battery 9V, Battery life up to 30 hours, IP Rating: IP67- Dust resistant and waterproof up to 3.28 feet (1 meter)

My first impressions opening the box was quality and more quality...You know that feeling you get when opening a Minelab box...(Sorry couldn't resist that!) All kidding aside, quality does jump out at you during the un-boxing. The storage case is outstanding with pockets for all the accessories. The hard shell cases are a great idea as the wear area now has extra protection. The belt Holster fits the pointer like it should. The pointer itself appears to be engineered to do the job. Quality seams in the mold and what appears to be a compression screw of some sorts that my guess is key in the waterproofing. The speaker is on the end of the pointer where it should be.

There are a few things that look as if they may cause an issue after some usage. I say this because I personally have gone through a few pin pointers. Garrett (several), Minelab and Whites. Notches that hold hard shells in place appear like they will wear easily. No place to attach a lanyard, a must when water hunting. I prefer the AA batteries over the 9 volt. Attaching the pouch to your belt is done via a metal clip (open ended). Clip is stout but could wear resulting in the pointer coming off the belt. 

I bought this pointer in hopes that it will be better than all other pin pointers I have used in the past. Also, when Terry was down from Delaware, he bought one. I like what I saw. It seems technology and engineering has not kept pace with the pin pointers as it has with detectors. I'm currently using the Whites TDX. This unit just falls short as there is a dead spot on the wand of about an inch in length. The dead spot will have you chasing small targets around the search area. The Minelab I have started off great but just did not hold up. Can't blame Minelab 100% as I did my normal waterproofing to the unit and somehow water got inside and the unit just died. I have waterproofed many Garretts with no problem. To date the Garrett pin pointer is the best on the market in my opinion. 

I will put this unit through the paces and see how well it holds up to actual field use. Stay tuned for the next article on the Makro Pin Pointer, once I have had some field time with it.

Good luck and HH...

Chris

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