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Fieldmaster 33

Post by Barbossa76 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:52 pm

Well my fieldmaster 33 arrived today, really happy with its condition, hardly a mark on it, the meter doesnt work as the seller stated, but its picking coins up no problem. Theres a dial behind the meter with no lettering and a fine tune coarse tune buttons or dials was just wondering if it had any discrimination any help appreciated :-/



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Re: Fieldmaster 33

Post by Bors » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:08 pm

Your asking about a detector which is probably 30 years old or more ,and if my memory serves me ok, I think the dial behind the meter was to centralise the meter at the 12 o clock position.Left swinging was reject .Right swinging was accept. A bit like how the Arado 120B meter worked
And I think it had a fixed discrim. OR failing that it might have even been a BFO where there was no discrimination just a continuous hum where the tone raised if you went over "metal" and that was it.. I gotta vague feeling the meter was a later add on to assist the tone ID ing ,because I have seen some 33`s without a meter, but like I said its ages ago since this detector was about and you do forget things about them. I think was their "basic" starter model . They were at the time a pretty well respected Name in Detecting. They were still going up till about ten years ago but I think they have finally been resorted to being toast now.

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Re: Fieldmaster 33

Post by Barbossa76 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:11 am

Thanks bors dont think its bfo tho as it has tr on coil, but very helpfull so thanks the meter could be a fix . The rest is working fine and clean condition, thanks for info i suppose you mean fixed discrim means the same as a viking v5 just ignores small iron nails? Heading out friday with it to see what itll do

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Re: Fieldmaster 33

Post by Bors » Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:13 am

Hope you have fun with it ::g

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Re: Fieldmaster 33

Post by sweepstick47 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:05 am

The F33 was a TR/IB (transmit/receive) detector having a hard wired 'widescan' search-coil with the option of a meter as an add-on. A substantially built quality machine of it's time but with an unnecessarily large metal 'control box' (common at the time) making it quite a weighty piece to swing for any length of time. The flagship model being the FX77 which really was a muscle building heavyweight!

It's a tribute to the build quality of 70's produced machines that accounts for so many being in good usable condition after some 40+ years. Enjoy ::g Regards - ss47
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Re: Fieldmaster 33

Post by Barbossa76 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:44 pm

Thanks bors and sweepstick47 for your replies, and i will post any finds made with this old machine.
I might even stick it out a couple of months and see what it will find. Thanks for the info ::g

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Re: Fieldmaster 33

Post by sweepstick47 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:23 pm

Just thought, it's worth mentioning that as the F33 has no Ground Balancing control, it's important to set the coarse then fine tuning control while the search coil is held close to the surface ie. at the proposed searching height. Maintaining the coil height and attitude will minimise the necessity for constant adjustment of the 'fine' tune control as ground effect conditions vary.

Enjoy your step back in time and yes, we'd love to see your resulting finds and hear of your experiences while getting used to the F33 ::g Regards ss47
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Re: Fieldmaster 33

Post by Barbossa76 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:11 pm

Ill remember to do that thanks again ss47

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