JW Fishers Mfg. said it will introduce a new underwater metal detector for 2017: the SAR-1 Search and Recovery metal detector.
Developed as a result of extensive product testing and customer feedback, the new detector was specially designed for use by public safety dive teams, law enforcement agencies and military units that need to locate metal objects in poor visibility underwater environments. The SAR-1 alerts the operator to the presence of metal by vibration which is transmitted through the handle. Even in zero visibility, the user can feel the intense vibration conducted through the detector’s handle and into the diver’s arm. In addition to vibration, the detector also has a high intensity LED display which is directly in front of the diver’s face and easy to see in all but the worst conditions.
Other key features of the SAR-1 are its “snareless” design with no external wires or cables, rugged construction, streamlined configuration and bright yellow search coil which helps guide the operator to the target in low visibility environments. The 8 inch search coil has excellent detection capability on a range of targets from small shell casings to weapons and explosive devices. Larger targets can be detected at more than 5 feet. The material between the search coil and the metal object does not affect the detector’s range. Whether detecting through air water, silt, sand, sand, mud or rock, the detection range remains the same.
The SAR-1 was first introduced at the 2016 DEMA Show, the largest diving exhibition in the U.S., and a show attended by thousands of industry professionals including those working as law enforcement and public safety divers. According to JW Fishers, many teams expressed great interest in acquiring one of the new detectors as well as several FBI dive units. The new detector has identical performance characteristics to Fishers’ Pulse 8X detector. The SAR-1 not only appealed to the police and public safety divers at the show, a number of marine archaeologists and commercial diving companies were also excited about the possibility of using this new detector in their search operations.
The SAR-1 has rechargeable batteries which power the detector for up to 12 hours. The detector can be used all day long, recharged overnight and ready for another full day of detecting. The SAR-1 comes with 120 volt AC and 12 volt DC battery chargers, and a heavy duty Cordura nylon carry bag.
Fishers is now accepting orders for the new detector, and will be shipping the new model in January.