Fisher CZ-3D Metal Detector
with 8" Search coil Plus FREE Metal Detecting & Treasure Hunting Accessories
The CZ-3D is engineered to provide maximum success on old coins while retaining the best possible ratio of good targets vs. trash targets. In older sites, where aluminum trash is minimum, the CZ-3D will give exceptional performance on older coins. Simply select the "Enhanced" mode switch. No special or lengthy programming required, just flip the switch and see what you’ve been missing.
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- Warranty : 5 Year Limited
- Frequencies : 5 kHz, 15 kHz
- Total Weight : 5.6 lbs (2.5 kgs)
- Pinpoint : Push-Button, VCO No-Motion Pinpointing
- Target ID : Advanced Visual Target ID, Enhanced for More Coins
- Technology : Patented Dual-Frequency Fourier Domain Signal Analysis
- Multi-Frequency Infinite Spectrum Technology : Sends Out a Huge Spectrum of Signals that Induce Magnetic Fields into Metal Objects at Different Frequencies
- Manufacturer Fisher
- SKU 12-2100
- Hot Deal No
- Manufacturer SKU CZ3D-8
- Product Type Metal Detectors
Factory Included Accessories
- 8" Search Coil
- Warranty Yes
- Detector Type All-Purpose
- Interchangeable Search Coil Yes
- Technology VLF Multiple Frequency
- Arm Rest Fixed
- Arm Rest Strap Yes
- Adjustable Shaft Yes
- Assembled Length Max (in) 51
- Assembled Length Min (in) 41
- Apps None
- GPS No
- Audio Tones Yes
- Depth Indication Yes
- Control Box Mount Convertible
- Frequencies 5 kHz,15 kHz
- Number of Frequencies 2
- Programmable Target Id No
- Target Id Segments 7
- Target Id Yes
- Threshold Fixed
- Discrimination Adjustable
- Pinpoint Mode Yes
- Ground Balance Manual
- Vibration Mode No
- Search Modes 5
- Search Mode Types All Metal, Enhanced Mode, Pinpoint, Salt Mode, Slow Motion Discrimination with Target ID
- Search Flashlight No
- Display Type Analog
- Backlit Display No
- Volume Control Yes
- Headphone Jack 1/4"
- Bluetooth Compatible No
- Interchangeable Headphones Yes
- Battery Type 9-Volt
- Battery Quantity 2
- Battery Life (hr) 10 to 15 Hours
- Rechargeable System No
- Exclusive Features Multi-Frequency Infinite Spectrum Technology
Fisher CZ-3D Metal Detector
If it's in the Ground or in the Water a Fisher Metal Detector will Find it!
The CZ-3D is Fisher's Top-of-the-Line metal detector using the latest "hottest" technology known as Multiple Frequency Detection. CZ-3D is an outstanding coin, ring and jewelry detector locating more targets deeper than many other comparable detectors. CZ-3D is also rated "Best" for relics and artifacts, especially those in the brass, bronze and copper categories. From all CZ-Series detectors it can easily double as a gold detector making the CZ-3D an EASY-TO-TUNE, EASY-TO-USE TOP OF THE LINE "All-Purpose" Metal Detector. THE CZ-3D CAN DO IT ALL!
The CZ-3D is Fisher's Newest Multi-Frequency metal detector that all other detectors will be measured against. Maximized with the NEW ENHANCED MODE, the CZ-3D is the ONLY metal detector designed to find VERY old and more valuable coins, rings, and artifacts. The CZ-3D does exactly what all coin and treasure hunters want... to find large amounts of coins and other treasures. At older sites and locations (even those that have been heavily hunted by other metal detectors) the CZ-3D with the NEW ENHANCED MODE finds more of the older, valuable coins where other detectors have passed them by.
Take the CZ-3D challenge today and find what you've been missing! CZ-3D features the new enhanced mode for the very best performance when hunting older sites, It's that simple! The CZ-3D looks like, and nearly sounds and operates like, a standard CZ but delivers exceptional performance on older more valuable coins. Specifically designed to find more good metals such as silver and gold (coins) as well as coins made from copper, copper and silver, and brass. The CZ-3D accomplishes this by using the new ENHANCED MODE which reports theses hard to find coins as a high-tone (good), rather than a mid-tone (bad) object which would NOT be dug by a detector user. The CZ-3D is engineered to provide maximum success on old coins while retaining the best possible ratio of good targets vs. trash targets. In older sites, where aluminum trash is minimum, the CZ-3D will give exceptional performance on older coins. Simply select the "Enhanced" mode switch. No special or lengthy programming required, just flip the switch and see what you've been missing.
During the CZ-3D Field Test, Tom Dankowski's detecting buddy Porter found an 1885 "V" Nickel that read "hi-tone" (good) on the CZ-3D but read "mid-tone" (junk) on other detectors tested. P.S. Value of 1885 "V" Nickel is from $300 to $900
CZ-3D more easily finds older coins such as nickels, Indian head pennies, gold coins, older silver coins, etc. CZ-3D pulls these older coins out of the Pull-tab audio range where they are normally located due to older coins having a longer different matrix rate of decay. Without the CZ-3D ENHANCED MODE, these older coins would sound the same as a pull-tab. With the ENHANCED MODE, Pull-tabs are kept in pull-tab range. YOU CAN NOW TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN OLDER MORE VALUABLE COIN AND A PULL-TAB!
Another new feature of the CZ-3D. As expected, a mid-tone sound is heard on the "foil, round pull-tab, and square pull-tab" icons. However, the audio reporting system has been ENHANCED so as to present a slightly lower audio tone on the "foil" icon ONLY. The "foil" audio is still a mid-tone, but comparatively sounds a little lower in pitch. In certain detectable areas, there can be tremendous benefits by distinguishing between "tabs" and "foil" with the audio target ID.
By: Thomas J. Dankowski
CZ-3D Primary Purpose = Enhancing the Detection of Specifically Old Coins
After 2 years of extensive programming, calibrating and field-testing, (my apologies for being exceptionally slow... but thorough), the CZ-3D is now maximized for a very specific function - finding older era coins at older sites. To ascertain this extensive programming, simply select the ‘enhanced’ mode with the utilization of the ‘salt/enhance’ switch. No special or lengthy programming required on your part. And for the first time, this CZ has been engineered for “General Purpose” detecting AND “Specific Purpose” detecting (that being specifically the older era coins). The CZ-3D does not require a new ‘learning curve’ per se - it is the age of the areas that you hunt that will present a new ‘learning curve’, while in the ‘enhanced’ mode. The dirt you select & detect will be your learning curve.
If you are new to the CZ series of deep searching metal detectors, place the ‘Salt/Enhanced’ switch in the ‘Salt’ mode and follow all of the standard operating instructions provided. For advanced hunting, and for those who are seasoned CZ operators, follow the unique operating instructions provided below.
Congratulations on the purchase of your new CZ-3D! You are in for a bit of an ‘eye-opener’. With the new CZ-3D placed in the ‘ENHANCED’ mode, here are your operating instructions:
- Select your oldest detectable areas
- Sweep coil
- Find ‘high-tones’
It is that simple. The CZ-3D looks like and nearly sounds & operates like a standard CZ. The largest attribute of any CZ are the tones - and since we detect nearly exclusively by the audio tones, this is also where the CZ-3D accelerates. Just a few simplistic audio tones keeps this unit free from “mental fatigue”. You will not notice any physical or dimensional differences from a standard CZ, however, your luck will ‘appear’ to be greater with the CZ-3D, by no accident.
- 5 Year Warranty
- 8" Open Search Coil
- Weight : 5.6 lbs (2.5 kgs)
- Operating Frequencies : 5 kHz, 15 kHz
- Batteries : (2) 9V
- Battery Life : 15 Hours
- Four-Tone Audio Target ID
- VLF Slow Motion Discrimination
- Search Modes : 4 Plus Electronic Pinpoint
- All Metal, Slow Motion Disc. with Target ID,Salt Mode, Enhanced Mode, Pinpoint
- Push-Button, VCO No-Motion Pinpointing
- Super-Hot, Wide-Scan, All Metal Auto Tune Mode
- Advanced Visual Target ID, Enhanced for More Coins
- Patented Dual-Frequency Fourier Domain Signal Analysis
- Big-Target Alert
- Faint Target Audio Boost
- Handle Mount or Hip Mount
- Push-Button Ground Balance
- Three Piece Breakdown Handle
- Wet-Sand Operation (Salt Mode)
- Increased Depth in Mineralized Soil
- Easy to Use : Turn-On-and-Go, Pre-Set Control
- Removable Control Housing Mounts on Belt with Belt Clip (included)
- Multi-Frequency Infinite Spectrum Technology: Fisher CZ Series Detectors Send Out a Huge Spectrum of Signals that Induce Magnetic Fields into Metal Objects at Different Frequencies
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Review by SV Oceanghost on November 14, 2019My dad has never used a metal detector before in his life. He told me he had no interest in it. One evening he took it out while walking the dog on the beach and found a wedding band weighing 9.3 grams. Needless to say, I have to buy myself a new detector now because he has acquired mine. He’s out every day now hunting. Never comes home without something of value. Kellyco is the place to shop, friendly and knowledgeable. Fast shipping!
Review by Joe on August 20, 2019My Grandpa had an old detector called a Red Barron (who knows who made it). That's what got me hooked. After having owned several over the years, including the Garrett Ace 350, This machine beat it hands down
Review by WM6 on July 17, 2019I am around with metal detectors from BFO days (mean more than 50 years). Testing metal detectors was always my additional hobby. I prepare testing plants for this. Trough years I own or get for two week or so on testing more than 60 detectors. My favorite detector from analog world, which is in mine regular use, is Fisher CZ3d. It is gemstone of analog world. It can be easy to use with all command on marked preset. But if one wish to exploit full CZ3d potential and employ all its abilities, then need to take time to research its controls and play with it. Approach with simply logic taken out of experiences with other detectors will not fully work here. Take time and read CZ3d manual and experiment with settings as much as possible. It is worth to know perfectly what CZ3d want to tell you on terrains. It is ingenious developed, constructed and build analog detector. As previous reviewer say, main shortcoming of this Fisher model is limited selection of coils. Hope Fisher will continue to produce this unique detector CZ3d with possibly additional middle coil.
Review by Big Sky on March 15, 2019As far as the machine itself, I'd give it 5 stars. It does what a detector is supposed to do, without being overly complicated to learn. I got the CZ-3D to compliment my Fisher 1270, which I also bought from Kellyco. The 1270 pretty much sold me on Fisher products. I Upgraded the CZ-3D with the 10.5" coil. It picks out the deeper stuff really well, but bigger and deeper isn't always better and there are times when I want better target separation. I just wish there were more coil options to choose from.
Review by Damon A on July 11, 2012Well let me say if you want depth the Fisher CZ-3D is the machine. Over the years past 29 years, I have tried most of the top of the line machines. I must say that the Fisher CZ-3D - with its stock 8 inch coil - picks up deeper objects than any of the the other machines I have used. I can go back to my old places that have been hunted hard in the past, and still pull out the good finds that my other detectors missed. This Fisher CZ-3D is like a pulse hybrid, as I have dug coins, rings, and Civil War relics at depths that I have never seen before. I will say that this is one awesome machine. Awesome depth, great discrimination, and I love the tones. If you are looking for more depth, this is your answer.
Review by Clay on July 11, 2012If you are a newbie, please don't leave a crappy review on here based on your lack of experience. It's neither helpful or fair to judge a specialized machine that does the job it's intended for very well. The CZ-3D is a specialized detector, and it does have a bit of a learning curve to it. But what it boils down to is, if you are a dig everything kinda detectorist then this might not be the detector for you. If you like to go for the silver and not dig up a thousand pennies and pull tabs, this is the detector for you. I've personally hit silver dimes as far down as 10-12 inches in mixed rocky soil with my CZ-3D. The problems that some people are having with this detector are easily overcome with a little practice and by following a few tips.
First, study the manual ground balance procedure in the manual and practice it until you can do it. This will give you the best depth and more accurate target identification. The Salt / Enhanced switch isn't just for the beach, if you are having problems getting the machine to balance in heavily mineralized soil turn the switch to Enhanced and you will have better results. The 4 tone ID makes searching very fast and all high tones are going to be good targets. Most nickels will hit as a high tone as well which makes the CZ-3Da nickel killer.
Gold hits in the mid tones. Take a minute to throw down a gold ring and note how it registers as a hit on the detector. Gold, as opposed to pull tabs will register as a very strong tone and if you lift the coil 4-6 inches above the ground you will still get a very strong signal. The CZ-3D will give a positive high tone on large iron objects. Just hit the pinpoint and check the size of the target. If it's a small blip that hits from all directions it's a good target. If you get an erratic or strong tone in a larger area it's most likely a pipe or large metal object.
I would certainly recommend this to anyone. Good Luck and good hunting!
Review by J-mann on March 16, 2010I've been detecting since 1968 (BFO-type machine). I've used just about every brand machine out there and many -- if not most -- were good to excellent. However, I've now settled into a profitable comfort zone with my Fisher CZ-3D. For a newbie, this machine has all the median settings, i.e. factory settings, well marked. Just align the knobs with the highlighted orange settings and you're instantly in the swing of things. This detector has very good sensitivity on the factory settings -- and odds are good that a reading, however slight, is something well worth the dig.
Sidebar: Hey, even finding a used shotgun shell has a beneficial purpose in the way they indicate a detectorist is hearing readings properly and in a range that could easily lead to the likes of a half cent. It's always good to learn a machine through less-than-golden readings.
The sound ID is so good on the CZ-3D that even a beginner can quickly feel comfortable moving away from the factory DISC (riminate) setting "3" meant to find coins. I prefer the 1. Yes, that allows iron to be heard. However, iron readings come through the headphones as a distinct sound, easily differentiated from nonferrous metals. Nonferrous metals have their own distinct sound signatures, depending on the type material. Sidebar: The top treasure hunters feel it is often vital to run with a setting that reads iron, especially when exploring open stretches of woods or fields. Iron is almost always a sign of past activity and areas where prime items might then be found. Once into the iron zone, a quick switch back to a factory set 4 makes the search a breeze.
From a more professional angle, the CZ-3D is as good as it comes when the SENS(itivity) is cranked up beyond the orange FS 3. I go as high as 7 or even 8, depending on the degree of microwave or electric chatter in a given area. This move is not for newbies. It entails learning to listen through false signals. It then comes down to ferreting out repeatable readings.
Review by Katie B on August 28, 2009Aspects which pleased me: I was impressed with the easy to use presets on this detector. There was no need to balance the detector or know the advanced technique before being able to make basic finds using the presents. The salt mode also was helpful for beach hunts. Moreover, this detector has great depth and was able to pick up some old civil war musket balls in mineralized soil at a depth of almost 12 inches.
Negative aspects: There are unit hardware problems. In two years, I have had two problems with the quality of the CZ-3D. First of all, when I received it, the knob had popped off the discrimination fob and I had to wait for almost a month to receive a new knob from Fisher (Kellyco was great) which I had to install myself. Soon, however, this new knob also fell off and got lost, which says something is wrong with the knob itself. I still cannot adjust the discrimination. Secondly, now, at two years of age, the unit is not producing sound and is currently being sent back to Fisher for servicing. This is frustrating because my summer is being wasted while the unit is being serviced and also because the expense merely to examine the unit ($50) is not insubstantial despite the fact that the unit has a "five year warranty."
In terms of performance, this detector seems to pick up some large rusty metal targets even with the discrimination set to high and the sensitivity down.
This being my first unit, I am not in a position to compare it with others. It has given me some good finds but I've also been frustrated with it. Overall, I'd give it three stars.
Review by David O on March 21, 2009I bought the Fisher CZ-3D after reading some rave reviews about it on this site, and I must say, it doesn't disappoint! The tones are very pleasing to listen to through the headphones. If you're put off by the lack of an LCD screen, don't be. You'll soon learn the tones well enough. I can pretty much call out what coin I'll be pulling out. I love the double-plunking sound a quarter makes. :)
That said, it also LOVES nickels! I know a lot of detectors out there will either ignore a nickel or read it as junk, but I've found plenty. Nothing old yet, but this has more to do with the area I'm searching than any downfall of the detector.
Now, for the real reason I love this detector-- because it's tone based, I can do most of my hunting at NIGHT without having to constantly check the LCD screen to see what I've found. The Kellyco Package included a pair of headphones and a search probe-- a perfect way to start off detecting right with a detector you won't outgrow and wish you had a better one after a few months of detecting.
Review by Harold F on April 10, 2008After spending thousands of dollars on detectors, I finally found the one that has it all. It is lightweight and very easy to use. It also has the best discrimination and PINPOINTS LIKE A DREAM. The tones are a pleasure to listen to. Also, one of the many great improvements of this machine is the great depth you get even on factory presets. The Fisher CZ-3D is a work horse. It is built tough, has much longer battery life, and has several coils that love coins that are deep and out of reach of other machines. I have had good luck with the 10.5" coil IN TRASH! It discriminates and separates that well.
The 8" coil is great for any hunting and goes just as deep as the Explorer SE 10" coil and that is in factory presets! It is so easy to use. You just turn your disc. low or off and then listen to the sounds of targets as you go over them. Try to get the high tones to hit every direction if they do not move on. Coins hit every direction. Another great thing about the CZ-3D is you can watch the meter as you slowly sweep over a target were it goes on the scale. Once you know the range of coins you got it made. Did I mention that the CZ-3D is a killer on nickels? Well, I can brag the Fisher CZ-3D up all I want because I love the machine and have the finds to prove it.
Review by Donald S on April 8, 2008This is my third metal detector. I bought my first one; think it was a 1986 Garrett from a pawn shop and even though it was not a very good one, I am sure at that time I didn't know a good one from a bad one but it gave me that spark to proceed. I later bought a Garrett Ace 250 and "wow" what a difference. Even though this is a low price detector it is very good and again I was hooked into getting something even better. The sound of the reviews that I read about the Fisher CZ-3D really interested me and I researched it as much as possible and came to the conclusion this was a very good detector with the power to find old coins deeper that most comparably priced detectors.
I bought the detector about nine months ago and I am very glad I did. Even though it easy to operate with an all metal phase with good signal volume; it still takes some "getting used to" with the other three phases and also has a "salt" phase that is great for wet sandy beaches. I use this a lot when I am at Daytona Beach, FL. and have found a couple hundred coins in just a few times out. All total I’d say I have found several hundred coins and to date three rings, a couple of bracelets and numerous miscellaneous metal objects. However this has not quelled my desire.
I still get a "rush" on every signal and even though the "Fisher" tells you almost exactly what you are going to dig up; you will get a pleasant surprise from time to time and occasionally a disappointment but I have never regretted my purchase of my Fisher CZ-3D and I haven't counted it up yet but I do believe it has paid for itself. I know that it has as far as satisfaction is concerned. I am going out again tomorrow and who knows what the next signal will bring?
Review by Michael P on March 18, 2008I have been detecting since 1966 (42 years). I really like the Fisher detectors and have always set a goal that when I purchase a new detector I will make it pay for itself in the first year of ownership. The Fisher CZ-3D certainly did that with the jewelry and coins I found at the various swimming spots around where I live. I also hunt the school yards and parks and have found a lot of coins and jewelry in those areas (the jewelry is mostly religious medallions).
I belong to a metal detecting club and we have three to four club hunts each year and this is the detector I usually use for those hunts. The hunts consist of a poker hunt which has a silver dime inside a folded playing cad that is stapled shut. When one has located five cards, you return to the main area and "play your hand". The prize for the winning hand is a one ounce silver round. Then everyone races back into the field to find the remaining cards of the fifty two that were hidden. This is a great hunt for kids because there is no hurry in the beginning. They also have just as good a chance of winning the silver round as anyone.
Review by Jim B on March 18, 2008I have been metal detecting for about 30 years, and it just gets to be more of an obsession year after year. Four years ago I bought my Fisher CZ-3D and in my opinion is one of the best for finding the old coins and one that goes the deepest. I hunt old house yards, school yards, parks, and an old fairground. I also have permission to hunt an area that has been a ghost town since 1839. When I hunt with the CZ-3D I always use it in the enhanced mode. That old fairground is just loaded with trash. That is the place I always go to learn a detector. After you dig so much trash it doesn't take long for you to know what you detector is telling you. This machine finds coins as deep or deeper than any of the other machines I've had.
I found a little over 100 silver coins last year just from that old fairground alone, that's not counting any of the other places I hunted. The CZ-3D is a 4 tone machine, and gives a high tone on coins. The meter also tells you if it is coins or not, it also tells you how deep the target is. Now many machines register a nickel in with the pull tabs. The CZ-3D reads them as a nickel in high tone, so you find all the nickels that people have left behind because they don't want to dig tabs. There are at least 3 coils for this machine, 8", 10" and the 4". I have had many machines this past couple of years but they have been sold and the CZ-3D remains my main detector.
Review by Dan M on March 18, 2008Started metal detecting as a health aid back in the early 70's as I found just walking boring. I started detecting in the woods because it made me bend and twist my back after surgery. The first detector that I owned was an old Compass and I had to dig everything as it did not have any type of target identification at all. While I enjoy coin and jewelry shooting, lately I have started relic hunting on my own property and have found some wonderful historical items on the place. Everything from picks, shovels, axe heads, and horse shoes to musket balls. Never could manually ground balance the CZ detector on my place due to the amount of nails ( I can't even start to count the nails I have found) and iron in the ground, and the factory presets would false a lot. The Fisher CZ-3D for me has had a real learning curve due to its attraction to rusty iron. I believe my unit was set up really hot and super sensitive making it a little more difficult to learn how to use. I would often get high repeatable tones indicating a good target, only to find a another nail. If you don't mind getting your hopes up and digging to find a rusty iron item, it has great depth and really talks to you a lot. I personally would rather dig not expecting anything, that way your hopes are not dashed. I use it about 1/2 of the time because it has a really low power draw. The other 1/2, I use my old White's Silver Eagle, which doesn't have quite as much depth but really can ID a target well, and can knock out the iron, however it really loves c batteries.
Review by Jennings S on March 17, 2008The Fisher CZ-3D has four tones plus a large target or shallow target bell tone. I always set my DISC control to "3" or "0" if you set it too high you lose the rings and nickels. I let my ears do the discrimination between the "4" tones. The CZ-3D can be used on the beach, dry land, salt water or fresh water, because it has two modes "SALT" and "ENHANCE". The CZ-3D is the best all around mid priced detector. I LOVE IT ! SO WILL YOU !
One of the most important tips is to "READ OPERATING MANUAL". I search for coins most of the time. I've found two nice rings, several silver quarters & dimes.The CZ-3D has "Turn-On-And-Go-Red-Numbered controls. Just set all the controls to the red number and you are ready to hunt. The control panel is easy to read and I like the two search modes,Target ID & Auto-tune. Personally I like the auto-tune mode, it gives you a wider and deeper scan. When you get a high tone target, pinpoint it and switch the DISC CONTROL to "0" to identify it.
When detecting in the auto-tune mode, ground balancing is very easy. Turn the DISC control to auto-tune, turn sensitivity control until you get a slight hum or threshold. Now is the time to adjust the GROUND control by moving the coil up & down "6" to "12" inches above the dirt. Raise and lower coil, as stated above until there is little or no change in threshold while adjusting the ground control. This is called BOBBING the search coil method.
Review by John M on March 17, 2008I love my Fisher CZ-6 Quicksilver. It has to be one of the best and easiest to tune detectors I have ever owned. It is a light weight machine, has great depth capabilities on a variety of targets and soil conditions and is a multi-task unit performing well for coins, relics and general hunting operations. I have used the machine to hunt beaches, grassy fields, wood lands and swampy areas with little difficulty. The only draw back is the machine acts up around high tension lines but I don't usually hunt these areas anyway. I had a favorite hunting spot which unfortunately is now a golf course. The newest coin I personally found was a 1943 Zinc cent and the oldest was an 1876 C.C. mint Seated Liberty Dime in excellent condition. The machine was outstanding in the wooded, brush and also swampy conditions I encountered. I also took other friends with me who had similar great finds. One of my hunting buddies found a spring loaded round item, that after soaking turned out to be a small coin holder with 2 " V " nickles inside. The area was once a community meeting grove. My hunting interests vary. I like underwater hunting, coin hunting, relic hunting - especially historic sites. One of these sites has produced several King Georgius the Second Bronze coins, 1 quarter piece of Eight, the spout off an old tea pot, a bullet mold, thimbles, round bullets - plus various wrought iron items from the 1780's to the 1790's vintage. My greatest thrill in the times I detected was letting Archaeologists photograph many of the items I found at this particular site thereby saving said site from destruction due to road building. My detecting experience spans a lot of years and I am sure I have many more great finds ahead of me.
Review by Joseph L on March 17, 2008I have been detecting for over 8 years. I started detecting in Germany while stationed overseas and my first detector was a Fisher CZ-6. It took me a couple of weeks to figure out how to physically use the detector and another three months to figure out how to find good locations to hunt. Once I learned both things, I started finding some really incredible relics including medieval spurs, arrowheads, daggers, knives, silver coins, just to name a few. Before I returned to the States, I also purchased a White's detector to focus on finding coins. I moved back to the USA and continued detecting in Georgia, Virginia and Kansas using my Fisher. I also purchased a Nautilus detector to detect hunted out civil war camps. Although, I learned how to use both the White's and Nautilus, I still used my CZ-6 for most of my detecting. I was very successful finding buckles, box plates, thousands of minnies, and buttons including a rare Tennessee state using the Fisher.
Two years ago, I moved back to Germany and once again started detecting. I purchased a CZ-3D (which is very similar to the CZ-6) and have been hunting French Revolution camps and medieval roads near the house. Once again, I have found some very incredible finds including Roman coins, medieval daggers, arrow heads, knights spurs, Napoleonic buttons, just to name a few. I still use my Nautilus once in a while but I rely on my CZ-3D for most of my detecting.
The CZ-3D is in my opinion the best all around relic detector on the market. It is simple to use and does a good job discriminating good relics from junk. It is reliable and can find a variety of metal types including iron, silver, bronze, copper, gold, and tin. Some detectors are way too sensitive or discriminate too much. The CZ-3D is the happy medium that allows the detectorist to find good areas to hunt and then focus on close searching.
Review by Don R on March 17, 2008The Fisher CZ-3D is my first new detector in over 15 years. If you have been detecting for a while you probably have a favorite brand and machine that has produced good results for you over the years. It is important to remember that metal detecting is technology driven and manufacturers are constantly experimenting and improving their offerings. It is important to jump out of your comfort zone once in a while and see what is new in the real world. The Fisher CZ-3D actually offers the best of both worlds. It is based on the firm foundation of many years of great Fisher CZ detectors and has the improved punch of technology to make it a coin killing machine. The literature claims it is "maximized for finding older coins at older sites".
I almost think I cheated by purchasing the Thomas Dankowski DVD, "Metal Detecting, Real World Techniques, Inland Coin and Relic Hunting". Even before my new detector arrived, I had seen it in action both in a test garden and on a "real world hunt". The CZ-3D arrived in a box that seemed too small but was quickly assembled and ready to go with the two supplied 9 volt batteries already in the machine. Set up and ground balancing was very well explained, and in no time I was ready to do some digging. I decided to visit some familiar ground with the CZ-3D. I found the audio signals easy to understand. It is tone ID at it's best. The video helped me understand the tones that I was hoping to hear. On my first hunt I dug everything and used the meter only to verify what the tones were telling me. My first good target signal was a clear, high pitched, sharp coin sound. Pinpointing was simple, just going for the loudest and highest pitched sound to center on the coin. I was surprised to dig an antique pocket watch at a depth of five inches. I enjoyed listening to the ID, guessing what it was telling me and then digging the target to verify.
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