Fisher CZ-3D Metal Detector
- Product Review (submitted on July 11, 2012):
If 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!