Fisher CZ-3D Metal Detector
- Product Review (submitted on March 17, 2008):
The 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.