Fisher CZ 7a ProPrice: $1000
Based on 3 reviews
Fisher CZ7a Quicksilver
Works really well on wet sand beaches too.
For the price you can buy these for used they are a real bargain especially if you need a machine that you can use on a beach and on wet sand.
At 4 pounds in weight, they don't actually feel that heavy to use as they are well balanced.
They are built like a tank, and my used machine - although clearly used was in perfectly good working order and cosmetically very good considering its age now.
Can be bought used now for anything from £150 to £250 or sometimes more, depending on how much the seller wants and how much the buyer is willing to pay.
Not a common machine to find for sale now, but people that have these put away in their wardrobes or garages are starting to realise that now is a good time to sell them, as they are still fetching good money especially if they are in good cosmetic condition.
Originally costing $1095. 00 new, which is about £675. 00 in English money today, so an expensive detector for the time they were first sold back in about 1998, so these can be over 20 years old now!.
A dual frequency machine that has a 5kHz and a 15kHz dual frequency, this is what makes it a great detector on wet sand.
A good option then if you can't quite afford a Minelab Sovereign GT yet!, the CZ7a will see you by as great starting out detector for the money, so long as you don't mind buying a used machine that will not have any warranty.
Simple to operate, and can easily been learnt if you are a beginner with a little bit of research on using the machine, reading the manual and reading up on metal detecting in general. Although nothing can beat actually getting out and using the machine to gain experience with it.
OK better finish now, I wrote this from a beginners point of view and from a beginners experience in metal detecting, so I apologise for any mistakes if any in what I have written.
Mark from UK
CZ7a - fast, easy, all around detector
Time + knowledge = finds with this machine. Like others have said, you will always dig trash to get the good stuff. Pick up a used one and try the notch buttons on the touch pad screen to just look for coins, or release to pick up the signals for pop tabs and foil when at the beach,might just find a ring or two, use in salt water or fresh, with the 7a pro you can detach the box and wade up to your butt in the surf. Do the research, grab your CZ 7a and go have some fun. Best fun for the money spent. If all you find is modern coins until you get more experience take this money and buy a coin or gold that will grow in value.We all have our own learning curve. I have come home with rashes on my legs from carrying the coins in my pants pockets found with this machine. Buy one and take your grandchildern "treasure hunting"
You will always find coins with this machine. You will find rare coins, you will find jewlery with this machine. Best of all you will find fun. I have the CZ7a and the CZ7a pro. I do not work for Fisher Corporation, Enjoy!
Turnhimloosebill from America's Heartland, Iowa Corn Country
Supposedly there's complaints about it missing some valuable targets. Newer cz's have the problem fixed.
Doesn't ignore Iron as well as high end Minelabs do.
Its heavy, but can be hip mounted.
The tones are easy to distinguish.
If you're looking at buying one of these now: I hope you're not going to spend more than $250 for it.......For $300 + I say get a used Soivereign, preferably with a meter.
Digitaltim from Ct, USA