Fisher CZ 20Price: $1000
Based on 27 reviews
This must be worn on the hip though if using on land it is heavy. I wish I had the upgraded 10. 5 inch coil but I bought it used so I could not chose.
John from Hobe sound
Great Machine, But Lousy Service
What is really amazing about the machine is its complete signal stability whether detecting in dry sand, wet sand, or submerged. A hit is almost always really a hit regardless.
The service now is a different matter as I have had no luck at all getting Fisher to quote me a price on a replacement stem assembly.
John Summers from Virginia
Fisher cz20 and more...
The original VLF555D detected and discriminated well, but was not of production quality- looked like it was put together in somebody's basement. Terrible engineering and support from Fisher, with a user manual that was an absolute joke. Positively stupid battery packs (2 packs of 6 AAs each)quickly replaced with 2 alkaline 9 volt batteries, and the machine worked better and did not eat batteries nearly so quickly. All through ownership customer support on any problem (and there were many due to poor construction/ soldering) was non-existent.
So I bought the cz20 to do beach, surf, and underwater work. Much better balance than the older model, nicely neutral underwater, but highly variable results. CZ20 LOVES lead, will go deep to find small pieces however often can't find copper or silver coins at 2". Once reached thru almost 40" to yield a 2 lb lead bullet weight. If you want lead, and are prepared to dig, this might be your machine. Again no help from the factory except "Send it back with lots of $$ and maybe we'll fix it or maybe we'll make it worse".
I will never spend another penny on a Fisher product.
A.W. Cole from PA
Nicky harvell from Fort walton bch., florida usa
Feel good from Fisher Labs Customer Service
Suwan Kansanoh from Thailand
Bad service form Fisher lab
Suwan Kansanoh from Thailand
Cz 20 the best
Bob Uhl from Lakeland, Florida
Wish I could find another cz20 with my cz20...
Originally from Canada now living in Austria, I've found it "all" over here, unbelievable.
I primarily do land and the unit is outstanding.
If this unit could only find the brain of the person who lost theirs and decided to stop production of the CZ20!
Kanuckster from Brunn am gebirge, austria
For scuba diving the CZ-20 is an excellent choice!
Underwater a lightweight with a stabile shaft, a robust small searchcoil (ideal for underwater searching). The detector and his knobs are easy to handle and this with three-finger-gloves for the wintertime, too . The wires are ok and the headphone is easy to clean and very robust. The CZ has a very good discrimination. The batterybox is seperate, so if the detector gets some water in, the main electronic will not get any damage. It is resistant against fine sand and mud, like in lakes or the open sea. The three tone ID is very precise. You can see the objects ID at the 2 red glow lamps, too. If necessary, you can also use spare-parts from FisherŽs 1280 (knobs/seals). It has a small updraft. You can use it up to 76 meter water depth (124 PSI water pressure)!
It uses four expensive 9 Volt batteries. The pinpoint button will probably break if you use it very often. I suggest to use the "Autotune" mode instead of the button, because it has the same function. Once a year the machine had some problems with a type of red-alga on the seabed of the western Baltic Sea. The cells of these algas are full of iron, so the machine runs very instable. The machine is not so effective or easy to handle on high mineralized seabed.
It is a great machine and I would buy it again. The shaft is very stabile in comparison to other detectors like Tesoros or Minelabs. Its a turn on and go machine, easy to handle and high efficient. After a year of experience you will find much more in shorter times. I dont know why Fisher stops the production of the CZ-20! It is much more powerful than the weaker 1280.
Marco from Northern Europe & for scuba diving only
Karl in Sarasota from Sarasota, FL (USA)