Fisher CZ 20Price: $1000
Based on 28 reviews
Avg. Durability: 5.00
Avg. Ease of use: 5.00
Update to my earlier review
I hunt mostly land. I don't neccessarily relic hunt, but if the signal sounds interesting I will dig it. Once in a while I get an old button, brass, or copper. I don't have years of experience with this machine, but I can tell you a few things. To me it seems as good on land and ,in many respects, easier to use than my previous Minelabs. (I did love those Minelabs though) I never set the discrimination higher than 1. I do this because I want to be able to give every signal a few sweeps instead of not hearing it at all. obviously this doesn't work well in a trashy area. Its also easier to tell iron from the iffy signals if you alow the machine to give the iron signals. Sensitivity around 5 or 6. If there's any metal in the ground it will find it. I mostly just dig the high and mid tones.
I suppose if you're going to relic hunt you'll be digging almost everything........so don't discriminate. Oh and you might want to dig some of the bell tones (the one that says the metal is too close to the coil or too big) to see what you come up with. Most of the time it'll be wire, but some times its more interesting.
Not worrying about your detector getting wet is a huge advantage.
The tones are easy to distinguish.
Ofcourse an lcd might give more info, but the weird thing is I don't miss them. I lived for the explorer's display info, but some how the cz-20 experience is more relaxing. Simpler. Less to deal with. I just listen for the tones and that's it.
I'm definetly keeping this machine. After years of trying the rest I'm finally settling down with this one. I'm not declaring this is the best, but its the detector for me.
If you want one get one soon, because Fisher is discontinuing them.
Digitaltim2 from Ct, usa
Digitaltim from CT USA
Pat mac from Cape cod mass
Fisher CZ 20
I now live on the Outer Banks of NC and use it almost daily for 4-8 hours. With the unit stem-mounted (weighs 5 lbs) I found that my arm tired quickly. I switched to hip-mounting the unit and that's the way to go for long sessions of TH'n. However, I've run into problems with the lead flexing at the control housing and producing FALSE signals. Even giving the lead lots of slack for minimum flexing didn't stop the problem for me. I guess I swing it too much. I've just shipped my CZ-20 back to the factory last week for the third time due to this problem. Turn-around time is approximately 3-4 weeks. The last fix lasted around a month for me, before the problem came back. Fisher Lab guarantees their work for 90 days. So far I've not had to pay the $140 to get the unit fixed. It does cost me approximately $25 to ship the CZ-20 back to factory each time, which includes $1000 insurance. When I get it back I believe I'll put it on Ebay and use the money from its sale to buy a NEW CZ-20 with the LIFETIME warranty.
Besides all the clad coins, I've found both gold and silver rings and bracelets. However, I have a 22 inch 14K gold chain that does not register, even coiled up, no tones at any sensitivity level, even in AutoTune. Fisher Lab tech says that it does not see small gold chains. Ok, but my chain when coiled up is almost the size of a fifty-cent piece. I've also noticed that I can get a tone with Disc=0, but when I switch to AutoTune or try using Pinpoint the unit produces no tone. Go Figure!
All in all, the CZ-20 is a great metal detector! I just wish it weighed less and would recognize my gold chain. Since I'm wishing, I wish GOLD didn't sound like pull tabs and that people would pick up their trash and dispose of it properly, not leaving it on the beach or buried in the sand.
GM Vloedman from Kill Devil Hills, NC
Fisher CZ 20
Last summer got a strong coin hit near surface went to dig it up but nothing was there so I knew it was a deep can, curious to see how deep I dug 30" to find an old Bud can sitting straight up.
That time it was a can next time maybe a spanish coin, with the CZ20 I know I have the depth to get it!
Joey from Florida
Fisher CZ 20
luck with the Fisher cz-20. easy set up and great software. you will not be sorry with this model for beach hunting.
Ron Affolter from USA
Tim L from USA
White from USA