Treasure Commander Si Robertson TC1X Metal Detector Review
At first glance, the TC1X detector is packaged to get your attention! The current Duck Dynasty phenomenon is not lost to anyone who is the least bit aware of current trends in advertising. The graphic design of the box was something that instantly made me want to get at the detector inside but other obligations demanded my attention. When I finally managed to set aside enough time to give this detector a try, I was struck by the simplicity and efficiency of the packaging. Without even opening the manual, it was easy to assemble the TC1X in just a few minutes. What made this assembly especially easy was the added feature of a simple pull cord designed to attach to the coil wire and properly direct it up through the detector shaft without damage to the wiring. There was no need to “rig” my own method of fishing the coil wire up the assembled detector shaft.
If they are paying attention, this simple pull cord should be added by every other metal detector manufacturer who hopes to gain market share by improving their product. It is a simple, but fantastic innovation and the makers of the Treasure Commander series should be proud to have included it as part of their package. The assembled detector with its distinctive handle grip and camouflage finish immediately set this unit a notch above the competition. This styling is unique and quickly commands attention of the intended market as attested to by my own 10 year old grandson’s wide eyes when he first saw the detector resting inside my house. The rapid assembly of the TC1X helped get me into the field quickly and begin my hunting experience.
My first testing adventure began at a local public park. The TC1X was easily ground balanced. The “ground grab” feature quickly accounted for the soil conditions and I was off to the hunt. I changed the settings to “all metal” and began my search. After a few minutes I moved the coil over a buried target and the detector sounded off. The reading on the control box indicated that the target below was a dime buried at 3” – 4”. Using the pin point feature, I narrowed the target area as much as possible. I carefully cut a plug out of the sod and did indeed remove a modern dime which was buried at the indicated depth. The sod was replaced and I moved on.
A short time later, I received another “dime” reading and began the recovery process again. This time the depth was indicated at 6” – 7” and the pin point feature did not pick up this target. As I dug down to about the 6” depth, my digger struck the edge of a flattened soda can which I removed from the hole. I re-checked the open hole but received no additional signal. I refilled this hole and continued hunting. Average park finds were removed from the ground over the next few hours and I had a lot of fun learning as much as I could about the way this detector reacted to the various targets. By the end of the day, I had recovered a large number of targets which ranged from rusted nails, to pull tabs, to a variety of coins.
The TC1X did not accurately ID items which were buried more than a few inches deep. I would suggest that any repeatable target which is indicated at 6” or more in depth should be further investigated. At depth, the detector does indicate a target but has a hard time distinguishing between good and not so good targets however when targets were located within 1” – 3”, the detector did its job. Pull tab were easy targets up to 3” as were most pennies and dimes. Six inches seemed to be the about maximum depth at which a repeatable target can be picked up by the TC1X.
Repeatable signals in the all metal mode included everything from rusted nails to foil, to coins or pull tabs. Miscellaneous targets such as foil and nails were sometimes misidentified as nickels but other times the target ID was spot on. When I switched to the coin or jewelry modes the detector somewhat improved in its ability to target ID properly. Audible signals from the TC1X are limited to only a few tones. These audible tones can be enhanced by using ear buds to help cut down on outside noise, however, this machine is not designed to use standard metal detecting headphones which a more experienced hunter may prefer.
In testing the TC1X I came away with a good overall detecting experience and a few interesting observations about the way it works. To me, the TC1X is a good starter machine for the money and as a beginning detector it has lots of things going for it. This machine is fairly easy to use and the styling is hard to beat. It will allow a first time user a few discrimination options and it has a very small learning curve. With only a few minutes practice and you can be up and at it finding buried treasure where ever people have been before.