Treasure Commander Si Robertson TC2X Metal Detector Review
The TC2X metal detector is packaged is a similar fashion to the other detector in this series. Duck Dynasty camouflage and distinctive pictures make for an interesting presentation. Just like its little brother, the TC2X was very easy to assemble. Attaching the upper shaft to the lower shaft was competed with one simple motion and the shaft of the detector was ready to receive the coil wiring. Using the conveniently supplied pull cord made getting this model into the field a breeze.
Accessing the battery compartment requires the use of a coin or screwdriver. Consideration of a minor modification to this method could be helpful. While using the detector in the field, quick and easy access to the batteries would be preferred. The first obvious difference in the design of this machine over the TC1X is the addition of the antenna housing located at the top of the control panel. While both detectors have a similar look, the TC2X does appear to be somewhat more substantial. The instruction manual is physically much smaller than the other detectors in this series. Absent from this detector manual are the many helpful pictures and diagrams found in the TC1X manual. Addition of a few more visual aids would probably be beneficial as well as more interesting to the first time detectorist.
The addition of a built in GPS system, boosts this metal detector up the ladder toward some of the more sophisticated equipment on the market. While this is a very basic GPS, it does function as described in the manual. The GPS is able to accurately help the hobbyist return to the approximate beginning location. This GPS operates as billed and is very easy to use. When I first began testing this detector I was hunting in a local park. This is a well used park and common targets range from pull tabs to modern coins and the occasional piece of jewelry.
The TC2X is very similar to the TC1X in that it uses a “grab ground” feature to help stabilize the detector for action. This grab ground function operates quickly and easily by simply moving the coil up and down as described in the manual. Shortly after ground balancing the TC2X I was off to begin my hunt. The first several targets I recovered were trash targets including a pull tab at 2”, a bottle top at 2” and a ball of foil at about 4”. Each of these targets bounced between the pull tab and the zinc penny readings however the depth reading was fairly close each time. Target ID did function well for targets between 1” and about 4” however the TC2X had a tough time properly identifying target beyond about 4” or 5” in depth. I made a point to dig all of the deeper targets even though ID was less than perfect and this method proved successful by helping me recover several coins around 6” deep along with some of the normal junk targets. This loss of target ID at depth is common among other metal detectors as well.
As I moved through the park, occasionally I activated the GPS function and returned to the marked location quite easily. In my opinion, overall the TC2X is very similar to the TC1X. The addition of the GPS system is interesting but more of a novelty feature than a real benefit. Because the TC2X is more or less a beginner model machine, I don’t believe the person buying into the hobby at this level will be looking toward GPS technology to help return to a certain location very often. However on the flip side of this comment, GPS technology is increasing in popularity every day. I would rate the TC2X as a good machine for the first time hobbyist. It is definitely a piece of equipment that anyone could use to learn some of the basic techniques needed to be successful in metal detecting.