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|Options||Minelab Xterra 705||Troy Shadow X5|
|Battery Type||4 AA||9V|
|Operating frequency||3, 7, 18.75 kHz.
based on coil
|Tone ID||1 - 4 or 28|
|Ability to change coils||Yes||Yes|
|Ground balance||Auto, Manual, Custom||Manual, Preset|
|Waterproof||Coil only||Coil only|
|Number of Reviews|| 16
|Avg. User Rating||4.38||3.87|
|Avg. Durability Rating||5.00||5.00|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.80||3.50|
|Avg. Depth Rating|
Most helpful review for Minelab Xterra 705I love it
I have had my minelab xterra 705 for about 4 months and just love it. I was using a Bounty hunter landstar before that and that machine did a good job for the $$$, but as I got more into the hobby I wanted a machine that was simple to use with good depth and dependable. I payed about $800(Canadian) for it and it was worth it.
Learning the machine was not bad at all and it is spot on with depth and pinpointing. I have found all sorts of things with it from rings to old coins and much more.
It is light weight and battery life is very good, you can also get 6 or 7 after market coils, so you can upgrade it to your preference. The control box is weather resistant but I did invest in the enviromental cover for about $15. I have used a few detectors like whites dfx and xlt and they worked great too but they are a few hundred dollars more so if you are serious about detecting or just starting out the xterra 705 is an all around GREAT machine.
Stre-Chie from Vancouver B.C. Canada
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Most helpful review for Troy Shadow X5Troy Shadow X5
I have been using my Troy Shadow X5 for several months now and have been impressed with the performance and quality of this machine. It is simply one of the best built metal detectors I have ever owned.
The X5 is deadly on coins and relics. Small, and I mean small gold, copper and lead items can't get away from it. Small brass fish hooks and small lead split shot fishing weights are common finds around lakes and beaches. The pinpointing feature is excellent with the large spider coil that ships stock with the X5.
This detector is as light as they come and a pleasure to swing for extended periods of time. It is also water resistant so you can use it in the rain or spray and not have to worry with covers. The controls are well thought out and easy to use.
The one complaint I do have is the size and throw of the target check toggle switch. It wears on you finger after a few hours if you are not wearing some kind of glove. The shaft of the toggle switch could have been a bit bigger, longer and rounded to make it more comfortable.
It does take a few hours to get used to the X5 but once you begin to have some confidence in the machine it's a snap to tell memorial pennies from wheat pennies with the Target Check Switch.
All in all it's a nice machine. A bit high priced but should last for many years of serious metal detecting.
Keith from USA
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