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By indurt

I believe this one of the most efficient, lightest, does what is supposed to detectors ever made, especially with the super 9 coil, great machine, sorry they are out of production



I received my shadow as a gift from my wife of 32 years. It is one of the best gifts she has ever given me aside from our children. The shadow is one of the best detectors I have ever used and I've been metal detecting for 24 years. The first machine I had was a Garrett Groundhog which is one of the better machines Garrett ever produced. But the shadow can find pieces of jewelry that the old groundhog couldn't. The shadow can find high school gold rings in pull tab discrimination which is something the Garrett could not do.

When I first received my shadow I used a quarter size piece of Hematite iron ore to set the ground cancel just SLIGHTLY positive. In this Texas ground it works extremely well and I'm sure it would work in your area as well. I also set the coin check to accept zinc pennies so I wouldn't miss any Indian Heads. Using a nickle and old round pull tab I put a mark (on the machine) at the point where they are just rejected ( 4.75 for nickles, 5.5 for pulltabs). When hunting (I set the disc at 2 for coin/jewelry, 0 for relics) and I get a signal I thumb the disc to 4.75 and if the signal goes null I dig it cause it may be a nickle or piece of jewelry. Granted, it may be a piece of foil but I know it won't be a pulltab. If the signal is still there at 4.75 I then thumb it to 5.5 and if it goes null I leave it in the ground because in all probability it is a pulltab. If it still signals then it may be a coin or large ring. I have noticed that the shadow while in pulltab disc will still accept high school gold rings. I found a nice heavy 14k high school ring while in pulltab disc. The thumb disc method came from Keith Wills so I can't take credit for this. The shadow is also excellent for competition hunting.

Recently while at a Houston ARC competition hunt (At Van's place) there is one area by a big old oak tree that has a lot of iron in the ground. I saved this area for last becauselott of people have problems in this area. There were several people working this area with other machines and did find some coins here. When they left that area I went in there with the shadow and found 6 silver dimes that their machines couldn't see. Two other guys with shadows also came over picked up 9 more dimes. The shadowworkss extremely well in trashy areas as I proved to myself. While the shadow may not go as deep as some other machines (the depth is respectable though) it can see items in trash that thedeep seekerss cannot see. The majority of finds are in the 4" depth range and when working trashy areas the shadow really shines. I may also mention that Troy was a big help to me with questions I had while making the adjustments on my machine. Irecommendt the shadow very highly. Thanks, John Saldivar (John(Tx))



SHADOWX2 manufactured by Tesoro Electronics for Troy Custom Detectors, Inc.


The ShadowX2 is a two-pound, 10KHz, single-tone, easy-to-use detector with a street price of $425. The 7" closed concentric coil, surface-mount electronics and four user controls are powered by one easily accessible 9-volt battery with a real-life expectancy of ten hours when used with the 1.5" internal speaker. The Shadow's general appearance is identical to Tesoro's Bandido II, Silver Sabre and Cutlass II.

Troy's website plus an extensive ShadowX2 forum is accessible at


The Shadow's 7" closed-center, waterproof, concentric coil promotes its lightweight design at the expense of a narrow search path and easily-missed small, deep targets. A 9" optional Tesoro open-center coil (part # B38144; street price of $135 plus $15 scuff cover) helps alleviate these shortcomings, adds only two ounces, makes for even easier pinpointing, and enhances deep-coin detection by about one inch while retaining the 7" coil's ability to single out the keepers from the trash. In my opinion, Troy would be well advised to fit the 9" coil as standard equipment.

Two potentiometers--discrimination level and sensitivity--and two momentary pushbutton switches--coin check and pinpoint--share space with a 1.5" speaker on the 3x3" face of the tiny control box. These four controls are adequately spaced for easy manipulation, even with gloved fingers. Tesoro has incorporated water and dust resistance into the control box design although the manual cautions against exposing the electronics to rain or water. The controls are sealed and the 1.5" speaker employs a plastic cone, which is internally sealed to the face plate.

In the field target response feels quick and proves accurate. This detector responds best to small, deep targets at a pace of about two feet per second. Appreciably less or more impairs sensitivity. On large or relatively shallow targets the machine responds well at any reasonable pace I impose. Tin can lids and aluminum cans present the usual problem but sweeping target center with the coil edge clearly reveals size. The detector's single 630 hertz tone responds sharply and distinctively to coins, and pinpointing is easy and dead-on, especially with the optional open-center 9" coil. The few pull tabs, lead slugs and bottle caps that penetrate the coin check pushbutton function are distinguished by a softer edge to the tone. Quality headphones makes these differences even more discernable.

Iron and nugget hunting reveals the shortcomings imposed by the Shadow's simplified controls. The only way to defeat iron rejection or to circumvent the detector's appetite for coin-shaped targets is to constantly press the momentary pinpoint button. This toggles the detector from its default silent search to a threshold-based all-metal detection mode. After fifteen minutes iron or nugget hunting you'll be wishing as I did for an on/off switch to replace the momentary pushbutton. When digging a target located with threshold detection, the user must inconveniently reach over and press the pinpoint button each time a handful of dug earth is tested. This makes the two-handed "divide-and-test" virtually impossible for iron or nuggets.

The electronics are present in the control box but the simplified controls makes this an awkward iron and nugget detector. Twenty minutes spent replacing the pinpoint pushbutton with a SPST toggle rewarded me with a more versatile machine and an invalidated warranty.

Speaking of warranties, the ShadowX2 is covered by the limited lifetime variety. The small print reveals that the purchaser must mail the registration card (mysteriously not included with my unit) within ten days of purchase. In addition to the usual set of exclusions, the warranty does not cover cable breakage, "wear of the searchcoil housing", and subsequent owners.

When powered on, the Shadow emits an annoyingly loud, four-second tone that can be heard a football field away. The manual explains that this is a battery test and suggests you do it periodically while detecting. If you're wearing headphones with no volume control you're in for a painful experience. Addicted as I am to my Sony MDR-200 headphones, I chose to spend $2.00 and one hour installing a 100 ohm potentiometer on the control face. My warranty is (again) history but I'm a happy hunter and battery life has doubled.

The abysmal manual vindicates owners who will refuse to read it. Aside from a predictable collection of misspellings, confusing grammar and production layout errors, it is disappointing in its omissions, misguidance and the author's seeming lack of familiarity with the detector.

Nowhere does the manual explain that iron discrimination is defeated in Pinpoint Mode. The writer fails to disclose that an iron object within six inches of a weak target invariably attracts the detector off-target when pinpointing with the pinpoint button. Additionally, there is no mention of iron or nugget search, which, as I mentioned above, can only be accomplished by constantly pressing the pinpoint button.

When describing use of the sensitivity control, the manual briefly mentions that higher sensitivity settings may increase the detector's depth penetration. This casual observation understates one of the Shadow's most noteworthy features: its ability, under most soil and electrical conditions, to detect coins at remarkable depths. With sensitivity set at 6 (on the Shadow's scale of 0 to 9) a clad Roosevelt is audible to 5-1/2 inches; however, the same coin can be heard at 11 inches when sensitivity is advanced to 8-1/2. Worse still, the manual describes a "normal" sensitivity setting as being 4 to 6, which limits the Shadow to a five-inch coin range!

Speaking of sensitivity, this control seems improperly tapered in its upper range. For you non-electronic types, this is equivalent to the volume control on your stereo being too touchy when you adjust it in the loud region. When the Shadow's sensitivity is cranked all the way to 9, it properly emits a constant stream of clicks and pops (falses), no matter how electrically quiet or mineral-free the environment. That perfect setting between 8-1/2 and 9, where only the occasional false intrudes, is elusively difficult to achieve. I wish the potentiometer was more broadly proportioned in the upper range.

The discrimination level control, also calibrated 0 to 9, smoothly rejects increasingly massive trash as the setting is advanced. The coin check pushbutton is a handy feature that momentarily overrides any discrimination setting. Unfortunately, noticeable interaction is evident between the discrimination and sensitivity controls, i.e., increasing discrimination causes significant reduction of sensitivity to non-rejected objects.

I prefer 9-volt Ultralife lithium batteries (RadioShack part # 23-665) in my Shadow because they deliver four times the life of alkaline at only twice the price. However, the Ultralife's greater size makes for a nearly impossible fit in the battery compartment.

Finally, my Shadow's pole persists in emitting a conspicuous creak with each sweep despite application of lubricants and sound deadening material. It's inaudible with headphones but competes with the internal speaker.


Even though I harshly critique my ShadowX2, I truly cherish it. It is a powerful, ultra-light, easy-to-use detector best suited for coin, button and token hunters who eschew gadgetry. For people comfortable with simple modifications and an invalid warranty, the Shadow is easily extendable to a fine, all-purpose detector. For best results, burn the manual and sprinkle its ashes on your favorite house plant.


By E.V. Smith

I recently purchased a Troy Shadow X2 and began to test it both in the field and in my own "test garden" at home (where I have various targets buried at different depths) When testing in the test garden against my Fisher CZ5 and my Garrett GTA 500 the Shadow didn't seem to come close to the detection depth of the other machines, especially the Fisher. In the field it seemed to do o.k., except it would not pick up some iron I wanted to find, such as Civil War and Rev War grapeshot and iron cannister balls. I realize the Shadow is set to ignore small iron targets, but a iron grapeshot the diameter of a quarter is not that small. I was ready to give up on the Shadow until I learned something. This is a BRASS machine!! It finds BRASS! Today I took it to a Confederate artillery camp I had hunted for years. I had made many good finds there, including some very rare buttons. I knew I had cleaned this camp out. Hunting by an old well site I knew so well, I slowed down to a crawl and listened. There is alot of iron still buried at this site, but the Shadow was picking out small brass items from between the iron. I kept the sensitivity at 8 and the discrimination all the way down. The best item of the hour hunt was half of a brass pistol powder flask with an eagle and other military designs embossed on it. I learned if the Shadow gave a small sharp signal to dig down and see if the signal got bigger. If so it was most likely brass. Sure I got some iron, but mostly small brass items. Only thing I can figure is this machine has the ability to pick out the brass that is masked by iron better than any machine I've used.



I have used Garrett machines exclusively for the past two years and recently traded up to the Shadow X2 by Troy. This is an extremely well made tool. What has really sold me on this unit are #1, its ease of use, #2 its lightweight construction, and #3 its sensitivity. There are two controls; one each for discrimination and sensitivity. This machine also features an unbelievably accurate pinpoint circuit and a coin check button that rejects any metal under the conductivity of a copper penny. I have dug several coins to depths of at least 8 inches. Manufactured by Tesoro electronics, a company long known for superior circuit design, this machine will operate well over 20 + hours on a single 9v battery! If you are looking for a dependable, lightweight and relaxing machine to use with no frills then what are you waiting for? GO GET IT!Alex in Dallas TX



I have been involved in many phases of metal detecting since the 70's. I have been in a position that enables me to have access to all metal detector brands and models for almost the past ten years. I have been reading some of the post made about different metal detectors and some I agree with and others I feel are single opinions and far off base.

My main love of metal detecting happens to be relic detecting for civil war relics. I do however attend many competition hunts each year over several locations involving several states., I have also logged many, many hours hunting old house sites and such for the older coins and goodies. I started out with an old model whites , years ago. Since then I have tried almost all machines available on the market.

Now, let me say first of all, just because you use a detector for a couple of hours, this does not mean that you have given it sufficient work out to do any evaluation on the detector. A detector must be used in many different aspects of metal detecting and under many different conditions before it can be truely evaluated. There were many days that I would go in the woods relic hunting with my friends and I was using what I considered one of the deepest detecting units on the market, and may still be, However at the end of the day I would have equal to their finds or sometimes less. Sounds ok doesn't it? Well, what I did not tell you was that I was probably digging two to three times the amount of targets to get the equal to or less than amount of targets that my friends were finding.In short, I would be worn out and they would be as fresh as new. Something is wrong, I thought and so I started performing tests with my friends on all metal detectors.

What I found out thru my test was that some detectors could not even cancel out a rusty nail! Don't believe this? try it and you will see. Yes you can get them to cancel out the rusty nail to the point of receiving a click instead of a solid response, but also the nickles, foil, rings chains etc sound as the canceled rusty nail. Some detectors that will discriminate out a rusty nail , will not detect a good target which is laying beside, over, or under a rusty nail. The rusty nail actually overrides the good target to the point it can not be detected.

As a result of years of trying different detectors , I have ended up with my choice being the Shadow and Tesoro. Why, Well I will tell why I chose these. First, remember the rusty nail I talked about above? Get a rusty nail and set a Shadow or Tesoro at zero discrimination and see if it picks up the rusty nail. It probably will not, however there are a few out there that will be detected, though not many. Now, lay a penny beside the rusty nail and check for response with the detector. HuH!! What about that,,,picks up the penny and ignors the nail laying beside it. Now put the nail over the penny and try it...Still picks up the penny and ignors the nail doesn't it? Try a small gold ring...not the nail,,,but the ring right? By using the Shadow and Tesoro detectors I have been able to have much better results relic hunting and finding small civil War buttons because they eliminate the rusty targets better. As far as response time and using the Shadow and Tesoro in competition hunts, Well the response time is excellent, the pinpionting is quick, the detectors are light and easy to use. Shadow and Tesoro are not know to talk to each other on a crowded competiion field. Now , don't rely on my opinion to steer you into buying a certain detector, and surely don't take a few others that I have read here which I know are bias, and not reality, but try one yourself then you will know what is right and what is wrong.

Snake & Pam Grills S&P Treasure Finders Ph. 1-423-349-4474 fax 1-423-349-584 email-



I had used my Whites Spectrum XLT for about a year and a half when I purchased my Shadow X2. The Whites did net me a nice coin collection. Two things it never did help me locate were gold and relics. With the stock 9.5 inch coil relic hunting in trashy (iron) soil was fruitless. The 5.3 on the whites worked much better in the trashy relic fields, and now if I don't need depth and need heavy separation I break out the XLT with the 5.3in coil. Most times, however, you'll find me using my Shadow with 9in or 7in coil. For relic hunting it works superb! After my first few relic outings with my Shadow I had found my first cannonball at 2 feet, my first Confederate sword belt plate, and several other nice Civil War relics. The Shadow has a unique ability to pull the treasure out of the trash. I'm still new with it but the more I use it the more I like it. It finds tiny objects deep. Old coins? I've found several including seated silver. Found a piece of antique gold jewelry, too. This machine is definitely worth its weight in treasure. MSS


By (Donald C Hockett)

I have been detecting for about 6 years. Living in Colorado's gold country and after reading articles that said people were Still finding gold, I thought I'm gonna try to get in on this too. I Bought a White's GoldMaster VSat. It is a very good detector and I was Going to go out and find gold nuggets. Well, I looked for about four Years off and on and never did find a gold nugget! However, what I did find out was that the GoldMaster is a great detector for locating just about anything that is metal. Yes, you do have to ground balance it but I consider that an insignificant part of detecting. The GoldMaster turned out to be a great coin machine and also a great relic machine. I found lots of coins and other interesting things but because it only operates in all metal mode, there is no discrimination at all. I know many of the Shadow users hunt with no disc. anyway so this worked out fine for finding any metal object.

My switch to the Shadow came after I went to the Leadville Hunt and was going to use my GoldMaster in the competition. I did OK but at that hunt, a good friend of mine had a ShadowX2 and I got to see how it performed against some of the really big name detectors first hand. I was impressed! I bought one shortly thereafter and have been using it ever since. Needless to say, I love the Shadow. I don't get out as often as some of the real hunters but when I do, I never fail to find my share. All that is said about the Shadow is true. It is so much lighter in weight that you can literally hunt all day long if you care to. Plus it is as good, if not better, at locating the treasures, as any of the most popular brands from what I've seen. I will still keep my GoldMaster for nugget hunting because I know the Shadow isn't made for this but when I want to look for coins or relics the Shadow is my choice for sure. These are my two detectors and I am entirely satisfied.


BY Bulletman)

Went relic hunting for two days with some friends. One guy had his shadow about a year, and the other guy just got his, "first time using it". I've been using a CZ-7 about two years, and I thought I was good with it, till I saw that these Shadow guys were finding twice as much. They found more CW & War of 1812 buttons, coins, and other good relics.
I was hunting in auto then would check the target with ID mode. The ID. is just about useless for relic hunting, so I kept it in the auto mode. Anyway I ended up finding some good stuff too, I just think I could have done as good or even better with a $400. Shadow than with my $700. CZ-7 and saved myself $300. to boot. Also those Shadow machines are a lot lighter, that's a big plus when you're hunting all day. The Shadow uses one 9 volt battery to 12 AA's for the CZ.

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