This review method is a new approach for me. I put this machine in the hands of Shelly, an eleven year old. I took only five minutes to give her some basic instruction on metal detector use, pinpointing and recovery techniques and turned her loose (with two other children equipped with Fisher and Garrett start-up units) on a quarter-acre play area behind a church. Before sharing the remarkable numeric finds Shelly achieved, let us examine the Titan 1000 XD.
The Titan 1000 XD is advertised as a 4 in one detector, and with good reason. First, it has automatic tuning. Second, it has automatic ground balance. Third, it has automatic tone technology and fourth, it has auto target identification. It can be used for finding all types of treasure but I feel it is best suited as a start-up coin shooting unit. The automatic preset features makes it a true turn on and go detector. It also has a user depth adjustment good for up to six inches deep in increments of two inches (2,4,6). This does not mean that the instrument will only find things up to six inches. In fact, I dug up coin sized objects up to about 10 inches. The Titan is a part of the new technology hobby machines that are very attractive, light weight, and user friendly. They are only sightly lower priced than the start-up units of the big four American manufacturers and do not have the appearance of being strong and durable machines for hunting in rough terrains. However, looks can be deceptive. This is a fine, good depth machine that will find lots of treasure. As I mentioned earlier I took three youngsters out for about an hour and fifteen minutes to a play area behind the church to field test the Titan and compare it with two other units as well.
Shelly used the Titan 1000 XD, Kevin used a Garrett Ace 150, and Cage used a Fisher 1212X. The area hunted was used for our Easter metal detecting venture with over $250.00 in US coins buried. The Easter Sunday children’s hunt turned up well over $200.00 in coins with possibly three hundred coins still buried in the quarter acre tract with most coins buried just a couple inches deep for this treasure finding venture. I gave the three the five minute pre-hunt training instruction and turned them loose. They had a blast finding the coins and I was amazed at the results. Kevin found 45 coins totalling $4.59 cents ( 11 quarters, 10 dimes, 15 nickels, 9 pennies ) using the Garrett. Cage found 65 coins totaling $7.92 ( 23 quarters, 15 dimes, 10 nickels, 17 pennies ) using the Fisher. Shelly blew both boys away finding 110 coins totaling $11.38 ( 32 quarters, 20 dimes, 20 nickels, 38 pennies) using the Titan. That is finding better than 1.5 coins per minute. All three are novices at using detectors and Kevin is the only one of the three who owns a detector. He won the Garrett 150 in January from a children’s church contest. He is a very proud 2nd grader. Any treasure finder would be proud of Shelly’s results. Finding $10.00 an hour is not shabby. She pinpointed easily with the Titan 1000 XD and found exactly double the number of coins as the boys. To assure the testing process was accurate in terms of coins found, I had spray painted one side of all 2,500 coins buried for the Easter Treasure Hunt. There are now less than 80 buried coins left from that promotion for Easter and Kevin will get the opportunity to find the rest on his own.
The Titan 1000 XD, manufactured by a Texas company, performed exceptionally in this kids venture and Shelly knew what she was digging almost every time a coin was retrieved. Some coins buried close together gave her incorrect readings. I would recommend this detector without reservation for a new hobbyist or as a fun machine for the veteran too. Here’s to “diggin it”!