Garrett ACE 250 Metal Detector
- Product Review (submitted on August 31, 2009):
- I bought my Garrett Ace 250 after suffering 30 years of "withdrawal" from metal detecting, which I did extensively as a 16 year old. The Ace 250 is a great value and as some have already said, "a coin magnet”. Since purchasing my Ace in April 2009, my son and I have found 579 coins - including a silver half dollar and silver dimes, a 1900 English half penny, 2 rings, 2 medals, various jewelry including 3 sterling silver charms, a gold bracelet, and dozens of other cool things. We never fail to bring home a pocket full of treasures. This detector has accurate identification, discrimination, and depth. It is very lightweight and has extremely fast response. We use rechargeable batteries to keep the expenses down but the charge lasts for an entire afternoon so don't worry about battery life. Some tips: 1) learn to use the pinpoint by de-tuning; 2) gold rings will appear under the ring part of the pull tab on the display; 3) we prefer the jewelry setting; 4) if you don't get sound both directions, it's not a coin; 5) learn to discriminate large round junk from coins by holding in place over the object and switching to all-metal mode and watching / hearing the "pinball machine" sound in the junk area; 6) buy a pair of lightweight headphones with volume control on them ($20) to use when you go alone. Do NOT have any concerns about buying this machine. DO go out and spend some time with your kids treasure hunting.