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Garrett ACE 250 Metal Detector

Garrett ACE 250 Metal Detector

Product Review (submitted on March 22, 2008):
The Garrett Ace 250 is an excellent value for the price; easy to use, light weight, able to swing for several hours, extremely sensitive to small objects and silver. I use it mostly on the beach and lowering the sensitivity to 3 or 4 bars you can use it on the shoreline. This does not produce an excessive loss of depth and the target ID legend indicates visually whether you have found iron, foil, a nickel, pull tabs, gold, bronze, pennies, dimes, quarters, half dollars and dollars. However it is not to be trusted entirely. Its only an indication of the conductivity, while the depth reading (four bars 2, 4, 6, 8) is always accurate.

In an air test, the ACE 250 reveals a coin at about 12 inches. Use it with headphones and the batteries will last for many hours. It has 5 modes:
"All metal" (which will pick up every target including Iron, however the Iron gives a much lower tone than any other target).
"Relics: (discriminates only the first notch on the left and then tends also to detect ferrous objects).
"Coins" (in addition to removing iron eliminates the tinfoil, indeed the display besides eliminating the first segment left eliminates the third).
"Jewelry" (Is a program that automatically discriminates iron the first two notches are eliminated).
"Custom" (You can discriminate and find only the object you want).

Once chosen one of these programs you can further customize discrimination with DISCRIM. Using the button you can move to the right or left cursor on the scale of metals, then subsequently pressing ELIM you can delete unwanted metals.