Garrett ACE 250 Metal Detector
- Product Review (submitted on April 9, 2008):
I have always been interested in both the history of my hometown and lost treasure. I have pursued various hobbies that related to one or the other, but until I happened upon the joy that is metal detecting there was nothing incorporating the two. Being a teenager, I knew my budget was limited. I searched for a model that seemed cost-effective. The Ace 250 by Garrett appeared to have all the features I was looking for and it wasn't going to empty my wallet. I ordered it and eagerly awaited its arrival. Everything was very simple. Assembly consists of sliding a tube on, tightening a nut, and plugging in a cable. The very next day I went to a friend’s house to hunt. We discovered a dump filled with forty year old truck parts. It was exciting and gave us both a sense of accomplishment. I have since hunted on my property extensively and uncovered numerous coins and even a few lost parts for my lawn mower.
The detector is very easy to operate. Push power and you are ready to go. The Target ID is accurate in both bench tests and real use. I often use the Custom mode to find exactly what I am looking for. The pinpoint feature has saved me from turning my yard into an earthen checkerboard. The LED screen is both easy to see and intuitive. The detector is well built. Weighing in at only 2.7 pounds, I can use it for hours without becoming fatigued. The frame feels sturdy and rigid. The stock coil provides excellent coverage while maintaining a high sensitivity. The detector does not feel so much as if it is a tool, but rather an extension of my arm. I proudly give the detector five stars!