Garrett ACE 250 Metal Detector
- Product Review (submitted on August 21, 2019):
Three years ago, my birthday gift from my family was a Garrett Ace 250 with two different size coils. I had researched and read many reviews on different brands and models of detectors, and the 250 seemed to be a perfect fit for both my budget and needs. Although the unit is simple to set up and easy to use, it is still a workhorse. It doesn't have some of the more advanced features (ground balance, wet saltwater beaches, underwater capability, etc.) that more expensive machines have, but it has served me well as a beginner in detecting. I have used it in temperatures from the teens to nearly 100 degrees F with no problems in performance. I have used it in rocky soil in the mountains, sandy freshwater beaches, and in dry/damp (not saturated) sand on saltwater beaches and it has performed very well, My finds include coins, fishing tackle, tools, and plow shares! I have purchased - and highly recommend - the covers for both coils to protect them from bumps and scratches.
Normally, I run in All Metals mode, but in city parks, I may switch it to Coin or Jewelry mode. The discrimination mode is easy to set up on the 250. On one occasion, I needed to retrieve some small metallic objects that had recently been scattered in an area covered in deep grass. That area held several year's accumulation of metallic debris from a nearby shop. I was getting all sorts of mixed signals over the whole area. Realizing the new items would be on top of the ground and all other metal objects would be under the surface, I used the discrimination feature. I finally found one of the items and set it in a clean area and swept over it to establish a signature. I then screened out all other signals and set the sensitivity as low as it would go. That eliminated almost all unwanted signals, and in a few minutes I had recovered and accounted for all the new items.
I still consider myself fairly new at detecting, but my finds have been selected twice in the last two years as KellyCo's Treasure Find of the Week!!