Garrett ACE 250 Metal Detector
- Product Review (submitted on April 14, 2008):
The Garrett Ace 250 is a beginner to intermediate detector that usually sells around $250. The Ace 250 is a great detector for the first time detectorist because it is extremely easy to use. When I first got the Ace 250, I turned it on and started detecting right away. The Ace 250 has a very easy to use LCD screen that shows modes you are hunting in (All Metal, Jewelry, Custom, Relics, Coins) the depth chart, the sensitivity meter and what type of object the detector has found.
What I like about the Ace 250 is of course the very easy to use LCD screen. I also like how the Ace 250 has Tone ID so you know what kind of target you found. The Ace 250 emits a low tone when you have hit, say a piece of trash and when you hit a coin it emits a loud higher pitched sound. This way you spend more time digging quality targets and less time digging trash. Another great feature that I like about the Ace 250 is that it has a pinpoint target right on the control pad. The pinpointing feature is very easy to use. All you have to do is hold down the pinpoint button and move the detector over the target in a cross like pattern and when you hear the loudest, brightest sound, you found your target. I also like that the Ace 250 has great depth capability. The depth chart goes up to 8 inches, but I’ve found that most of the finds with the Ace 250 have been around 4-5 inches.
What I don't care for with the Ace 250 is its stock coil. Because the Ace 250 has an elliptical coil, the target will not always be in the center of the coil. For a first time user, this can be a very tricky thing to get used to, but once you get used to the coil and where it targets the object it’s actually pretty easy. I think that the Ace 250 is a great first time detector for the price. It’s very easy to use and it gets the job done. With the Ace 250, I found about 100 coins, with my oldest find being a 1901 Indian Head penny. I’ve also found some jewelry and a couple of older relics.