Garrett Ace 250Price: $250
Based on 260 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.05
Avg. Ease of use: 4.50
Pinpointing with the ace 250
First turn the coil 180 degrees so the small part is forward.
Next after you have found something, back off nose of coil till sound stops.
Dig. Find is at 12:00 EVERY TIME.
MY FINDS HAVE QUADRUPLED SINCE I DISCOVERED THIS.
JAN, FEB, MAR, 11,650 COINS, 12 RINGS( MOST STERLING, 3 GOLD, MY FIRST SILVER DOLLAR( 1900 O)
STANDING LIB, LOTS OF MERCS, ROOSIES, WHEATS, AND
I NOW DIG everything. I DIDN'T USE TO FIND GOLD, DO NOW.
Also I use a standard shovel, and a 3 foot square
of wire cloth (1/2 inch) which is tied to a belt loop.
Well it used to be till I broke all my belt loops!
Now I use an electric cord with the plug tucked into my waistband.
I NEVER bend down as I am 67 and have a couple of bulging discs, just throw dirt on screen, like beach hunting, works great, although I NEVER beach hunt.
Just to far away and soooo many places here close.
I have 4 detectors that I paid over 1,000.00 for and they are in the closet.
Garrett probably should have charged more for the 250.
John lamay from Orlando fl
To the guy that threw the ACE 250 IN THE LAKE!!!
Yes it does make more noise than a chicken flock or whatever you said.
THAT'S WHY THEY MAKE INSTRUCTIONS.
YOU ARE SUCH A GUY.
DIDN'T YOU GET A CD/DVD WITH IT?
This is absolutely the quietest machine I have EVER used.
You know of course that MR. GARRETT built it to sound B O T H directions did you not?
Also reduce your sensitivity some silly.
Had you learned this machine, you would enjoy it more than most others.
I am not getting paid for this posting.
I have probably sold 30-50 of these machines to
my friends and family and never made a penny.
this is the best machine, greater sensitivity is good not bad.
A word to others.......
Do not dig every signal.
ONLY THOSE YOU CAN NOT GET RID OF.
THAT'S A COIN...
To the BRIT that said all these reviews were written by the same person.
Enjoy your machine.
ONLY DIG THE ONES THAT SOUND BOTH DIRECTIONS.
I LOVE THIS MACHINE.
DO NOT KNOW WHAT I WOULD DO W/O IT.
PROBABLY QUIT DETECTING.
JOHN LAMAY from ORLANDO FL
Pinpointing with the ace 250
The First thing you need to do is turn your coil around!!!
just turn the shaft 180 degrees and when you find something slowly back off and when sound stops the target( I CALL THEM FINDS) is at 12:00 every time.
Since I began doing this my finds have quadrupled or more.
More time swing the coil.
I NEVER, NEVER USE PINPOINT.
You just use up your batteries and waste time.
Remember it IS at 12:00 every time.
John lamay from Fl
Ace 250 is a Coin Magnet!
Firstly its so light weight! Secondly its very easy to use.
Theres no denying my Sovereign is probably a more capable machine, But it heavy, and noisy and way more fiddly to set up.
The ACE 250 is the ideal beginner detectoer for anyone new to the hobby! I always carry it in the back of my car for doing some quick snooping!
I have found lots of coins with it! The distinct "ringtone" it makes when it has found a coin is fantastic! In all metal mode and some careful listening you will get used to the various sounds it can generate and after awhile you will have a fair idea what you are likely to dig up. In just two weeks I have found more with the ACE than I have with the Sovereign, I have found 2 silver rings, a silver pendant, a white gold earring and around 50 coins! The detector amazes me at times with its sensitivity for its price - I love this little machine! I have found tiny little things like a single eyelet from an old sandshoe and a paper clip at 3 to 4 inches in white sand!
The only thing it does not do well is black sand or iron sand beaches - If you live in a heavily mineralised area or beach with black sand FORGET IT! It just goes bonkers and beeps & chimes like its gone mad. A detector with adjustable threshold or an Iron mask feature like my sovereign is more what you would need.
However if you want a great little all rounder that the whole family can use at an amazing price the Garret ACE 250 is SUPERB! Highly recommended and a joy to use.
Lance Taylor from New Zealand
Great metal detector except on iron
Sacha from Yorkshire, england
I hunt in mostly parks, river sand and low mineralized soils. This machine is a great tool for the purpose of learning a very enjoyable hobby. I find a lot of clad coins, few 50 caliber machine gun shells and a lot of pennys. I also have a fisher Gold Bug 2 for gold detecting. I would recommend the Ace 250 to anyone wanting to try the hobby. You can always spend a lot more on a detector once you have decided if this is for you. Nothing beats getting out in the open air and doing something you enjoy with a tool that actually works. Have a good time, include family and friends if they are willing and remember, cover those holes.
Chuck from Southern California, Desert Area
I recommend to start with All metal-mode and you get familiar with different sounds and ID's machine give to you depending target.
One minus: No volume control!
Tuomo from Finland, Europe
1 Pinpoint not accurate- Its not bad, so what if you have to dig a 6" square hole instead of a 2" one. If thats so much of a problem feel free to spend £500 more.
2 It doesn't work- Really? well everyone elses does, its still under warranty so send it back!
3 It gives false signals- Simple spend some time with it and learn to interpret what it tells you.
If you can really find faults with it for the price then maybe you need to stop spending so much time with metal detectors and get yourself a girlfriend.
Ian smith from Lancashire uk
Since I have done this it works great. I have been finding about one hundred coins per month. Hope it works for you.
Larry starr from Fresno, Calif
These reviews are plants
Just got the Garrett 250 and I expect it will be the best $212 I've ever spent. I have to learn to use it, because my first impression is that is waaay more sensitive than anything I have ever used. (A good thing, right?)
But, being a student of writing and English, it seems to me the majority of these reviews are written by the same hand trying to seem genuine. Most cover the same subjects and the dialog is similar.
Someone's trying to cover the "newbie", the "Seasoned Pro" even the "Surfer / Stoner" crowd.
Give me a break.
It's a good product. Let it stand on it's own. Don't flood the blogs with pseudo "ads".
Casey O from Madison, Ohio