Garrett Ace 250Price: $250
Based on 260 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.05
Avg. Ease of use: 4.50
Good for the money
First off this is a coin shooter. If your into recent clad this is the machine for you. For a new comer this can be pretty impressive as is its turn on and go capabilities and I suspect this is what has lead to the numerous positive reviews. The reality is any lower end detector will do the same.
Machine does fine for dry sand as will any other machine in its price range. At first I was impressed with its wet sand abilities with a few quick clad finds but as time went on I discovered it had the same falsing and pinpointing problems in wet sand as any other machine in its price range.
If trashy forget about it unless you disc out all but the higher coin range. Unfortunately you have then disced out most all gold. For less trashy areas it will do fine.
This is not a jewelry machine and lets face it that's what we all want after the novelty of digging all the clad wares off. For this I would recommend saving up the money for a machine with a numeric vid and wider range of notch discrimination unless of course you are a "dig it all" type and then your fine with the ace.
Bottom line is for an introductory machine you cant really go wrong with it. Reasonable price and performance.
For now it is also holding its value nicely so if you find that the hobby is not for you you can recope a large percentage of your money. If you find your in the hobby for the long term I suspect you will eventually want a better machine. This is true no matter what introductory machine you start out with.
Patrick from FL
Good time detecting
I just got my new ace 250 two days ago. I watched the dvd and read the owners manual. Today 8-25-07 I crawled out of bed at 6:00 am and went hunting. I am very pleased with the results of my first hunt, I had found several old bullets and a few coins in my first hour of the hunt. In my opinion this detector is worth the investment so if your looking for a good starter detector this is the one....Bench test this unit when you get it, the video explains how and you will save a lot of time. You will be able to avoid the trash and get the treasure......Happy hunting
Jerry from Alabama
Impressed with Ace 250
I just got the Ace 250 to replace the White's and noticed a few things about it. The learning curve for it is low, has a lot more features, and I hate to say it but it beats the old White's hands down. (Sure, it has new technology and my White's is 24 years old, so it should beat it.)
My White's new was over $500. The Ace 250 was $200.
When you turn on the White's, you must go through a complicated "ground balancing" routine of pushing buttons and twisting knobs.
With the Ace 250 you just hit the power button and go.
I've heard from some about the apparent cheapness and looseness of the tubes. If you look closely, I think you'll discover the lower tube is a composite material designed to insulate the coil from the rest of the unit. The material is naturally more flexible than steel and not a design flaw.
I learned this from the White's: If you're pinpointing with the Ace and the signal is overloading the unit, swing sideways just a little, release and press the pinpoint button again and the detector will "detune" itself. Do this a few times until there will be only a short "beep" when swung directly over the target and you will have the exact position of your find.
My White's weighs almost eight pounds. The Ace weighs only 2.7 pounds.
The Ace apparently goes 2 to 4 inched deeper than the White's. An example: My wedding ring shows up at 6" in an air test with the White's - Nine inches with the Ace.
The Ace has notch discrimination - the White's does not.
The Ace 250 has five preset modes to choose from - the White's had to be manually set for each one.
Please remember: I'm comparing the Ace 250 with a 24 year old detector. The new ones I'm sure are much better. (Yes, the old White's still works very well, thank you.)
I haven't used the Ace enough to discover all of it's characteristics. I do know it has features only available in much higher priced units of just a few years ago. I would not hesitate to purchase it again. It's a good find in and of itself.
Gene Lyons from Marlow, Ok. USA
Bought one for my wife.
Didn't work too well in our ground. Falsed all the time even at low settings. No coin lock ons. At first I thought it was just her and the new detector learning curve but nope. Just our magnetic ground doing its stuff on a preset ground balanced machine.
Physically, the arm rod is too short which makes it coil heavy. Wasn't nice to swing for either of us. Bell tone was irritating. Notch spread is a bit lopsided to the silver side.
Just wasn't a good choice for us so I sold it.
Mike Hillis from Albuquerque NM
You Don't Always Get What You Pay For
3G's from So. Dak.
A True ACE
Dan Etherton from Senatobia, MS
Here a no bull review!
Had not much time to test it, only did some back yard searching.
Has diffrent tones for diffrent metals!
Handels easy and comforteble.
Metal type Indicater on screen.
A lot of programming options.
One thing i hate about this detector : IT HAS NO VOLUME CONTROL!!!
This was a big disapointmet when i saw it.
So you need to use a ajusteble headphone, or what i did is to tape off the speaker holes to get a exepteble volume.
I also advise that you get the bigger coil and rain cover for the Ace.
But this is a fine detector with good preformance, don't think you get a better one for this mony.
Rene from Netherlands
Best for the money
Pound for Pound this detector I think reigns supreme as far as the more bang for the buck aspect. The pinpoint feature works very well.
Nothing but good out of this detector thus far. I am soon going to buy a sniper coil for it.
Oh it is super lightweight to making hours of detecting easier
Decadude from Owensboro, kentucky
Great - straight out of the box.
I know there are a few picky reviews from those who also own big bucks machines, but for what it says on the tin - it easily hits the mark and beyond. I am very very pleased.
John Thornley from Loughborough, UK
The beat at it's price!
The only drawback I could find is it gets better depth in the disc mode than in the pinpoint mode. So occasionally a deep target may seem to disappear when you try to pinpoint it.
Steve Houston from Sweet Home, OR