Garrett Ace 250Price: $250
Based on 257 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.00
Avg. Ease of use: 4.53
Dennis Tackett from Indianapolis
I had it for 2 weeks now and been out with it about 5 times now about 4 hours each time.
I found that if its under 6in it was great but I'm going get a better coil for it. but I have found a few 17th cent coins and musket balls it is very easy to use and I don't have to dig all the time but if its over 6in and the signal jumps around dig it up. I like the ace 250 its better then a c scope I had 3 other makes and for the price it is the best. I give it a rating of 4 because you need a coil as well if you want to go deeper or keep your money and go for a minelab lol
Roy from Wales
Very good value
Saltwater beaches: I was in the UK last year and took it to a few beaches. In wet sand it was hopeless. It would sound off all the time, even with reduced sensitivity settings. On dry sand it was fine but I found the sensitivity to all but larger junk items to be weak. On a coral beach it worked great, except one again in the saltwater. Maximum depth for coins: The maximum realistic depth in regular soil on coins is 6". That's pretty good, but that said its missing a lot of targets I feel.
The solution is to use a larger coil as the one that comes with it is 6"x9". Not really big enough for the type of holes I'm willing to dig. The problem is the larger coils are far too expensive for such a budget detector. Thus you realistically have to upgrade to a more expensive machine.
Silver dimes show as pennies: The lesson here is to dig anything that is not hard into the ferrous end of the scale. No gold: This machine has found me no gold at all. Now it could be a competence thing as it detects my wedding band as a solid pulltab signal. I gather that's not unique to this machine. Won't pinpoint on zinc: This probably not a bad thing unless dry cell batteries are something you want to dig. Happy swinging!
Denzil Ravenscroft from Seaway Valley
Metal detecting for beginners
Michael from Indiana
No regrets with this detector
Chris from North Florida
This detector does require you to put in some work. you MUST do your home work and work with this machine to learn its every sound and indication. It will not be long before you have figured out what is worth digging and what is trash. Set it to all metals and initially dig everything to learn what indication and sound is given for each item. You will ultimately still dig trash that may be shown as a coin this is no hardship and doesn't happen very often. It is a sensitive beast and I love it
Robin from Uk
I think you should learn how to use it before you trashing the Garrett 250.
I can pinpoint something within 1 inch with my eyes closed.
It works perfectly.
The only bad thing about it is, there is no volume control.
But I use a head set with volume controls, problem solved.
I am a novice and if I can make this work anyone can so all you haters out there know what your talking about before writing a review.
Steve from Sussex, Nb Canada
Ac from Utah
The cheapest detector made
Pinpointing is poor at best and it can't locate a target deeper than three inches. With White's, Minelab, Tersoro, Teknetic's, and Fisher producing more advanced and better detectors for the same price, you would have to be a fool to trust the anything garrett makes.
George Talbot from Ft. Pierce,Fl
Not having done metal detecting before, I wanted a machine that wasn't complicated and didn't want to spend too much. but I didn't want a 'toy'. Having found the Garret Ace 250 and read the reviews on it, I thought how can a machine sound so good with a price tag of around £190 be any good when most machines cost around £500 plus. So once again I went around reading reviews, watching videos, ect, and finally decided to go for it and buy one. I also thought well, if it isn't very good the second hand market for these machines seem good so I could always sell it again and get most of my money back.
Well, one month on I have not looked back, I am very pleased with it. First day I got it I read the manual, and watched the DVD that came with it, then set it up and went straight out into the garden, found a old half penny and 3 modern decimal coins as well as junk mind. My next outing was just outside my garden on some what I call wasteland, kids ride motor bikes around there. After a couple of hours I had found old pennies, half pennies and decimal coins, as well as a gold Claddagh Pendant which was nice.
No stopping me now, after one month I have found loads of old pre-decimal coins as well as decimal. My best finds are that gold Claddagh Pendant, a mans gold ring, a child's silver ring, a silver St. Christofer and a silver badge of an anchor. Also dug a lot of junk, but it seems its the same with expensive detectors, they all find junk. Can't wait to find some farmland to detect on as all my detecting has just been around my local area. Did have a go on a local beach, but as it was packed I only did a little area, only found a couple of modern coins but will certainly give it a good go in the winter months.
Anyways, there you have it, in my opinion the Ace 250 is not a toy, its a proper metal detector and I feel very confident, if its there, the Ace will find it.
Good Luck, Janman.
Janman from Devon, England