Garrett Ace 250Price: $250
Based on 258 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.06
Avg. Ease of use: 4.56
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
Super Dave from Sussex, VA
Garrett Ace 250
After seeing the great reviews that was posted about this machine
After I got it I quickly realized how great this machine really is.
Best settings for me is jewelery mode set on 2
then when I get a tick I increase the sensitivity
To MAX then pinpoint my target
Then retrieve my booty.
Today I went out with my wife to a park near me and found over 30 dollars in silver 2 rings
And 51 pennies all I can say if you want to be a good hunter take my tip of advice I have used many other medal detectors and I am simply in love I have ordered 3 more of the 250 so that me my wife and kids all have a fair advantage lol like I did today.
Dwolf from Newnan Georgia
Better to spend a few bucks more
The 250 is a cute toy, great for kids, but my Tesoro silver umax and Fisher 1236x runs circles around the 250, in overall performance.
The readings on the display are not accurate, but just frills to sell this detector.
Ken from Colorado
I Love This Machine
In the 3 seasons I have been detecting the ACE 250 has given me $1100. 00 dollars in clad (I bank all my clad. ) I am working on case number 6 of silver and gold jewelry. I have found several silver coins. All of this is within about a 20 miles radius of my home in the city. I have yet to hit any really good old sites that have not been picked over by other detectorists. I think that is pretty darn good for a machine that some people rate as a piece of junk.
Dig those nickel signals if you want gold. Everyone that detects knows you need to dig low tones to find gold. One of the issues with the ACE 250 is that is loves iron. Even when iron is excluded. It will give a high tone signal on the initial reading if there is large deep iron. I know and accept this. I used the small sniper coil my whole first season (due to shoulder surgery) and I found GREAT stuff with it. Slower going with less depth (about 4 inches) but it works great. Now I use the 9 by 12 coil (6-8 inches or more based on target size. ) Pinpoint is slightly off but I have a Sun Ray pinpointer which is great.
The machine is very sensitive and I run my sensitivity on only 3-4 bars. Durability is second to none. I had an issue with another Garrett machine (not the ACE) and Garrett service was GREAT. Well that is my experience with the ACE 250. No, I have not affiliated with Garrett or a seller. I am speaking only as a user.
I love this machine!
Melw2 from Indianapolis, IN
Garrett ace 250 trouble
Today I tried to do a test. I put a 1964 silver quarter in the ground 6 inches deep then did a scan over it. In the lower sensitivity bars it didn't pick it up, then around the 4 or 5 bar range it would bounce from iron to like a dime on the meter. On any sensitivity level it did not read an exact quarter.
It seems that if a good find is hiding 6 inches deep and bounces from iron to silver I need to pretty much dig up on every hit I get on this machine.
Please help. Should I buy the dd coil for this machine or just prepare to dig alot of iron readings and find silver instead?
Mike from Bolingbrook, IL
Great detector and when this one fails I will buy another ace 250.
Thanks garret for a great detector.
Ronald from Spring Hill,Fla.
Stringing the cable the right way!!!
Well, I found this site and another one called "Ace 250 tips and tricks" and took the advice of stringing the coil cable vertically along the lower shaft tightly with tape ,then coiling it around the upper one.WOW! what a difference. Now the unit is ever so quiet and much more accurate, especially, on more shallow targets. I just want to thank those who have put this vital information out to others so that they also can benefit and get the most out of their machine. I haven't tried reversing the coil 180, as some have suggested because it seems like it's fine just as is.
Also I still need to try it out again on the mountain where we live where the soil is full of clay. Prior to this I was getting a lot of mixed signals up there. I'm thinking it will do better this time.
N. Montoya from San Diego, Ca
John walker from Alliance ,oh
I like it
It paid for itself after the first time out when I found a gold medallion.
It is excellent for coins.
I usually run mine on jewelry mode (lookin for more gold).
Tim from Los Angeles