Garrett Ace 250Price: $250
Based on 260 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.05
Avg. Ease of use: 4.50
Not reading the manual = bad results
Limey from UK
If it had a backlight for the display and a volume control I would give it 5 stars. I bought some cheap headphones that have a volume control so that took care of one minor problem. At some point I will try to figure out how to illuminate the display so I can night hunt.
The Ace 250 is easy to use, lightweight, and as accurate as other units that cost more--in some cases a LOT MORE. What more could you want?
Chris from Groton, Ct
Sweet Little Machine
I am a 100% "Beach Hunter" (White's Dual Field PI Pro)that was looking for a "dry sand" detector. I did my homework on the ACE 250 and decided to go with the "Spring Pack".
This machine is true value for your money!
1, It's very good on coins
2, Light weight
3, loads of options to fit your hunting level and needs
4, Will find EVERYTHING! LOL
5, EASY TO USE
6, PRICE IS RIGHT
1, Pin Pointing is off (yup the only fault)
Please get the "Spring Package" with the Pro Pointer, with the PP and the ACE 250 you'll be finding and recovering quickly!With the PP you have a 5 star set up!
1, Pin point with the ACE 250 and if your target is 2-4 inches guess what?! just use the PP to find the exact location of the target!
without the PP you will be digging trenches lol!
2, Please bench mark and study the machine with "Junk" and "good" targets to see how the ACE responds. If you are using the ACE in another Country test the local coinage.
3, Gold falls in the 1st notch blow "Pull Tab" which is also in the Gold Range, the key to the ACE is, ONLY DIG A SIGNAL THAT IS SMOOTH & STEADY! If it jumps between two coins it's probably modern pull tab or a coin by "junk". Circle the signal if you get a smooth constant read on it, dig it. If the Signal is all over the place, 100% JUNK.
For me, I eliminate 50 cent and 1$ cause I live in the Caribbean and the chances are very slim I'd find them plus a crushes soda can or a piece of one comes in smooth without distortion in that range!
I have been metal & cable detecting for a living at my local phone company for 10 years so I know a little something. Metal Detection is not a perfect science cause a lot on metals have similar "signatures" but with practice the ACE Will Impress you, like it did me.
P.S.>>> I was only getting the ACE for a Beach Back-up and then Christmas get a White's Spectra V3i(Cause I am a Gadget Freak LOL). To be honest, the ACE 250 with Pro Pointer have been working so well for me I really don't NEED the V3i.(though I still WANT IT LOL)
Bottom line the ACE 250 with PP is ALL you will really Need.
Happy Hunting :-)
Rey from West Indies
Garrett Ace 250 - Great with few flaws
Light weight, anyone in family can use it for hours.
With All-Metal on and sensitivity all the way up, you can get 8+", but of course, you get lots of sporadic tones and meter readings. But even with sensitivity down to factory setting, you get sporadic readings, especially if a coin is near iron. This takes a little practice and many times requires a dig. I've read that many buy a 4.5" sniper coil and say they will never put the original coil back on. The 4.5" coil is on my list to get. From what I've read, this smaller coil helps with the sporadic readings.
I give the Ace 250 4 stars, because in salt water or very wet ocean sand, the unit beeps sporadically. But I've walked the beach and it does ok near wet sand, but does great in dry sand.
I wish there were more tone id's, but it does ok. It has 3 tones, but should have 5 or 6.
I do dig lots of junk/trash. But I run with a higher sensitivity for depth and like many will tell you, gold and some silver scans in the trash range. Pop cans scan as $1 (use the pin pointing to figure size and you probably won't find a $1 coin (Morgan size) today in a modern park), gold scans between pull-tabs and a zinc penny. So if don't want to miss a potential "good find", you will dig trash. And please take trash you dig with you. Nothing worse then scanning someone's trash they could have removed. Be good stewards and give MD'ers a good name.
About trash. I wouldn't have found a handful of square nails (1820-1920) if I hadn't dug iron, or trash for most. Now that I've found the nails, I know the time period and I know there's more to find in that area. I keep a log of my finds and I do research of the area for any history. And guess what, there's always history.
So trash has it's rewards by giving you an age of what's in the ground.
I bought the Ace 250 as a second unit for my family and it was worth the price. I've found jewelry, coins, toys, bullets, keys, etc.
No matter what detector you buy, I strongly recommend the Garrett Pro-Pointer. It cost about $128. but it well worth it. It will save you so much time and less digging. And it's fantastic in dry sand you don't need a scoop.
MrXtramean from Milwaukie, Oregon USA
If someone is looking for an entry level detector to begin enjoying this hobby, you can't go wrong with the Ace 250.
Retired Guy from Iowa
Within a couple of hours (having taken the machine out the box) I found: bit of iron, rusty nail, old coin! Can't wait to get out tonight.
This machine is almost idiot proof. All you need to do is some basic research on pinpointing with the Ace 250 and you're good to go.
MD from UK
Delighted with my Ace 250
What's important to me is that the machine is actually doing what I want it to do, ie, find buried metal.
As an added bonus it is light, easy to use and has a load of cool features.
After a few initial false signals (very frustrating), I'm encouraged to know that I am heading in the right direction.
Can't wait to visit some sites of historical interest here in the UK.
Lastly, it's worth pointing out that these units seem to hold their value pretty well. If you purchase and are not happy you could probably recoup 80 per cent of the cost by selling on ebay.
I. Jones from UK
ACE 250 Best Detector I Ever Owned
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John K. Jordan from Friendswood, Texas
Garrett means Treasure. Good bang for the buck.
Dry sand, no problems at all. I operate in 100% sensitivity, with the first 2 items notched out on the discrimination settings.
In wet sand and salt water line, I have to turn down the sens. to 3 or 4 to keep it quiet. (Just like every other detector in its class) however, it still finds goods, just not as deep. I did find a diamond stud earring in the wet packed sand roughly 4 inches deep.
For the price, you're going to be hard pressed to find a better machine. Garrett has been around for years and years. It's a top brand. I've not needed service, but I'm sure they'll be there if and when needed.
1. There needs to be a backlight feature. Here in Florida, it's hotter than 17 shades of Hades, so most hunts are early evening/into the dark, so we need to see the display at night. I'm working on a prototype light to add to mine.
2. The shaft to the coil could stand to be thickened up. I use a small piece of tape and it takes out the light wiggle.
3. Someone mentioned a clock. That might be a good feature to add. I think I will add a stickon of some sort to it. Although, I'm not aware of any other detector that has one.
Again, I run 100% sensitivity in dry sand with little to no falsing, unless the coil is bumped. I notch out iron and foil (first two on the settings) and run the rest as is.
I have found the target ID feature to be right around 90% accurate, as far as depth to dig, and the item type. The bell tone feature is nice.
I have found items up to 8 inches. The deepest item I have found was right at 8/9 inches, under a root, against the base of a large tree, which was a metal indian arrowhead. Most coins I find on the beach range from surface, to 4-5 inches.
In my just-over-a-month of use, I have found:
500 Pennies (Guesstimated)
I also found $125 in cash, in a hole with a penny.
I've found diamond earrings, gold earrings, a silver ring, a silver necklace, tokens, foreign coins, and several junk jewelry items. 2 days ago, I also found a Metal indian arrowhead.
You can see photos of what I have found at:
These photos were taken the same day as me having written this review.
For the price, you're not going to go wrong. Get your machine and get at it. Be patient, be persistent, and keep a positive attitude, and you will have as much, if not more success, than me.
DewGuru from Clearwater, Florida
Dig it all
Found a very old nice brass button and an amazing ping on an old 1936 penny, digging for everything and am a bit frustrated at triple tones and indicators but a bit of iron farm machinery on a triple could be an iron box with brass fittings and be full of coins.
Bits of lead and foil giva good ping like a coin but hey the excitement of digging is awesome, it really gets your ticker going. Found an old cap badge and all sorts of small bits of junk but I think in time man and machine will bond well. Cracking value as well and I am well pleased, just itching to getting out pinging, top tip if feeling addicted and arm fatigue, swop arms, I am getting used to been ambidex already but really a light machine that can easily cope half day in your good arm quite comfortably.
Gordon from North yorks. u.k.