Garrett Ace 150Price: $150
Based on 35 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.25
Avg. Ease of use: 4.38
Worth every penny
I found over a 100 silver coins and 5 gold rings with mine last year. This little detector really loves the gold, most gold rings fall into the nickel/pulltab range. It won't miss silver quarters/large cents in the 8 inch range, especially with the larger coil. Pinpointing is so easy with some practise, swing the coil side to side shortening your swings each time as you draw it towards you until your swings are so short it's nearly just a wiggle. When the beeping stops, the coin will be directly in front of the coil, dead center.
I've used mine in weather as cold as -12, and in water knee deep. I've taken it in my suitcase on several trips as it breaks down easy and doesn't take up much space. For the casual hunter, run it in jewellery mode and dig all two way signals, for a real treasure hound, run it lke I do in all-metal with about 3/4 sensitivity. You'll be shocked at the performance of this little yellow machine.
Craig W from Sherwood Park, Alberta
David from Northern Virginia, USA
Great Beginner Detector
First impressions were "aaaarrrgggg!" because the darn thing was dinging and beeping like a pinball machine. I was getting ready to call the store and complain that it was defective, but then I learned about the discrimination features... duh. I like to put it on Jewellery Mode and Sensitivity level 3 because maxing out the sensitivity gives false readings sometimes (iron can beep occasionally as other metals). If I get a good hit, I wave it over the area a few times to see if the signal repeats. If the display says "iron" but then beeps as another metal occasionally, I move on.
Pinpointing isn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Just wave the coil over the beep in an "X" pattern and you can get within inches of the target. Pinpointing would be handy, but I can usually get within a few inches of the coin without it (and if you can't dig through 4 square inches of dirt for a coin, then you should probably find a different hobby).
The learning curve was a little steeper than I thought it would be... I'm no stranger to computers and electronics, but it took me by surprise how many variables there are in metal detecting. It took me a few hours to get it all figured out.
The tone ID feature is the best. You don't have to look at the display to see what kind of target you found.
The depth meter is alright, but it's not too dependable. The size of the target can throw it off, and sometimes it will show a coin at 6"+ when it's just over 2". The machine is great at finding coins of all types at impressive depths. I was trying to find a lost ring and had it on half sensitivity, and it was finding coins at over 4" deep.
All in all it's a good detector for someone to start with, or as an occasional hobby, or as a "coin shooter", or for someone who wants an easy to use detector with cool features that is affordable... I have yet to find anything valuable, but I imagine that's a matter of location. If I decide that I really like metal detecting, I can see myself springing for a more expensive detector (maybe a GTP 1350).
Richard B. (email@example.com) from Ontario, Canada
Garrett Ace 150
Steve Alejandre from USA
Great bang for the buck
William Horton from Collinwood TN