Garrett Ace 150

Price: $150
Avg. Score: 4 stars 4.23
Based on 35 reviews

Avg. Durability: 4 stars4.25
Avg. Ease of use: 4 stars4.38
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Worth every penny

February 10, 2007
I bought the ACE 150 because of the price, little did I know that it would perform like a machine 3 times it's cost. It assembles quickly and is easy on batteries, especially when using headphones.

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.

Overall Rating 4 stars


Great machine.

November 30, 2006
Thirty minutes out of the box I landed a 1774 King George half penny. Nothing since, but that one left me hooked for life! I love the machine, but there is somewhat of a learning curve. I'm still learning! And still enjoying!

Overall Rating 5 stars!


Great Beginner Detector

April 25, 2006
Detecting is something I always wanted to do, so last week I bit the bullet and bought a Garrett Ace 150. I bought it over the 250 because the store only had 150's (they were sold out of 250's) and I figured that the only difference was a few extra features like "pinpoint" and coin differentiation.

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).

Overall Rating 4 stars


Garrett Ace 150

February 12, 2006
lite as can be, easy to operate, went out side and wow found my first coin in seconds, finds deeper targets than others say it dues works for this Texan yup... brakes down for storage, I wish i had one along time ago, i would have found so much more stuff thanks you guys at Garrett for makeing one i can afford

Overall Rating 5 stars!


Great bang for the buck

February 04, 2005
It's a geat detector for the money. I love the tone ID. The only problem I have is the pinpointing but I haven't had it long I will probably get better. Very light and tough construction great first detector for a child .

Overall Rating 4 stars


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