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|Options||Whites TreasureMaster||Garrett Ace 350|
|Battery Type||2 AA||4 AA|
|Operating frequency||7.812kHz.||8.25 kHz.|
|Target ID||8-Segment||12 Segment|
|Tone ID||4 Tones||3 Tones|
|Ability to change coils||Yes||Yes|
|Ground balance||Auto||Factory preset|
|Waterproof||Coil only||Coil only|
|Warranty||3 Years||2 Years|
|Number of Reviews|| 3
|Avg. User Rating||4.00||3.83|
|Avg. Durability Rating||4.25||4.14|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.75||4.86|
|Avg. Depth Rating|
Most helpful review for Whites TreasureMasterPro features, amateur price.
It's been a very long time since we've seen anything TRULY new from the big "W". The MX5 was the last 'new' machine but was based on MXT technology. While it did pretty well, it never really seemed to find it's market. It's priced up there with the AT Pros but never garnered the respect the AT Pro gets.
Enter the Treasuremaster. I've been detecting 30 years, and I've used 'em all. This little machine has more 'pro' features than any other machine out there in it's price range. It's sensitive, deep, easy to use, lightweight and should give that little banana colored beeper some serious competition as the Treasuremaster isn't even in the same class as the Garrett Ace, but it's priced where the Ace is.
Real automatic ground balance, VCO pinpointing, adjustable target volume, 4 tone ID, 8 segment disc, threshold hunt (a sensitivity feature that no other detector has under $300), runs on 2 AA batteries for 20 hours and it's weatherproof. (Let's call it rainproof). It's weighs in at about 3 lbs. A little extra 'beef' than the featherlight detectors like the Tek Delta 4000 but the extra heft makes it feel like a better built detector.
I've had it out about 5 times now and have re-hunted some sites that I've been over. Finding a lot of clad. I'm not finding much in the way of serious keepers, but that's the fault of my location and not the detector. The detector hits coins very solidly and will lock on a target. Target ID is pretty much the same as other White's machines. 70's-80's are dimes/pennies/quarters, nickels ring up at a consistent 20-24, zincs read 59-61. I hunt in Georgia red clay and it seems to handle the hot soil well. You can hear the detector update the ground balance if you lift the coil about waist high and walk with it in the air. You'll hear a deep beep every few seconds.
Using it is as easy as turning it on, use the UP/DOWN arrow by the Options button to set a slight threshold and start swinging. If the detector falses, simply turn the sensitivity down using the +/- buttons. The various settings are selected by pressing the Option button and cycling thru the various tweakable settings.
The display numbers are large and easy to read. Not as big as the Fisher F series, but much easier to read than even my expensive MXT. I found the 4 tone ID a little annoying especially in hotter ground and it can false and cause some random low tones. Setting the tone ID to 2 tones solved that. Overall, the Treasuremaster is MUCH more machine than the Coinmaster/Pro series it replaces and MUCH more machine than it's target competition the Garrett Ace series. I think given some time, the Treasuremaster should become a popular choice in the vast array of detectors out there.
Jay Emm from Georgia
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Most helpful review for Garrett Ace 350Professional
I've been detecting since 1981 and have had almost 30 different machines and 90 percent where the cream of the crop and I spent tons of money on them. But I found out that price doesn't mean better.
Most Garrett's in the past weren't suited for me and the only thing I liked was the "Bell-Tone".
But I found out that these Ace's are excellent machines that are user friendly and hit the mark set by machine that cost hundreds more !
I tried the Ace 250 as a back up for a AT-Pro and was impressed but not totally convinced.
And the lousy economy has forced me to downsize my hobby. So I bought a Ace 350 and it wasn't a downsize but a real eye opening turn around ! I was digging deep and enjoying the user friendly 350 as much as my old T2 and Fisher F75 . . . maybe even more!
Sure the DD coil takes some practice but with experience I like it more than a concentric. And I never liked small coils but the sniper coil is awesome for cherry picking deep coins in trashy areas most people avoid. And from user experience the Ace 350 is a notch above the 250 and hits targets the AT-Pro did in every situation I put it through land wise hands down.
The pro's -
The weight, the depth, user friendly operation, battery life and the cost. It out preforms machines costing hundreds more . . . you can believe that !
The con's - very few, in fact almost none. I just would like to see a extra DD or even a mid-size concentric coil available.
I truly believe that Charles Garrett hit a Grand Slam with the Ace series and I'm proud to be back to Garrett machines and are worth every penny. Those who compare them to more costly and hard to understand major brands need to stop and think about what they are saying cause head to head I'm having fun again. . . digging as deep as before and have extra cash too. IMHO ~ Joe Dirt
Joe Dirt from Northern Wisconsin
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