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Mar 17, 2008
I bought myself a Christmas Gift, in 2005, of a Treasure Ace 250 from Kellyco after doing some research about the current models available. I wanted a general use detector for hunting schoolyards, fields, etc.
I have detected for many years and have owned several detectors. In the past I had a White's XLT and did great hunting Civil War Relics in my local area. It has since died, I went a few years without detecting at all. I wanted to get back into it.
I waited until Christmas before opening it. I was very impressed with the feel of it, right away. As luck would have it, we had a very rough winter, so I couldn't try it until spring.
On April 30, 2006, I was watching a NASCAR race on TV. They had a rain delay, so outside I went with the Ace. In the backyard, I didn't find much of anything. I went to the side of the house (built in 1930) and found some loose clad by the porch. My old emotion returned, I was in Heaven!
The Ace was easy to use, that Target ID locked onto coins like nothing I have ever seen. Continuing to sweep toward the front yard, I found my first silver, a 1916 Mercury Dime. A few minutes later, a couple wheat pennies were in my pouch. I hit another signal, the ID said it was a cent. I dug and about five inches down was a Civil War Breastplate. It was on it's edge. I ran into the house to clean it up. The eagle with the arrow in it's talons came out in the moisture. I was thrilled. Later, I found my first Indian Head penny in years.
This little detector has really come thru for me. I have found much silver and even dug a 1879 five ($5.00) Gold Piece. I have also found 2 gold rings. One site gave up 70 silver coins before they built a bank there. It has more than paid for itself.
This is a great detector for a newbie. I'm a little disappointed in the depth, but the Target ID makes up for it. Anyone can handle the lightness of it, and the batteries last a long while in use. It is a coin eater and is OK for relics.
Stephens City, Va
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Mar 17, 2008
The Garrett Ace 250 is an excellent easy to learn and use detector for any person from novice to experienced. I have been using Garrett metal detectors since 1981 when I bought a Garrett ADS from Kellyco and the Ace 250 ranks among the best all around detector values I have experienced.
The Ace 250 offers above average depth on coins, jewelry items and relics while providing accurate target identification and depth reading information that Garrett has long been noted for in the detector industry. I usually hunt yards of old houses (with permission, of course) and public parks and playgrounds. Most coins and jewelry items are generally in the depth range of 6 inches or less so the depth capabilities of the Ace 250 are more than adequate for my type of hunting.
I also hunt the saltwater beaches of South Carolina and the Ace 250 works fairly well on both the dry and wet sand although it does not have a salt mode or ground balancing control. THe Ace 250 works well even in the wet salt sand if you hunt in the jewelry mode and reduce the sensitivity setting to 5 or 6 segments in order to reduce the number of false signals that are often encountered in wet salt sand. You will still get an occasional false signal but you can easily tell the difference between a false signal caused by the wet salt sand and a solid repeatable signal caused by a good target such as a coin or a ring. Also, the Garrett Bell Tone alert makes it even easier to identify godd targets as opposed to false signals.
Battery life is excellent and the Ace 250 is a good value. The pinpointing takes a little practice time to learn and this is the reason I did not give it 5 stars.
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6 months to 2 years
Apr 25, 2008
Just like I always do with any sizable purchase, I did a lot of research before buying my first metal detector. Everything that I had read about the Garrett Ace 250 indicated that it was a highly sensitive metal detector, that was easy to use, and an excellent value for the price. Now that I own an Ace 250 myself, I can tell you that these statements are all 100% true.
The Ace 250 is a very sensitive machine. I have been surprised many times with the depth that this machine can detect, and with the small size of some of the items it can detect. There have been a few times when the Ace 250 has detected a small item that my pinpointer has had difficulty detecting! It’s quite impressive.
The Ace 250 is feature-rich, but very easy to use. It has several discrimination modes that you can choose from, and it allows you to program a custom one of your own. There is a sensitivity control that allows you to adjust the detectors’ sensitivity for the ground conditions in your area. The Target ID on the display will give you a good idea of what type of target you are detecting, and the depth display will tell you the approximate depth of the target.
Pinpointing with the Ace 250 is quite simple and accurate. I hold down the pinpoint button, and do an X over the target area, as described in the manual. The open coil allows you to see the edge of where the tone starts to drop out on sides, front and back of the target. Imagine the center point of these edges and that is where the target will be.
One must-have option for the Ace 250 is the 4.5” Sniper coil. With the Sniper coil, you can detect targets between trash items. You can also get very close to large metal objects, such as playground equipment and fences. This allows you to find targets that others cannot with their larger, less capable coils. An Ace 250 with a Sniper coil is an awesome combination.
Overall, I’ve been extremely happy with my Garrett Ace 250. It definitely is a high performance machine that is easy to use and priced much lower than comparable models. I highly recommend it.
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