Garret Ace 250 Metal Detector

Garret has manufactured a line of fine metal detectors for a number of years, and I personally own a GTA 500. Garret’s electronics package is extremely high quality and the locators are very good at finding and pin-pointing the kinds of metal that Treasure Hunters are looking for while rejecting the scrap.

The Ace 250 operates on 4 AA batteries, which is one-half the number necessary to operate a GTA. AA’s are a nice choice since they are lightweight and often are slightly more readily available than the 9 volt batteries that some other detectors use.

Unlike the GTA series which has batteries in a detachable battery pack that can be worn on the belt, the Ace appears to carry the batteries inside the case of the unit, which in the long run is probably as useful has having a belt carried pack. The shaft also appears to be composed of only a couple of pieces as opposed to my GTA which has a handle grip made of plastic and aluminum shafts connected to it and running in both directions. That aluminum-plastic-aluminum connection has always felt a bit flimsy in my hand, and I find I prefer a detector with a shaft that is all metal.

For the money, this entry level Garret will give you many advanced features like pinpointing and the LCD graphics are easier to understand for most people than a common meter would be. My advice is to buy earphones that have a volume control built in since Garret does not install a volume control and the speaker can be loud enough to be disturbing. Headphones can reduce some of this volume and you can always wear them around your neck with the volume turned up which so you can still hear normally but you can hear the locator at a normal level too.

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