Let’s take a look at the face of the Garret Ace 250 Metal detector.
As you can see some of the buttons;
- Power (PWR)
- Elimination (ELIM)
As soon as you turn the detector on, you will see a few indicators on it which is sensitivity level and your battery indicator. There is also depth gage.
The lower square blocks are the accepted targets which correspond to the photos above it. When you look at the mode button, you will noticed that the Garret Ace 250 has several different mode.
Once you scroll to the mode button it will start off with an all metal, and then jewelry mode which will knock out iron and foil.
You will also get a custom mode with default, it’s just like the coin mode. But you can program this mode and it will save it.
Next is relic mode which is accepting everything but iron. Then you will have a coin mode which will discriminate out iron, foil and pull tab area. So all you’re really going to hit on is the coins and anything else that falls in that range.
To change the mode, all you have to do is move your discrimination button, when you see a small icon under the coin, just hit the eliminate key that will either bring an object in or taking an object out.
So if you want your custom mode to include just above the foil range to put another notch to that, if you want to get rid of zinc pennies you could go up to that area and hit eliminate button.
The custom mode can eliminate everything but silver targets, dimes etc. It’s all up to you to decide.
Sensitivity is 3 quarter by default and you can adjust that based on ground conditions, if you don’t receive any feedback or chatter you can turn the machine way up and if you’re receiving a lot of feedback you can turn it down until you have an acceptable level of noise.
Ace 250 is a silent search machines and I’ve noticed it’s very stable in my ground conditions so you can run it really pretty wide open. Once you locate a target, push the pinpoint, when you go over the item you will get a signal.
As the indicator grows higher it means the target is actually in the center of the coil.
One more thing about the machine before it is that the ace 250 is a multi-tone machine which I really like. You don’t have to continuously stare downward and get a neck ache you can just sweep and listen for tones.
High conductivity coins like Quarter dimes and pennies – Garret signature bell tone
Nickel– gives a medium tone
Rusty nail – Low tone for the iron
If you are on the coins mode and test it over the nail, you will see a little indication picking it up but it’s not giving you any sound. If you swept over a penny you will get the sound and indication on the screen.
Like I said I really like to listen for the tone and not constantly stare at the screen for prolonged period of time. Because it seems like if you have your headphones on and you’re looking down for two or three hours, it can be a bit fatiguing on your neck.
The ace 250 with it little stock coil gets very respectable depth. There are other coils available which is a larger coil I think like a 12 inch coil and there’s also the 11 inch double D coil which I would think would be a great coil for this machine.
Overall I’m very impressed with the ease of use, stability and really respectable depth with the stock coil.
It really did well beside it was heavily hunted by me already so there is pretty amazing that it pulled some stuff out and I am sure every time I go I will get a lot more.
So I really like the ace 250 and I would say that this is a great choice for the beginner metal detectorist and for anyone that wants an affordable well-performing metal detector machine.