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  1. #1

    Feb 2007
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    Discovery 3300 vs Garrett ace 250

    I need some feedback on these two I have the 3300. I'm not too thrilled with the battery option on it. I think i'm going to try and sell it and Get the Garrett 250 unless someone can convince me otherwise. Will make someone a good deal on it If I decide to sell it.

    Thanks

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    Re: Discovery 3300 vs Garrett ace 250

    Preset ground balance vs. manual ground balance. Don't know where you live, but where I'm at the mineralization screws with detectors and having manual ground balance is worth its weight in gold. Besides that, I feel like the machines are fairly well matched.

    What is it about the batteries on the 3300 you don't like?
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  3. #3

    Feb 2007
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    Re: Discovery 3300 vs Garrett ace 250

    9 volts versus AA batteries rechargable batteries

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    Re: Discovery 3300 vs Garrett ace 250

    If I'm not badly mistaken you can get rechargeables in 9 V or AA
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    Re: Discovery 3300 vs Garrett ace 250

    Quote Originally Posted by WV Hillbilly
    If I'm not badly mistaken you can get rechargeables in 9 V or AA
    You can get rechargeable 9 volts.

    If thats your only beef w/ the 3300, I would recommend you hang with it. As I said, I feel those two machines are pretty evenly matched.
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    Re: Discovery 3300 vs Garrett ace 250

    The holders on the 3300 are not great for sure. Have to shim some batteries in the holders. Definitely go for the Ace250. Better quality made detector and gets pretty good performance for the money.
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    Re: Discovery 3300 vs Garrett ace 250

    Quote Originally Posted by TonyinCT
    The holders on the 3300 are not great for sure. Have to shim some batteries in the holders. Definitely go for the Ace250. Better quality made detector and gets pretty good performance for the money.
    TonyinCT
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    Have you ever used a 3300? Not just knowledge of having to put a small piece of cardboard in the battery compartment, actually used it?
    I've used both machines, and I'll take the 3300 any day over the 250.


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  8. #8

    Mar 2006
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    Re: Discovery 3300 vs Garrett ace 250

    Lets see. Since I've been a coinshooter for 32 years and a dealer for 30 I think I know detectors pretty good. Yes , I have bought and used a few 3300's . From the day they were issued to last year. The manual even tells you to"If the batteries fit loosely"... "insert a piece of paper or thin cardboard between the back of the battery and the supporting post". The batteries only last about 10 hrs at best as opposed to around 20 or so for the Ace250. So to answer your question , yes I have used them and I don't think they are all that great.
    TonyinCT
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    Re: Discovery 3300 vs Garrett ace 250

    So your explanation to why the 3300 is an underperformer against the 250 is only because battery staying power and that you need to go through the lengthy and painstaking process of slipping a piece of cardboard between the batteries and the holders.
    I could go into voltage and power arguments, but I'll just say this. I've owned both, and I still have the 3300... Even with all its battery shortcomings. Thats not taking away from the 250 because some people have great luck with it in "clean" soil, but good luck in "problem" soil.
    The 3300 is a great machine, I use it quite a bit since picking it up at the Shack for only $100.
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  10. #10

    Mar 2006
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    Re: Discovery 3300 vs Garrett ace 250

    The poster said he didn't like the battery set up. You asked why. He responded. You responded back before I even saw this thread. I added my two cents worth on that subject. You then proceeded to ask me if I used the detector. I said I did and added some information about the battery question. You now are saying that the battery situation is my only observation as to the 3300's shortcomings . Well it isn't the only reason I don't like it. It falses a lot , it is a lesser quality made unit, it's retail of 399.95 doesn't warrant the cost ( at 100.00 it is worth the money), the manual ground balance on it is a mystery to me since no matter where I set the ones I used it didn't much affect the performance of the detector like I know manual ground balance controls to operate, the detector does not keep it's setting when going from one mode to the other , and so forth. I am not trying to bash Bounty Hunter but I have seen online that many love their 3300 and who am I to take away from their fun but , I see a lot of posts to the opposite on how 3300's have come right out of the box and didn't work. Never had a problem with any of the 300 or so Ace's I've sold. As far as performance in certain areas or ground conditions ; some detectors perform better in some ground and some perform better in other ground conditions no matter what the model or brand and this goes for the 3300 as well as th ace250. All in all it is just my opinion and experience and the experiences of my customers that govern my comments and observations. If you like the 3300 over the Ace250 , I say more power to you brother
    TonyinCT
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    Re: Discovery 3300 vs Garrett ace 250

    Quote Originally Posted by TonyinCT
    Lets see. Since I've been a coinshooter for 32 years and a dealer for 30 I think I know detectors pretty good. Yes , I have bought and used a few 3300's . From the day they were issued to last year. The manual even tells you to"If the batteries fit loosely"... "insert a piece of paper or thin cardboard between the back of the battery and the supporting post". The batteries only last about 10 hrs at best as opposed to around 20 or so for the Ace250. So to answer your question , yes I have used them and I don't think they are all that great.
    Why would you have bought and used a "few" 3300's? Do you sell used detectors? As for battery life,I can say that the duracell's in mine have been going strong for the last 16 hours of hunting and there is still 3 bars left,and this is in very trashy areas with lots of signals.I do use headphones,did you? I didn't like the 3300 at first.The more I use it the better I like it.It's not the best for saltwater beaches in the wet sand,I have to decrease the sensitivity a little too much for my liking,other than that I have no complaints.As far as falsing goes,this happens at the end of a swing sometimes but it doesn't bother me,I can tell what is and what isn't,that comes with practice. I agree,I wouldn't pay $400 bucks for it,just based on the structural design alone,it's a little "cheap" in the design department.I have not used the Ace 250 so I cannot offer anything on it,pro or con.I can say that I wouldn't sell my 3300 to buy the 250 though.Monty owns both models,i'll pm him and he'll give you his opinion i'm sure.

  12. #12

    Feb 2007
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    Re: Discovery 3300 vs Garrett ace 250

    thanks for all the feedback didnt mean to get ya'll roused up I was just wondering . I bought a 100.00 3300 becasue thats all I can afford but I will learn it and buy a better one later I hope... I just dont understand why that it will read low consistentley and when i dig i find nothing.. or it will read high consistenley and I will not find anything and then when i swing over the hole it still says their is somethign there? I'm confused

  13. #13

    Mar 2006
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    Re: Discovery 3300 vs Garrett ace 250

    I have bought and tested/used a few from the time it was introduced and then I tested them at different times to see if improvements were made and /or I just didn't get a good unit. I do sell used detectors.I always use headphones. You ae a lucky one with 16 hours 8) If this is what you could afford then that's fine. I meant no disrespect but I was asked a question and answered it.
    TonyinCT
    http://www.tcmetaldetectors.com

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    Re: Discovery 3300 vs Garrett ace 250

    High tones, 180~199 (reads as a dollar on the top) are usually, in my experience overload iron. Just my experience.
    You need to play with the discrimination and sensitivity tabs, find what works for where your digging.
    Trust me when I say, you only spent $100 bucks on the 3300 and its worth that. I would never trade it in for a model that is pretty much on even. My suggestion, use it for a while, get into the hobby, then upgrade to something more expensive like a Minelab Soveriegn. Keep the 3300 for a backup or a relic machine (iron).
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  15. #15

    Feb 2007
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    Re: Discovery 3300 vs Garrett ace 250

    overload iron what is meant by that.. False signal?? or what.

 

 
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