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  1. #1
    Charter Member
    us
    Jan 2012
    Indiana
    Garrett Ace 350
    401
    180 times
    Coin Roll Hunting, Metal Detecting, Gold Prospecting and Yard Sale Hopping!!

    Newbie...

    ...well a newbie to the Metal Detecting Forum.

    I am sure this question has been asked a zillion times, but I'll do the honor's of asking again.

    What is a good detector for a newbie?

    I'm looking to make a purchase in the next month or so. Price is not much of an issue. I would like to own a detector that is not bare-bones, but not so complex that I throw my hands up in the air.

    I am already a treasure hunter (coin roll hunting), but I am looking for something that me and my Wife can do together.

    Thanks!

    HH!!
    TGB

    Oh and once I buy one, could you guys explain how to use it
    2014 CRH Half Dollar Totals
    Updated 1/1/14

    Skunks: 0 - Keepers: 0 - Total Searched: 0

    90%
    Barber: 0 - Walkers: 0 - Bens: 0 - Kens: 0

    40%
    Kens: 0 - 1776-1976: 0


    Best Metal Detecting Find for 2014
    None, yet.

    Best Garage Sale Find for 2014
    None, yet.

  2. #2
    us
    Apr 2012
    Coppell, TX
    Garrett TA300, GTAx-1250
    35
    4 times
    Metal Detecting
    I bought a used Garrett. GTAX-1250 for $200 at a pawn store, it works great finding coins up to 10 inches down. I am going to drop it off and have it checked out at the factory. A nice perk working 15 minutes from their factory. I'd spend $200 or so to see if you like it. The Ace 250 is really popular if you wanna new one. Good luck to you.
    Garrett TA300, GTAx-1250

    Http://www.poftravel.com
    214-TRAVELS

  3. #3
    us
    Apr 2012
    Tesoro Bandito II, Garrett Ace 250, BH LandStar, Time Rander, Discovery 3000, Tracker IV, Discovery 1000, QuickDrawII, Fisher F2.
    307
    66 times
    Metal Detecting
    I concur on the Ace250, good machine at about $212 online, $235 or so in many local hobby stores.
    If you can't do great things, do small things in a great way. ~Napoleon Hill

  4. #4
    Charter Member
    us
    Director-Search & Recovery Team of Oakland County.

    Aug 2005
    In Michigan now.
    Excal 1000, Excal II, Sovereign GT, CZ-20, Tiger Shark, Tejon, GTI 1500, Surfmaster Pulse, CZ6a, DFX, AT PRO, Fisher 1235, Surf PI Pro, 1280-X, many more because I enjoy learning them.
    11,866
    2001 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Stick to the major brands like Garrett, Minelab, Tesoro and White's. Visit their websites to learn as much as you can about each. Get two of the same model for yourself and wife so the learning is easier and she won't think you cheated her by giving her the cheap one. The ACE 250 is a nice choice.
    (C) Sandman, 2005. All Rights Reserved.
    "TIME IS THE ONLY THING YOU NEVER GET BACK, WHY WASTE IT SWINGING A DETECTOR THAT ISN'T UP TO THE TASK."

  5. #5
    us
    Anything worth doing is worth overdoing

    Jan 2012
    Winchester VA
    This Minelab and this Pro-Pointer.. and that's all I need
    519
    88 times
    Relic Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyMaguire View Post
    I concur on the Ace250, good machine at about $212 online, $235 or so in many local hobby stores.
    If you're leaning towards the Ace250, I'd recommend a pair of generic reading glasses from Walmart.. much cheaper and probably more accurate. If you're serious.. and price isn't an object as you've said, then look into the GTI 2500 (with quality coils) or Minelab Explorer (my personal fav) and go find some stuff!
    "Its a lot better for em to ask ya how ya doin than whatcha doin" -Tom Dickey

  6. #6
    Charter Member
    us
    Jan 2012
    Indiana
    Garrett Ace 350
    401
    180 times
    Coin Roll Hunting, Metal Detecting, Gold Prospecting and Yard Sale Hopping!!
    Thanks for the input guys! Ace 250 looks to be the unanimous winner.

    One last "Q": Is the Ace 350 a better choice over the 250?

    HH!!
    TGB
    2014 CRH Half Dollar Totals
    Updated 1/1/14

    Skunks: 0 - Keepers: 0 - Total Searched: 0

    90%
    Barber: 0 - Walkers: 0 - Bens: 0 - Kens: 0

    40%
    Kens: 0 - 1776-1976: 0


    Best Metal Detecting Find for 2014
    None, yet.

    Best Garage Sale Find for 2014
    None, yet.

  7. #7
    us
    Apr 2012
    Tesoro Bandito II, Garrett Ace 250, BH LandStar, Time Rander, Discovery 3000, Tracker IV, Discovery 1000, QuickDrawII, Fisher F2.
    307
    66 times
    Metal Detecting
    The 350 has almost an identical feature set with a bigger coil. The 250 will save you some money, but lots of 350 fans here will recommend it for the coil alone.
    If you can't do great things, do small things in a great way. ~Napoleon Hill

 

 

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