Garrett Ace 150 (To Be Or Not To Be)?

Dec 12, 2010
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Fisher Gold Bug DP, Fisher F19 LTD, Minelab Safari, Garrett AT Pro, Garrett AT Pro Pointer, Garrett Pro Pointer, Lesche Digger, Lesche Ground Shark Shovel, 9.5x5.5 NEL Sharpshooter Coil (Safari), 9.5x
:icon_scratch: Has anyone owned or used a Garrett Ace 150? I know they are an entry level machine and all but I also know Garrett is a major player in the MDing world. I also have found while researching that the 250 & 350 naturally have more bells and whistles than the 150 but they come with the extra cost.
Basically I would be using the machine for dry sand hunts as well as maybe some parks/tot lots/schoolyards, etc. I have read many positive reviews online but I wanted your opinions. I realize like any new and different machine I would need to learn it and work with the settings as well as sweeping the coil. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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wildman4910

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Sep 1, 2010
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Ace 250
You can used Ace 250's for between $100~$200, often with extra coils and tools.

Hit up the classifieds here and craigs list.
 

dogpound

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Sep 24, 2010
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southeast PA
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CTX3030
i bought my daughter the ace 150 and really wish i went with the 250, the 150 doesn't have the pinpointing feature which is very handy and time saving. as said before you can pick up a used 250 for 100-175 bucks, if you search around you can even find a new ace 250 for around 180 bucks.
 

ThTx

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Dec 19, 2006
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Combine
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All Treasure Hunting
I have a 250 and a 350 and have owned a 150 in the past. The 350 is a much hotter machine IMO. probably because of the DD coil. True you can get a DD coil for the 150 or 250, but you must add the cost of the coil to the cost of the machine. If you can make it happen, I would recommend the 350 over the others, hands down. Barring that, I agree with dogpound and wildman - get a good used 250.
 

John-Edmonton

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Mar 21, 2005
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Garrett- Master Hunter CX,Infinium, 1350, 2500, ACE 150-water converted 250, GTA 500,1500 Scorpion, AT Pro
Yes......and a great backup with the sniper coil to tag along with the ACE 250 large coil or GTI 2500. We all know the strengths of the sniper coil, so I won't get into that. And I water proofed an ACE 150 some years back, and it worked swell. Got me some nice rings with it too.

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Tenderfoot
Jan 15, 2008
8
0
sacramento , ca
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Ace 150, Bounty Hunter VLF
The 150 is a fine machine. Pinpointing takes some practice but I figured out how to do it real quick. It double pings at the front loop closest to the center. There you are right on top of your prize!
 

batcap

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Jun 22, 2010
684
131
Baltimore MD
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AT PRO
wildman4910 said:
You can used Ace 250's for between $100~$200, often with extra coils and tools.

Hit up the classifieds here and craigs list.

I sold my Ace 250 with all three original coils, two extra lower rods and the rain cap for $250 (asked $275), so they retain a lot of their value.
 

jerseyben

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Nov 18, 2010
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NJ Pine Barrens
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The Ace 150 is good for someone who is 100% sure they don't plan on "moving up" in the metal detecting world. It is a great value and it will find anything an Ace 250 will find. Unfortunately, for everyone else, I feel as though it was made just so you WOULD upgrade to a better model. It's #1 downside is a lack of pinpoint mode. It still gets good depth and is fairly accurate. I would get the Ace 150 for a kid or as a loaner for hunting with friends and family occasionally.
 

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