Garrett Ace 250 Tips

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Garrett Ace 250 Tips
The Garrett ACE 250 features five detection modes for treasure hunting in various environments. (metal detector image by pearlguy from

Garrett's ACE 250 metal detector features one-touch treasure hunting with automatic preset configurations, five search modes, a continuous depth indicator and an easy to use push-button Pinpoint targeting mode. Increase your accuracy in pinpointing targets and learn to choose the best detection mode possible to retrieve targets easily.

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Accurate Pinpointing

The Garrett ACE 250 metal detector features a push-button pinpointing mode you can use to determine the precise location of a target. The ACE 250's Pinpoint mode works best in areas with loose ground such as sand and gravel, according to the Garrett ACE 250 owner's manual. Move the search coil to the loudest setting, push and hold the "Pinpoint" button to enter Pinpoint mode. Keep the metal detector at a consistent height above the ground as you sweep the metal detector carefully over the ground to pinpoint a target. When the ACE 250 metal detector is directly above a target, the "Target ID" light turns on and the "Upper Scale" LCD display contains at least five bars.

Choosing a Detection Mode

Garrett's ACE 250 metal detector features four preset modes of detection: All-Metal, Jewelry, Coins and Relics. The ACE 250 also features a custom mode allowing the operator to control the metal detector's Notch Discrimination and Target ID settings. All-Metal mode detects all types of metals. The All-Metal mode may also be used when searching for multiple types of targets in one area because it helps to eliminate inconsistent signals, according to the owner's manual. Jewellery mode is used to detect jewellery and other metals with a moderate level of conductivity. Jewellery mode may be used to filter signals from trash objects in areas with large amounts of litter. The ACE 250's Coins mode detects all types of coins and ignores large trash objects, including iron objects and soda cans. Relics mode is configured to detect targets of low conductivity such as brass and lead. Relics mode may also help to discriminate against trash objects when you are unsure of your target's material.

Retrieving Targets

It is important to use a safe method of digging to retrieve your target item as it may decrease your chances of damaging the target with a tool. The ACE 250 owner's guide suggests using the semicircle or "C-Cut" method. The semicircle method involves use a knife to cut a half-circle approximately four inches deep into the ground around the target item. Then you must pry out the loosened plug of ground to retrieve the target item and firmly place the removed ground back in its place. More experienced treasure hunters may also decide to use the probing or "popping" method of retrieving target items mentioned on if you are metal detecting for coins on an area with loose soil and minimal rocks. To use the popping method you must detect the target's location as precisely as possible then insert a screw driver directly above the target item to mark its location. Use a knife to cut a three-inch-long line approximately one-inch deep into the ground around the target item and insert the knife halfway into the ground. Pry the knife upward to raise the target to the surface of the ground. The popping method is particularly useful when the target item is surrounded by thick plant roots.

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