Garrett Metal Detectors has released a new upgrade to the popular Ace 250 metal detector (which I use). Welcome to the new Garrett Ace 350. The Ace 350 comes standard with an 8.5 inch x 11 inch Proformance Double D searchcoil. This coil is an available add-on to the 6x9 coil that comes standard with the Ace 150 and Ace 250. The larger coil increases detection depth, and the Double D configuration increases lateral detection. That means the coil sweeps a wider area with each pass, which can be helpful in tight areas such as along a post or against a wall. Garrett says it can help with saltwater stability also. That is a tough issue for any land detector, and it will be interesting to see how much this feature has improved on the Ace 350.
Improved Display and Discrimination
Previous Ace 250 users will recognize the visual display on the Ace 350 detector. The 350 has improved frequencies so it is better able to detect small conductive objects like gold nuggets. You will see that the gold area is larger on the Ace 350's display screen, and silver and coin indicators are concentrated more on the right, so anything in that area should be a good target. The iron resolution has been improved also, which will help with discrimination of small gold targets. This is the 'small bits of foil' detection zone too, so the Ace 350 upgrades in this area will be a great help. One thing you will notice is that there are four discrimination segments in the iron range. On the Ace 250 detector, there is only one iron segment, so you either accepted or rejected iron. The high iron - low gold area is also where thin gold chains and diamond stud earrings can be detected. These items are difficult to pick up using the jewelry discrimination setting on the Ace 250, so this may be the biggest improvement in the Ace 350. Some bench testing will be needed to see how to manage discrimination in this area if you search in the jewelry setting.
Great Family Detectors
The Ace 350 is a great 'turn on and go' detector like its predecessor, the Ace 250. If you want to introduce your spouse or kids to the metal detecting hobby, these are the ideal detectors. It runs on 4 AA batteries, which last at least 15 to 20 hours or more. It is lightweight at 2.8 lbs. (1.27 kg), and has a comfortable ergonomic handle. Its ease of use and good performance made the Ace 250 the world's most popular detector. The improvements in the Ace 350 , while keeping its reasonable price, make it a great value as well.
Good luck to you if you decide to buy one of these great detectors, and happy treasure hunting! Let me know what kind of treasures you turn up. As the famed treasure hunter Mel Fisher used to say, "Today's The Day!"