One of the great things about owning a website is that you get to connect with like minded people. Sometimes they are looking for a chat, other times they want advice. Here is a question I fielded recently from a man named Pete.
Great site. Wondering what detectors you own, which ones you use more than others or use currently and which ones you started out on? I’m looking for a beginner detector and will probably look at the Garrett Ace 350 since it seems to be a good all rounder.
Thanks for visiting!
The ACE350 is pretty decent for the price and is a great detector for first timers if you can afford it.
I actually own a heap of different detectors, with my pride and joy being the ATX 2500 (not a beginners detector). I pretty much only use it now, but before I could afford it, I almost exclusively used the Garrett AT PRO. The main reason was because I like to detect in rivers and streams, and it is great in the water.
If you want to look at a detector that isn’t in the Garrett family, I would look at the Fisher range. They are also great for the price, and simple to use.
As I told Pete, the Garrett ACE 350 is a great detector no matter if you are a beginner or not. My biggest criticism of going with the ACE 350 is that it is a bit expensive for most first timers. I understand that people want to start off with a metal detector that’s going to last for a while if they enjoy it, but at around $300 it’s more than I would recommend most first timers invest.
The better option (in my opinion) is to either buy a secondhand metal detector to get a feel for it, or go for something like a Garrett ACE 150, which is half the price of the 350, yet offers many of the same features. If you decide you like metal detecting as a hobby, then you can sell the 150 and upgrade to something far more worth your while, but also something that’s going to cost you more money.