ace 350 is only good for a backup?

#42
Well DBG, its been a month or so and I can say I love the new fisher. The learning curve was steep, but it produces well enough for me. For a all around machine it does ok. I would not suggest anyone to make it your first detector.

I have already told the wife Im getting a AT Pro. I play in some harsh environments and the Fisher wont take heat or emi very well. I didnt buy it for coin shooting in parks so no loss there. So if Soweh is still looking for a detector, I would tell him to consider the Ace 350 or even the AT Pro.

As for the small 5" inch search coils. I think most of us could benefit from running the smaller coil. You are forced to slow down. Its lighter. Your gonna produce more finds as your not digging so deep. Only way to know is to hunt 10 hours with both coils and see which one does better for you.

Was you able to get a detector yet soweh?
 

draaiorgel

Well-Known Member
#43
We have a pair of 250 Aces which we started with.
Both of us worked them really hard and put in thousands of hours on them.
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They did us proud for 4 years, and after we upgraded to different machines
neither of us could bear to part with our Aces.
They taught us how to use a metal detector, they were also great fun to use, simple to operate,
only took 4 AA batteries, found a vast amount of coins way beyond our wildest dreams,
also found a good share of silver and gold, as well as giving us a lot of confidence.
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No matter what make or model machine ya have, you've still got to walk over the target.
If ya do, ya get finds. If ya dont ya get less finds.
It's as simple as that.
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Don't listen to anyone that tells ya different.
I still take out my beloved Ace on all night hunts when working in the dark.
Most definately not a backup machine.
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#44
Well DBG, its been a month or so and I can say I love the new fisher. The learning curve was steep, but it produces well enough for me. For a all around machine it does ok. I would not suggest anyone to make it your first detector.

I have already told the wife Im getting a AT Pro. I play in some harsh environments and the Fisher wont take heat or emi very well. I didnt buy it for coin shooting in parks so no loss there. So if Soweh is still looking for a detector, I would tell him to consider the Ace 350 or even the AT Pro.

As for the small 5" inch search coils. I think most of us could benefit from running the smaller coil. You are forced to slow down. Its lighter. Your gonna produce more finds as your not digging so deep. Only way to know is to hunt 10 hours with both coils and see which one does better for you.

Was you able to get a detector yet soweh?
Its been a while since Ive been on this site, so sorry for the unbelievably late reply. I do have and use my 350, and over the past 5 months I have become much more efficient with it. It produces better results now that Ive become more familiar with it. HOWEVER,............I am really debating on getting into the AT Pro. Not sure though. There are so many different choices! I also like the Fisher 1266. Totally different machines. (I should probably stick with what Im familiar with....Garrett) Let me know If you get or have got your AT Pro yet, and what you think of it.
 

Xray

Well-Known Member
#45
I have the AT and 250.
AT upgrade would make sense, in my opinion, only if you water hunt. Thats the reason I got it, and it has more than paid for itself with finds in the water that I never would have otherwise found.
Though its a great land hunter as well, I prefer the 250 for most ground hunting, so they make a great team.
 

Viddy

Well-Known Member
#46
let me ask you this.... as well as anyone on here....???

Q: who would win in a 1/4 mile race.... an auto-shift 2012 Ford Focus or a manual-shift 2012 Chevy Corvette ZR1..... with NEITHER driver ever driving a stick shift or knowing what a clutch is....???

I'd put my $$$ on the Ford Focus.... see my point there?

.....let me explain further....

The ACE350 is a great detector! it's a deep machine, the recovery is fast, the DD coil is great in all kinds of soil, it's light as heck, and you can notch out what you don't like.....

Like everyone said 'there is always something better, BUT!....it depends on how well you know your machine.

....... I have an Etrac and thought about the CTX 3030, but I know my ETrac so well, that if it's there, I M gonna find it! the TDI, the sounds, my programs, etc. I have an AT Pro for my rainy days, and I have a fantastic GPS app for my phone, which eliminates 2 features that the ETrac does not have but I can satisfy.
....... I have seen people who own cheaper machines BUT know them inside and out from so much detecting with them.... the sounds.... the TDI.... the warbles.... how it reacts....etc. They can SMOKE someone who just bought a new shiney Etrac or V3i or DEUS or any of the high end machines and just started using them. TYLEROPE, from on here, is a BEAST with his AT Pro in ProMode-all metal-5x8 coil. He finds those slight tones in the mix of all the chatter... it's impressive!
 

hunterope

Well-Known Member
#47
OK Viddy you called me out! lol.. I have the ACE 250 with an upgraded DD Coil. I found TONS of things with both the stock coil and the DD. Some were as deep as 12 inches... The upgraded DD coil put me on par with the stock Ace 350 (my opinion). I love the machine and still run it from time to time. I did upgrade to the AT PRO as I like to hit the ground in rainy conditions. The ACE series just isn't water proof. Given that I have both the ACE and the AT PRO.. I've covered a small area beside my house that belongs to an old church (est 1875). When I went over the same area with my AT PRO that I had already beat up with my ace, I only found 2 coins and a cuff link (a V nickel and an IH both were at 10 + inches). All in all, the AT Pro does a bit better job as sniffing out silver in the trash, but your ACE will do the job 9 times out of 10. Do I miss things with the AT PRO.. YEP.. Did I miss much with the ACE.. Not much at all.. Your ACE is a FANTASTIC machine. It's all in how you swing your coil... Overlap your swings to cover it all, change directions and go back again. It takes a long time to really get to know any machine. It's like a marriage.. The longer your with your partner, the better you know them. Bells and whistles are just that bells and whistles. Doesn't change the man/woman behind the coil.. The user is the key element. Become one with the machine, and you will see your finds improve exponentially.
 

hunterope

Well-Known Member
#49
Always glad to run my fingers on the keyboard to help folks out.. Just to let you all know. I got to thinking about running over the church area again with my larger coil. I'll let you know what I found, 2 old nails at 10 inches, and a piece of wire at a solid foot. Those were the only good signals I was able to get. I'm not saying there isn't something else there, but if it is, it's at a depth that my AT Pro can't pick up. As stated above.. The ACE 250 cleaned up pretty well there.. There was very little left for the pro to pick out.. I've hunted this place over 100 times.. No exaggeration as it's less than 30 yards from my front door. The ACE 350 is a good solid machine and should do you well in almost every situation if it's anything like the 250.
 

DBG

Well-Known Member
#50
Dito what Hunterope said.
I to have an Ace 350 & an AT Pro.
Neither are for sale.
I found a lot of coins with the Ace,
But after I got acquainted with the sounds of Pro Mode,
I have found quite a bit more in areas that I Thought
I had covered pretty well with the Ace.
These areas were pretty trashy.
So I think thats the reason the Pro did so well.
;):D
 

DBG

Well-Known Member
#53
How much for the AT Pro?

Just kidding. Have you though about head phones? Or waiting till after a rain to detect?
Yeah I've got the Adapter Cord so I can use different Headphones.
In the heat of summer I use Ear Buds.
In wet weather I use the Water Proof ones
But in "decent cool weather" I just use comfortable headphones.
;)
 
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