Garrett has always been known in the industry as one of the oldest and most trusted leaders for building metal detectors of the highest quality. Garrett metal detectors have found millions of dollars in coins, artifacts and jewelry in the past. They have built their reputation for being above average for beach hunting, relic hunting and general coin shooting. I have always enjoyed using various models of Garrett detectors in the past and have found them to be very smooth, comfortable and user friendly. They have always shown great depth and a high performance in the worst conditions.
In the continuous hunt for a detector that is inexpensive, reliable and has the ability to identify targets for both the beginner and the experienced detectorist, Garrett has once again answered the call.
Upon receiving the New Garrett Treasure Ace 300, my attention went directly to the New Treasure Eye incorporated within the LCD (liquid crystal display) Target ID meter. I examined the features of the machine and found that there were only two controls, On-Off Power/Detection Depth (sensitivity control) and Trash Elimination (discrimination control). Again, Garrett has placed the headphone jack on the Wont face of the detector for easy access. The housing for the electronics of the detector is mounted on top of the S rod assembly and measures 4-3/4 by 3-1/2 inches square and is 3-1/2 inches deep, making it one of the lightest detectors on the market today. The Treasure Ace 300 comes equipped with the 8.5 inch Garrett Crossfire coil which has developed a great reputation in the industry. Other features are the deep arm cup, built on detector stand, interchangeable coils and adjustable rod length. This unit is powered by two, 9-volt batteries behind a new style sliding battery door. Simply slide the batted door to your left about a half an inch and lift up; the door is off and your batteries drop into the openings. The lower left corner of the LCD will have a Low Battery indication when the batteries are in need of being changed.
Its now time for the kitchen table test. For many years I have been suggesting this method of getting aquainted with your new detector to many beginners in the hobby with their first detector. Im far from being a beginner myself, but I still perform this test with every new detector I handle.
I place the detector on the table so that the coil is hanging over the edge away from any metal objects. I then gather all the various items I might come across in the field while using this detector. This will show us the Trash Elimination levels that many of these targets would be rejected at and would give us an advantage in the field with this knowledge.
Now for the table test; I turn on the power switch/ Detection Depth to the factory pre-set mark about 2/3s of the control radius. These pre-set marks are on this control and the Trash Elimination control, as an easy starting place recommended by the factory. The Treasure Ace 300 gives a momentary beep to let me know the power is on. A line of cursors is shown on the LCD which indicates where my Trash Eliminator control is set. If I adjust this control, I will notice the cursor line on the LCD moves in respect to what is indicated on both the control and the target ID printed above the LCD. Example: I adjust the Trash Eliminator control to preset position, the cursor line now shows targets up to screw cap are eliminated. It now will only accept targets screw cap and above in conductivity. When passing an accepted target in front of the coil, I get a audio beep and a single cursor indicating the possible target on the LCD. At that same instant, the new Treasure Eye appears from both sides of the LCD toward the center. The Treasure Eye is allowing me to center the target to the center of the Crossfire coil. The closer I get to the center of the target, the closer the Treasure Eye is to the center of the LCD. What a great feature for the treasure hunter that has difficulty in pinpointing their targets. Also allows us to dig smaller holes to find each target, which all landowners we get permission from to search their land would appreciate.
The rejected targets I passed in front of the coil show a target ID cursor indication and the Treasure Eye would react the same, except there was no audio beep sound to tell you to look at your LCD meter to identify the target. Since we all listen for the beep sound when we are hunting, we would never look down at the LCD meter to notice a non-audio target, we would just keep hunting.
Its a beautiful sunny day and I set out to hunt with the new Treasure Ace 300, knowing the ground would be nice and soft to dig after all the rain we have had. I selected an Indian village not far from my house which is now a city park. The Indian village site was established in the early l9th century by a band of Cherokee. It was inhabited until those Indians and their associated tribes were driven from Texas in 1839. In the past years, several items have been found that dated back to the time of the Indian village.
I started out with the Trash Eliminator set at preset position and the Detection Depth set just past the preset position. At these settings I know I will not find gold rings, but this park is loaded with pull-tabs that were not left by the Indians. In the first hour of hunting, I found the Treasure Ace 300 to be very smooth in this medium mineralized ground. I had found some clad coins and a small thin silver ring that was recently lost just under the grass. It was then I had a good signal, yet sounded softer than the audio sounds of the clad coins I had dug. At 6 inches out came a 1952 silver quarter in great shape. The cursor on the LCD indicated quarter as the target; the Target Eye allowed me to find the exact area where to dig.
From years of experience I have always checked my holes before I fill them in just to make sure there is nothing left in the hole. In this instance, it proved to be a good habit. I rechecked my hole and, with a soft sound, a target appeared on my meter jumping from zinc penny to penny and sometimes as low as a pull-tab. I dug further to see if it could be a coin moved on its edge by my digging; to my surprise out popped a 1945 Mercury dime.
After another hour of hunting, more clad coins were found and they all seemed to indicate the correct target ID on the meter. Very little trash items were dug, but I did find a 14 karat gold, mans wedding band 4 to 5 inches deep. I had just turned down the Trash Eliminator control to a setting just below nickel. I thought I would try this setting for a while to see if any gold jewelry or nickels could be found and it paid off. I found another silver dime, a 1952 Roosevelt. I was sweeping the detector on the way back to the truck to call it a day when I got a very soft, but erratic signal. I went ahead and dug the target because of the position of the erratic reading on the LCD target ID. It was jumping from screw cap to penny, too good of a indication to pass over, especially after some similar readings from the silver coins I had dug at this park. Down 6 inches, I stopped and went over the target to make sure I had pinpointed it correctly with the Treasure Eye. The Treasure Eye indicated it was in the center of the hole, so I kept digging. At approximately 8 inches I found an old shell casing, one of the first breech loading 58 calibers, dating back to the mid 1800's. This was the only item found for the day, that had the possibility of dating back to the Indian tribe that lived here. I had lots of good keepers to show for my day of hunting and I really think the Treasure Ace 300 had a lot to do with that.
I found that the Treasure Eye, target ID and general handling of the Treasure Ace 300 to be impressive. Without a doubt, for a retail price as low as $299 and a two year warranty, the detector is a must for a beginner or a pro. It is the most inexpensive target identification detector on the market today. I found the Treasure Ace 300 very user friendly to operate; anyone could quickly learn to use it without difficulty. This detector is an exceptional value for the family that wishes to get into treasure hunting.
For more information on the Treasure Ace 300 or any of the other Garrett products, call the Garrett factory at (972) 494-6151. For the nearest Garrett dealer to your call 1-800-527-4011, where you can check out the Garrett line. You can write them at Garrett Metal Detectors, 1881 West State St., Garland, TX 75042-6797. Be sure to tell them you read about them in Lost Treasure.