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croggy

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Recommendation for beginner with budget of about £250
« on: October 27, 2016, 05:56:32 PM »
Hello Everyone

I originally posted this is "Equipment Reviews" and then realised it was probably the wrong thread, so apologies for that.

I've been considering taking up metal detecting as a hobby for a while now and have finally decided to take the plunge.  I have a budget of around £250 to spend on a detector and after a small amount of research, I'm currently considering buying a Garrett Euro Ace from Leisure Promotions, who are currently selling it for £245.
Please could you let me know if you think this detector is a good choice for my budget and also if you consider Leisure Promotions to be a good company to deal with?

Thanks very much
Guy

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Re: Recommendation for beginner with budget of about £250
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2016, 06:08:48 PM »
euro ace is a good machine with a good coil, great starter machine, i dont think you will regret getting one  :) leisure promotions is a good company, have a look at regtons who are the main dealer for garrett, checkout their price as you are a member of detecting scotland they give you a 10% discount  :) :) and free next day delivery, i would callthem to get the discount, welcome to  ds. :)
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Re: Recommendation for beginner with budget of about £250
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2016, 06:58:11 PM »
had a look about, thats a pretty good deal  :) would ask if it comes with a coil cover, if not could they through one in  ;D
you dont ask you dont get :) ;)
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Re: Recommendation for beginner with budget of about £250
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2016, 07:00:37 PM »
Good advice there.  If you check out Garrett's web site you'll see a series of videos about the EuroAce done by Ian Hughes (well known Cumbrian detectorist who often detects in Scotland) which are very good indeed.

All the best,

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Re: Recommendation for beginner with budget of about £250
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2016, 07:31:57 PM »
Great starter machine  :) go for it
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Re: Recommendation for beginner with budget of about £250
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2016, 07:38:27 PM »
Hi Croggy and welcome to DetectingScotland. You see plenty of people out with their Euro aces at DS digs, so I'm sure they're good machines. Good luck and let us know how you get on. :)

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Re: Recommendation for beginner with budget of about £250
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2016, 07:50:20 PM »
Hey Croggy, EuroAce great machine to start with, as prev said Regtons do a discount for DS forum members if you call. Im sure the DS loan machine is currently a EuroAce, so you could attend a dig and try before you buy?
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Re: Recommendation for beginner with budget of about £250
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2016, 08:03:12 PM »
Hello mate great advice from woodwynd there, as the euroace seems to be a very good and popular detector. :)
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Re: Recommendation for beginner with budget of about £250
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2016, 10:07:53 PM »
I agree with everyone as I have the Garrett too as no long started myself and found some braw finds.... Welcome to the forum ;)

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Re: Recommendation for beginner with budget of about £250
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2016, 11:19:42 PM »
Hi,

This is useful for myself also as someone from my work is asking for a recommendation, based on the preference for Garrett's as a starter machine on the forum I was thinking of suggesting the new 300 or 400? How do the newer machines compare against the EuroAce?


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Re: Recommendation for beginner with budget of about £250
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2016, 01:15:23 AM »
Hi there, the EuroAce in my personal opinion is easy for a beginner. There are instructional videos that can be found on YouTube which are handy.
The double D coil covers a wide area, also the machine has a pinpoint function to locate target with relative ease.
The EuroAce is great inland and goes deep, if you get feedback just turn the sensitivity down a little.

The only gripes I have with this machine is that is terrible on wet sand. It works great on dry. Wet sand or minieralised black sand it's no good, always ghosting, giving you a false signal to dig and nothing there lol, but you will still find stuff with it on the wet sand, its just very labouring.

If you think you will be doing a lot of sand then why not look at the Minelab Go Find 60.
Do your research on both machines, think what type of land you are most likely to do and decide from there.

Weight wise the EuroAce is fairly light (though ive nothing to compare it to) and it only takes 4 AA batteries. I use Panasonic eneloop PRO  rechargeable batteries and they are fantastic, they last donkies! Overall theres the issue with wet sand, you wind the sensitivity down and keep trying, also if you get interference in a field wind it down a few notches.
If you want to buy a good pinpointer probe I would recommend detekniks X pointer, you can get them at detectorbits uk. Mines has been brilliant! Just take a spare battery!
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