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Garrett Ace 250
The Laser
Garrett Ace 250

s detector dealers we get
to “play” with a variety of
metal detectors. While this
must sound like a desira-
ble scenario to many, it is
not without its ups and downs. On the
up side I gain important information
about the characteristics of each one.
This is information that is utilised and
then passed on when advising customers
of the metal detector best suited to their
needs. The down side, of course, is that
to become truly proficient with a detector
many months of use is required. The
learning curve is made less steep by the
detector in question being easy to use.
(Criteria that I’m sure every manufac-
turer strives for but often fails to achieve).
This, then, is a field test written after my
passion for the detector concerned was
accidentally rekindled.
The Laser Hawkeye was released in
2003 and now, in 2008, many dealers
(until recently myself included) tended
to regard it as a bit “long in the tooth”
as new (and supposedly better) detectors
continually hit the market. But as I redis-
covered, the Hawkeye was ahead of its
time when released, and still more than
holds its own against later models.
The story began one afternoon
when a detecting friend of ours, Andy,
phoned to say that one of his favourite
Roman sites, a ploughed out villa, was
available. However, we were only going
to get a couple of days at most this
season so we should “hit it” straight
after work. We agreed to this, and he
said that he would pick us up from
the shop just after 5pm.
This is where fate stepped in.
It was a quiet afternoon, and with
a couple of hours to go I would
have enough time to get the mail
out and run through the basics
of a brand new detector that I
was planning to treat myself to,
and keep as my main detector.
Or so I thought! No sooner had
I formulated the plan when the
phone started to ring and kept Craig
and I busy for the rest of the afternoon.
By the time Andy arrived I had not even
looked at the instruction manual for the
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