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Went out yesterday and the unit was hitting between 85 - 90 in relics mode.  After digging I found part of a wire fence and beer cans. I'm I missing something the  machine is telling me?

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Unfortunately that is normal with many detectors. Metal detectors work best on coin size type targets. Certain large steel items can read like coins. Washers, hardened steel bolts, flat sheet steel, and yes, fence wire can all tend to give high coin readings.

The reality is these type targets are usually giving off both low and high signals. However, many detectorists block / reject / notch out the low end iron signals. This lets only the high tone portion of the signal sound off. The key often is to make sure you engage the iron portion of the signal so you hear both the high and low tones.

 

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yup, just part of detecting that you'll get used to, on the Equinox an entire beer can comes up as the exact same number as a NZ $2 coin  and you'd be surprised how many beer cans I've dug up thinking woohooo a coin for my daughters money box.  She gets all the coins I find, I'm trying to spark her interest in detecting :laugh: 

The target ID numbers are just possible indicators, they aren't guarantees and lots of objects fall into the same space but in saying that they are extremely useful as they do narrow it down quite a bit.  The other problem is although Target ID's can be very accurate if the target is in an ideal range once out of that the numbers are incorrect, an example is gold nuggets can come up as iron so you really need to decide how much digging you want to do to get the results.

I'm not far off being new to detecting myself and I found it extremely advantageous to dig every single blip/beep/pop/squeak that my detector did as it really helps you learn your detector and what it's telling you.  As you gain more experience you can cut the digging back a bit but I firmly believe it's the best way to get started and you will be surprised that sometimes you'll dig up something good that you expected was going to be junk.

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Yeah, I have the Ace 400 as well and know your pain. Not wanting to repeat what the others have said, but keep digging those signals and something good will turn up.

That being said, I don't think I've ever pulled anything of any real value out of the ground that came up over 90. I would get excited as h#ll and end up pulling out a big piece of iron, like a plow blade or a giant steel bolt.

In my seven or so months when I used the Ace 400, everything of value (silver coins, jewlery, ect) came up in the 80 range. This is just my experince though ?

-Bill

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Bit late on this one but I was watching this video on the Ace 350 in action showing how it reacts on various targets in various situations.  I enjoyed the video.  I was watching it as I plan to take my daughter coin hunting and shes going to be using the Euroace (Ace 350 European version) on the hunt instead of her Minelab Go-Find 40 which has very minimal information relating to targets, only 4 segments so it means she was put off metal detecting entirely by having to dig too much.  I'm giving her my Euroace as it will give her much more information on the targets.  I watched this video to help me understand the machine myself so I can then teach her.

You may find the video a worthwhile watch as your 400i is an improved Ace 350.

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Yes,, Garrett ace 400i is a good detector, compared to 350-plus numeric ID,... and Iron Audio...-better separation, and identification of iron, and my observations are sufficiently sensitive and deep ...

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Well I took my Garrett Euroace (Ace350) out for a coin hunt today, only for a couple of hours as I had a pretty busy day and there was a big accident with a car vs bus which killed a person from the car on the road I was going to be taking which ended up being closed most of the day from the accident so I ended up going elsewhere and went to a big park which had a bit of a sports field with it.

I've never really put any effort into my Ace, I got it as my first detector and I replaced it in my arsenal as soon as I found out it wasn't really for nugget hunting even though Garrett's marketing at the time said it finds nuggets but it sure didn't see any of my test nuggets, so then I upgraded it by buying a Nel Tornado coil for it which was marketing as seeing sub gram targets and then it did start to see sub gram nuggets within a few inches of the coil but nothing special compared to my higher frequency VLF's that came along to replace it.  Since then it's mostly been put away in the cupboard untouched.  I had no clue about metal detecting when I bought it.

Lately I've done a bit of coin hunting and thought I'd give it a go again as I want my daughter to use it rather than her Go-Find 40 as the go find only has 4 levels of discrimination so is a real pain for junk.  The Euroace I can set so virtually everything is discriminated out except our NZ $1 and $2 coins making it highly likely she'll find her first coin using it.

So today it was the only detector I took to force myself to use it to try find some coins, I had a majority of its discrimination scale blocked out aiming to try find $1 and $2 coins for the first hour and then left the areas on it's scale I knew were likely to be where rings may fall open too but had no ring success, just more coins and some junk and an older Australian coin with a sheep on it, Aussies and their sheep!!!!

It worked surprisingly well, and when I had only the notch for our gold coins as the only available target it worked brilliantly as a coin cherry picker, not one bit of junk and a number of coins.  

I took the photos when I got home after cleaning up the coins as I didn't have my phone with me to get live action shots ?

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All in all I'm pretty happy with how it performed and it went very deep, one of the $2 coins must of been at least 25cm down, I do think VDI numbers are much better than the notch system it uses but it's going to be perfect for a 7 year old to cherry pick gold coins.

 

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2 hours ago, phrunt said:

there was a big accident with a car vs bus which killed a person from the car on the road I was going to be taking which ended up being closed most of the day from the accident

Another tourist in a rental car driving on the wrong side of the road:rolleyes:, up over a brow on the road, blind spot if you are on the wrong side of the road, & straight into a tour bus that was on the correct side of the road. Just happens far to often. :sad: Not that it is nice that anybody should die but usually it is the innocent driver killed, a local, & the tourist walks away with their life & flies back home to resume their life leaving behind the shattered lives of the friends & families of the innocent victim. Traggic.   

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