FAQ: What is a good metal detector for use by utility companies, construction companies, and landscapers?
- It is too basic of a machine to serve utility services needs.
- First, it operates at very low frequencies and it has a small concentric coil. It is great for finding coins but not for any smaller items, buried cable, etc.
- Second, it does not have a frequency adjustment. If the user is operating near anything that causes EMI (power lines, radio tower, etc.) you are not able to adjust the machine to balance out those signals.
- Third, headphones would be something I would definitely outfit the crew with. The ACE 200 does not come with headphones as the other two units do. In my experience many utility companies are often searching near roads, construction, windy conditions, etc.
- Next, the ACE 300 and 400 allow the operator to notch out different targets and allow more fine tuning ability to eliminate undesirable trash objects; the 200 does not allow this nearly as well.
- The Ace 200 also lacks a Pinpoint function. This function is vital to quickly and accurately locate an object with precision.
- The ACE 200 and 300 have what are called concentric coils (round). These are smaller, round coils that work well for locating targets but they are not as precise or as big as the 11" DD coil the ACE 400 has. Larger coils allow you to find deeper targets and a Double D Coil is way more precise than a concentric coil.
- Additionally I would recommend outfitting the detectors with coil covers, which protect one of the most precious and valuable parts of the detector. The ACE 200 does not come with a coil cover. The ACE 300 and 400 both come with coil covers.
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