Harbor Freight Tools 43149 User's Manual

Metal Detector
43149
Set up and Operating Instructions
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sonal injury. Do not use this product
in areas where there might be underground electric lines or pipes buried
at shallow depths. Never search in
military zones where bombs or other
explosives may be buried. Avoid
striking any line known or suspected
to be carrying electric power. Do not
search any pipeline, particularly if
it could contain a flammable gas or
liquid. In areas of uncertain conditions, use reasonable caution before
using the Tool. If there is any question about a condition being safe of
unsafe, do not operate the Tool.
Specifications
Stem Length 15” - 27-1/2”
Coil
8” Diameter
Power Supply Qty 3, 9 Volt Batteries
Built-in Battery Tester
Audio
3 distinct sounds for different
metals
Weight
3.25 lb.
Save This Manual
You will need the manual for the safety warnings and precautions, assembly
instructions, operating and maintenance
procedures, parts list and diagram. Keep
your invoice with this manual. Write the
invoice number on the inside of the front
cover. Keep the manual and invoice in a
safe and dry place for future reference.
4.
Keep the Tool clean. Wipe the
housing after each use. The search
coil is washable and can be fully submerged. Never submerge the control
housing. Protect the control housing
from rain, blowing surf and heavy
mist. Disassemble the stem and
wipe it clean after use in sandy areas.
5.
Dress properly. Do not wear loose
clothing or jewelry as they can be
caught in moving parts. Protective,
electrically nonconductive clothes
and nonskid footwear are recommended when working. Wear restrictive hair covering to contain long hair.
6.
Use the right tool for the job. Do
not attempt to force a small tool or
attachment to do the work of a larger
industrial tool. There are certain
applications for which this tool was
designed. Do not modify this tool and
do not use this tool for a purpose for
which it was not intended.
7.
Stay alert. Watch what you are doing, use common sense. Do not operate any tool when you are tired.
Safety Warnings and
Precautions
WARNING: When using tool, basic safety
precautions should always be followed to reduce the risk of personal
injury and damage to equipment.
Read all instructions before using this
product!
1.
Handle the Tool carefully at all
times. Dropping the Tool can cause
damage to circuit boards and the
case, which can cause the product to
work improperly.
2.
Only use and store the Tool in
normal temperature environments.
Extremes in temperature can shorten
the effectiveness of electronic devices and melt or damage plastic parts.
3.
Avoid electrical shock. Any metal
detector may discover underground
power lines, explosives or other items
which when struck could cause per-
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8.
9.
Check for damaged parts. Before
using any tool, any part that appears damaged should be carefully
checked to determine that it will operate properly and perform its intended
function. Check for alignment and
binding of moving parts; any broken
parts or mounting fixtures; and any
other condition that may affect proper
operation. Any part that is damaged
should be properly repaired or replaced by a qualified technician. Do
not use the tool if any switch does not
turn On and Off properly.
Replacement parts and accessories. When servicing, use only
identical replacement parts. Use of
any other parts will void the warranty.
Only use accessories intended for
use with this tool. Approved accessories are available from Harbor Freight
Tools.
defects or other reproductive harm.
Wash hands after handling.
(California Health & Safety Code §
25249.5, et seq.)
14. Warning: The warnings, cautions,
and instructions discussed in this
instruction manual cannot cover
all possible conditions and situations that may occur. It must be
understood by the operator that
common sense and caution are
factors which cannot be built into
this product, but must be supplied
by the operator.
Unpacking
When unpacking, check to make
sure all parts shown on the Parts Diagram
and Parts Lists are present. If any parts
are missing or broken, please call Harbor
Freight Tools at 1-800-444-3353.
10. Do not operate tool if under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Read
warning labels on prescriptions to
determine if your judgment or reflexes are impaired while taking drugs. If
there is any doubt, do not operate the
tool.
Preparing to Operate
Assembly
11. Maintenance. For your safety, maintenance should be performed regularly by a qualified technician.
12. People with pacemakers should consult their physician(s) before using
this product. Electromagnetic fields
in close proximity to a heart pacemaker could cause interference to, or
failure of, the pacemaker.
13. WARNING: Handling the cord on
this product will expose you to lead,
a chemical known to the State of
California to cause cancer, and birth
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Figure 2
1.
Turn the lock nut on the stem clockwise to loosen (see Figure 1).
2.
Adjust the length of the stem so that
when you stand upright with the tool
held in your hand, the search coil is
level with and about 1/2 to 2 inches
above the ground (see Figure 2).
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3.
Turn the stem’s lock nut counterclockwise to lock it in place.
4.
Unscrew the knob on the search coil
and take off the knobs and connector.
Insert the stem and align the holes on
the search coil bracket and the stem.
Push the connector through the holes
and tighten the knob.
7.
Loosen the knob at the search coil’s
end, then adjust the search coil’s end,
then adjust the search coil to the desired angle. The search coil should
be parallel with the ground. Tighten
the knob enough to keep the search
coil from rotating or wobbling.
Figure 5
8.
Figure 3
5.
Wind the search coil cable around the
stem. Make sure you leave enough
slack in the cable to allow for adjustment when you are using the Tool on
uneven ground (see Figure 3).
To insert the arm support (see Figure
5), loosen the knob at the base of the
handle. Insert the arm support and
tighten the knob to hold the arm support in place.
Battery Installation
The Tool is powered by three, 9 Volt
batteries. Battery installation is described
below:
Figure 4
6.
Plug in the search coil’s plug into the
search coil jack on the Tool’s control
panel. Make sure that the pins on the
plug align with the holes in the jack
(see Figure 4).
Note: The search coil’s plug fits into the
connector only one way. Never force
the plug; the plug could become damaged. To disconnect the plug, never
pull on the cable; always take hold of
the plug and pull it out of the connector.
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1.
If the Tool is on, turn MODE to OFF
(see Figure 6).
2.
Press the right battery compartment
cover’s tab and slide
the cover in the direction of the arrow (see
Figure 7).
3.
Place one 9 Volt battery into the battery
compartment on top
of the ribbon. Place
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the battery so that it matches the
polarity symbols (+ and -) that are
marked inside the compartment.
4.
Replace the right battery compartment cover.
5.
Press the left battery compartment
cover’s tab and slide
the cover off in the
direction of the arrow
(see Figure 8).
6.
Place two 9 Volt batteries into the battery compartment on
Figure 8
top of the ribbons,
matching the polarity symbols (+ and
-) marked. Replace the left battery
compartment cover.
Note: The life of the batteries can be
extended by using headphones (not
included), which require less power
than the built-in speaker. See the
section on headphones below.
CAUTION! Always remove old or weak
batteries; old batteries can leak
chemicals that can damage electronic
parts. If you do not plan to use the
Tool for a week or more, remove the
batteries. Use only fresh batteries
of the required size. Do not mix old
and new batteries or different types of
batteries.
Testing Batteries
Set the MODE to VLF (very low
frequency). To test the
batteries in the left battery
compartment, set BATT
TEST to B1. To test the
battery in the right battery
compartment, set BATT
TEST to B2 (see Figure 9).
Figure 9
Figure 10
If the pointer on the viewmeter is
within the BATT scale’s green area, the
batteries have enough power. If the pointer is not within the green area, the batteries need to be replaced (see Figure 10).
Meter Adjustment
Figure 11
Set MODE to OFF. Using a screwdriver, adjust the alignment control until the
pointer lines up with O on the scale (see
Figure 11).
Test the battery power when the Tool
does not turn on, or has weak volume, or
will not tune properly or operates erratically.
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Earphone Use
Basic Operation
1.
Set the BATT TEST to OPERATE.
2.
Hold the detector comfortably, then
as shown in Figure 13,
rotate MODE to the
desired position.
Figure 12
• Set it to VLF to test
the battery power
and adjust TUNE and
GROUND (see directions below and on
page 8).
Stereo earphones (not included) can
be connected to the Tool. Using earphones saves battery power and makes
it easier to identify changes in the sound
patterns. Earphones are connected to the
ear jack on the side of the Control Housing
(see Figure 12).
Figure 13
• Set it to TR1 to detect extreme differences in metals,
such as between gold and iron. The
difference shows on the meter (iron
as a ferrous metal, gold as a nonferrous metal).
When using earphones, protect your
hearing by:
a.Set the volume to the lowest setting
before you begin listening. Adjust
the volume to a comfortable level.
• Set it to TR2 to detect finer distinctions between metals. For example,
between aluminum and gold.
b.Never listen at extremely high volume levels; permanent hearing loss
can result.
c. Once the volume is set, do not
increase it. Over time, your ears
adapt to the volume level, so a
volume level that does not cause
discomfort might still damage your
hearing.
Tuning
TUNE fine tunes the balance between the tool’s receiver and the transmitter circuitry, to provide consistent pointer
and tone indications.
Operation
This tool distinguishes between ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Ferrous
metals contain iron. Non-ferrous metals
do not (examples: gold, silver, copper,
platinum, aluminum, lead, and zinc).
When the Tool senses a metallic object,
the meter reading changes and the detector might sound a tone. The reaction
depends on what metal is detected.
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Figure 14
Figure 15
To Tune, do the following and see Figure
14 and 15, above:
1.
Rotate VOLUME to the 10 o’clock
position.
2.
Set MODE to VLF.
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3.
Set GROUND, DISCRIMINATION,
and SENSITIVITY to mid-range.
the flat part faces upward (see Figure
17).
Note: Never test on a floor inside a building, as it may have a type of metal
present.
2.
Figure 16
4.
5.
Hold the search coil at least 1 foot
away from the ground and any metal
object. Hold down the red button on
the handle and slowly rotate TUNE
until the viewmeter pointer rests at or
near 0 (see Figure 16).
Note: The Tool will not detect without motion. You must move the object since
you are not sweeping the Tool.
3.
If the Tool detects the material, the
NON-FERROUS and FERROUS indicators flash and the pointer moves to
FERROUS or NON-FERROUS while
the detector determines the type of
metal it is detecting. If it detects nonferrous metal, it also sounds a tone.
4.
If the Tool does not detect the material, check the battery power and verify
that the search coil is properly connected. Also, you might need to fine
tune the detector (see next page).
As you use the Tool to search for
items, you can fine tune by using the
other control (see Fine Tuning the
Tool on page 8).
Note: To return the pointer to the center
of the viewmeter at any time, simply
press the red button on the handle.
Testing the Tool
You must first test the detector to find
out how it reacts to different metals. It can
be tested indoors or outdoors.
Outdoor Testing
1.
Locate an area outdoors where there
is no metal present. Place a sample
of the material to be tested (coin or
gold ring) on the ground.
2.
Set MODE to TR1.
3.
With the search coil being held approximately 1 to 2 inches above the
ground, slowly move the search coil
over the area where you placed the
sample. Sweep in a side to side motion as follows:
Indoor Testing
Figure 17
1.
After removing watches, rings or any
other metal jewelry, place the detector on a wooden or plastic table.
Adjust the search coil’s angle so that
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Set MODE to TR1. Move a sample
of the material being tested (example:
coin or gold ring) about 2 inches
above the search coil.
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Fine Tuning
Once you practice with the unit, you
can fine tune it to make it more selective in
what is found.
Adjusting SENSITIVITY
Figure 18
4.
Sweep slowly to avoid missing targets. Never raise the sweep coil
while sweeping; sweep back and
forth as if it was a pendulum (see
Figure 18).
5.
If the Tool detects the item, it sounds
a tone and the pointer moves to the
type of metal it found. After detecting metal, switch MODE TR1 to TR2
to determine the quality of the metal.
If nothing was detected, try again
(make sure the search coil is being
moved properly).
6.
7.
8.
To adjust the search coil’s ability to
detect objects at different depths in the
ground, rotate SENSITIVITY between MIN
and MAX. For maximum detection depth,
leave SENSITIVITY set as high as possible. If the Tool begins to “chatter”, decrease SENSITIVITY until the noise stops.
Adjusting GROUND
For accurate operation, it is critical that you take the time to correctly set
GROUND. GROUND tunes out false signals from mineralized soil.
The detector will respond strongly
when it detects most valuable metal
objects. If the signal does not repeat
after being swept over the target a
few times, the target is probably junk
metal.
False signals can occur from electrical interference, large, irregular
pieces of junk metal, or finding trash
on the ground. False signals usually
occur broken or are non-repeatable.
After finding a metal item, wait a few
seconds after the tone stops before
continuing; this allows the detector
time to reset. You can also press the
red button on the handle to return the
pointer to the center of the viewmeter.
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To set GROUND:
1.
Set MODE to VLF and lower the
search coil to 1/2 to 2 inches above
the ground.
2.
If the pointer swings to the right, turn
GROUND to the left.
If the pointer swings to the left, turn
GROUND to the right.
3.
Lift the search coil about 12 inches
from the ground and press the red
button on the handle. The pointer will
return to the center. Repeat these
three steps until the pointer stays
close to the center each time you
lower the search coil to the ground.
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4.
After setting GROUND the Tool is
ready for the soil type at that particular site. It will not need to be reset
until you move to a new location.
Adjusting DISCRIMINATION
Discrimination is the Tool’s ability to
differentiate between types of metal. This
setting determines whether the detector
will distinguish between different types of
ferrous and non-ferrous metals. If MODE
is set to TR2, start with DISCRIMINATION
set to mid-range. While the Tool is being
used, adjust DISCRIMINATION to the best
position. As you set it higher, the detector
becomes more sensitive to the differences
between large aluminum and gold pieces,
for example, but other valuable items such
as coins and small rings, might be overlooked.
As you set DISCRIMINATION to
higher levels, the detector first does not
detect small pieces of silver paper, then
thick foil, and finally metal objects like cola
pull tabs. Each time you change areas,
you must reset DISCRIMINATION.
False Signals and Detection Hints
As you sweep the search coil back
and forth over the ground surface, you will
recognize the difference between signals
that occur at random and signals that
are stable and repeatable. The key is to
dig only for those targets that produce a
strong, repeatable signal. This will prevent
you from wasting time focusing on trash
induced signals.
No metal detector is totally accurate.
Many conditions influence the success of
metal detection. Among the factors that
influence results are the angle at which the
object rests in the ground, the depth of object, the amount of iron the object contains
and the size of the object.
To accurately pinpoint a target:
1.
Once the detector detects a target
that is buried, continue to sweep the
search coil over the target in a narrowing side-to-side motion.
2.
Stop the search coil directly over the
spot on the ground. Then move the
search coil straight forward away
from you and straight back towards
you. Make a mental note of the exact
spot on the surface where the detector beeps. Repeat these steps in
an X pattern. The target should be
directly below the X at the area where
the loudest response is heard.
Troubleshooting
Problem
False signals are being
displayed
Once a target is found, the
display does not show the
correct metal type
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Suggestion for Cure
1. Sweeping too fast or at the wrong angle.
2. Heavily oxidized metals are detected. Pinpoint the target from several
different angles. If the detector does not display and sound the same
signal each time, the target is probably heavily oxidized metal.
1. May be more than one target in the area.
2. If target is heavily oxidized, an incorrect reading may occur. This does
not signify a problem with the detector.
3. It may be a type of metal which is not recognizable to the detector.
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Parts List
Part
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Description
Mfr’s Part No.
Control Box Top
SQC6.116.042
Meter
M3006
Loud Speaker
YD-50 16 ohm 0.25 W
Fixing Board
SQC8.610.154
Screws ST2.9 x 6
GB845-85
Lining Board
SQC8.683.031
Main PCB
SQC2.908.526
Screws ST2.9 x 8
GB845-85
Handle
SQC6.465.033
Screws ST3.9 x 16
Nut M6 x 0.75
GB808-76
Nut M8 x 0.75
GB808-76
Control Knob
SQC8.337.334
Control Box Button
SQC6.116.044
Potentiometer B-10K
R1710N16K
Nut M6 x 0.75
GB808-76
Control Knob
SQC8.337.330
Stereo Earphone PCB
SQC5.566.003
Nut M6 x 0.5
Aluminum Stem (19mm) SQC8.009.002
Part
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
Description
Stem Lock Ring
Stem
Screw M3 x 10
Stem Lock Nut
Stem Lock Ring
Screws M4 x 28
Cover (Stem)
Cover (Large)
Cover (Small)
Search Head
Head Knob (Screw)
Head Knob (Nut)
Bracket
Socket PCB
Aluminum Stem
Board
Flat Washer
Spring Washer
Nut M3
Mfr’s Part No.
SQC8.225.012
SQC6.336.001
GB819.85
SQC8.225.011
SQC8.220.081
SQC7.852.078
SQC6.170.030
SQC6.170.031
SQC5.939.000
SQC6.354.021
SQC6.354.022
SQC6.154.001
SQC5.566.004
SQC8.009.001
SQC8.610.157
GB848-85-3
GB859-87-3
GB6172-86
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WARNING! Service and maintenance should only be performed by a qualified
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Parts Diagram
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