OWNER’S MANUAL
Important Facts
to Know about your
Metal Detector.
1.
This is a MOTION detector.
You must sweep the searchcoil from
side-to-side to detect metal.
A motionless searchcoil over a metal object
will not result in detection.
2.
Do not use indoors. Detector is for outdoor use only.
Household appliances emit electromagnetic fields, which
can interfere with your detector. If conducting an indoor
demonstration, turn the sensitivity down and keep the searchcoil
away from appliances such as microwaves, computers and televisions. If your
detector beeps erratically, turn off appliances and lights.
Do not test by placing coins on the floor. Most floors contain metal.
Keep the searchcoil away from floors, walls, and tables, which can contain
metal.
3. Use 9-volt ALKALINE batteries only.
Do not use Heavy Duty batteries.
Do not use ordinary Zinc-Carbon batteries.
4. Adjust sensitivity to a low level in the event of false signals
Always begin use at reduced sensitivity.
Increase to full sensitivity after you are familiar with the detector’s operation.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
TERMINOLOGY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
ASSEMBLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
QUICK-START DEMO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
OPERATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6, 7
IN THE FIELD TECHNIQUES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8, 9
TROUBLESHOOTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
CARE AND MAINTENANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
APPLICATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
CODE OF ETHICS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
WARRANTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
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TERMINOLOGY
The following terms are used throughout the manual, and are standard terminology
among detectorists.
ELIMINATION
Reference to a metal being "eliminated" means that the detector will not emit a tone
when a specified object passes through the coil’s detection field.
DISCRIMINATION
When the detector emits different tones for different types of metals, and when the
detector "eliminates" certain metals, we refer to this as the detector "discriminating"
among different types of metals. Discrimination is a fixed-start-point elimination system.
RELIC
A relic is an object of interest by reason of its age or its association with the past.
Many relics are made of iron, but can also be made of bronze or precious metals.
IRON
Iron is a common, low-grade metal that is often an undesirable target in certain metal
detecting applications. Examples of undesirable iron objects are old cans, pipes,
bolts, and nails.
Sometimes, the desired target is made of iron. Property markers, for instance,
contain iron. Valuable relics can also be composed of iron; cannon balls, old
armaments, and parts of old structures and vehicles can also be composed of iron.
FERROUS
Metals which are made of, or contain, iron.
PINPOINTING
Pinpointing is the process of finding the exact location of a buried object.
Long-buried metals can appear exactly like the surrounding earth, and can
therefore be very hard to isolate.
PULL-TABS
Discarded pull-tabs from beverage containers are the most bothersome
trash items for treasure hunters. They come in many different shapes and
sizes. We have incorporated special features into the detector to let you
eliminate, or be alerted to the presence of, the most common types. Since
there are many different types, some cannot be 100% differentiated from
other types of metals. For example, newer pull-tabs can possess the same
magnetic signature as a nickel.
GROUND BALANCE
Ground Balancing is the ability of the detector to ignore, or "see through," the earth’s
naturally occurring minerals, and only sound a tone when a metal object is detected.
WATERPROOF
The search coil can be submerged in water. The control housing must stay dry.
COINSHOOTING
Finding buried coins is the most popular metal detecting application. The most valuable
are very old; take care in unearthing them to avoid damage.
CACHE
Pronounced “cash”. A cache is a buried or hidden valuable stored inside a case, strong
box, or bag.
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ASSEMBLY
No tools are required. Follow these
steps:
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1
Unpack your detector and find
the following parts:
•Detector body, attached to
S-rod handle and search coil.
•Lower stem (short metal
tube with plastic extension
and silver button).
• (2) Coil knobs. One with a
shaft attached, one without.
2
Depress the button on the lower
stem and push the lower stem
into the upper stem.
3
Wind the search coil cable
around the two-piece stem.
4
Leave some slack in the cable
as you reach the end of the
lower stem.
5
Attach the coil to the stem using
the coil knobs.
6
Install two (2) 9-volt ALKALINE
batteries (not included).
There are two battery doors on
the back of the detector body.
QUICK START DEMONSTRATION
Here is a quick way to demonstrate the basic features of your TRACKER I.
Supplies Needed
a. A small nail
d. A nickel
b. A small piece of foil
e. A dime
c. A quarter
f. A penny
Position your Tracker I
Keep the detector away from metal objects.
Have a friend hold the detector while you pass the objects over the search coil.
Or, hang the detector over the edge of a chair or table, away from walls,
floors and other metal objects.
Remove your jewelry and watch (they also contain metal)
Demonstrate It!
a. Click the power on, and turn the Sensitivity Knob to
the 2:00 or 3:00 position.
b. Click the right knob (Discriminate) off. 100%
to the left.
c. Sweep all of the objects back and forth over the
search coil.
NOTICE the SINGLE TONE
d. Sweep the nail back and forth over the search coil.
While sweeping, click the Discriminate Control
(right knob) on.
Turn the Discriminate Control until the nail is no
longer detected.
You have “discriminated out” the nail.
e. Now pass the nickel with the Discriminate control in
the 1:00 or 2:00 position.
NOTICE the LOW TONE.
f. Pass the Quarter.
NOTICE the HIGH TONE.
g. Pass all of the objects, while moving the
Discriminate Control to
differing positions.
NOTICE the DIFFERENT TONES, or
NO TONE at all.
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OPERATION
The Tracker I is a MOTION metal detector; the search coil must be in
motion over the targeted object in order for the machine to detect the
object and emit a tone. Motion is required in order for the detector to
automatically GROUND BALANCE. All soil and sand is different,
containing varying amounts of naturally occurring minerals. As you
sweep the search coil over the ground, your metal detector is constantly
READING and AVERAGING the ground’s mineralization, in order to
differentiate between the naturally occurring ground minerals and a metal
target.
Adjust the SENSITIVITY
After powering the unit on, turn the left
knob, SENSITIVITY, 100% clockwise. If
the detector chatters or emits erratic
sounds, reduce the sensitivity by turning
the knob to the left. The detector will
work well at the 2:00 or 3:00 position.
This adjustment is necessary due to
electromagnetic
interference.
Household appliances, lighting fixtures,
outdoor power lines (overhead and buried) all emit electromagnetic fields.
Electromagnetic energy also occurs naturally in the environment. Your
metal detector creates its own magnetic field; so you need to adjust your
SENSITIVITY to compensate for any interference.
USING HEADPHONES
Using headphones (not supplied) with your metal detector makes it
easier to identify subtle changes in the threshold levels for better
detection results, and also reduces drain on the batteries. Connecting
headphones temporarily disconnects the detector’s internal speaker.
Your detector accepts a 1/4-inch headphone plug which connects to the
headphone jack located on the front panel.
Do not wear headphones while operating your detector near high-traffic areas.
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OPERATION
Select the MODE OF OPERATION
The Tracker I has two operating modes, ALL METAL and DISCRIMINATION.
ALL METAL
To enter the ALL METAL mode, click the right knob (Discriminate) off, 100%
counterclockwise. In the full counterclockwise position, you will detect all
types of metal.
In the ALL METAL mode, your detector will emit only one tone, regardless of the
type of metal detected. It will detect low-grade metals like iron (a nail) or
aluminum (foil). It will also detect more valuable items like silver, copper, and gold.
APPLICATIONS:
Use the ALL METAL mode for household applications, such as finding
property markers or lost objects like keys or machine parts.
ALL METAL is also useful for gold prospecting. Be aware that you need to
search in an area where gold has been found in the past.
ALL METAL is also preferred for relic hunting. Many relics are made of iron.
You must be in the ALL METAL mode to detect iron.
Maximum depth detection is achieved in the ALL METAL mode.
DISCRIMINATION
Click the Discriminate Control (right Knob) on to enter the DISCRIMINATION mode.
Discrimination is the elimination of certain metals from detection, and the
classification of targeted metals using audio feedback. See chart below.
TONE MODE AUDIO RESPONSES
NO
RESPONSE
LOW
TONE
Iron & Steel
Gold & Nickel
BROKEN
TONE
Old & New Pull Tabs
HIGH
TONE
Copper, Silver & Brass
As the chart illustrates, iron and steel will be discriminated out, inducing no
audio response. Nickels and gold items will induce a low tone. Silver,
copper, and brass will induce a high tone. Many pull-tabs (but not all) will
induce a “broken” tone. To achieve the broken tone, set the discriminate
control at the approximate center position, about 12:00.
Depth of detection is slightly reduced in the DISCRIMINATION mode.
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IN THE FIELD TECHNIQUES
SWEEP TECHNIQUE
Sweep the search coil in a slow, consistent, side-to-side motion. The detector’s
circuitry is constantly calculating the ground’s mineralization. A steady,
consistent coil speed is required for the detector to make an accurate calculation.
Keep the search coil about one inch above the ground. Keep the coil even with
the ground. Do not raise the coil at the ends of your sweep.
WRONG
CORRECT
TONE RESPONSE
Only dig up targets that induce repeatable tones. Each time you pass the search
coil over a possible target, you should hear the same tone. If the tone does not
repeat on each pass, varies in tone, or varies in location, then the target is
usually not of value.
Inconsistent tones can be evidence of high oxidation (rusted metal) or irregularly
shaped trash items.
Note, however, that multiple tones may be evidence of multiple targets.
If you cannot pinpoint the location of a very strong signal, lift the coil higher off
of the ground until a weaker, but more precise signal is heard.
For very weak signals, try moving the coil in short, rapid sweeps, closer to the
ground.
WHAT
READS
LIKE THIS
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ACTUALLY
BE THIS
IN THE FIELD TECHNIQUES
PINPOINTING
Accurate pinpointing takes practice and is best accomplished by “X-ing” the suspected target area.
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Once a buried target is identified by a good
tone response, continue sweeping the coil over
the target in a narrowing side-to-side pattern.
Take visual note of the place on the ground
where the “beep” occurs as you move the coil
slowly from side to side.
Stop the coil directly over this spot on the
ground.
Now move the coil straight forward and
straight back towards you a couple of times.
Again make visual note of the spot on the ground at which the “beep” occurs.
If needed, “X” the target at different angles to “zero in” on the exact spot on
the ground at which the “beep” occurs.
TROUBLESHOOTING
The following troubleshooting steps may assist you in case you’re having problems with your Detector.
YOUR DETECTOR IS EMITTING ERRATIC SIGNALS WHEN YOU’RE IN THE FIELD.
Your SENSITIVITY may be set too high. Try reducing the SENSITIVITY slightly until
the false signals stop.
Remember to swing your coil slowly. Some inconsistent signals will occur on highly
rusted metals. If the signal does not repeat after successive passes of the coil over the
same area, then the target is usually not worthwhile.
Natural and man-made electromagnetic fields can cause interference.
YOUR DETECTOR IS NOT STABLE AND HAS A PULSING, DISTORTED TONE
INSTEAD OF A CLEAR TONE.
This can occur if you’re operating near another detector or near power lines that can
interfere with the detector’s operating frequency.
YOUR DETECTOR IS EMITTING A CONSTANT LOUD TONE OR
CONSTANT REPEATING TONES
This usually occurs when the batteries are low. Try replacing your batteries with
two new alkaline batteries.
KEEP 2 DETECTORS AT LEAST 20ft APART
If 2 detectors are in close proximity, interference between the two may cause your
detector to emit erratic signals.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Your Tracker I Metal Detector is an example of superior design and
craftsmanship. The following suggestions will help you care for your
metal detector so that you can enjoy it for years.
Handle the metal detector gently
and carefully. Dropping it can
damage electronic components.
Use and store the metal detector
only in normal temperature
environments. Temperature
extremes can shorten the life of
electronic devices and distort or
melt plastic parts.
Wipe the metal detector with a
damp cloth occasionally to keep
it looking new. Do not use harsh
chemicals, cleaning solvents, or
strong detergents to clean the
metal detector.
The coil is waterproof and may
be submerged into either fresh or
salt water. Be careful to prevent
water from entering the control
housing. After using the coil in
salt water, rinse it with fresh
water to prevent corrosion of the
metal parts.
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METAL DETECTING APPLICATIONS
COIN SHOOTING
Searching for coins is the most popular metal detecting application. We receive testimonials
every day from BOUNTY HUNTER users finding very old coins — many times from the
1800’s or earlier — in old school yards, parks, and even their own back yards.
To adjust your detector for coin shooting, you want to click on the ALL METAL control
knob to about the 1:00 position. Find an older pull tab, and adjust the discrimination
control to the point where you hear a broken, in-between, sound. At this setting,
you have eliminated all iron objects, and will be aware of the presence of pull tabs,
as they usually induce this broken tone.
Long-buried coins can often be detected deeper than newer coins. As an old coin
oxidizes, it creates a magnetic halo in the soil, effectively increasing the size of its
magnetic signature, and its detectability.
JEWELRY HUNTING
Keep the discrimination control at the 11:00 setting for jewelry hunting. Many gold
rings will register similar to pull-tabs. Beware that you will dig up many pull tabs in
the search for gold rings. Both pull-tabs and gold rings can induce a low tone. Keep
the discrimination control at the lower, 11:00, setting so that you do not eliminate
small gold rings from detection.
Some gold rings can induce a double beep whereas most pull-tabs will not. To
achieve the double beep, move the coil very slowly over the buried target at differing
angles. You can sometimes achieve a double beep as the search coil passes over
two sides of the ring.
Necklaces can be very difficult to detect. Silver rings will induce a high tone. Highly
oxidized trash items can also induce high tones.
RELIC HUNTING
A relic is a historical object, sometimes of great value. Relics are often made of iron or
bronze. Therefore, keep your discrimination control turned off, in the 100%
counterclockwise position. In this ALL METAL mode, you will detect all types of metal,
including trash items. You must limit you relic-hunting activity to areas where you have
a reasonable suspicion of finding an ancient object. Visit the local library to learn of
historical events which occurred in the area. Remember to always obtain permission
before searching property which is not your own.
CACHE HUNTING
A cache, pronounced “cash”, is a hidden store of valuables. Years ago, many people
stashed valuables in cans, bags, and metal chests. They often buried them or hid them
in the walls or floors of their homes. Search old homes or camp sites to locate caches.
Caches are very rare and hard to find. Cache hunting requires the ALL METAL mode;
so keep the discrimination control turned off.
HOUSEHOLD APPLICATIONS
Lost keys or machine parts, underground pipes, and property markers can all be located
using the ALL METAL mode. Keep the discrimination control in the off position.
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TREASURE HUNTER’S CODE OF ETHICS:
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2.
3.
4.
5.
Respect the rights and property of others.
Observe all laws, whether national, state or local.
Never destroy historical or archaeological treasures.
Leave the land and vegetation as it was. Fill in the holes.
All treasure hunters may be judged by the example you set.
Always obtain permission before searching any site. Be
extremely careful while probing, picking up, or discarding trash
items. And ALWAYS COVER YOUR HOLES!
FIRST TEXAS PRODUCTS, LP
5-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
Bounty Hunter Metal Detectors are warranted against
defects in workmanship or materials under normal
use for five years from date of purchase to the
original user. Liability in all events is limited to the
purchase price paid. Liability under this Warranty is
limited to replacing or repairing, at our option, any
Bounty Hunter Detector returned, shipping cost
prepaid, to First Texas Products, LP. Damage due to
neglect, accidental damage or misuse of this product
is not covered by this warranty.
Copyright© 2004 by First Texas Products, L.P.
All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book, or parts thereof, in any form.
Published by First Texas Products, L.P.
Bounty Hunter® is a registered trademark of First Texas Products, L.P.
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First Texas Products, LP
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(915) 633-8354
MTK1 02/04
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