Tracker III Manual - Great Lakes Metal Detecting

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Bounty Hunter Corporation, Treasure Recovery System
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 the aforesaid Warranty is
limited to replacing or repairing at our option any Treasure
Recovery System Detector returned, shipping cost prepaid, to
Bounty Hunter Corporation, and upon examination shall
disclose to Bounty Hunter Corporation’s Satisfaction to have
been thus defective.
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PLEASEREADTHISMANUALCAREFULLYBEFORE
ATTEMPTINGTOUSEYOURTRACKERIIIMETALDETECTOR
BOUNTY HUNTER CORPORATION • 11900 MONTANA AVE. • EL PASO, TX 79936
BOUNTY HUNTER CORPORATION • EL PASO, TX 79936
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INTRODUCTION
The Tracker III is a user-friendly instrument, requiring only a
minimum of operator skill, yet delivering effective performance over a wide range of conditions and applications.
Streamlined in appearance, with only two operating knobs
and a mode selection switch, the Tracker III has eliminated
the two most difficult aspects of metal detector operation:
Tuning and Ground Balancing. Both of these functions are
automatic with the Tracker III.
METAL DETECTING
NOTES
The Tracker III will detect in extreme ground conditions from
salt (beach hunting) to black sand (gold prospecting) with no
operator adjustments to the circuitry and with no loss of
sensitivity.
Important Features of the Tracker III
7.25" Coil System
Meter System
Control Knobs
Comfort Hand-grip
Interchangeable Coil System
Extended
Armrest
Headphone Jack
Three-Position Toggle Switch
S-Rod Handle System
S-Rod Stand
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SERVICE
We don’t want you to have any problems with your
detector, but it does happen occasionally. If your detector
fails to operate at all, first check the batteries. If the unit
still does not operate, try clicking the Power Switch on
and off a few times. Sometimes they stick in the off
position.
If you have any questions you may want to call the factory
and ask for assistance.
This unit has a limited 5 Year Warranty to the original
purchaser. If your detector requires service while under
warranty, please return it to Bounty Hunter Corporation
at the address below. It will be serviced and promptly
returned. Units not under warranty will be serviced for a
nominal charge.
EASY ASSEMBLY
Assembly of this unit is easy and requires no special tools.
The only assembly required is to attach the search coil and
lower stem to the upper stem and on to the control housing.
Fresh batteries can then be installed and the detector will be
ready for use.
1. Depress the adjustment button on the lower stem.
2. Push the lower stem into the upper stem.
3. Wind the search coil cable around the stem.
CAUTION: Provide enough slack in the cable near the search
coil to allow for angle adjustment.
4. Position the lower stem adjustment button into the upper
stem adjustment holes. The stem length can be adjusted to
fit the person using the detector.
TREASURE HUNTER’S CODE OF ETHICS:
1. Respect the rights and property of others.
2. Observe all laws, whether national, state or local.
3. Never destroy historical or archaeological treasures.
4. Leave the land & vegetation as it was. Fill in the holes.
5. All treasure hunters may be judged by the example you
set. Always obtain permission before searching any site.
Be extremely careful with your probing, picking up and
discarding of trash, and ALWAYS COVER YOUR HOLES!
The Search Coil is mounted onto
the lower stem with one thumbscrew and one bolt included.
The Control Panel is mounted
onto the upper stem with the two
thumbscrews included.
BOUNTY HUNTER CORPORATION • 11900 MONTANA AVE. • EL PASO, TX 79936 • (915) 855-4206
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IN THE FIELD
BATTERIES
Approximately 90% of metal detector problems are caused
by weak, dead or improperly connected batteries. If the unit
does not come on, or comes on and has weak volume, will not
tune properly, or has erratic operation or drifts, CHECK THE
BATTERIES. Always remove batteries for prolonged storage
of unit.
The Low Battery indicator light will come on and stay on
whenever the batteries need replacing. It will always “flash”
momentarily whenever the Power Switch is turned off. This
lets you know it is working properly and batteries are good.
BATTERY REPLACEMENT
The Tracker uses two 9-volt transistor
batteries. Access to the batteries is
gained by pulling off the two snap-on
covers located on the bottom of the
detector. Attach batteries to battery
snaps and replace the covers. USE ALKALINE BATTERIES ONLY!!
Batteries will last longer with the use of
headphones. A headphone jack is provided and can be used with any 1/4"
stereo-type headset.
PINPOINTING
Accurate pinpointing takes practice and is best accomplished by “X-ing” the suspected target area.
1. Once a buried target is indicated by a good tone
response, continue sweeping the coil over the target in a
narrowing side to side pattern.
2. Take visual note of the place on the ground where the
“beep” happens as the coil is slowly moved side to side.
3. Stop the coil directly over this spot on the ground.
4. Now move the coil straight forward and straight back
towards you a couple of times.
5. Again make visual note of the spot on the ground at
which the “beep” occurs.
6. If needed “X” the target at different angles to “zero in”
on the exact spot on the ground at which the “beep”
happens.
REMEMBER: The detector will beep just as the center of
the search coil passes directly over the buried target.
If you have difficulty pinpointing very strong signals, try
lifting the coil higher off the ground until a weaker but
more concise signal is heard. For very weak signals try
moving the coil in short quick sweeps closer to the
ground.
SIGNAL
➞
WHAT READS
LIKE THIS
3
SWEEP
➟
…MAY ACTUALLY BE THIS
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IN THE FIELD
STANCE
Stand with your arm extended only
slightly in front of your body. Don’t
bend or stoop, but stand in an
upright position that is comfortable. Hold the unit so the search
coil is about 1/2" above the ground.
Adjust the search coil so that it is
parallel to the ground.
OPERATION
The Tracker is a “motion” detector. This means that the
search coil must be moving slightly to detect the presence
of metal. The motion required is slight and pinpointing of the
target is very easy. When practicing, keep the target moving.
Objects held still under the searchcoil will be tuned out.
The VIEWMETER will give a visual indication by movement of
the needle to the right when an object is detected.
DUAL DISCRIMINATOR and MODE TOGGLE SWITCH
SWEEP
With the detector in the search
position swing the search coil gently side to side, slightly overlapping each sweep as you
move forward. Make sure you keep your search coil
approximately 1/2" above ground as you search. Raising
it in the sweep or at the ends of your sweep will cause false
readings. Move slowly, hurrying will only cause you to miss
targets.
Most good objects will respond with a good repeatable
signal tone. When discriminating, rejected iron and foil
objects generally do not respond. False signals can be
caused by trashy ground, electrical interference, or by
large irregular trash objects. These signals are easily
recognized by their often broken or non-repeatable nature.
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The Mode switch allows instant selection from 3 modes of
operation: All Metal, Full Discriminate and Tone Discriminate.
I. ALL METAL: Set the Mode Switch to the center position
and the detector will detect all metals.
II. DISCRIMINATE: Set the Mode Switch to DISC to automatically reject iron and most trash items. Adjust the
DISCRIMINATE control higher to increase the range of
discrimination. Be aware that discrimination of Pull Tabs will
cause nickels and some
gold rings to also be rejected.
III. TONE: When using
the Tone Discriminator,
a unique dual tone “beep”
and the automatic iron
FULL
TONE
ALL
rejection makes finding DISCRIMINATE METALS DISCRIMINATE
treasure easy and fun.
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OPERATION
OPERATION
TONE DISCRIMINATION classifies detected metal objects
into a low or high tone category.
NO
RESPONSE
Iron & Steel
LOW
TONE
Gold & Nickel
BROKEN
TONE
Old & New
Pull Tabs
Adjust the DISCRIMINATE control
higher to increase the range of
the low tone. It is possible to set
the DISCRIMINATE level so that
nickels have a low tone, larger
coins have a high tone and pull
tabs have an in-between “broken”
tone, making them easily recognizable.
GROUND CONTROL: The Tracker III automatic Ground Trac
feature allows operation in virtually any mineralization of
ground with full power.
Use it effectively on the beach or for gold prospecting. In the
ALL METAL Mode, the Tracker III will detect gold nuggets thru
black sand! Finds relics in all types of soil, deeply and with
ease.
HIGH
TONE
TO OPERATE
Turn the “On-Off/Sensitivity” control to ON. NOTE: The
detector is normally silent when operating until the coil
passes over a metallic object.
Copper, Silver &
Brass
When first turned on, Sensitivity will be at its lower setting.
Turning the control toward “HIGH” increases sensitivity. If
the unit “chatters” , reduce the sensitivity slightly, until the
chatter stops.
LOW
HIGH
DISCRIMINATE
OFF
HIGH
SENSITIVITY
Sensitivity will be slightly reduced when using either the DISC
or TONE Discriminator.
With the Mode Switch you can go from DISC or TONE to ALL
METAL, and back again, without changing the Discriminate
level.
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For maximum performance, operate with the sensitivity as
high as possible. The sensitivity can generally be set higher
when the Discriminator is on.
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