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The Tracker series have been popular for years, not only because they're affordable, but also because the design works well. You might find more info and comments online about the Tracker IV than any other Bounty Hunter detector. There are even a few highly-experienced detectorists who have owned dozens of machines yet they still keep a Tracker IV in their stable.

You'll find numerous clones and derivitives that are identical or share some of the features, such as Walmart's Pioneer 101. If you find one at a price you like, snap it up and find out for yourself!

One frequent owner comment is that the meter seems to peg on any target. This may be the case for most signals, but I've found if you watch the meter, you may notice it might barely move on a deep or tiny target, while there may not be an audible signal at all. Don't ignore the "useless" meter! It might pay to keep this tip in mind and see if it helps you recover some finds that would have otherwise been missed had you relied on only the audio.


NOTE: Images are excluded due to the memory requirements; therefore, there will be references to illustrations that do not exist in this text only document. All illustrations can be found in the original manual published by First TX Mfg. Co. and available through the factory: (915) 855-4206.

Copyright ®1998 by Bounty Hunter Corp./First TX Mfg. Co.

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this Website and content, or parts thereof, in any form, except for the inclusion of brief quotations in a review. Published by Bounty Hunter Corp./First TX Mfg. Co.

OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS TRACKER I-D

The Tracker I-D brings true treasure hunting enjoyment. It has been designed for ultra simplicity with easy-to-use automatlc features.

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 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 as shown by rotating the lower stem within the upper stem. CAUTION: Provide enough slack in the cable near the search coil end to allow for proper adjustment of the search coil angle.

4. Position the lower stem adjustment button into on of the upper stem adjustment holes. The stem length can be adjusted to fit the person using the detector.

BATTERY REPLACEMENT

The Tracker I-D 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.

NOTE: 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.

It is always a good idea to remove the batteries prior to prolonged storage,as weak batteries can vent and leak. This leakage is corrosive and can do serious damage to the unit.

OPERATION

The Tracker I-D is a state-of-the-art "motion" detector and does not have a "non-motion" mode of operation. This means that the search coil must be moving slightly to detect and "beep" the presence of a metallic object. The ultra slow motion is so slight that pinpointing is very easy.

The automatic ground rejection circuitry allows operation in virtually any mineralization and at the same time most iron and foil trash is automatically ignored.

The unique dual tone "beep" and automatic iron/foil rejection makes finding treasure easy and fun.

Turn on.

1. With the coil approximately 1/2" above the ground.

2. Turn the "on-off/Sensitivity" control to ON. NOTE: The detector is normally silent operating until the coil passes over a metallic object. When first turned On, sensitivity will be at its lower setting. Turning the control toward "max" further increases sensitivity. If the unit "chatters", reduce the sensitivity slightly, until the chatter stops. For maximum performance, operate with the sensitivity as high as possible. The sensitivity can generally be set higher when the Discriminator is on.

DUAL TONE ATI DISCRIMINATION

The Tracker II is equipped with a convenient simple Audio Target Identification (ATI) system that automatically classifies detected metal objects into two categories.

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, largest coins have a high tone and pull tabs have an in-between "broken" tone, making them easily recognizable.

GROUND CONTROL

The mineral content of soil will vary from area to area. Usually the mineral variances will cause a metal detector to give false signals as it is moved about. The Tracker ID has an exclusive Dual-Trac Ground Control that automatically adjusts to the actual soil condition and keeps the detector properly tune.

The VIEW METER will give a visual indication by movement of the needle to the right when an object is detected.

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.

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 at approximately 1/2" above the 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 black sand, rashly ground, electrical interference, or by large irregular trash objects. These signals are easily recognized by their often broken or unrepeatable nature.

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. Take visual note of the place on the ground where the "beep" happens as the coil is slowly moved 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" happens.

REMEMBER: The detector will beep just as the center of the search coil passes directly over the buried target.

If you have difficulty pin pointing very strong signals, try lifting the coil higher off the ground until a weaker but more concise signal is hear. for very weak signal try moving the coil in short quick sweeps closer to the ground.

TREASURE HUNTER'S CODE OF ETHICS:

Respect the rights and property of others.

2. Observe all laws, whether national, state or local. Aid law enforcement officials whenever possible.

3. Never destroy priceless historical or archaeological

4. Leave the land and vegetation as it was. Fill in all holes.

5. Remove all trash and litter when you leave.

6. 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!


Copyright ®1998 by Bounty Hunter Corp./First TX Mfg. Co.

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this Website and content, or parts thereof, in any form, except for the inclusion of brief quotations in a review. Published by Bounty Hunter Corp./First TX Mfg. Co.

OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS TRACKER II

The Tracker II brings true treasure hunting enjoyment. It has been designed for ultra simplicity with easy-to-use automatic features.

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 the control housing. Fresh batteries can then be installed and the detector will be ready for use.

Depress the adjustment button on the lower stem. Push the lower stem into the upper stem. Wind the search coil cable around the stem as shown by rotating the lower stem within the upper stem. CAUTION: Provide enough slack in the cable near the search coil end to allow for proper adjustment of the search coil angle. Position the lower stem adjustment button into on of the upper stem adjustment holes. The stem length can be adjusted to fit the person using the detector.

BATTERY REPLACEMENT

The Tracker II 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.

NOTE: 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.

It is always a good idea to remove the batteries prior to prolonged storage, as weak batteries can vent and leak. This leakage is corrosive and can do serious damage to the unit.

OPERATION

The Tracker II is a state-of-the-art "motion" detector and does not have a "non-motion" mode of operation. This means that the search coil must be moving slightly to detect and "beep" the presence of a metallic object. The ultra slow motion is so slight that pinpointing is very easy.

The automatic ground rejection circuitry allows operation in virtually any mineralization and at the same time most iron and foil trash is automatically ignored.

The unique dual tone "beep" and automatic iron/foil rejection makes finding treasure easy and fun.

Turn on. With the coil approximately 1/2" above the ground. Turn the "on-off/Sensitivity" control to ON. NOTE: The detector is normally silent operating until the coil passes over a metallic object. When first turned On, sensitivity will be at its lower setting. Turning the control toward "max" further increases sensitivity. If the unit "chatters", reduce the sensitivity slightly, until the chatter stops. For maximum performance, operate with the sensitivity as high as possible. The sensitivity can generally be set higher when the Discriminator is on.

DUAL TONE ATI DISCRIMINATION

The Tracker II is equipped with a convenient simple Audio Target Identification (ATI) system that automatically classifies detected metal objects into two categories.

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, largest coins have a high tone and pull tabs have an in-between "broken" tone, making them easily recognizable.

GROUND CONTROL

The mineral content of soil will vary from area to area. Usually the mineral variances will cause a metal detector to give false signals as it is moved about. The Tracker II has an exclusive Dual-Trac Ground Control that automatically adjusts to the actual soil condition and keens the detector properly tuned. For normal operation set the Ground Control. If you experience false signaling in highly mineralized areas adjust the control to the right or left until the false signals are eliminated.

The VIEWMETER will give a visual indication by movement of the needle to the right when an object is detected.

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.

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 at approximately 1/2" above the 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 black sand, rashly ground, electrical interference, or by large irregular trash objects. These signals are easily recognized by their often broken or unrepeatable nature.

PINPOINTING

Accurate pinpointing takes practice and is best accomplished by "X-ing" the suspected target area.

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. Take visual note of the place on the ground where the "beep" happens as the coil is slowly moved 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 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 pin pointing very strong signals, try lifting the coil higher off the ground until a weaker but more concise signal is hear. for very weak signal try moving the coil in short quick sweeps closer to the ground.

TREASURE HUNTER'S CODE OF ETHICS:

1. Respect the rights and property of others.

2. Observe all laws, whether national, state or local. All law enforcement officials whenever possible.

3. Never destroy priceless historical or archaeological treasures.

4. Leave the land and vegetation as it was. Fill in all holes.

5. Remove all trash and litter when you leave.

6. 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!


Copyright ®1998 by Bounty Hunter Corp./First TX Mfg. Co.

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this Website and content, or parts thereof, in any form, except for the inclusion of brief quotations in a review. Published by Bounty Hunter Corp./First TX Mfg. Co.

TREASURE TRACKER® IV METAL DETECTOR

OWNER'S MANUAL

KEY POINTS

This is a Motion Detector System and movement is required to make detection. Searchcoil must move across target (or target move across searchcoil). Full Discriminate (Toggle Switch in Left Position) will emit one high tone while rejecting most iron and trash items. Tone Discriminate (Toggle Switch in Right Position) emits two tones: high tone for silver, copper and brass items and low tone for nickel, gold and pull-tabs. All Metals (Toggle Switch in the Middle Position) emits one high tone for all types of metal. The DISCRIMINATE control can be set to a desired level when operating in the Full & Tone Discriminate Modes.

NOTE: Do not attempt to test unit by placing coin or metal objects onto a floor, because most floors contain metal which will interfere with the detector's operation.

The Tracker IV 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 IV has eliminated the two most difficult aspects of metal detector operation: Tuning and Ground Balancing. Both of these functions are automatic with the Tracker IV.

The Tracker IV 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.

Assembling your Tracker IV Metal Detector is easy and requires no special tools. Just follow these steps:

1. Using the supplied bolt and knurled knob, attach the searchcoil to the lower stem.

2. Press the button on the upper end of the lower stem and slide the lower stem into the upper stem.

Adjust the stem to a length that lets you maintain a comfortable upright posture, with your arm relaxed at your side and the searchcoil level to the ground and about 1/2 to 2 inches above the ground.

3. Wind the searchcoil cable around the stem. Leave enough slack in the cable to let you adjust the coil when you are hunting on uneven ground. Then tighten the knob at the end of the searchcoil.

Note: To adjust the coil, simply loosen the knob.

4. Insert the coil's plug into the matching connector on the control housing. Be sure the holes and pins line up correctly.

Cautions:

· Do not force the plug or you might damage it.

· To disconnect the cable, pull out the plug. Do not pull on the cable.

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.

IMPORTANT: Your Tracker IV metal detector requires two 9-Volt ALKALINE batteries.

Follow these steps to install the batteries.

1. Carefully remove battery compartment door by pressing release clip at right side of door.

2. Snap one battery onto each of the terminals, and place the batteries inside the compartment.

3. Replace the compartment door by carefully inserting opposite side of clip first. Then press carefully down on clip side until battery door snaps in place.

Caution: Only use fresh batteries of the required size and type.

The Tracker IV 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

The Mode Toggle Switch allows instant selection from 3 modes of operation: All Metal, Full Discriminate and Tone Discriminate.

I. ALL METAL: Set the Mode Toggle 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 rejection makes finding treasure easy and fun.

TONE DISCRIMINATION classifies detected metal objects into a low or high tone category.

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 a low tone or in-between "broken" tone, making them easily recognizable.

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.

GROUND CONTROL: The Tracker IV 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 IV will detect gold nuggets thru black sand! Finds relics in all types of soil, deeply and with ease.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The following troubleshooting steps may assist you in case you're having problems with your Tracker IV.

YOUR DETECTOR IS EMITTING FALSE SIGNALS WHEN YOU'RE IN THE FIELD.

Your SENSITIVITY may be set too high. Try cutting back the SENSITIVITY slightly until the false signaling disappears. Remember, to swing your coil slowly. Some false signals will occur on highly rusted metals, but if the signal does not repeat over the same area while passing the coil over it, then the target is usually not worthwhile.

YOUR AUDIO OUTPUT GIVES YOU ALL HIGH TONES WITHOUT ANY LOW TONES AND THERE IS NO DISCRIMINATION.

Your toggle switch is more than likely in the middle position. Push the toggle switch to the left for Full Discriminate without Low Tones or to the right for Tone Discriminate with Low Tones.

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 frequency that the detector operates on.

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 alkalines to determine if this is the cause.

Your Tracker IV Metal Detector is an example of superior design and craftsmanship. The following suggestions will help you care for your metal detector so you can enjoy it for years.

The coil is waterproof and may be submerged in either fresh or saltwater. Be careful to prevent water from entering the chassis. After using the coil in saltwater, rinse it with fresh water to prevent corrosion of the metal parts.

Handle the metal detector gently and carefully. Dropping it can damage circuit boards and cases and can cause the metal detector to work improperly.

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.

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!

This product is warranted to the original retail consumer for 5 years from date of retail purchase against defects in material and workmanship.

WHAT IS COVERED. Replacement parts and labor. Shipping charges to consumer for repaired product. WHAT IS NOT COVERED. Shipping charges to BOUNTY HUNTER CORPORATION of defective product. Damages caused by abuse, neglect or failure to perform normal maintenance...see owner's manual. Any other expenses. CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCIDENTAL EXPENSES, INCLUDING PROPERTY DAMAGES. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

HOW TO OBTAIN WARRANTY PERFORMANCE. Attach to product your name, address, phone number, problem description and proof of date purchased (sales receipt). Pack in original carton or other suitable padded carton and return to BOUNTY HUNTER CORPORATION, shipping charges PREPAID.

IMPLIED WARRANTIES...ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTY OR MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED TO A DURATION OF FIVE YEARS FROM DATE OF RETAIL PURCHASE, SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

To the extent any provision of this warranty is prohibited by federal, state, or municipal law which cannot be pre-empted, it shall not be applicable. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

Copyright ©MCMXCVII by First Texas Manufacturing Co.

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book, or parts thereof, in any form, except for the inclusion of brief quotations in a review.

Published by First Texas Manufacturing Co.

Bounty Hunter® and Tracker® are registered trademarks of First Texas Manufacturing Co.


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