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OWNER'S MANUAL
The Basics
of Metal Detecting
Y
our Pioneer 101 Metal Detector incorporates Motion Detection
Technology. Movement over an object is required in order for the
machine to detect the object and emit a tone.
While holding your Pioneer 101 Metal Detector as indicated in the
picture to the right, sweep the search coil slowly from side to side. While
sweeping, maintain the search coil level with the ground.
If the detector chatters, reduce the sensitivity by turning the left knob (Sensitivity)
counterclockwise.
When searching a possible target, move the search coil repeatedly over the target. Be certain that
the signal repeats during each pass over the target. If the tone does not repeat consistently, you
are probably detecting trash items or oxidation. Only dig up targets with repeatable tones.
IMPORTANT:
• Do not test the detector on the floor of a home or building.
• Most floors contain metal which will interfere with the detector's operation.
• Unless air testing or demonstrating, use outside only.
PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING YOUR METAL DETECTOR

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  • Page 1

    Technology. Movement over an object is required in order for the machine to detect the object and emit a tone. While holding your Pioneer 101 Metal Detector as indicated in the picture to the right, sweep the search coil slowly from side to side. While sweeping, maintain the search coil level with the ground.

  • Page 2

    INTRODUCTION The Pioneer 101 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, Pioneer 101 FEATURES with only two operating Three-Position Padded knobs and a mode selection...

  • Page 3

    EASY ASSEMBLY Assembling your Pioneer 101 Metal Knurled Bolt Detector is easy and requires no Knob tools. Just follow these steps: Using the supplied bolt and knurled knob, attach the search coil to the lower stem. Press the button on the upper...

  • Page 4

    The Low Battery indicator light will come on and stay on if the batteries are discharged. It should flash momentarily when the Power Switch is turned off. IMPORTANT: Your Pioneer 101 metal detector requires two 9-Volt ALKALINE batteries. Follow these steps to install the batteries. First Battery...

  • Page 5: Demonstration And Basic Features

    Pioneer 101 DEMONSTRATION Here is a quick way to demonstrate the basic features of your Pioneer 101. I. Supplies Needed • A quarter (25¢) • A nickel (5¢) • A Penny (1¢) • A small piece of aluminum foil • A Nail II.

  • Page 6

    OPERATION The Pioneer 101 is a “motion” detector. This means that the search coil must be moving to detect the presence of metal. When practicing with a stationary metal detector, keep the target moving over the coil. Objects held still under the search coil will not be detected.

  • Page 7

    “broken” tone. The "broken" tone makes pull-tabs and trash easily recognizable. Sensitivity will be reduced slightly when using the Pioneer 101 in the Tone Discrimination mode. If you want optimal depth capability, operate in the All Metal mode by turning the Discriminate control completely counterclockwise;...

  • Page 8

    Use it effectively on the beach or for gold prospecting. In the ALL METAL Mode (Toggle switch in the middle), the Pioneer 101 will detect gold nuggets through black sand and will find deeply buried relics in all types of soil.

  • Page 9: In The Field

    IN THE FIELD STANCE Stand with your arm extended in front of your body. Don’t bend or stoop; stand in a comfortable position. Hold the unit so that the search coil is about 1/2-inch above the ground. Adjust the search coil so that it is parallel to the ground.

  • Page 10

    IN THE FIELD (cont.) PINPOINTING Accurate pinpointing takes practice and is best accomplished by “X-ing” the suspected target area. 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.

  • Page 11

    TROUBLESHOOTING The following troubleshooting steps may assist you in case you’re having problems with your Pioneer 101. 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 signaling disappears.

  • Page 12

    CARE AND MAINTENANCE Your Pioneer 101 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.

  • Page 13

    METAL DETECTING APPLICATIONS COINSHOOTING The most popular application for metal detectors CONTROL SETTINGS REQUIRED: Toggle switch to the left (disc. mode). Discriminate knob at 3:00 (3/4 turn). Only silver, copper and brass will be detected. Gold items will be eliminated. Different denominations of coins will induce different sounds.

  • Page 14

    METAL DETECTING APPLICATIONS (cont.) trash items. Gold rings will induce a low sound. Be aware that some pull-tabs can also induce a low tone. Silver will induce a high tone. Chains and necklaces are difficult to find. If you are looking for gold rings, don’t get discouraged; you will dig up many broken pull-tabs before you find your first gold ring! HOUSEHOLD APPLICATIONS...

  • Page 15

    Increase battery life and find more deeply buried objects, evidenced by faint signals sometimes undetected with the standard speaker. CARRY BAG Custom-sized to carry your Pioneer 101. COIL COVERS Protect your coil from wear & tear. 4 inch, 8 inch, 10 inch. www.detecting.com...

  • Page 16

    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 and vegetation as it was. Fill in the holes. 5.

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