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The Time Ranger™ is a top-of-the line professional metal detector
with high-end features for the serious metal detectorist. A large LCD
panel displays current operating status at all times during operation
in the field. All feaures and functions are highly visible, with no
hidden programming, making your Time Ranger™ easy to use.
Microprocessor-controlled
Programmable operation
Programmable targets
LCD target readout
Touch pad selection
Numbered target values
SMART TRAC ground control
Carefully read this entire manual before attempting to operate
your new Time Ranger™ Metal Detector.
Time Ranger

Metal Detector

Owner's Manual

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  • Page 1: Metal Detector

    ™ Metal Detector Owner’s Manual The Time Ranger™ is a top-of-the line professional metal detector with high-end features for the serious metal detectorist. A large LCD panel displays current operating status at all times during operation in the field. All feaures and functions are highly visible, with no hidden programming, making your Time Ranger™...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    ......3 To assemble the Time Ranger™ Batteries ......... . 4 .
  • Page 3 Using the Detector in the Field ..... . 26 ........26 Coil Movement .
  • Page 4: The Basics Of Metal Detecting

    The Basics of Metal Detecting Bounty Hunter™ metal detectors will detect any item composed all or in part of metal. Most common and inexpensive metal detectors also detect metal, but have three important limitations: discrimination, depth detection and ground balancing. Bounty Hunter™ metal detectors, on the other hand, possess superior discrimination, depth detection and ground balancing capabilities.
  • Page 5: Depth Detection

    Bounty Hunter™ metal detectors provide excellent depth detection through solid objects. The maximum depth detection capability of a Bounty Hunter™ Time Ranger™ is five feet. Maximum depth is only possible for large metal objects. Example: A quarter can usually be detected from seven to ten inches deep.
  • Page 6: Getting Started

    Getting Started Assembly Assembling your Time Ranger™ is easy and does not require any tools. Using the following diagram as your guide, just follow these easy steps. Knurled Knob Lower Stem Connector on back of Plug control housing Bolt Upper...
  • Page 7: Batteries

    Batteries Your Time Ranger™ metal detector requires two C ALKALINE batteries. Using the following diagram as your guide, follow these easy steps to install the batteries. Release Clip C Size Alkaline Release Clip of Batteries Battery Door To install the batteries 1.
  • Page 8: Headphones

    LCD display indicates L (Low). Headphones The Time Ranger™ is equipped with a stereo headphone jack. Using headphones (not supplied) with your metal detector not only extends battery life, but also makes it easier to identify subtle changes in the threshold levels for better detection results.
  • Page 9 Listening Safety • Do not listen at extremely high volume levels—extended high-volume listening can lead to permanent hearing loss. • Once you set the volume controls, do not increase them. Over time, your ears adapt to the set volume level, so a volume level that may not necessarily cause discomfort might still damage your hearing.
  • Page 10: Control Panel

    Control Panel The control panel, as shown in the following diagram, is located at the center of the control housing. It consists of an LCD display, probable target ID fields, and several touch pads. The control panel provides control and constant reference during all detector operations. Combined with its 3-Tone Audio Target Identification, the Time Ranger’s control panel provides as accurate a reference as possible while detecting in the field.
  • Page 11 GOLD RANGE and copper pennies appear under SILVER RANGE. IRON / FOIL Indicates that the target is probably iron or foil. Time Ranger™ has four levels of progressive iron discrimination—from small to large. Some rusted oxidized iron may occasionally register in the SILVER RANGE.
  • Page 12: Touch Pads

    Touch pads The detector control panel includes several touch pads as shown and described in the following table. These touch pads are used to set detector operation. Dectector Touch pads POWER DISC PRESET SNIFF ON/OFF TARGET ALL METAL BLANKER SMART TRAC POWER ON/OFF is used to turn the detector on.
  • Page 13: Lcd Display

    Touch pads (continued) LOW and HIGH are used to adjust the detector’s sensitivity in DISCRIMINATION mode. LOW and HIGH are used to adjust the detector’s AUDIO LEVEL in ALL METAL mode. LCD Display The LCD display consists of the TARGET readout and both adjustment and indicator dials.
  • Page 14: Target Value Reference

    TARGET Readout TARGET Meaning Description Discrimination Indicates the detector is ready for selective target discrimination adjustment in the DISCRIMINATION mode. IR 1 Iron Mass Level 1 Indicates rejection of small iron objects. IR 2 Iron Mass Level 2 Indicates rejection of small to medium iron objects.
  • Page 15: Dials

    Dials The LCD display has five indicator/adjustment dials, as shown in the following diagram. All are used to monitor the detector’s operation; the SENSITIVITY dial is used in conjunction with touch pads on the control panel to adjust the detector’s sensitivity and the BLANKER dial is used in conjunction with the BLANKER touch pad to set the level at which the detector will eliminate surface objects.
  • Page 16 GROUND MONITOR The GROUND MONITOR dial indicates whether the detector has achieved ground balance in all soil conditions while operating in ALL METAL mode. BLANKER The BLANKER dial, located on the bottom right of the LCD display, is used in conjunction with the BLANKER touch pad to set the level at which to eliminate surface targets as follows: 2 = 2 inches O = Off...
  • Page 17: Basic Operation

    TRAC 2. When IR appears in the TARGET readout, lower the detector to the ground and select from one of two Time Ranger™ modes of operation: ALL METAL—This mode is used to detect all metals without motion. In this mode, metals are identified by volume increases in only one continuous medium tone.
  • Page 18: To Select Preset Targets

    ALL METAL SMART BLANKER TRAC To select PRESET targets The Time Ranger™ has three PRESET modes: PRESET 1 Rejects all levels of iron and aluminum foil. PRESET 2 Rejects pull-tabs, iron and all objects rejected in PRESET 1 mode. PRESET 3...
  • Page 19: To Select Customized Targets

    To select customized targets The Time Ranger™ has a valuable detection feature called Progressive Iron Discrimination which allows you to set four levels of iron discrimination based on size. Before you can customize targets, you must first select the size of iron to eliminate.
  • Page 20 4. Press REJECT three times to select IR3. IR3 appears in the TARGET readout. 5. Press REJECT four times to select IR4. IR4 appears in the TARGET readout. 6. Press ACCEPT after your selection to “lock-in” the iron discrimination level. The level of iron discrimination you selected appears in the TARGET readout, an R appears under IRON/FOIL, and the blinking arrow appears under 5¢...
  • Page 21: To Adjust Sensitivity In Discrimination Mode

    The level of iron discrimination you selected appears in the TARGET readout, and R appears under your customized selections as shown in the following diagram. Example of Time Ranger™ set for IR 4 iron discrimination with customized selections for pull tab, screw cap and zinc penny rejection.
  • Page 22: To Turn On The Blanker Feature

    To turn on the BLANKER feature The Time Ranger’s BLANKER feature allows you to eliminate surface targets (at 2 or 4 inches) while concentrating on deeper targets. To use this feature, you must be operating the unit in DISCRIMINATION mode or one of the PRESET levels.
  • Page 23 1. Perform the steps described in Turning the Detector ON section of this manual. 2. Press the DISC TARGET touch pad. A blinking arrow appears under IRON/FOIL in the Probable Target ID fields, meaning the detector is ready for programming. 3.
  • Page 24: All Metal Mode

    Iron is automatically rejected in SNIFF mode. ALL METAL Mode In the ALL METAL mode, the volume of one continuous medium tone increases when the Time Ranger™ detects metal. The detector does not have to be in motion in this mode. To select ALL METAL mode 1.
  • Page 25: To Adjust Sensitivity In All Metal Mode

    TIP: Initially, if the unit is not reacting properly, push the ALL METAL SMART TRAC touch pad a couple of times to make sure that the batteries are connected and not discharged. To adjust sensitivity in ALL METAL mode For maximum sensitivity, you should hear a slight threshold hum while operating in ALL METAL mode.
  • Page 26: To Update Ground Balancing

    Anytime the detector detects a target, normal fluctuations in ground conditions cause the arrow on the GROUND MONITOR dial to move from its center 0 position slightly right or left; the Time Ranger™ SMART TRAC feature automatically adjusts to these minor vari- ances usually within 15 to 20 seconds.
  • Page 27: Testing The Detector

    Position of detector and object when air testing the Time Ranger™ 1. Place the detector on a table and rotate the search coil towards the ceiling. 2. Remove any watches and rings from your hands and make sure no metal in or on the table is close by.
  • Page 28 (and about 4” from) the coil. 5. Since gravity causes coins to lie flat on or under the ground, sweep coins with the flat surface parallel to the search coil. Bounty Hunter™ models with LCD indicators are programmed to sense the coin type and depth while looking at the flat side of the coin;...
  • Page 29: Using The Detector In The Field

    Using the Detector in the Field Coil Movement When sweeping the coil, be careful to keep it level with the ground about 1/2” from the surface—never swing the coil like a pendulum The following diagrams illustrate incorrect and correct coil movement. Wrong Do not swing the coil like a pendulum.
  • Page 30: Pinpointing The Target

    Make sure you keep your search coil consistently about 1/2” above the ground as you sweep. Raising the coil during the sweep or at the end of the sweep will cause false readings. Move slowly—hurried movement will only cause you to miss targets.
  • Page 31: False Signals And Chatter

    False signals and chatter The biggest frustrations you will encounter when using a metal detector are false signals and chatter. The Time Ranger™ is a very sensitive, deep-seeking detector. It will respond loudly to many targets for which other detectors might only emit a weak signal. As a result, the detector may emit false, trash-induced signals that seem confusing.
  • Page 32: Ground Balancing

    Gold prospecting is possible with all Bounty Hunter™ detectors, but for best results, use the Land Star™, Land Ranger™, or Timer Ranger™.
  • Page 33: Detector Applications

    Detector Applications Coinshooting Coinshooting is probably the most popular metal detecting application. Coinshooting opportunities abound—even your own yard may yield some interesting old coins. You can search for coins just about anywhere—parks, baseball fields, yards, dirt parking lots and swimming areas are only a few of the many possibilities.
  • Page 34 SILVER RANGE. Your LCD display will appear as shown in the following diagram. The Time Ranger™ is set to reject all objects in the GOLD RANGE, thus minimizing trash and detecting mostly silver and copper coins.
  • Page 35: Relic Hunting

    Relic Hunting A relic is anything of historical value, especially reflecting another age. Before you undertake a search for relics, first do some research in your local library or on the Internet. Look up old newspapers and find out more about your community’s history. Discover what historical events may have taken place in your locality and where historical landmarks are hidden from present day progress.
  • Page 36: Jewelry Hunting

    Jewelry Hunting When targeting jewelry items, consider where these items are commonly lost. There are many possibilities, including playing fields where a variety of sports take place, beach areas, playgrounds, and sandboxes. When jewelry hunting, it is not uncommon to find many coins in the process of digging up rings.
  • Page 37: Jewelry Hunting

    The Time Ranger’s SMART TRAC system constantly measures ground conditions and makes adjustments for highly mineralized areas, making it well-suited for gold prospecting.
  • Page 38: Recommended Mode Of Operation

    Sweep the search coil slowly; pay particular attention toany increase in volume, indicating that the unit has detected metal. Try clearing all surface trash metal to allow the Time Ranger™ to detect deeper targets without interference. You may need to adjust the detector’s sensitivity;...
  • Page 39: Recommended Mode Of Operation

    Troubleshooting Common Problems The following table lists common problems that you may encounter when using your metal detector. Problem Probable Cause(s) Solution(s) Detector is emitting • SENSITIVITY may be set • Reduce SENSITIVITY per false signals in the too high. instructions in this manual field.
  • Page 40 Caring for Your Metal Detector Your Time Ranger™ 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 circuit boards and cases and can cause the metal detector to work improperly.
  • Page 41 Symbols caring for your metal detector 39 chatter 28 $1 8 Numerics in the field 28 coil movement 26 1¢ 8 coinshooting 30 25¢ 8 recommended mode of operation 30 288 10 common problems, troubleshooting 37 control panel 7 5¢ 8 LCD display 10 50¢...
  • Page 42: Caring For Your Metal Detector

    tips for dealing with 28 Fo 11 metal types 1 aluminum1 gb 10 cooper 1 getting started 3 gold 1 assembly 3 iron 1 batteries 4 silver 1 headphones 5 zinc 1 gold prospecting 35 mode of operation recommended mode of operation 35 ALL METAL 14, 21 tips 35 DISCRIMINATION 14...
  • Page 43: Troubleshooting

    S-CAP 8 selecting ALL METAL mode 21 all target 14 BLANKER feature 19 customized targets 16 PRESET targets 15 sensitivity adjusting in ALL METAL mode 22 adjusting in DISCRIMINATION mode 18 SENSITIVITY dial 12 silver range 8 Sn 11 SNIFF 9 operating in SNIFF Mode 19 SNIFF mode 19 accept only one target 20...
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  • Page 48 All rights reserved, including the rights to reproduce this book or parts thereof, in any form, except for the inclusion of brief quotations in a review. Published by First Texas Products, L.P. Bounty Hunter™ is a registered trademark of First Texas Products, L.P. www.detecting.com First Texas Product, L.P.