Vintage metal detector....what is it?

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  1. ambam

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    Hi All,

    So someone dropped off a "vintage" metal detector at the local hacker space, and I thought, Hey, I like metal detecting, I bet I can fix that! Which I probably can, if I can identify it.
    There is no back for the case. Takes a 9V battery. Says "Treasure tracker 550" on the side. No meter. Two knobs, 1 off/on volume, and one tuner. About 2" speaker. Any thoughts on who manufactured this or the year? I'd like to find a schematic for the PCB. the picture shows the box and search coil, I've pulled the PCB to check tracings and such.

    Thanks,

    Amberly
    Bored over the winter
     

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    Maybe radio shack, low budget that's for sure. S.D.
     
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    Jim (Homefire) can probably tell you what it is...I'm sure he'll weigh-in soon...
     
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    Old Bounty Hunter! LOL

    Yep, Low Budget.

    I may be able to find some info on it for you.
     
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    I THOUGHT it looked like an old BH...but figured I'd defer to the Master on the final ID...lol!
     
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    bounty hunter made by first texas inc.
     
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    There made by First Texas now but when that one was made it was made by Bounty Hunter!

    Bounty hunter went through two bankruptcies and is now under the New owner.

    First Texas currently make Bounty Hunter, Teknetics and Fisher Products.

    Sure Wish I could handle living in El Paso (100 miles from Here)!

    It's like living in a Different Country! Trust Me on that one.

    Boy, I just can't find any thing much on that little beast!

    I know it was TR (Transmit Receive)!

    Still Looking.

    Bounty Hunter was the First or One of the First to use the Omaga Type Coil and That one may have had one.

    They Also Poioneered the DD coil!

    Did That one have a Retune Button on the end of the Handle?


    The Old Bounty Hunters had the Logo of Pick and Shovel with the Detector down the Center.

    Then it lost the Detector and just the Pick and Shovel Cross.
     
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    A bit of Info for you!


    This Schematic has Common Stuff like the Coil , Audio Section and More. Ok Not The Same but may help. Ignore the VLF stuf Like Discrim.

    It does show the Basics on the TR.



    D - Bounty 840.jpg
     
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    Bounty Hunter ( actually, Pacific Northwest Instruments ) Started 1970

    The below information is not entirely accurate, it covers Tek Ltd who was up in Oregon, then jumps to First Texas Manufacturing Co in Texas, and misses some of the detector models. There is a lot of guess work here on the year dates… I did not create this file, I only commented here in blue text. Beyond the blue text, it all belongs to another person… Not me!

    Melbeta



    Bounty Hunter I ( BFO ) - introduced 1971 ( per Ad )
    Bounty Hunter II ( BFO ) - introduced 1971 ( per Ad )
    Bounty Hunter IIII ( BFO ) - introduced 1971 ( per Ad )
    Outlaw ( TR/BFO ) - introduced 1974 ? ( already available per 1974 Ad )
    Eliminator X-3 ( BFO ) - introduced 1974 ? ( already available per 1974 Ad )
    TR 600 ( Metal / Mineral ) - introduced ?
    TR 700 - ( Metal / Mineral ) - introduced ?
    IB 100 - introduced 1975 ? ( already available per 1975 Ad )
    IB 200 - introduced 1975 ? ( already available per 1975 Ad )
    IB 300 - introduced 1975 ? ( already available per 1975 Ad )
    Professional ( BFO ) - introduced 1976 ? ( per catalog )
    Maverick ( BFO ) - introduced 1976 ? ( per catalog )
    Rebel ( TR/BFO ) - introduced 1976 ? ( per catalog )
    Varmint ( TR/BFO ) - introduced 1976 ? ( per catalog )
    Eliminator X-2( BFO ) - introduced 1976 ? ( per catalog )
    Eliminator X-3 ( BFO ) - introduced 1976 ? ( per catalog )
    TR-1000 D - introduced 1976 ? ( per catalog )
    Eliminator X-3 - introduced 1976 ( per catalog )
    Magnum ( Dual Head Search Coil for BH I, II, III & Pro ) - introduced 1976 ( per catalog )
    TR 550 - D - introduced 1977 ? ( already available per 1977 Ad )
    800 VLF/TR Discriminator - introduced 1979 ? ( available in 1979 catalog )
    840 Automatic VLF/TR Discriminator - introduced 1979 ? ( available in 1979 catalog )
    880 VLF/TR Discriminator - introduced 1979 ? ( available in 1979 catalog )
    900 VLF/TR Discriminator - introduced 1979 ?
    8400 Automatic VLF/TR Discriminator - introduced 1979 ?
    Rustler - introduced ?
    Raider - introduced ?
    TR 500 - introduced 1979 ? ( available in 1979 catalog )
    Red Baron - introduced 1982 ? ( already available per 1982 Ad )
    Red Baron Jr. - introduced ?
    Red Baron 3 - introduced ?
    Red Baron 5 - introduced ?
    Red Baron 7D VLF SPD - introduced ?
    Red Baron 10 - introduced ?
    Red Baron 12-D - introduced ?
    Outlaw 290 - introduced ?
    Marauder TR - introduced 1982 ? ( already available per 1982 Ad )
    Marauder V - introduced 1982 ? ( already available per 1982 Ad )
    Marauder XV VLF/TR ( BH 3050 ) - introduced 1982 ? ( already available per 1982 Ad )
    Outlaw DE 280 - introduced 1983 ?
    Mini Red Baron - introduced 1983 ? ( already available per 1983 Ad )
    Bud 1 - introduced ?
    Bud Jr. - introduced ?
    Bud Lite - introduced ?
    Big Bud - introduced 1986 ( per Field Test report )
    Big Bud N/T - introduced 1986 ?
    Big Bud XL - introduced ?
    Bud Lite - introduced 1986 ? ( per Field Test report )
    Bud Jr. - introduced ?
    Big Bud Pro - introduced 1988 ? ( per Field Test report )


    Big Bud Pro Plus SE unit is missing here from 1989…. (Melbeta)
    I believe that Tek Ltd and its Bounty Hunter division went out of business in 1989, and the IRS seized the company, the assets, the patents of George Payne, parts, schematics, and then auctioned them off in likely in 1990. Then First Texas Mfg came out with a few units, created from the parts and pieces left in the company as they went out of business…




    Big Bud something or other, created with the parts First Texas Mfg bought on auction…

    Big Bud Pro Select 220 - introduced ? First Texas Mfg standard unit after Tek Ltd went out of business…
    Big Bud Pro Select 220-D - introduced ?
    First Texas Mfg digital unit after Tek Ltd went out of business…Big Bud Pro SED (Special Edition Digital) - intro. 1991 ? ( per Field Test report )
    Tracker I-D - introduced ?
    Tracker II - introduced ?
    Tracker III - introduced ?
    Tracker IV - introduced ?
    Quick Silver - introduced ?
    Land Star - introduced 1998 ( per Field Test report )
    Camo - LS ( Land Star ) - introduced 1998
    Quick Draw 1 - introduced 1998 ? ( per Operating Manual copyright )
    Quick Draw 2 - introduced 1998 ? ( per Operating Manual copyright )
    Sharp Shooter 1 - introduced 1998 ? ( per Operating Manual copyright )
    Bounty Hunter Junior - introduced ?
    Pioneer VLF - introduced ?
    Gold Digger - introduced ?
    Tracker II - introduced ?
    Fast Tracker - introduced ?
    Sharp Shooter II - introduced 1999 ? ( per Field Test report )
    Prospector - introduced 1999 ? ( per Operating Manual copyright )
    Land Ranger - introduced ?
    Lone Star - introduced 2004 ? ( per Field Test report )
    Discovery 1100 ( for Radio Shack by Bounty Hunter ) - introduced 2004 ?
    Discovery 2200 ( for Radio Shack by Bounty Hunter ) - introduced 2004 ( per Field Test report )
    Discovery 3300 ( for Radio Shack by Bounty Hunter ) - introduced 2004 ?
    Time Ranger - introduced 2005 ? ( per Field Test report )
    Pioneer EX - introduced ?
    Pioneer 101 - introduced ?
    Pioneer 202 - introduced ?
    Pioneer 505 - introduced ?
    Adventure 5500 ( for Cabela's by Bounty Hunter ) - introduced ?
    Challenger - introduced ?
    Commando - introduced ?
    Treasure Pro - introduced ?
    Elite 2200 - introduced ?
    VLF 2.1 - introduced ?


     
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    Sears sold one that looked kinda like it back in the early 70s . don't know who made it.
     
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    I have one of these, I found it in my dads house have all of the paper work that came with also. It was sold by Wards in 1975 ,for $39.99. It says that it's built by P.N.I. p.O. Box 20583 Phoenix, Arizona 85036 .
     
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    If that wing bolt holding the coil to the shaft is metallic, , Change it to plastic. The bolt also.
     
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