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Details about  Vintage Garrett Electronics TR Discriminator Coin Hunter Metal Detector -UPDATED

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Vintage Garrett Electronics TR Discriminator Coin Hunter Metal Detector -UPDATED
Vintage-Garrett-Electronics-TR-Discriminator-Coin-Hunter-Metal-Detector-UPDATED
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Item condition:
Used

Used, with the normal wear you'd expect to see for something of this vintage. All original parts

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Feb 16, 2014
Starting bid:
US $39.99
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Item location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Description

eBay item number:
231155793726
Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing.
Last updated on  Feb 16, 2014 15:45:42 PST  View all revisions

Item specifics

Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Seller Notes: Used, with the normal wear you'd expect to see for something of this vintage. All original parts except the analog meter cover has bee replaced with a smaller cover and the needle shortened. I am not sure if this unit works properly or not.
Type: Handheld Model:

Coin Hunter

Intended Use: General Purpose Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Brand:

Garrett

Vintage Garrett Electronics TR Discriminator Coin Hunter
with Discriminating Hybrid: Dual Circuit


Description:

Garrett Electronics TR Discriminator Coin Hunter w/ Discriminating Hybrid: Dual Circuit

TR Discriminator
Push-Button Tuning
Faraday-Shielded Coils
Hybrid Dual Circuit
Discriminating 7.5" Coplanar Search Coil
True TR Adjustable Sensitivity
Calibrated Discrimination
Battery Test Meter.
Patent 3662255
Serial # 340 87

Labels on the unit read:

Garrett Electronics Coin Hunter TR
with Discriminating Hybrid: Dual Circuit

Garrett Electronics
Trademark of Quality
2814 National Drive
Garland, Texas 75041
214/278-6151

Charles Garrett Seal of Quality

PATENTED
The superior stability, coil arrangement and other unique characteristics of GARRETT ELECTRONICS Instruments are exclusive inventions of GARRETT ELECTRONICS, INC., and protected under U.S. patent 3662255 and other patents pending.

Serial # 340 87

Supposedly, the Coin Hunter only had a 7-1/2" coil included with it. The diameter of the polymer housing on this unit is 8-1/4" in diameter. The coil housing has light scuffs on it, but no chips or cracks.

The green anodized 7/8" aluminum boom extends from 21-1/2" to 35" with stops at 21-1/2" (retracted), 27-3/4", 29", 30-3/4", 32", 33-1/2", and 35". A further 3-1/2" adjustment to the length is available at the housing mount.

Three large dials (METER Increase/Decrease {black dial}, VOLUME On/Off Increase/Decrease {red dial}, and TUNING Metal/Null {black dial}).
Two smaller dials SENSITIVITY Increase/Decrease {black dial}, DISCRIMINATION Increase/Decrease {black dial}.
Push button TR discriminator mounted on the end of a comfortable red vinyl handle.
An analog meter is mounted on top forward to and under the
handle.
A 1/4" earphones jack is mounted on the side.
It has a built in 2" speaker mounted on top.
Two position battery test switch.

The unit is powered by four 9 volt PP3 batteries fitted to a slide in battery pack with room for two spares. The pack has 6 slots - 2 for the detection circuit, 2 for the audio circuit, and 2 for spare batteries (the detection circuit depletes power faster than the audio circuit). Batteries were installed for testing purposes and are shown mounted in the battery pack in the photos (the two spare slots are empty), but the batteries are not included in this auction.

A sticker on the bottom indicates the unit was purchased from Keith's Treasures/Garrett Metal Detectors, 1436 Mich. Blvd. Racine, Wis. 53402 1-414-637-6658


Condition:

The green metal housing and boom of the unit has some scuffs and scratches, but no dents or significant damage.

The
polymer coil housing is scuffed but has no dents, chips, or cracks.

All the knobs turn freely and switches click firmly.

Unlike poorly maintained equipment of this vintage there is no corrosion in the battery compartment or any signs of water damage in or on the detector. The internal circuitry I can see is very clean as are the pin connector's for the battery pack.

All screws are in place, there is no evidence this unit was ever disassembled or tampered with.

The 4" x 3-1/2" analog meter on top is missing its original bezel. It has been replaced by a smaller polycarbonate cover that is secured with silicone. If you could find the right sized bezel from another meter, you could replace it, although the needle of the meter has been shortened to little more than 1/4" (see photos) so you may want to replace that too or add an extension.

I have tested this unit with fresh batteries, and the two battery test circuits test OK, so does the meter as I get maximum deflection of the shortened needle when doing a power check. I also get movement of the needle by adjusting the meter knob. However, I have not been able to get this unit to detect metallic objects or get the speaker to sound. Whether the unit is defective or it's just my unfamiliarity with it I do not know (it has a lot of settings). I do not have a set of headphones to check that circuit, but I will try to locate a pair. If I find the unit to be operational, I will post it here before auction end. For now I am selling it "as is". If the unit should require repair, the circuit board is very primitive compared to today's electronics.

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I do not have the original owner's manual. I contacted Garrett Electronics, Inc., known for their outstanding customer service, and they informed me that this model was produced from 1975-1977, and the relevant information is in the "P.B. Deepseeker™ and P.B. Groundhog" manual ("P.B." - Push Button). I am including a copy of that manual in this auction.

I am not familiar with these units, so please ask questions if I overlooked something.

I have seen a lot of variants while researching this model, but could not find much information this particular version (5 knobs with push button), other than what I put in the description.

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Specifications:

Net weight of item: 4 pounds 1 ounce
Approximate overall dimensions of item: 8" x 8" x 34" (boom retracted)

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On Feb-16-14 at 15:45:42 PST, seller added the following information:

UPDATE:

The switches and contacts were cleaned. I get an audible tone through the speakers. The earphone jack works.

I got a change in tone and needle deflection when passing the detector over several coins in discrimination mode but honestly, I haven't figured out how this thing works

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