Bounty Hunter Time RangerPrice: $650
Based on 21 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.60
Avg. Ease of use: 4.00
Long Term Review
Mark Meador from Shepherd, Tx.
Canadian from Canada
Piece of Junk
Brian Jarvi from Negaunee, MI USA
Customer Service/Excellent User Friendly/Excellent
This is my 2nd Bounty Hunter machine and although I cringed at spending $600+ for it, I soon paid for it in findings. I've had my two Bounty Hunter's for almost 10 years now. Periodically, due to hard use, I've needed to send them in for repairs & upgrades. The company has always given me back more than expected without any fuss.
I needed a light weight machine due to a back injury. This is so easy to use that I can hand it to a friend and within a couple minutes they're on the move and digging (unlike my heavy, complicated MineLab).
I have no problem with finding coins at a realistic 5-6 inch depth and must agree that it's not at its best on the more mineralized beach sand. I wouldn't recommend going with to much less of a detecting power than the Time & Land unit's; you'll be only finding the top layer of coins and miss a lot of the good stuff. I know; I've tried em.
I'm taking my time ranger a land ranger and my explorer II to Mexico next week and have even brought my Time Ranger to Puerto Rico beaches with success. This is the first hobby I've found that actually pays for itself!
Nitro-Nicky from Grayton, North California
Best Factory Support Ever.
Mark Meador from Shepherd, Texas
Its as good or better than a 800$ unit
Doug Phair from Montreal Qc. Canada
Alex P. from Confederate Capital
Made a believer out of me!!!!!!!!
Relichunter from Va
I have been to several
competition hunts and have placed in a few of them. The machine is what I
would call a simple turn on and go machine with a low learning curve. If
you read the owners manual and not try to make the machine do things it
wasn't designed to do it will find just about anything you could/would be
looking for. If my grand-daughter who is only 9 years of age can use one
and find stuff then I know you could too. The price is great as is it's
warranty. You can't beat the manufacturers service as they WILL stand
behind their product and the service is prompt. I can tell you that I have
found just about anything you could think of looking for with mine. Granted
I have lots of years of experience metal detecting but as I noted before
even those that have had none that I had loaned my unit to to try out
before making a purchase loved it. The preselect modes are simple to use as
is it's all metal features. It's targeting accuracy is top of the line in
my opinion and the numeric ID and depth indicator is dead on as it relates
to ID'ing what lies beneath the surface.
Pinpointing is great if done correctly thus it is up to you to learn the art of pintpointing. It has great sensitivity in most any type of soils. Where I live I have to put up with high alkalinity as well as the terrible red clay which would false out on most machines regardless of brand. I can guarantee you if you set your machine up properly you can get pass the falsing easily enough in the red clay to make some great finds up to 12in in depth. A good set of batteries will normally last you 12-15hrs. Because I put in more than 20hrs per week detecting I have chose to use rechargeables. As I noted above I own several other brand detectors both high and low end ones and will with no hesitation tell you that I enjoy my TimeRanger the best. Anyone will tell you no one detector will do it all, and that is about the truth of it. If just looking for a unit that will do an excellent job of coin shooting, then the TimeRanger fits that bill for much less than you'd pay for many other models/brands. I don't recommend it for shallow salt water detecting or even wet sand since it again is my opinion that you really need a Pulse type detector for that type of detecting. The same applies to certain types of gold detecting. It can find it, but in my opinion doesn't do all that well in that category. But when talking about relic/artifact or coinshooting, the TimeRanger is hard to beat. If you get a chance visit my website and take a look at the stuff I have found with mine. You can get there by going to http://koloheboy.freehosting.net or visit the Bounty Hunter forum where I often post about my finds.
Chris (aka Pineapple) DuPonte from Baconton, Ga.
My first detector, so hope this helps!
The price, to me, seemed worth it. I paid a little above $500 for a new Time Ranger about a year ago. Being a new detectorist, it seemed to have all the bells and whistles the more expensive detectors from other brands have. The only thing lacking is it detects using one freq, while I would love to try a multiple freq detector. Like all detectors, it takes getting used to if you want to be good with it, tweaking with any detector takes practice. But the Time Ranger works great on it's "turn on and go" simplicity. I've used it in woods, open fields and beaches. The only downside is the depth indicator, I find it's normally off, that the target is normally not as deep as the indicator shows. Which is fine, less digging, but you have to be careful not to scratch a valuable find!
The previous reviewer stated he gets weird signals over sand, but I haven't had that problem at all! It works great and is easy to pinpoint finds at the east Coast beaches I've used it at. As for the rest? While I haven't found a particularly valuable coin yet as I mostly use it for coinshooting, I have used it to find coins at some heavily hunted areas. To me, it seems a good machine for the price when comparing to the more expensive models. Just like any machine, it takes practice, practice and more practice to get good with it. I find I get better with each outing!
Rob W from Maryland