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8500 Tracking SystemOperator’sManualCMW ®Issue 2.0 053-1254ORIGINAL INSTRUCTION


8500 Tracking System Manual Overview - 1Chapter ContentsSerial Number Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2Intended Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3About This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3• Bulleted Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3• Numbered Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3• “Continued” Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3FCC Statement - Internal Transmitter . . . . . . . . . . 4RF Exposure Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4OverviewCMW


Overview - 2Serial Number Location8500 Tracking System Operator’s ManualSerial Number LocationRecord serial numbers and date of purchase in spaces provided. Serial numbers are located as shownand displayed briefly in lower left corner of tracker and display screens when units are first powered up.Itemdate of purchase:tracker serial number:display serial number:accessory model and serial number:accessory model and serial number:accessory model and serial number:CMW


8500 Tracking System Manual Overview - 3Intended UseIntended UseThe 8500 tracking system consists of an 8500TK tracker, an 8500D remote display, and an 850 seriesbeacon. The system provides advanced locating features to 30’ (9 m) deep. It also provides offset locatingand depth capability. The system provides projected direction information and offers a Drill-Thru guidancemode. The system can track grade drilling bores with the addition of an 850 series grade beacon and othergrade drilling accessories.The system is designed for operation in temperatures typically experienced in earth moving andconstruction work environments. Use in any other way is considered contrary to the intended use. The8500 tracking system should be operated only by persons familiar with its particular characteristics andacquainted with the relevant safety procedures. The system should be serviced only by Ditch WitchElectronics repair centers.About This ManualThis manual contains information for the proper use of this equipment. Cross references such as “Seepage 50” will direct you to detailed procedures.Bulleted ListsBulleted lists provide helpful or important information or contain procedures that do not have to beperformed in a specific order.Numbered ListsNumbered lists contain illustration callouts or list steps that must be performed in order.“Continued” Indicatorsindicates that a procedure is continued on the next page.CMW


Overview - 4FCC Statement - Internal TransmitterFCC ID: ITQ-8500TKRIC: 3598A-8500TKR8500 Tracking System Operator’s ManualFCC Statement - Internal TransmitterThis device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interferencereceived, including interference that may cause undesired operation.To reduce potential radio interference to other users, the antenna type and its gain should be so chosenthat the equivalent isotropically radiated power (e.i.r.p.) is not more than that permitted for successfulcommunication.Changes or modifications not expressly approved by The Charles Machine Works, Inc. could void theuser’s authority to operate the equipment.N 16819RF Exposure StatementThis equipment has been tested for RF exposure according to FCC rules for body-wornequipment. The equipment must be operated in accordance with manufacturer expectations to insureRF exposure compliance.In order to comply with RF exposure requirements during normal operation, this device must be held infront of the body horizontally. The antenna must be vertical in line with the body with at least 4” (100 mm)separation distance from the body.Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection againstharmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radiofrequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmfulinterference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in aparticular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct theinterference by one or more of the following measures:• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.CMW


8500 Tracking System Manual Foreword - 5ForewordThis manual is an important part of your equipment. It provides safety information and operationinstructions to help you use and maintain your Ditch Witch equipment.Read this manual before using your equipment. Keep it with the equipment at all times for future reference.If you sell your equipment, be sure to give this manual to the new owner.If you need a replacement copy, contact your Ditch Witch dealer. If you need assistance in locating adealer, visit our website at www.ditchwitch.com or write to the following address:The Charles Machine Works, Inc.Attn: Marketing DepartmentPO Box 66Perry, OK 73077-0066USAThe descriptions and specifications in this manual are subject to change without notice. The CharlesMachine Works, Inc. reserves the right to improve equipment. Some product improvements may havetaken place after this manual was published. For the latest information on Ditch Witch equipment, see yourDitch Witch dealer.Thank you for buying and using Ditch Witch equipment.CMW


Foreword - 68500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual8500 Tracking SystemOperator’s ManualIssue number 2.0/OM-5/10Part number 053-1254Copyright 2008, 2009, 2010by The Charles Machine Works, Inc., Ditch Witch, CMW, AutoCrowd, Jet Trac, Roto Witch, Subsite, Fluid Miser,Power Pipe, Super Witch, Pierce Airrow, The Underground, The Underground Authority Worldwide, andZahn are registered trademarks of The Charles Machine Works, Inc.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Contents - 7ContentsOverviewmachine serial number, information about the type of work this machine is designedto perform, basic machine components, and how to use this manualForewordpart number, revision level, and publication date of this manual, and factory contactinformationSafetymachine safety alerts and emergency proceduresControlsmachine controls and how to use them15913System Operationprocedures for tracking beacon signalsTracking Conceptsbasic information for tracking beacon signalsSystems and Equipmentstatus messages, beacon information, TMS Plus interface instructionsServiceservice intervals and instructions for this machine33475161Specificationsmachine specifications including weights and measurements65Supportthe warranty policy for this machine, and procedures for obtaining warrantyconsideration and training71CMW


Contents - 88500 Tracking System Operator’s ManualCMW


8500 System Operator’s Manual Safety - 9Chapter ContentsGuidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10Safety Alert Classifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11Safety Alerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12SafetyCMW


Safety - 10Guidelines8500 System Operator’s ManualGuidelinesFollow these guidelines before operating any jobsite equipment:• Complete proper training and read operator’s manual before using equipment.• Contact One-Call (888-258-0808) and any utility companies which do not subscribe to One-Call. Haveall underground pipes and cables located and marked before operating equipment. If you damage autility, contact utility company.• Classify jobsite based on its hazards and use correct tools and machinery, safety equipment, and workmethods for jobsite.• Mark jobsite clearly and keep spectators away.• Wear personal protective equipment.• Review jobsite hazards, safety and emergency procedures, and individual responsibilities with allpersonnel before work begins.• Replace missing or damaged safety signs.• Use equipment carefully. Stop operation and investigate anything that does not look or feel right.• Contact your equipment dealer if you have any question about operation, maintenance, or equipmentuse.CMW


8500 System Operator’s Manual Safety - 11Safety Alert ClassificationsSafety Alert ClassificationsThese classifications and the icons defined on the following pages work together to alert you to situationswhich could be harmful to you, jobsite bystanders or your equipment. When you see these words andicons in the book or on the unit, carefully read and follow all instructions. YOUR SAFETY IS AT STAKE.Watch for the three safety alert levels: DANGER, WARNING and CAUTION. Learn what each levelmeans.serious injury.indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will result in death orserious injury.indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death orindicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may result in minor ormoderate injury.Watch for two other words: NOTICE and IMPORTANT.NOTICE can keep you from doing something that might damage the unit or someone's property. It can alsoalert you against unsafe practices.IMPORTANT can help you do a better job or make your job easier in some way.CMW


Safety - 12Safety Alerts8500 System Operator’s ManualSafety AlertsElectric shock. Contacting electric lines will cause death or serious injury.Know location of lines and stay away.Jobsite hazards could cause death or serious injury. Usecorrect equipment and work methods. Use and maintain proper safetyequipment.Explosion possible. Serious injury or equipment damage could occur.Follow directions carefully.Incorrect procedures could result in death, injury, or property damage.Learn to use equipment correctly.Moving traffic - hazardous situation. Death or serious injury could result.Avoid moving vehicles, wear high visibility clothing, post appropriate warning signs.Potential radio frequency (RF) hazard. Operating this device within 4” (100mm) of your body may cause RF exposure levels to exceed FCC RF exposure limits andshould be avoided.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Controls - 13Chapter Contents8500TK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14• Icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14• Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17• Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198500D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23• Icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23• Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25• Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28ControlsCMW


Controls - 148500TK8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual8500TKIcons1. Beacon battery life indicator2. Beacon temperature3. Beacon roll indicator4. Beacon roll value5. Communication indicator6. Tracker battery life indicator7. Frequency indicator8. Beacon pitchItem Description Notes1. Beacon battery lifeindicatorGraphically indicates batterylife remaining.If beacon is within 5 minutesof entering sleep mode, acountdown timer will appearbelow icon.c00ic072t.epsAn “L” appears in the icon if aLithium battery is installed.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Controls - 158500TKItem Description Notes2. Beacon temperature Displays beacon temperatureand flashes if temperaturebecomes too high.IMPORTANT: An audible warning isactivated when beacon temperature is155°F (68°C).Icon darkens as temperaturerises and temperature isdisplayed numerically belowthe icon.3. Beacon roll indicator Graphically indicatesbeacon’s roll position.4. Beacon roll value Numerically displaysbeacon’s roll position indegrees, minutes or hours.5. CommunicationindicatorIndicates tracker istransmitting.c00ic075t.eps6. Tracker battery Indicates amount of batterypower remaining for thetracker.When using Li-ion smart battery pack,the estimated time remaining appearsin the battery icon.Flashes when batteries needto be replaced.c00ic076t.eps7. Frequency indicator Displays “11k” when highfrequency beacon is selected.Displays “2k” when lowfrequency beacon is selected.CMW


Controls - 168500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual8500TKItem Description Notes8. Beacon pitch Displays pitch of beacon inpercent grade or degrees.The arrow behind the valueindicates whether pitch ispositive or negative.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Controls - 178500TKButtonsOverview1. Soft button2. Soft button3. Soft button4. Power buttonItem Description Notes1. Soft button Function depends onselected mode and isindicated above button.2. Soft button Function depends onselected mode and isindicated above button.3. Soft button Function depends onselected mode and isindicated above button.4. Power button To turn on, press once.To turn off, press for 2seconds.Button is also used to access quickfunctions.Button is also used for quickfunctions.Button is also used for quickfunctions.Button is also used for quickfunctions.si1017a-d.epsCMW


Controls - 188500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual8500TKQuick FunctionsContrast AdjustmentTo adjust contrast, press and hold left button (1) and press button 2 to darken/increase contrast or button 3to lighten/lessen contrast.Backlight ToggleTo turn backlight on and off, press and hold left button (1) and press power (4) button. Don’t press powerbutton for more than 2 seconds to avoid turning unit off.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Controls - 198500TKMenuOverview1 2 31 2 3 4-+5010.1%6541. Drill-Thru mode2. Beacon settings3. Radio options4. System settings5. Display settings6. Service menuItem Description Notes1. Drill-Thru mode Highlight icon and pressselect to enter the drill-thrumode.See “Drill-Thru Mode” on page 43.2. Beacon settings Highlight icon and pressselect to enter the “beaconsettings” menu.See “Beacon Settings” on page 21.CMW


Controls - 208500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual8500TKItem Description Notes3. Radio options Highlight icon and pressselect to enter the “radiooptions” mode.See “Radio Options” on page 22.4. Service menu Highlight icon and pressselect to enter “servicemenu.”See “Service Menu” on page 22.5. Display settings Highlight icon and pressselect to enter the “displaysettings” menu.See “Display Settings” on page 21.6. System settings Highlight icon and pressselect to enter the “systemsettings” menu.-+See “System Settings” on page 22.c00ic086t.epsCMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Controls - 218500TKDescriptionsDisplay SettingsDescriptionLCD brightnessLCD contrastUnitsDepth disp. timeRoll angle disp.Pitch disp.NotesControls LCD backlight intensity.Available settings: 0 (off) to 100 (brightest, default).Controls contrast of LCD.Available settings: -20 (lighter) to 20 (darker), 0 is default.Controls displayed units of depth values, temperatures and othernumbers.Available distance settings: inches, ft in (default), decimal ft, meters,centimeters.Controls how long depth information is locked on the screen afterpressing depth button.Available settings: 0-60 seconds, 5 is default.Controls display of numerical value of the roll indicator.Available settings: off (default), degrees, minutes, hours.Controls display of beacon pitch indicator.Available settings: percent (default), degrees.Beacon SettingsDescriptionBeacon freq.Beacon calibrationNotesSets tracker receiving frequency.Available settings: high (default), low.Calibrates tracker to beacon.Roll calibration Sets roll position for beacon equivalent to bit pointing up (12 o’clock, 0minutes, 0°).Pitch calibrationDepth adjustmentSets 0.0% pitch position for grade beacon (1.0% limit).Tracker automatically compensates for the 12” (30 cm) the tracker isabove the ground when the grade pole is zeroed.Changes built-in adjustment of depth measurements.CMW


Controls - 228500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual8500TKRadio OptionsDescriptionRadio powerChannelOnGrade channelTracker ControlTracker Control codeNotesTurns radio on and off.Available settings: on (default), off.Sets telemetry channelAvailable settings: 1 (default) through 15Sets channel for OnGrade pole communicationAvailable settings: 1 (default) through 3Enables or disables thrust and rotation of drilling unit.Available settings: Rig ON, Rig OFF (default).Selects code for Tracker Control feature corresponding to code ondisplay.System SettingsIMPORTANT: Warning sounds such as beacon temperature alert are always audible.DescriptionLanguageTracker sleepVolumeBattery statusNotesControls user interface language. Turn tracker off and on for languagesetting to change.Controls tracker sleep feature.Available settings: enabled (default), disabled.Controls volume of the signal sound and sound effects.Available settings: mute, low, med, high (default).Displays available battery information. Displays estimated runtimeremaining and battery health when using optional Li-ion smart batterypack.Service MenuDescriptionAboutUptimeSupportFactoryNotesLists hardware and software versions, serial number, and copyrightinformation.Displays uptime and life timers.Enters support menu.Enters factory menu. Password protected.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Controls - 238500D8500DIcons1. Beacon battery life indicator2. Beacon roll indicator3. Communication indicator4. Display battery life indicator5. Beacon temperature6. Beacon roll value7. Beacon pitchItem Description Notes1. Beacon battery lifeindicatorGraphically indicates batterylife remaining.If beacon is within 5 minutesof entering sleep mode, acountdown timer will appearbelow icon.c00ic072t.epsAn “L” appears in the icon if aLithium battery is installed.2. Beacon roll indicator Graphically indicatesbeacon’s roll position.CMW


Controls - 248500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual8500DItem Description Notes3. CommunicationindicatorIndicates tracker and displayare communicating properly.c00ic075t.eps4. Display battery lifeindicatorIndicates amount of batterypower remaining for thedisplay.Flashes when batteries needto be replaced.If unit is connected to external power,indicator changes to a plug.c00ic076t.eps5. Beacon temperature Displays beacon temperatureand flashes if temperaturebecomes too high.Icon darkens as temperaturerises and temperature isdisplayed numerically belowthe icon.6. Beacon roll value Displays numeric value indegrees, minutes or hours.7. Beacon pitch Displays pitch of beacon inpercent grade or degrees.The arrow behind the valueindicates whether pitch ispositive or negative.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Controls - 258500DButtonsOverview1. Save button2. Review button3. Delete button4. Power buttonIMPORTANT:• Some icons and functions will change when display is properly connected to TMS Plus. These areshown and explained in the following table.• SD card must be installed and have active log file or display must be connected to TMS Plus tostore, review or delete logged data.CMW


Controls - 268500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual8500DItem Description Notes1. Save buttonPress to save data for currentpipe.IMPORTANT: Display must havereceived a depth reading from trackerto save.Send buttonWhen connected to TMSPlus or OGMS:Press to send data for currentpipe to TMS Plus or OGMS.2. Review buttonPress to review previous pipedata.Press again to review pipebefore that.Recall buttonWhen connected to TMSPlus:Press to review targetinformation for next pipe.When connected to OGMS:No function.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Controls - 278500DItem Description Notes3. Delete button Press to delete previous pipedata.4. Power/Menu button To turn on, press once.To turn off, press for 2seconds.Press button less than 2 seconds toaccess menu.si1017a-d.epsQuick FunctionsContrast AdjustmentTo adjust contrast, press and hold left button (1) and press button 2 to darken/increase contrast or button 3to lighten/lessen contrast.Backlight ToggleTo turn backlight on and off, press and hold left button (1) and press power (4) button. Don’t press powerbutton for more than 2 seconds to avoid turning unit off.CMW


Controls - 28Menu8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual8500DOverview1. File management2. Time/Date settings3. Radio options4. System settings5. Display settings6. Service menuItem Description Notes1. File Management Highlight icon and pressselect to start new job orreview saved job files.See “File Management” on page 31.2. Time/Date settings Highlight icon and pressselect to enter the “time/datesettings” menu.See “Date/Time Settings” on page 32.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Controls - 298500DItem Description Notes3. Radio options Highlight icon and pressselect to enter the “radiooptions” mode.See “Radio Options” on page 31.4. System settings Highlight icon and pressselect to enter the “systemsettings” menu.-+See “System Settings” on page 32.c00ic086t.eps5. Display settings Highlight icon and pressselect to enter the “displaysettings” menu.See “Display Settings” on page 30.6. Service menu Highlight icon and pressselect to enter “servicemenu.”See “Service Menu” on page 32.CMW


Controls - 308500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual8500DDescriptionsDisplay SettingsDescriptionLCD brightnessLCD contrastUnitsDepth disp. timeLog review timeRoll angle disp.Pitch disp.NotesControls brightness.Available settings: 0 (off) to 100 (brightest, default).Controls contrast of LCD.Available settings: -20 (lighter) to 20 (darker), 0 is default.Controls displayed units of depth values, temperatures and othernumbers.Available distance settings: inches, ft in (default), decimal feet, meters,centimeters.Controls how long depth information is locked on the screen after depthis received from tracker.Available settings: 0-60 seconds, 5 is default.Controls how long log information is locked onscreen after pressingany logging button.Available settings: 0-60 seconds, 5 is default.Controls display of numerical portion of the roll indicator.Available settings: off (default), degrees, minutes, hours.Controls display of beacon pitch indicator.Available settings: percent (default), degrees.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Controls - 318500DFile ManagementDescriptionActive fileLoad fileCreate fileDelete fileDelete allMake .750 filesUpload allAuto-LogNotesIndicates name of log file that is currently active.Displays a list of log files currently on the SD card. Select a file to makeit the active log file.Creates a new log file and makes it the active file.Displays a list of log files currently on the SD card. Select a file todelete it.Deletes all files on the SD card and formats it for use.Creates .750 files out of all log files on the SD card for import into TMSPlus. Select this before removing SD card and importing data into TMSPlus. See “Data Transfer” on page 59.Uploads all log files to TMS Plus when connected through USB cable.See “Data Transfer” on page 59. Follow prompts.Stores a log point every time depth information is sent from tracker.Options: disabled (default), enabled.IMPORTANT: Display must have SD card installed with valid log fileactive or be connected to TMS Plus.Radio OptionsIMPORTANT: In order for information on tracker and display to match, ensure units are set on the samechannel.DescriptionChannelTracker Control codeNotesSets telemetry channelAvailable settings: 1 (default) through 15Displays code for Tracker Control feature.CMW


Controls - 328500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual8500DSystem SettingsDescriptionConnect to TMS PlusConnect to OGMSLanguageNotesActivates TMS Plus connected mode.Activates OGMS connected mode.Controls displayed user interface language. Turn display off and on forlanguage setting to change.Date/Time SettingsDescriptionTime formatYearMonthDayHourMinutesNotesControls display of time.Available settings: 12 (default), 24Sets year.Sets month.Sets day.Sets hour.Sets minutes.Service MenuDescriptionAboutUptimeSupportFactoryNotesLists hardware and software versions, serial number, and copyrightinformation.Displays uptime and life timers.Enters support menu.Enters factory menu. Password protected.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual System Operation - 33Chapter ContentsBeacon Tracking Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35Walkover Location Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36• Locate Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36• Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38• Depth Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40• Displayed Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41• Sample Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42Drill-Thru Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43• Drill-Thru View Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43• Beacon View Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44• Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45• Sample Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45System OperationCMW


System Operation - 34Beacon Tracking Overview8500 Tracking System Operator’s ManualBeacon Tracking OverviewPotential radio frequency (RF) hazard. Operating this device within 4”(100 mm) of your body may cause RF exposure levels to exceed FCC RF exposure limitsand should be avoided.NOTICE:• This device must not be co-located with any other radio transmitter.• The maximum antenna gain is 2.5 dBi.The tracker has two modes: walkover location and drill-thru. Use walkover location mode to find position ofthe beacon. Once tracker is in or near the beacon plane, select the depth view to determine the depth andthe left/right offset. With tracker in front of and parallel to beacon, press the L/R button while in the mainlocate view to see the projected path of the beacon. In drill-thru mode, the tracker is placed along theintended bore path and provides the necessary steering corrections for the drilling unit operator to drill thatpath.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual System Operation - 35SetupSetup1. Install battery in beacon.2. Place beacon in beacon housing away frommetal objects.3. Set up beacon and tracker 10’/305 cm (A)apart, as shown.4. Select “Beacon Calibration” in “BeaconSettings” menu and follow prompts. Seepage 21.IMPORTANT:• Error conditions will be reported onscreen below diagram.• Pressing “clear” button will restore factory default. This will not provide accurate depth andoffset measurements. Calibrate beacon and tracker properly.• Pressing “cancel” will exit calibration menu without changing tracker’s calibration.• If using a dual-frequency beacon, calibrate both frequencies.5. Select “Roll Calibration” in “Beacon Settings” menu and follow prompts.6. Select “Pitch Calibration” in “Beacon Settings” menu and follow prompts.7. Select “Depth Adjustment” in “Beacon Settings” menu and follow prompts.CMW


System Operation - 36Walkover Location ModeLocate Screen8500 Tracking System Operator’s ManualWalkover Location Mode1. Field balance bar2. Signal strength3. Locate arrows4. L/R button5. Send button6. Depth screen buttonItem Description Notes1. Field Balance Bar Indicates tilt of tracker (hollowcircle) and magnetic fieldbalance (solid circle).Beacon is properly located when bothcircles are located in the square in thecenter of the bar and fore/aft arrowsform diamonds.2. Signal Strength Average signal strength isdisplayed numerically.Gain and signal strength barsare also displayed to eachside of numeric value.Bars get longer as number getssmaller.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual System Operation - 37Walkover Location ModeItem Description Notes3. Locate Arrows Indicate fore-aft direction tomove antenna pod to locatebeacon plane.Arrows change to diamondswhen antenna pods are inbeacon plane.4. L/R Button Press and hold to displayprojected direction.5. Send Button Press to send range toremote display.Longer arrows indicate the tracker is agreater distance from beacon plane.Advanced depth features areavailable when both arrows ordiamonds are solid.Tracker pods must be parallel withbeacon. See “Projected Direction” onpage 39.The displayed value is measured fromthe center of the tracker, along thecenterline of the antenna pods,directly under the tracker.6. Depth Screen Button Press to enter depth screen.CMW


System Operation - 38Procedure8500 Tracking System Operator’s ManualWalkover Location ModeIncorrect procedures could result in death, injury, or property damage.Learn to use equipment correctly.NOTICE: Do not stand or walk over the bore path while drill string is moving (duringdrilling and backreaming).The 8500 tracking system provides three ways to locate a beacon using walkover location mode. Choosewhich method to use based on your tracking situation.Single-Point LocationIf concerned with ghost signals or bore path isunknown, use single-point location to find generallocation of beacon.1. Position tracker parallel (shown) to suspectedbore path.2. Walk along bore path until solid and hollowcircles are approximately centered in fieldbalance bar.3. Rotate tracker 90° so that tracker isperpendicular to bore path.4. Move tracker left or right to center both circles.Tracker is now roughly over the beacon.5. To locate beacon more precisely, follow peak or advanced location procedure.Peak LocationIf beacon depth is greater than 30’ (9 m), use peaklocation procedure to position tracker over beacon.This procedure works well at any depth.1. With tracker perpendicular to bore path(shown), follow locate arrows to beacon plane.2. Move tracker laterally until signal strength isminimized.3. Place tracker on the ground and press SENDbutton to take depth reading and send it todisplay.The signal strength reading is the approximate distance from the beacon in inches. A reading of 122means the tracker is 122” (3.1 m) from the beacon. This reading reflects how many inches the tracker isfrom the beacon regardless of the units setting in the display menu.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual System Operation - 39Walkover Location ModeAdvanced LocationIf beacon depth is less than 30’ (9 m), use advancedlocation procedure to position tracker over beacon.1. With tracker perpendicular to bore path, followlocate arrows to beacon plane.2. Place tracker on the ground and press DEPTHbutton. If desired, move tracker side-to-sideuntil offset is at 0.3. Press SEND button to take depth reading andsend it to display. Press and hold SEND buttonfor 1/2 second if 0.1” (1 cm) precision isrequired.Quick RangeTo get a quick estimate of how far away the beacon is, press the SEND button while the tracker is inwalkover locate view. The average of the distance to the beacon for each pod will be displayed in place ofthe signal strength.Projected Direction1. Hold down the L/R button to switch from foreaftarrows to left-right arrows.2. Move approximately 10’ (3 m) in front of thebeacon position and rotate tracker until trackeris parallel with bore path with left antenna podcloser to drilling unit.3. Align arrows to check beacon heading.4. When arrows turn solid, the projected depthwill be displayed in a dotted box (shownbelow) in place of the signal strength value.CMW


System Operation - 40Depth Screen8500 Tracking System Operator’s ManualWalkover Location Mode1. Tracker tilt indicator2. Depth3. Locate mode button4. View button5. Send button6. Left/right offsetItem Description Notes1. Tracker tilt indicator Graphically represents the tiltof the tracker antenna podswith a numeric reading to theleft of the visualrepresentation.2. Depth Displays vertical depthmeasurement.3. Locate mode button Press to return to locatescreen.4. View button Press to switch betweendepth and side views.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual System Operation - 41Walkover Location ModeItem Description Notes5. Send button Press to send depth toremote display.Press for 1/2 second to getaverage with 0.1” (1 cm)resolution and send depth todisplay.Continue pressing forcontinuous average. Releaseto send depth to display.6. Left/right offset Indicates left/right offset withrespect to center of beaconand middle of tracker handle.Tracker provides both graphical andnumeric offset information.Displayed FeaturesAdvanced depth features (vertical depth, left/right offset, 0.1”/1 cm precision) are not available when any ofthe following conditions are met:• Beacon is more than 30’ (9 m) away from tracker• Tracker tilt is greater than 20°• Beacon pitch is greater than 10% and tracker tilt is greater than 5°• Fore/aft arrows are hollow (tracker is outside the beacon plane)CMW


System Operation - 42Sample Screens8500 Tracking System Operator’s ManualWalkover Location ModeDepth screen, standard viewBeacon is pitched down at 0.5%, is offset from tracker 9” to the left and is 2’3.3” deep. The tracker is level to the ground. Depth reading bar will becomesolid as values are averaged. Once it is solid, the value is locked and sent toremote display.Depth screen, side viewBeacon is pitched down at 0.5%, is directly below the tracker and is 2’ 3” deep.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual System Operation - 43Drill-Thru ModeDrill-Thru ModeDrill-Thru View Screen1. Pitch2. Horizontal distance3. Current depth4. Projected depth5. Locate mode button6. View button1. Pitch Displays pitch of beacon inpercent grade or degrees.The orientation of the iconindicates whether pitch ispositive or negative.2. Horizontal distance Displays distance frombeacon to tracker.3. Current depth Displays current depth ofbeacon relative to trackerposition.4. Projected depth Displays the projected depthwhen beacon reaches trackerif current pitch is maintained.5. Locate mode button Press to return to locatemode.6. View button Press to switch between drillthruand beacon view.CMW


System Operation - 44Beacon View Screen8500 Tracking System Operator’s ManualDrill-Thru Mode1. Horizontal distance2. Direction indicator arrows3. Signal strength4. Steering correction arrow5. Projected depth6. Current depth7. Locate mode button8. Current depth indicator9. View button1. Horizontal distance Displays distance frombeacon to tracker.2. Direction indicatorarrowsIndicates beacon directionrelative to the tracker.Inward arrows mean the beacon isapproaching tracker and outwardarrows mean beacon is moving away.3. Signal strength Displays numeric signalstrength value.4. Steering correctionarrowRepresents the direction ofsteering correction needed.5. Projected depth Displays the projected depthwhen beacon reaches trackerif current pitch is maintained.6. Current depth Displays current depth ofbeacon relative to trackerposition.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual System Operation - 45Drill-Thru Mode7. Locate mode button Press to return to locatemode.8. Current depth indicator Indicates current positionrelative to tracker.9. View button Press to switch between drillthruand beacon view.ProcedureIncorrect procedures could result in death, injury, or property damage.Learn to use equipment correctly.NOTICE:• If location and depth are critical, confirm by hand-digging.• Do not stand or walk over the bore path while drill string is moving (during drilling and backreaming).1. Place tracker on the ground along intended bore path with left pod closest to drilling unit.2. Drill as usual.• While beacon is on the drilling unit side of tracker, a left/right steering correction arrow, currentdepth, horizontal distance and projected depth are provided.• After beacon passes under tracker, current depth and horizontal distance are provided. Projecteddepth and the left/right steering arrow are no longer provided.CMW


System Operation - 46Sample Screens8500 Tracking System Operator’s ManualDrill-Thru ModeDrill-Thru ViewBeacon ViewBeacon is approaching tracker pitched down 11.2%. Beacon is 27” deep and the projected depth attracker is 30”. The horizontal distance to the tracker is 31”. The beacon must be steered to the right topass under the tracker as indicated by the arrow in the center of the Beacon View.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual System Operation - 47Drill-Thru ModeDrill-Thru ViewBeacon ViewBeacon is approaching tracker pitched up 82.2%. Beacon is 36” deep and the projected depth attracker is 9”. The horizontal distance to the tracker is 32”. The beacon must be steered to the left topass under the tracker as indicated by the arrow in the center of the Beacon View. The arrow will getlonger as beacon gets farther off target and shorter as it gets closer to the target path.Drill-Thru ViewBeacon ViewBeacon is past tracker pitched up 7.6%. Beacon is 27” deep and the horizontal distance from thetracker is 86”.CMW


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8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Tracking Concepts - 47Chapter ContentsTheory of Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48• System overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48• Beacon plane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48• Drill-Thru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49Ghost Signal Responses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50Tracking ConceptsCMW


Tracking Concepts - 48Theory of Operation8500 Tracking System Operator’s ManualTheory of OperationSystem OverviewThe 8500 tracking system uses a magnetic field generator in an 850 series beacon and two receivingantenna pods in an 8500TK advanced tracker to determine beacon position. The tracker detects thegenerated magnetic field and calculates the beacon’s position. Downhole information is relayed from thebeacon to the tracker. The tracker sends all received and calculated data to a remote display over a radiolink.The dual antenna pod design provides the ability to approach the beacon location without encounteringghost signals and can determine the beacon’s location and heading. When placed along the intended borepath, the tracker can be used in Drill-Thru mode to provide the beacon’s current depth, projected depth atthe tracker location, horizontal distance (range) and horizontal steering correction.Beacon PlaneThe 8500TK locates the beacon planeperpendicular to the center of the beacon. Oncethe tracker is within range of the beacon and withinthe beacon plane, the advanced depth calculationsof the tracker are enabled.The beacon plane extends outward from the centerof the beacon and runs perpendicular to thebeacon as shown. Because of this, the groundlevel location may be slightly in front of or behindthe true vertical position of the beacon’s center.This is only apparent at extreme pitches andincreasing depths. For example, at 30’ (9 m) deepand 10% pitch, the beacon plane and vertical planewill be approximately 3’ (914 mm) apart at groundlevel. The tracker calculates this difference andpresents it in the depth mode side view.Beacon plane: side viewBeacon plane: top viewCMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Tracking Concepts - 49Theory of OperationDrill-ThruThe tracker calculates the beacon’s current depth, horizontal distance to the tracker and the predicteddepth at the tracker position. The tracker allows you to drill toward, under and away from the tracker whileproviding depth and horizontal distance. The horizontal steering guides the operator to the intended borepath, assuming a straight line along the tracker.Sample beacon positions and resulting horizontal steering correction arrows.The horizontal beacon plane (plane extended out at each end) must pass below both pods of the trackerfor drill-thru and projected depth numbers to be valid.CMW


Tracking Concepts - 50Ghost Signal ResponsesThe locate arrows will change direction and pointaway from the beacon (as shown) as the trackerreaches a ghost signal. The distance from thebeacon plane to the ghost signals increases withincreasing depth.To avoid locating ghost signals, rotate trackerparallel to bore path (shown below) and watch thesolid circle in the field balance bar to get near thebeacon plane.8500 Tracking System Operator’s ManualGhost Signal ResponsesCMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Systems and Equipment - 51Chapter ContentsSystems and Equipment8500TK Status Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 528500D Status Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54850 Beacons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55• Sleep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55• Dual frequency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56• Beacon throttle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56Li-ion Battery Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57• Handling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57• Charging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57• Storage and Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57• LCD Indication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58• Battery Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58Data Transfer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59• Via cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59• Via SD card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59CMW


Systems and Equipment - 528500TK Status MessagesMessages that communicate tracking systeminformation requiring user intervention or provideimportant operation information appear in the topcenter area of the display as shown.8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual8500TK Status MessagesMessage Description SolutionSATURATEDAuto-Gain Active...Beacon RegulatingSignal from beacon or other noise is too large toreceive accurate signal.Tracker’s auto-gain feature is active. Somefeatures and data values will stop updating untilauto-gain is complete.Beacon is adjusting its output to provide a stablesignal. Depth values and beacon calibration areunavailable while beacon is regulating.Move tracker away frombeacon (at least 2’/610 mm)or eliminate noise source.Wait until messagedisappears.Wait until messagedisappears.BEACON BATT LOW Beacon battery voltage is low. Replace Power Stick orlithium beacon batteries.BEACON POWERLOWTILTBeacon is close to being unable to provide astable output signal (is out of throttle).The tracker can no longer compensate for itsposition when calculating depth and offsetvalues. This occurs when the tilt of the tracker isgreater than 20° or the beacon pitch is greaterthan 10% and the tracker tilt is greater than 5°.1. Replace Power Stickbeacon battery.2. Use lithium beaconbattery.3. Change to compatiblebeacon housing or callyour Ditch Witch dealer.Adjust tracker so it is closerto level until messagedisappears.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Systems and Equipment - 538500TK Status MessagesMessage Description SolutionNo CommOut of RangeTRACKER BATTLOWF/A AlignBeacon signal is too weak to communicate withtracker.Beacon is out of range for requested features.Beacon must be within within 30’ (9 m) oftracker for advanced features.Tracker batteries are low and unit will soon shutoff.Tracker is too far out of the beacon plane toenable advanced depth features while in depthscreen.1. Ensure beacon andtracker are operating atsame frequency.2. Move tracker withinrange of beacon.3. Ensure beacon is notasleep.Move tracker within 30’ (9m) of beacon.Replace tracker batteries.Use fore/aft arrows to movewithin beacon plane.Beacon Rolling... Beacon is rolling. Stop rolling beacon for moreaccurate readings.BEACON MEMERRORCalibration memory of beacon has beencorrupted.Return beacon for service.BEACON HOT Beacon is reporting temperature above 155°F(68°C). Permanent damage is imminent. Anaudible alert will also sound.Stop rotation, pull back 3’(915 mm) and continuedrilling fluid flow untilbeacon cools down.HIGH NOISEThe signal-to-noise ratio is too low for tracker toreceive reliable data from beacon. Depthcalculation and beacon calibration are disabled.Eliminate noise source orswitch beacon and trackeroperating frequencies.CMW


Systems and Equipment - 548500D Status MessagesMessages that provide important operationinformation appear in the top center area of thedisplay as shown.8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual8500D Status MessagesMessage Description SolutionSATURATEDAuto-Gain Active...Signal from beacon or other noise is too large toreceive accurate signal.Tracker’s auto-gain feature is active. Somefeatures and data values will stop updating untilauto-gain is complete.Move tracker away frombeacon (at least 2’/610 mm)or eliminate noise source.Wait until messagedisappears.BEACON BATT LOW Beacon battery voltage is low. Replace Power Stick orlithium beacon batteries.BEACON POWERLOWNo CommDISPLAY BATT LOWBeacon is close to being unable to provide astable output signal (is out of throttle).Beacon signal is too weak to communicate withtracker.Display batteries are low and unit will soon shutoff.1. Replace Power Stickbeacon battery.2. Use lithium beaconbattery.3. Change to compatiblebeacon housing or callyour Ditch Witch dealer.1. Ensure beacon andtracker are operating atsame frequency.2. Move tracker withinrange of beacon.Replace display batteries.Beacon Rolling... Beacon is rolling. Stop rolling beacon for moreaccurate readings.BEACON MEMERRORCalibration memory of beacon has beencorrupted.Return beacon for service.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Systems and Equipment - 55850 Series BeaconsMessage Description SolutionBEACON HOT Beacon is reporting temperature above 155°F(68°C). Permanent damage is imminent.Stop rotation, pull back 3’(915 mm) and continuedrilling fluid flow untilbeacon cools down.850 Series BeaconsSleep850 series beacons enter sleep (power-saving)mode after 20 minutes of inactivity. Rotate thebeacon at least 3 times at 1 rotation per second towake the beacon.To enter Express Sleep mode, roll beacon to theExpress Sleep window (shown) and leave itinactive. Beacon will enter power-saving modeafter only 5 minutes.CMW


Systems and Equipment - 56Dual Frequency8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual850 Series BeaconsSelect operating frequency when batteries are inserted or downhole.Select at Power UpThe orientation of the flat top on the forward isolatorwhen batteries are installed determines frequency.• If flat top (shown) is up, beacon will operate at11.2 kHz.• If flat top is down, beacon will operate at 1.75kHz.Switch Downhole1. Allow the beacon to enter sleep mode.2. Wake the beacon within one minute of enteringsleep mode and beacon will switch frequencies.Beacon ThrottleThe beacon continuously monitors and adjusts its output power in order to maintain a constant signalstrength. Beacon housing properties, battery chemistry and battery voltage impact the beacon’s ability tomaintain this output. Beacon throttle is a measure of the remaining time a beacon will be able to maintainits output level.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Systems and Equipment - 57850 Series BeaconsLi-ion Battery PackHandling• Avoid shorting the battery.• Do not immerse in water.• Do not disassemble or deform the battery. Never use a battery that appears to have suffered abuse.• Do not expose battery to fire. Do not dispose of the battery in fire.• Avoid excessive physical shock or vibration.Charging• Battery must be charged in an appropriate charger only. Never use a modified or damaged charger.• Charge at 32°F to 113°F (0°C to 45°C) in less than 80% relative humidity.Storage and Disposal• Dispose of in accordance with local regulations.• Store in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated area. Storage limits: -4°F to 140°F (-20°C to 60°C),


Systems and Equipment - 588500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual850 Series BeaconsLCD IndicationThe battery displays its current charge condition.Each LCD segment represents 20% of the batterycapacity.If the battery pack has been fully discharged, therewill be no LCD indication.CapacityLCD SegmentsBattery CalibrationCalibration adjusts the battery’s fuel gauge to maintain an acceptable level of accuracy. If the remainingtime or percentage appears to be inaccurate, or the battery information screen indicates that conditioningis required, calibrate the battery.Method 1Insert the battery pack in the charger and press the calibrate button.Method 21. Completely discharge the battery by disabling the tracker’s power saving sleep feature and operatingtracker until it shuts off due to low battery.2. Charge the battery completely.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Systems and Equipment - 59Data TransferData TransferVia CableFollow prompts in TMS Plus or OGMS. Connectcable at connector (shown).Via SD Card1. Remove cover (shown).2. Press SD card down. Card will pop up.3. Remove card from slot.4. Transfer data to TMS Plus or OGMS and installSD card in display.5. Install cover.CMW


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8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Service - 61Chapter ContentsGeneral Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62As Needed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62ServiceCMW


Service - 62General Care8500 Tracking System Operator’s ManualGeneral CareUnder normal operating conditions, tracking system components need only minor maintenance. Followingthese care instructions can ensure longer equipment life:• Do not drop the equipment.• Do not expose the equipment to high heat (such as in the rear window of a vehicle).• Clean equipment with a damp cloth and mild soap. Never use scouring powder.• Do not immerse in any liquid.• Inspect housing daily for cracks or other damage. If housing is damaged, contact your equipmentdealer for replacement.• Do not mix new and used batteries.• Remove battery if storing for an extended period.As NeededLocation Task NotesTracker Change alkaline batteries 6 “C” alkalineCharge/change Li-ion battery pack1 Li-ion battery packDisplay (in Case) Change batteries 6 “C” alkalineBeacon Change batteries 1 Lithium or Power StickTrackerChange Alkaline BatteriesIMPORTANT: Do not mix new and usedbatteries. Do not mix battery brands ortypes.Use six C-cell alkaline or rechargeable Ni-MHbatteries in tracker.1. Remove battery caps.2. Insert batteries as shown.3. Install and tighten battery caps.4. Check operation.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Service - 63As NeededCharge/Change Li-ion Battery PackUse one Li-ion battery pack in tracker. Chargeor change battery pack as needed. See “Li-ionBattery Pack” on page 57.1. Remove battery caps.2. Insert battery pack as shown.3. Install and tighten battery caps.4. Check operation.CMW


Service - 64Display (in Case)8500 Tracking System Operator’s ManualAs NeededChange BatteriesIMPORTANT: Do not mix new and usedbatteries. Do not mix battery brands.Use 6 C-cell alkaline batteries in cased display.1. Open battery cover.2. Insert batteries as shown.3. Close and tighten battery cover.4. Check operation.BeaconChange BatteryUse one lithium or one Power Stick battery inbeacon.1. Remove battery cap.2. Insert battery as shown.3. Install and tighten battery cap.4. Check operation.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Specifications - 65Chapter Contents8500TK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 668500D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68850 Beacons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69SpecificationsCMW


Specifications - 668500TK8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual8500TKDimensions U.S. MetricH Height 6.4” 163 mmL Length 13.2” 335 mmW Width 35.5” 902 mmOperating weight 8.3 lb 3.8 kgOperation U.S. MetricOperating temperature range -4°F to 122°F -20°C to 50°COperating modes: 1.75 kHz beacon, 11.2 kHz beaconU.S. radio channels: 14U.S. radio frequency: 466 MHz (U.S.)Non-U.S. radio channels: 1 (Finland), 2 (Belgium/Hungary/India, Argentina/Portugal/Spain),3 (Denmark), 4 (Australia/New Zealand), 11 (U.K., Sweden), 15 (Euro Harmonic, Canada, Germany/Switzerland, Netherlands)Non-U.S. radio frequency: 433 MHz (Euro Harmonic, Germany/Switzerland, Denmark), 439 (Sweden),458 (U.K., Belgium/Hungary/India, Netherlands), 464 MHz (Canada), 468 (Finland),469 (Argentina/Portugal/Spain), 472 MHz (Australia/New Zealand),Radio range (U.S., Canada, Australia) 1 mi 1.61 kmRadio range (Euro Harmonic) 2000’ 609.6 mCMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Specifications - 678500TKBatteriesAlkalineLi-ion pack6 C-cell primary or Ni-MH rechargeableLife (use at 70°F/21°C): approximately 8 hoursInspired Energy NF2040HDLife (use at 70°F/21°C): approximately 14 hoursBattery saver: unit shuts down after 5 minutes if no key is pressed and no beacon communication isdetected. This feature can be disabled in a menu setting.CMW


Specifications - 688500D8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual8500DModule Only U.S. MetricOperating weight 2.5 lb 1.1 kgPower input: 6.5V DC - 16V DC @ approximately 150 mAInterface connectors: USB-BData storage: SD cardU.S. radio channels: 14U.S. radio frequency: 466 MHz (U.S.)Non-U.S. radio channels: 1 (Finland), 2 (Belgium/Hungary/India, Argentina/Portugal/Spain),3 (Denmark), 4 (Australia/New Zealand), 11 (U.K., Sweden), 15 (Euro Harmonic, Canada, Germany/Switzerland, Netherlands)Non-U.S. radio frequency: 433 MHz (Euro Harmonic, Germany/Switzerland, Denmark), 439 (Sweden),458 (U.K., Belgium/Hungary/India, Netherlands), 464 MHz (Canada), 468 (Finland),469 (Argentina/Portugal/Spain), 472 MHz (Australia/New Zealand),Radio range (U.S., Canada, Australia) 1 mi 1.61 kmRadio range (Euro Harmonic) 2000’ 609.6 mModule with CaseOperating weight 6.5 lb 3.0 kgType: 6 C-cell alkalineLife (intermittent use at 70°F/21°C): approximately 20 hoursInterface: USB-BAntenna: TNC femaleCMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Specifications - 69850 Series Beacons850 Series BeaconsDimensions U.S. MetricL Length 17.6” 447 mmW Width 1.5” 38 mmWeight 2.2 lb 998 gOperation U.S. MetricOperating frequency: 1.75 kHz, 11.2 kHzRoll: 60 positions (every 6 degrees)Depth range850B/850BG 50’ 15.2 m850BH/850BGH 60’ 18.3 m850BD/850BGD (11.2 kHz) 50’ 15.2 m850BD/850BGD (1.75 kHz) 30’ 9.1 m850BHD/850BGHD (11.2 kHz) 60’ 18.3 m850BHD/850BGHD (1.75 kHz) 40’ 12.2 mMaximum temperature 176°F 80°CMaximum fluid pressure 60 psi 4 barPitchBatteries850 series: 1% increments up to 100%850 grade series: 0.1% increments up to 100%Type: 1 CC lithium or 1 CC Power StickLife (intermittent use at 70°F/21°C): approximately 20 hours (10 hours with H option)Battery saver: unit shuts off after 20 minutes of inactivity or 5 minutes of inactivity in Express Sleepwindow.CMW


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8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Support - 71ProcedureSupportProcedureNotify your dealer immediately of any malfunction or failure of Ditch Witch equipment.Always give model, serial number, and approximate date of your equipment purchase. This informationshould be recorded and placed on file by the owner at the time of purchase.Return damaged unit to dealer for inspection and warranty consideration if in warranty time frame.All repairs must be done by an authorized Ditch Witch Electronics repair facility. Repairs done elsewherewill void warranty.ResourcesPublicationsContact your Ditch Witch dealer for publications and videos covering safety, operation, service, and repairof your equipment.TrainingFor information about on-site, individualized training, contact your Ditch Witch dealer.CMW


Warranty - 728500 Tracking System Operator’s ManualLimited Product Warranty PolicyWarrantyWarranty PeriodsNew ProductLimited Product Warranty PolicyA twelve-month period starts on the date of delivery to the end user:trackers, remote displays, receivers, transmitters, radars, fault findersA six-month period starts on the date of delivery to the end user:directional and locate beaconsA three-month period starts on the date of delivery to the end user:accessories: cables, clamps, canoes, bags, and adaptersUsed Product (Cosmetics)A three-month warranty starts on the date of delivery to the end user on used and refurbished productssold from Ditch Witch Electronics dealers. Used products are non-returnable.Service and RepairA one-month warranty on labor starts on the date the unit is repaired, and a three-month warranty on partsstarts on the date the unit is repaired for all products.Extended WarrantyThe extended warranty may be purchased at the time the equipment is sold or anytime within the originalwarranty period. The extension is for an additional twelve or twenty-four months, for a total coverage oftwenty-four to thirty-six months. Exclusions: All beacons and accessories.CMW


8500 Tracking System Operator’s Manual Warranty - 73Limited Product Warranty PolicyDetails and Exclusions• The warranty includes only Ditch Witch Electronics products and accessories that are manufacturedand distributed by Ditch Witch Electronics. The warranty compensates on defects in material orworkmanship.• Defects will be determined through inspection by Ditch Witch Electronics or authorized repair centers.Original purchaser must make the defective item available for inspection within 30 days of the date thepart fails.• The warranty is limited to replacement of the defective part. The replacement part may be new orremanufactured. Repair and installation of defective part will be at no charge when product or item isdelivered to Ditch Witch Electronics or an authorized repair center. The product or item will be returnedat no charge for return freight.• The warranty periods do not represent the useful life of Ditch Witch Electronics products andaccessories.• If Ditch Witch Electronics products are purchased for commercial purposes, as defined by theCommercial Code, no warranties extend beyond the specific terms set forth in this limited warranty. Allother provisions of this limited warranty apply, including the duties imposed.• Ditch Witch Electronics products have been tested to deliver acceptable performance in mostconditions.• This limited warranty applies to the original purchaser only. Some states or jurisdictions do not allowexclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so above limitation may not apply. Thislimited warranty gives original purchaser specific rights that vary from state to state or jurisdiction tojurisdiction.• Each serial-numbered piece of equipment must be registered by the selling dealer to determinewarranty start date.• When a registration is not received, the Ditch Witch Electronics shipping date is used to establish thewarranty period start date.• Product inspection and estimates may require that the unit be disassembled and tested.• Out-of-warranty inspection costs include labor accrued at the full labor rate plus return freight.• Approved out-of-warranty repair costs include parts, labor accrued at full labor rate, plus return freight.Revision F, September 2006CMW


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