Timers are synchronized to the world time. Consequently, any action which changes the world time (like sleeping in a bed) will alter its state, usually resulting in an immediate pulse of the Timer, regardless of how much time remained before the time change occured. Additionally, the Watch of Flowing Time may alter the timer's results. In most circuits, this will not matter or have little effect, but certain time-critical circuits will have unpredictable behavior because of this quirk.
Traditionally whenever the player wanted to build any mechanism that had to perform tasks at a specific interval, a clock circuit was needed in order to emit strongly timed Redstone pulses. These clocks were usually large and in some cases required manual resets by the player. They were also stiff by design and changing the rate at which the clock ticked usually required reconstructing whole parts of the circuit (if not all of it). The Timer simplifies and abstracts the clock circuit to a single block that can be adjusted and switched on and off. Like all Redpower circuits, the Timer can be placed on walls as well as on the floor.
The Timer can be changed from a minimum of 0.200 of a second to an infinite number as the maxiumum. Right clicking on the Timer will open an interface with the delay between pulses, along with 6 buttons, adding or subtracting either 10 seconds, 1 second, or 0.050 of a second. Activating a Lever (for example) connected to a Timer via Redstone or Red Alloy Wire will stop it, until the Lever is turned off. This can be great when using a Transposer or other Redpower2 machines that require an alternating Redstone current. This is the most frequently used circuit for running Transposers / Filters moving items in / out of chests / machines, and is essential to the Redpower Pneumatic Tube system.
You can also use a Timer to create Combustion Engine Clocks.