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  1. Nice, that is still some good gold for the first time out this year. It will only get better!! Sliding dredges on snow is pretty easy, just like a sled. The runners on the bottom keep it going straight.
  2. I knew a couple before that had a Dalke Dredge with the two get. It was a 5" with if I remember a 8hp. They said it had a lot of suction and I know they didn't run it that hard at all. I have a 6" like sjmpainter with plent of power. I had guys tell me before that a 6" needed 9hp motors but currently I don't see the benefits with cost and weight. They would be nice in deeper water with a longer hose.
  3. I have found gold in Alaska, Wyoming, Georgia, South Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and New Mexico. With a detector I found nuggets in only Alaska, Wyoming and most recently New Mexico. I did find nuggets in Montana and Georgia that are big enough to detect but I found them either dredging or highbanking. I tried extremely hard to detect a nugget when I lived in Georgia but they eluded me.
  4. Today I went to an area that I recently gained access to. I looked at imagery to see where the old workings are. I picked a spot where a drag line and wash plant had been though. As I was driving in I noticed a lot of the ground had all of the rocks racked off. I figured who ever did it had to have found something. So the tailings will have to wait. I decided to run the SDC 2300 over that ground. After digging the 10th piece of shot I got another signal about a foot away from one I just dug. It was real hard to pinpoint and find but the sun hit it right on the coil and I knew it was a little piece. Finally I found a nugget in New Mexico. Nothing like others recently on the forum but I was pretty jazzed. My first desert piece.
  5. Great video. I had been to most of the dredges around Fairbanks. At Dredge #8 they talk about the process but it's pretty cool to see it on the video. I am moving back to Fairbanks this summer. I love it there, can't wait.
  6. I have been wearing the same reebok boots in the southwest metal detecting since the original post. I like them so much I bought another pair in brown for my duty boots. Unfortunately the brown ones do have metal eyelets. In Alaska I wear lacross muck boots for almost everything from metal detecting to hunting. In the cold water they are great but hot when out of it.
  7. Wow, you are going to start a gold rush
  8. Steve or others, Did any of you find copper nuggets in crow creek? I found a very small piece there a few years ago. It was completely oxidized blue on the outside.
  9. I posted previously about using a SDC in a open cut while dredging. Where I was working there is very little water flow so even when dumping tailings in another area the water becomes cloudy fast. Work is all done by feel but I don't dive there. The bedrock is about 3 feet under the gravel and rotten so you can dredge into it for a few feet. I took a layer off in one corner of my hole but I figured I didn't go deep enough. I used the regular headphone keeping them above the water but I submersed the detector. Just as Steve and Chris are saying I had to push it down to get it to go to the bottom. In the corner the were two signals so I dredged into the bedrock further. In the box there were two half pennyweight nuggets. After that I used the SDC to guide me to where I was going to dredge next. This winter I bought the water proof headphones but have yet to use them.
  10. The jet looks great. I have been thinking about creating a thread with other dredge mods and useful tips. I am in school right now but when I get some time I will.
  11. I should do that. I just leave the hoses on it which causes problems as they like to flail around. I glued an extra gasket in the over size coupler for the suction hose because I seen where they don't seal well. I used a 6" cam lock gasket available at Alaska Rubber. Even if you don't put the extra gasket in there it is nice to have one anyway.
  12. I need to do this to my other pumps. A few years ago during some cold water dredging I had a pump freeze but luckily it didn't freeze solid. It only broke the seal.
  13. I wished I would posted earlier on this thread. I put a pitcock on a 4" a few years ago. I don't know how much it would really mattered but I didn't want to affect the pressure so drilled and tapped it so that it would not protrude into the housing to much.
  14. I will post some pictures when I finish the water system. Make sure you pull that tray out a little to allow fines the drop into the undercurrent box. Here is a pic of how far I pull mine out for my creek that I usually work. I also added some additional moss.
  15. What I am going to use is a tankless hot water heater because I want it on demand, not constant. A few years ago north of Fairbanks during some dredging in May I saw a lady who would keep a pot of water heated on the side of the creek with a one burner stove. When she got cold she would make sure it wasn't to hot and then pour it right into her suit. She was pretty tough.