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  1. Has anyone made a crevice sucker? I was thinking of buying one until I saw the price locally, cheapest ones are $110 + $15 shipping, seems a bit much for what they are, looks like people are making some out of PVC pipe but I can't find any decent plans online to use to make one. If anyone has some good plans they would be greatly appreciated.
  2. So its puzzled me why panning classifiers are solely made for gold prospecting.Surely the manufacturers must be going out of business to make these items solely for the prospecting industry.Well this is not the case.I did some in depth investigation and spoke to a friend of mine in the plastics industry in China and showed him a pic of a classifier.What he came back to me with was quite interesting. Classifiers are actually made for the pyrotechnic/firework industry hence there manufacture origin in China.Kaboom and off it goes.They are used for milling black powder and other pyro ingredients.So if you want a set of classifiers and don't want to pay $24 a piece, then check out a pyro supplies store on the internet and you will be pretty surprised when the exact same classifiers /screens we purchase for prospecting cost around $12 a piece or cheaper.
  3. Ok, I'm a newb, and maybe a bit impressionable, but this really caught my attention. It's a long video by Doc of Gold Hog, but if you jump to about 20:00 you'll just see it in action to see for yourself. It's essentially a small short sluice that is hand operated. He processes a bucket in less time that it took me to do one pan (first day of panning). I figure this is a good way to run some material quickly, without the sluice. I'm just beginning and hope this isn't a hoax, but it sure looks to make a lot of sense. Maybe someday I'll have a dredge or high banker, but this sure beats the pan for concentrating and suits my budget. Hope you enjoy the vid as much as I did!
  4. After researching every gold wheel available, priced under $1,000.00? The Keene GW25, 25in diameter gold wheel proves to be the most bang for the buck, being able to produce gold dust-sized gold, and feed 400+ lbs of material per hour. At $475, it can't be beat.
  5. Mods to try to catch some fine gold... Cut box down to 3', added ribbed mat and punchplate. built a new inlet. Will try it out this weekend.....
  6. Hi Folks, say you hypothetically had a fair amount of crushed ore to process, and due to the amount of mustard gold in quantities worth recovering, what would you recommend and why? Water can be a problem so recirculating would be good, portability is a big want, will be using mercury and a retort due to the mustard gold. Open to suggestions. Many thanks, Steve
  7. I understand that there are multiple reasons for panning especially when you include professionals all the way to occasional, recreational prospectors. I'm definitely near the right end of this spectrum, but I'd like to get better, faster, more efficient. To be specific, I want to find all the gold in my bucket, and I'm not trying to make a threshold cut at return per time spent. Here are some questions I have: 1) Does classification help enough to make it worthwhile to buy, carry, store one or more in the first place? (If 'no' then I guess the rest of these questions are unnecessary.) 2) What sizes should one use? I know there is an array of sizes, but how many of those are useful? 3) Do you stack multiple sizes in one operation? 4) Do you still investigate the materials that the classifier rejects as too large? For example, with the wire mesh types do you dump the contents onto a clean, metal free area and run a detector over them to make sure there isn't a nice size chunk of the magic metal in your rejects? 5) I know the GPAA sells a set of screens that you swap in/out of a single housing. Is that the best direction to go if you are going to use multiple sizes? If I've missed any important points, please enlighten me on those as well. Thanks in advance for your answers.
  8. Has anyone tried one of these? Looks like a versatile piece of kit! I'm wondering what kind of run time you would get out of the electric pumps on say a 29 series deep cycle battery... https://keeneeng.com/mini-max-power-sluice/
  9. On a side note Steve, I bought my first sluice, a Keene A52 hand sluice, from AMDS back in 2010 when on my first and so far only trip to Anchorage. You built an awesome store, and the staff were super friendly and helpful. Definetly a good reason to go back there, once the exchange rate improves. Cheers! It's now the secondary recovery section on my wash plant setup.
  10. I'm wanting to recover CW Bullets faster and easier from the cracks, pockets and holes on the river beds. I'm wanting to build it out of plastic as not to interfere with the detector. It will have different sized and shaped tips depending on the size of cracks if needed. This would be an intermittent pump just for bullet extraction. It will have a longer wand that would enable me to suck lead standing in 4 feet of water. I would build a simple catch area for the outflow. It looks like Keene's smallest pump is 100 GPM/6000 GPH for their 2 inch model. I am looking at a 12 volt system and have my eyes on the 4000 GPH Johnson Bilge pump. Now my question is do you think I can build an electric dredge that can suck big lead to the surface? Any and all ideas are welcome such as size, nozzle design etc....
  11. Quite often l have seen detectorists arrive at a new spot full of enthusiam and upon arrival jump out of the car, grab their detector and race off hurrying here and there like a headless chook swinging aimlessly in their excitement to find that first elusive bit of gold. Only to be dissapointed at the lack of gold finds and quickly ready to write the area off and move on. I speak from experience because l was one of those. However several of those spots kept calling me back. And when I did return it was with a contolled enthusiam. Instead of jumping out of the car and racing around I took the time to look about and read the ground. I took the time to get the detector running smoothly and most importantly I took the time to carefully detect the area I had chosen, thouroughly working the area in a unhurried manner. And on most occasions I was rewarded with gold. Yes gold from an area I was too quick to write off initially because I was in too much of a hurry to properly access the potential that was right in front of my nose. So all l can say is slow down, plan you attack and have patience and work the area properly and don't be too quick to write a spot off or you will leave it behind.
  12. Just was wondering if you nugget hunters find fine gold/flakes in the same dirt you find gold nuggets in? Do you go back and drywash/highbank those areas? Just curious. -Tom
  13. I have a couple of these..... They are fantastic for production panning, and even work pretty darn well for cleanup though I have a special cleanup pan.
  14. Here is a Gift for Some of us for 2017! I have No Idea what year the product was Introduced?I was watching another random year old video of detecting in Oz.. tonite. And youtuber "Matt yes thats how short his call sign is. . had a short vid on crevicing....i watched it and it had this funny miners mat in his.....Lose" your gold keene box. so I asked him about it. He commented back.....so i looked it up! get it here in Montana ! https://prospectorsdream.com/ And found a true test from another Mate' Downunder ! Watch vid below.....Excellent Product! Cheers, IG Steve-Sorry if this is in the wrong category......but the panning area didnt seem like Much action over there?In fact Tonites the first time i ever looked over there. IG
  15. Out of boredom and while cleaning up around the garage I decided to re make my pac vac using my old blower ang an old back pack weed sprayer, hope it works out better than carrying the 5 gallon bucket...already was great for wasting a couple hours.
  16. This is not exactly new since it was announced last October, but I was wondering if anyone has seen or used these yet? The new Garrett 14" gold pan has a asymmetric design and fixes one of my pet peeves, which was the small bottom area. The Garrett gold panning kits now include these new pans. Here is the new pan next to the old design for comparison...
  17. Do we have any beach miners here? I'm in Oregon and do a bit of sand sifting. The Oregon laws for the beach include No Power equipment so you have to ground sluice or have a recirculator above the high tide line or above the grass line. Kind of a pain but doable. Anyway I have a thread going over at TreasureNet that is a little rambling but it will show ya what kind of equipment I use and some of the results.... Nope nothing like the Nome beaches but it gets me off the couch and I manage to eek out a little color. So here's a link to the thread, hope you find some humor in it as well as maybe a little info. too. http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/sluicing/454120-got-out-little-today.html If we get a discussion going here I will just post anything new here instead of a link to another forum. Thank's for looking. Also does anyone have any info on beach mining in northern cal.? I can't find a thing on it and I have heard of a couple very promising beaches. But I won't spend the time and energy on them and the trip without some knowledge on the regs.
  18. Here's a few solutions to deal with the ban on non-motorized mining near any California stream. The first is to process "select" material off site with a 12 volt pump driven recirculating high banker. The second is to process material on site with a coffee can driven recirculating rocker. The rocker requires 5 gallons of recirculating water. After getting the hang of feeding, scooping and rocking, the amount of material the rocker processed was surprising. The pay material is hammered and chiseled from an old cemented bench above Big Jackass Creek. The pay sets on a feldspar clay deposit 4 feet above bedrock (black slate). Soaking the material prior to processing helps break up the heavy clay. The third option is a battery driven metal detector. The claim sets right in the Melones Fault Zone. The workings date back to the 1850's with signs of ground sluicing, hydraulic and a few small pocket mines. The placer deposits appear to be from a contact between feldspar porphyry and diabase located upstream on a lode claim. The only cabin site discovered is of 1950/60's, found some depression era trash. Metal detecting to date has only produced recent poker change- pennies and dimes. Several exposed quartz stringers in heavy thick brush but no gold detected. Been using both the TDI Sl and Xterra 705 with 5x9 coils, both detectors handle the ground conditions. Lots of magnetite. Use the TDI Sl over the serpentine. The smaller coils are a must, just can't sweep the larger coils in the brush while unwrapping the headset cable. Been looking at the Fisher F19 and F75 ($599 Xmas version) which both seem comparable to the Xterra 705 and AT Pro. Like the option of searching for coins when hung up in the brush detecting for gold. Any opinions on either the F19 or F75 compared to the X705?
  19. Minelab has released what has been dubbed the "lifestyle video" which leans more to being a short travel guide about Placer County than about the PRO-GOLD Panning kit specifically. I am sure a lot of people here will recognize many of the locations. It is actually quite a bit of work doing a video like this but we had fun also so I am fortunate to have taken part. Thanks Minelab! The video also has an accompanying blog post by Chris Ralph at Minelab Treasure Talk.
  20. Thought this was a good tip on using a detector like the GMT in conjunction with traditional techniques. Just need a machine that can track black sand to locate a paystreak, mark the deposit with stakes and start processing material. Horrendous 144p resolution (filmed with potato) but info is solid!
  21. Klunker, On the River, Prospecting thread, you alluded to the superiority of the steel pan. Some people booed your opinion. I've used a steel pan forever because it's substantial and I hate plastic; almost every piece of plastic gear falls apart relatively quickly. But I'd like to know your reasoning for its superiority over the plastic ones. Does it retain the gold better? And I think a few other guys were curious, too. Thanks, no rush, Joel
  22. As the title indicates this weekend I am looking to try out dry washing for the first time. My mining buddy picked one up earlier this spring and we are pumped to try it out. Coming to CA from another state means that I don't have many opportunities to mine. My question is regarding how dry does the dirt need to be? I saw that it rained a little bit in the foothills this past week and now I'm concerned that the dirt may be too wet. Any advice and tips are greatly appreciated
  23. Hey guys! Just got my hands on the new Pro-Gold kit from Minelab. It's my first product review video, so be gentle on me ;) Anyway, hope you enjoy it. I know I did!
  24. A bit away from the metal detecting, so I hope nobody minds if I post this. I have been working on a "mikes hand trommel" that i came across a few years ago while surfing youtube. Seems like it will be pretty nifty little unit and it is easy to build. And cheap too boot. Still need to add a hopper and figure out what I am going to do for a feed chute off of the bottom to dump into my sluice. Just felt the need to show off a bit. Here is the link to the direction to build one. http://mlaine.net/Trom/