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Never used Keene's wheel but I have used a Desert Fox and I own a Gold Screw wheel.

The Desert Fox was pathetic! Hard to set up, small wheel and not good at gold recovery!

The Gold Screw is a far better wheel, it has a large diameter wheel and steep undercut riffles as well a bump jig feature. It will recover 200 mesh all day long, and when I say all day long I mean it takes that long to process a few buckets of fines. LOL.

Now I use a Gold Cube with a Trammel on Top. Pretty happy with that as I can run a bunch of unclassified cons in short order and the recover is good enough for me.

I guess if all I had was 100 mesh and smaller to work, I would be looking for the best recovery method but I'd also probably not be prospecting then.

I think a lot of folks put Mercury in the panning wheels? But there again, when is the return not worth the effort?

 

 

 

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On ‎11‎/‎7‎/‎2017 at 10:25 AM, sjmpainter said:

I guess if all I had was 100 mesh and smaller to work, I would be looking for the best recovery method but I'd also probably not be prospecting then.

If that's what I had I'd be looking at a Knudson bowl or some other kind of centrifuge.

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Yeah but centrifuges do not apply too well for a person hand shoveling into a beach box due to the cost. Even most dredgers etc. are going to use wheels, cubes, sluices, and other recovery devices for affordability and easy transport if nothing else.

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True.. I was just referring to final clean up of cons.  Unless it's like the huge tow behind centrifuge that was bought for my trommel that used a 6" hose coming off my fines sluice to supply it but was never able to use it cause my mining partner passed away.

http://www.oro-industries.com/products/centrifuge/centrifuge_oro-industries.html

 

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