Jump to content

Recommended Posts

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?




Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

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.



  • Like 1

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

  • Similar Content

    • By SteveJJ
      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 23:00 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!
    • By LipCa
      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.....

    • By madtuna
      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,
    • By Triplehooked
      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...

    • By GB_Amateur
      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.
    • By johnedoe
      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.
      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.