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OK I am new to gold panning but I want to purchase one so I can do some sampling around my property have searched the web for what would be best for a beginner there are so many different types on the internet that for a beginner gold panner it is pretty confusing  what does everyone suggest for a beginner at panning

I know panning is not easy at first and there is a technique to it its a learning process as everything is thats new to someone just looking for suggestions

I figure a gold pan would be the easiest way to sample and see if there is gold here and the cheapest to start

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I like the Garrett Gravity Trap...you would have to really screw up to lose gold from it...

The "new" Minelab gold pan looks pretty good to...

If I was buying a new one I would get the Minelab kit...

fred

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Thanks Fred have looked at the Minelab kit which comes with a 1/2 inch classifying pan would you recommend also purchasing a smaller size classifier for the kit also like say a 3/8 or 1/4 just want to get everything I need at one time 

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I like any gold pan (steel or plastic) that has a large or wide bottom. I find it easier to get the gold to separate from the black sands with a larger bottom. When you start looking at gold pans some have very narrow or small bottom and vary in size to a large or wide bottom. You will find all combinations of riffles built into the side of the gold pan. They all work depending on your skill.

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I kinda like this one........

 

 

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my favourites are the Garrett Gold Trap https://www.garrett.com/hobbysite/1651100_14in_gold_trap_en.aspx

and the Keene 3 stage pan http://www.keeneeng.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=SP14

I have a Turbo Pan https://www.turbopan.com/ but never really took to it, you can easily pan with it without classifying but it seems more work to pan it down to me, the pro's with it can do it quickly, I just haven't spent much time on it.

 

 

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I don't use a classifier, however a 1/4 inch is a good addition....

actually, I don't pan anymore...just detect, but when I did....

fred 

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thanks for the replies

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44 minutes ago, fredmason said:

I don't use a classifier, however a 1/4 inch is a good addition....

actually, I don't pan anymore...just detect, but when I did....

fred 

Thanks again fred as usual you are johnny on the spot and I do not mean that in a bad way just you are always one of the first to answer peoples post with useful and helpful  info again thanks

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