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18 hours ago, Dig It said:

There is a dam 80ft above the top of my claim that directs water into a pipeline which takes water to a man made lake that supplies water to a hydro electric plant dwn on another lake. And once a week they open a gate to clear debris from grate at pipeline entry point, which releases water into creek and washes away my dams, and the process just repeats itself, and that includes pulling equipment from creek once a week and then repositioning once flush has been completed. That is the reason for the wee bck. hoe. ( still better then a #2 shovel LOL !! )

Good God! This would get old. At least the eroding of more soils puts more gold in your claim perhaps. You have a great perspective and attitude about it. Your small scale commercial operation intrigues me due to having the same interest/ desire. And that rig is going to be added to my want list to one day hire someone to build one for me. What an awesome tool. 

What makes that site a detectorist site? Is it the lack of water for dredging or tailings piles or on a creek with public panning? I'm old hat when it comes to prospecting/ mining but am a fairly and was a very reluctant newcomer to detecting. So I hold "some" ignorance I will readily admit lol. As for those bows you speak of ... as a fly rodder x 40 years that is honestly an epic challenge beyond measure for me -- gold mining versus fishing. Very difficult to manage those two competing passions.  You must be on/ near the KR or the Anchor River ... true paradise. Headed to Resurrection River in 2 days for a 4 day detecting/ sluicing adventure at the public zone. Having/ working a claim as a small scale solo commercial miner, free from others being around, would be better!

Thanks for the note. Good hunting ... and soon, good fishing! 


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Glad to see somebody is living the dream and admits to having old age aches and pains. So, its not just me that has them.

I seem to remember seeing some mini excavators at Northern Tool company in USA, 3-6 grand I think it was.

I had to quit using my number 2 shovel this year due to severe lower back pain. Have modified a beach scoop I was using while metal detecting for coins at the swim beach.I covered up the holes in the bottom of the scoop and use it like a micro excavator.  I dug an 18 inch deep hole with it this past weekend, material for my sluice. No awful lower back pains afterwards. So, hopefully I can keep going with this hobby a bit yet.

-Tom V.

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Love the gear!!!!




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Hi Mac, What I mean by detectorist site is, it's great of Steve H. to include a link on his site to let us that are into both Placer Mining & Detecting, share some experience's while doing both. And yes it does make it easier to detect any creek bed without water, all that easy gold has long been found though.( I believe some of this was found by Steve H. and his dad ? ) In my situation when water is lowest ( end of season ) I have to get down and dirty and find the cracks and open them up till I either find the gold or solid bedrock, which makes a quality detector a most important tool !!!

And yes I am spoiled, live right next to K.River, and it's a short wheeler ride to claim.   

And yes tvanwho you can find similar machine's, but what made my decision easy was the fact that my Gan-So-Digger is simply made of square tube and flat plate easy to repair and add to. ( stabilizer legs and jaw teeth for grabbing and holding whatever the machine can grab and lift. ) But no matter what machine, like I have mentioned before, they beat a #2 shovel !!!  :cool: 

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13 hours ago, tvanwho said:

severe lower back pain.

what every prospector and miner fears, yet faces as a result of the physically demanding work we love to do  ... sorry to hear of this, how are you managing this pain/ injury? 

2 hours ago, Dig It said:

What I mean by detectorist site is

Thank you for educating me ... I forget that a "site" refers to a website ... on my mind at all times is everything gold related, and so when I see the word "site" immediately is the visualization of some prospecting/ mining site in the world ... kind of funny really how my mind is in gold OCD mode. Agreed! Steve H and his dad found all of the easy gold everywhere in Alaska long by now! But I still look ... odds are good there is some easy gold remaining here or there ... whenever I dig and find ferrous stuff deep in the ground, I just can't help but remember Steve's own words x time in the past: digging up trash in heavily detected/ mined areas in rich gold bearing districts means that that trash wasn't detected/ found before, thus it's logical that gold wasn't detected/ found either in that same area ... stay healthy and successful!

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