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    Gold Prospecting, metal detecting, geology, maps
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    4 inch gold dredge, GPX 4800, GM1000, Equinox 800, LiDAR maps, various sluices highbankers and pans.

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  1. Hey everyone, been awhile since i posted last. But here is a video i did that goes through and shows you how to make lidar maps from the available free lidar data, using free programs. Unfortunately the lidar data is not available everywhere and there are certain file types that the free programs cannot work with. But for areas that have good data available, lidar maps are amazing for scoping out an area before ever setting boots on the ground. I am by no means an expert and others on here like Clay Diggins are very knowledgeable on the subject. Here are some previous posts on
  2. My biggest one is 11.9 gram drum stick nugget, found back in 2015 in Virginia with my 4 inch proline dredge. It is the biggest piece out of section of stream that produced over 16 oz. All with dredges. Still looking for my ounce nugget.
  3. SJM - I will eventually throw on 5.5hp with proline p350 pump to see how much suction the powerjet can generate, but for the purposes of this dredge im hoping to mainly use the 4hp motor. I removed the air compressor just due to the fact of wanting this one to be as light as possible and will mainly be in creeks that i can snorkle in. If i hit deeper areas i just bring the proline 4 inch or my 5 inch. This one will also serve as a lightweight sampling rig. Joe D - Thanks for that info! Ill have to play around with those websites and see what i can learn! I also plan to incre
  4. Thanks guys! It adds another one to my arsenal which already consists of a 2.5 inch, a proline 4 inch and homemade/keene parts 5 inch. I like building things and still have enough parts to more or less build another 4 inch and another 5 inch. Steve - What are you thought on increasing the size of the intake line from 2 inches to 2.5 inches, as well as having a larger footvalve. The intake on the pump still constricts to 2 inches, but i wasnt sure if an increase in line and footvalve size would help or hinder the gpm. Thanks again! Next project is a 5 inch ultralight
  5. Been messing with this project on and off for a few years now. Finally got it where it was ready to be tested this past weekend. Was originally a keene 3 inch with 4 hp motor and p160 pump i believe. I sold off most of the 3 inch parts and started building the components need to turn it into a 4 inch. From the 3 inch all that remains is the frame, floats and motor and pump combo. I bought a 4 inch flare from keene, since i have no good way to fabricate a lightweight flare. Everything else i have been working on fabricating, primarily being the sluice (16x40), riffle trays, and the
  6. Garikfox - The min-trucks are actually pretty cheap you can find used ones with offroad tires already on them for around $4,000 to $6,000.
  7. Ive been looking at Japanese mini-trucks. They fit what i need better since they have a 6 foot bed, and are still about the same dimensions as most utvs. Just gotta buy one that is 4x4 with axle lock or dif lock and put offroad tires on it. They also have a full enclosed cab and can be found with AC and heat, and can be made road legal in certain states. I just havent been able to justify any type of UTV since they all have tiny tiny beds, and cant get them road legal.
  8. Hey Steve, any thoughts on starting another poll to see what people are now mainly running in 2019. Would be interesting to see some of the shifts, especially with all the new vlf gold machines on the market. Just a thought.
  9. So there is a used Whites TDI pulsescan detector in my area for sale for $675. It is not an SL so im guessing its an older version. Is there any benefits to owning this detector along with a GPX4800? The price seems good and its close by. Ive also thought i heard that the older TDI were more powerful. I also believe it can use most GPX coils correct? I dont really need it but it seems like a great price for a PI detector.
  10. Lacky - I did do that, but no pings. The bedrock is so decomposed in this spot that I can rip into it a few inches with just my fingers. So I generally remove the upper few inches of bedrock, but I still detect it after. afreakofnature - yep ive seen them and many others all around the hillsides. I haven't detected those ones yet but I plan to. Ive detected around other similar pits and came up with nothing. Including in areas that have produced lots of big nuggets with the dredge. Its a baffling area in that way.
  11. Haha, i doubt it would spit out a big nugget. Its already caught a gram nugget right up top where it should. And yes i try to document everything. It helps with the big picture of whats going on in the area. Below is some of my mapping, yellow squares are pickers, yellow circles are nuggets, and the triangles are colored based on the type of bedrock at each location. Is anyone else tis crazy when it comes to mapping and documenting the area that you primarily prospect?
  12. Was at the above spot for labor day weekend. Didnt really detect much as most of the pieces worth recovering with a detector have been found, so now is the time to dredge the area. So i pulled out my homemade 2.5 inch dredge so that i could have clear water while dredging. I probably would have got more gold if i used the 4 inch, but then the water would have recirced and its more fun to be able to pick gold off of the bedrock. The homemade 2.5 inch set up. 10 inch wide box and riffles are from a side sluice of an old keene 5 inch triple. The first days haul. Bi
  13. Chase - I found these in the gold pyrite belt that runs from DC down between Cville and Richmond down into Buckingham county. Its funny that VA was once the third highest commercial gold production state yet it only produced about 160,000 ounces. But it definitely produced some nice nuggets including a 9 lb one and two big ones that are in the Smithsonian. If your looking for gold ground to detect look up the Central Virginia Gold Prospectors club (CVGP) they lease a number of gold bearing properties including the one that produced the 9 lb nugget back in the 1800's.
  14. Man this is going to put geologists out of job. It took r jobs, lol. Id love to take someone who thinks this works to a few of my spots and watch them flounder around as I dredge and detect up nuggets.
  15. Strick - We are pretty much exclusively on private property that we have gotten permission for. Lacky - Yes on the next one i will pay more attention to the volume. Funny thing is, is that i didnt notice it when i was making the video and i had head phones on. Not sure why i didnt hear it.
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