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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. I picked up my 4800 about 2 years ago for $2300 but it came with a 15x12 mono, 17x11 AI coil, 17x21 DD, and 8X12 DD. $2000 euro is probably close but to me seems a little high, but you may be able to get the price lower.
  2. I use a GPX 4800 in Virginia, and it handles the mineralized soil here well. A buddy of mine who uses the GPX5000 went into the fine gold settings and gave me what the settings in each value was for fine gold, so that i could go into the settings on the GPX 4800 and get a close approximation of the fine gold setting. Id snap it up if its a good price. Thats what i did.
  3. Finally go the video finished of comparing equinox 800 to the gold monster 1000 on in-situ targets in the field. This is my no mean the comprehensive review as im sure the settings on the equinox could be tweaked more produce even better results. But from what i saw on my ground they were vary evenly matched. The gold monster seemed to pop a little harder on the targets, but the equinox still hit all the targets the gm1000 hit. Since i detect mainly creeks the equinox has a leg up since its water proof and i dont have to worry about it getting wet or falling in the creek. Hope you guys enjoy the video and ill take more footage as i work this little patch.
  4. afreakofnature: there is good gold all over the east coast, the biggest hurdle that most people dont overcome well is gaining access to private property. Since all the old mines are on private property, most of the areas havent been touched in a very long time, and it can be difficult to gain access especially for people who are from out of state.
  5. Thanks! It was a good weekend for VA gold, though not my best by a long shot. Cant wait to try the equinox at this spot as well. I was able to run the monster in auto+. Running it in manual 10 made it was a bit chattery, but i was switching back and forth. Only had one signal that turned out to be lead, all others were gold. Going to have to pull the GPX 4800 out as well to ply the steep hillsides that are adjacent to this spot. A few of the signals came from spots that had no apparent cracks, but the bedrock was so soft i could just dig into it with my little pick and out would pop a picker. My guess is, is that since the bedrock is so soft some of the cracks that use to exist have gotten smashed over by the water flow. This is part of the reason why when i hit soft bedrock while dredging i always take off the upper couple of inches.
  6. This past weekend me and a buddy got out and did some prospecting, on saturday we both dredged with 4 inch dredges, I did ok got 2 small pickers and a bunch of fines. My buddy killed it and got three nuggets and some pickers. He has basically located our next paystreak that we will hit hard in the coming days. The second day i decided not to dredge due to an old injury that was acting up, so i packed my dredge up and went down stream and decided to pull out the GM 1000 and detect around where my buddy was finding nuggets with the dredge. Just up stream from where he was dredging there was a nice large area of exposed bedrock in the creek that was pretty soft and decomposed, so i fired up the the monster and started detecting. Low and behold the first hit i get is a little picker, second hit another little picker, and so it went. During the course of about 1.5 hours, i got 13 little pickers in about 5 square feet of bedrock. I was stoked, this is basically the first gold patch i have found with a detector. Ill be taking the equinox back there later this week to see what it can find. Once i clean it up with detectors we will dredge it to get all the fine gold that is hiding there. Should be the start of a pretty rich paystreak/patch. All in all a fantastic weekend and i cant wait to detect that spot more as well as dredge that whole section of creek bank to bank. Should eventually get a video together of the weekends events.
  7. Yep you can see the mud motor in a few of the pictures attached to the stern of the canoe. Ive tried to use normal boat outboards but the rivers around here are too shallow. Mud motors are pretty cheap and will operate in about 6 inches of water. Love them.
  8. I agree that it is high, but it had to be that way to be able to raise the sluice high enough for transport on the river. It still works just have to run a little higher rpms. Next canoe rig build will be different and it will be closer to the water. She is an awesome rig for running shallow rocky rivers that have no boat ramps and only canoe slips.
  9. Beautiful day out on the river doing some scouting and testing of new equipment. Only got to punch one sample hole. Little too much overburden at about 4 feet. Got a little color, just need to find more easily worked ground.
  10. 1911Colt - None that i know of other then myself. Just realize lidar mapping has not been conducted everywhere. The east coast has good coverage the west coast is less then 50%. Shoot me a pm if your interested, i can at least let you know if your area has any or not.
  11. DrMike - The ground return from the lidar is the return that shows a bare earth model of the existing ground surface. Google earth pro as program has no compatibility with normal lidar data. To make it usable on google earth one has take the .las format and render it into a DEM which is generally a .tif file, then from there you need the right program to turn the .tif into a georeferenced kml or kmz file which overlays in google earth. It is not an easy or straight forward process.
  12. Correct a 6.5 hp for a 5 inch dredge would be underpowered, but i wasnt sure if you were to add a performance exhaust, air intake and re-jet the carb to pull about 2 more hp out of it would it then power a 5 inch dredge ok. Would the keene p180 pump become the limiting factor and not the hp of the motor?
  13. alaskaseeker - When i said three stage i meant keenes newer over/under type sluice not the triple sluice with the side boxes. Im still debating which would be the best to use. Steve - Thanks for the info! I will figure out a way to make it work without the aluminum cutout/flange piece that is missing. What are your thoughts on which box is better. The older single stage that this thread is about or keenes newer three stage sluice pictured below. Both weigh close to the same. They will be used in a 5 inch dredge. I think im going to try and make a uber lightweight 5 inch by making an aluminum frame and using xps foam for the floats (i have a ton of it already). Not sure if a 6.5 hp motor modded by putting on a performance exhaust, air intake and rejetting it, with a keene p180 pump would be enough to power a 5 inch.
  14. Haha, sounds about right! In VA you can dredge as long as it is man portable and nozzle is 4 inches or under. No permits needed. Main issue is that there are no claims, everything is private property, so you must get permission from the property owner or join the local club that leases a number of gold bearing properties.
  15. Klunker : While California is beautiful i could never live there given its current political climate, we will leave that at that. lol Plus i love dredging, and cant dredge there either. But you are right im sure my ounce to 4 ounces a year would shoot up out west lol.
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