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Brian Berkhahn

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About Brian Berkhahn

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    Anchorage, Alaska
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    Mining Dept. Manager at Alaska Mining and Diving Supply , Owner/Operator at Cold Gold Mining Co,, AMA member, AMA Board of Director, Member of the 40 Mile mining district
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    Ran and owned every size Keene dredge ever offered to the public. Currently own a 6" & 8" Keene Suction dredge, Goldfield 30 Trommel, 311B Cat Excavator, 450 Case Dozer.

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  1. Because "most" dredgers are fair weather dredgers.. you really only need a drain if you're going to be in freezing weather. It's easy enough to do it yourself but big kudo's to Keene for putting a little more in the correct spot for the drain. A little inside fyi.. Keene pumps might start coming with the intakes on the pump threaded so you can screw the intake hose on, that way you won't get any air.
  2. Sorry.. I am out as well, I've been trying to get ahold of the vendor but they won't respond.
  3. Customer came in and bought a Minelab 600, took it home and brought it back to exchange for an 800. Does not appear to be taken out of the box.. will let go for 599.00 579.00 plus free shipping. Call me at 907-277-1753 or Pm me
  4. Yeah, right where the end of my hose is there was a really rich layer of black sand/Gold about 2" out of the water but it was frozen. I was doing about 1/4 to 1/2 oz per hour out of it.
  5. Yup.. They had a price increase last year but they're forced again to have another increase.
  6. Just an FYI, Keene will have another price increase the end of this month.. 3-5% across everything.
  7. Thanks for the thought Joe but we can't do that.. we voided the transaction but I greatly appreciate you thinking of us. Thanks, Brian
  8. Sorry, I'm sold out but will hopefully get some more next season. I use them too for clean up in my operation of my 8" dredge.. I use them too in my clean ups on my 8" dredge...
  9. Thanks Steve.. that's pretty awesome. You probably could've worn that piece of gold out like an earring.. lol.. looks like something kids wear these days!
  10. Just one other little tid bit, the 4" mini is a great little portable dredge, however since it does have a smaller sluice box and flare, I would get it with a suction nozzle and have the lower half the sluice box replaced with #3 expanded metal for better gold recovery.. again.. just my 2 cents.
  11. Everything has it's pro's and cons.. my personal views are: The Proline dredges are built heavier duty then the Keene however that makes them heavy and the floatation is not big enough for faster water.. I've personally seen the Proline dredges submarine in the faster water, I've never seen a Keene dredge submarine. I LOVE the way the flare hooks up to the sluice on the proline dredges.. Keene used to do that many years ago but then went to the crappy design that allows fine gold to escape from around the flare.. not to mention all the nuts and bolts that now requires to attach the keene flare to the sluice. I do not like the fact that Proline only uses miners moss in their box's.. there's no way you can make me believe that the riffle system fastens down tight enough to stop the fine gold from creeping out along the bottom of the box.. you must have carpet or atleast ribbed matting under the miners moss. Proline uses their own type of suction hose with a reverse spiral which seems to be impossible to get except from Proline.. the suction hose that Keene uses you can get anywhere. Parts are more available and easier to get for the Keene dredges.. If you ever need to borrow a part from a neighbor 80+% of the people out there own a Keene dredge over anything else so are going to more then likely have that spare part you need. Just my 2 cents..
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