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  1. The wife and I sometimes like to bring home some dirt from the foot hills and run it on through a recirculating sluice at our leisure...(after work on our front porch with a beer) if you get the picture. The one I built several years ago is getting tired and I was wondering how others set theirs up? is there a better sluice set up already made from the factory? I've been hearing about this gold cube sluice? any and all recommendations are appreciated. The pic below (copied off the internet) is kinda like how we had ours set up.. strick
  2. When i bought the house i didnt realize that there was an old gold prospect in the backyard. An old history report from around 1860 says that an 18 inch wide quartz vein prospected by open trenches and that pan washing the crushed ore yielded good results. A pan of the soil pretty much always give 5 to 20 colors and abundant magnetite crystals. I have metal detected the area a good bit and have found plenty of hot rocks and hot ground but no detectable gold yet. I will be doing a loaming program and trenching to located the specific gold bearing vein. Then maybe decide to dig a root cellar. lol In the video i run a highbanker in the little feeder close to the old prospect and about 100 yards from my back door.
  3. Steve Herschbach

    Action Mining 2017 Catalog

    Version 1.0.0


    Action Mining 2017 full color catalog, 7.29 MB pdf file, 56 pages Gold Panning, Sluicing, Dredging, Drywashing Forum
  4. Steve Herschbach

    Action Mining 2015 Catalog

    Version 1.0.0


    Action Mining 2015 full color catalog, 8.17 MB pdf file, 56 pages Gold Panning, Sluicing, Dredging, Drywashing Forum
  5. 1st Off, Happy New Year to all, may Good Health & Much Wealth come your way this 2019 !!!!! 2nd part of 3, different creek same Highbanker. Used as a dredge this time no pontoons & very little water. This was on a friends claim year or so before I stake mine approx. 2000 ft above. A dam was built up above and redirected creek water into a pipe line to feed water into a lake for water supply to a hydro electric plant on a lower lake. Yes I have mentioned this in other post. So 1st some prospecting was in order to decide where to dredge. I was lucky & found a corner in creek that was actually a decent hole with the bedrock coming up at end of hole, so making dams was a bit easier, one dam to hold bck what little water the feeder creeks & rain run off would supply, and then a dam for pump supply water. Needed 2 dams because 1 dam would get suck up to quickly when dredge nozzle & water pump ft valve in same hole & I needed to keep my visibility to dredge. ( see photos ) Now my H.B. Sluice M.T. into my intake pump water supply so to not suck up big dirt into ft. valve then into my shaft seal I went shopping for a ordinary desk trash basket with small enough holes to keep shaft seal destroying materials to a minimum & water flowing to pump. At the end of each day I would have to dig out 2nd hole to make sure I was ready to dredge next day, but it also was a great way to check and see if I was loosing any gold out my sluice just by randomly panning as I dug out hole and used material to build up dams. This system worked great, the more I dredge in dredge hole the deeper the water got. It was actually getting to deep to snorkel dredge but this creek the water is crystal clear & the gold would smack you in the face as it fell out of gravels into your nozzle. Wasn't getting rich, but my overhead for the day ran about $40.00 & I would have clean ups of 4 to 5 penny weights averaging $60.00 a penny weight you do the math. Dredge time approx. 6 hrs. a day. Unfortunately I never did get to the bottom of hole, pulled my equip. next spring, my knees wouldn't let me climb up & dwn the 380 ft canyon wall And I was now a claim owner with very little climbing involved. So this is just another use of a Highbanker. Next the 3rd & final part. And a special shout out to my best mining partner ever Rocco may he rest in peace & watch over us all, he would actually check on claim owner once or twice a day & come right bck to watch me. I hope this answers any questions if you are considering a Highbanker I really liked my Proline 3".
  6. I've been waiting on this for weeks. The patent took effect on the 25th of Dec. Was finally published this week. The patent can be viewed, if interested, here: Link to patent I'm really happy to have this process behind me. It was a tough project. Jim
  7. I have had some folks asking me how I liked using a Highbanker and the different uses. So I'll show a couple examples. I was using a Proline 3" ( That I bought from Bob at A.M.D. ) with and without pontoon package. The 1st photos show me using it as a what I call a true Highbanker, I mounted the motor/pump on a treated pc. of plywood and drilled 1' holes around boarder so I could get it close to creek and tie it off so it wouldn't vibrate into creek. Then I would level off small area to set up hopper/sluice bx., and would use a oversized milk crate to catch tailings and spread them out to make a nice working pad. Next the digging and classifying into 5 gal buckets, I used the large classifier and dumped onto a tarp next to H.B. approx. 55 buckets. I believe that is close to a yard of material. Start up pump run material and repeat. Photos show a good representation of this type of use as well as some tools of a Digger. And at end of day if weather to stay dry I would cover Motor/Pump with small tote and call it a day. I would take cons hm. and see if I had a good day or just a really good day of hard work. The dog was my best friend and bear watch Rocco...…. Next dredging with H.B. not using pontoon package.
  8. Just wondering if any Forum Members have tried this Pan? Just found it today. 😆 Ig
  9. Some buddies of mine that were dredging down streem from me last year let me use there letrap to do a cleanup from my 6, and man it worked great! Not a spec in the taillings and ive tested several other sluices and has found a disapointing amount in the tailings of others. I been keeping a eye out and have only seen one online shop have 2 in stock. Of course i didnt have the money to blow at the time and they both sold quick. Are they discobtinued?
  10. I've been trying to come up with a unit to recover gems dry, but finally realized that the "granular convection" problem can't be defeated. In the process of building and trying various ideas, I came up with this unit. While the dry recovery of gems requires some very tight classifying, and thus isn't practical, I tried it for gold, and was simply amazed at its abilities for heavy metals. I have tried it on all sorts of raw materials, running bank feed at roughly 2" minus, and have yet to find a material it doesn't work on to one extent or another. I ran it dry...no water, on damp material at the LDMA Blue Bucket outing near Baker, Oregon a few weeks ago, and recovered flour and black sand from old tailings from previous outings. Running wet, the day before, on new material I recovered very near 100% on black sand and gold in front of several witnesses. They suggested re-running the tails, and zero black sand, or gold was found. Last weekend I attended a local club outing at Salmon, Idaho. The material was a heavy clay with lots of rocks....not a fun material, at all. At the common dig, one of the guys next to me, running a highbanker, mentioned that my little unit was handling the clay really well. I was the only person running 2" minus directly into the machine, and the rocks were agitating the material so the clay broke down, and the rocks were mostly clean before they went out to tails. The day prior to the common dig I went down to the locale the common material had been hauled from, and ran the material dry. This was a nasty, damp material. I expected nothing and was surprised to see both black sand and gold when I did the cleanup. Certainly I lost quite a bit, but any recovery working dry from damp material is an accomplishment. This unit works wet or dry. Very little dust running dry. Very low water requirement when running wet...roughly 50 gallons/hour. The full utility US Patent has been applied for. You can see the prototype running at Bonanza Bar on the Snake, along with pics of the recovery here: Jim
  11. Do we have any beach miners here? I'm in Oregon and do a bit of sand sifting. The Oregon laws for the beach include No Power equipment so you have to ground sluice or have a recirculator above the high tide line or above the grass line. Kind of a pain but doable. Anyway I have a thread going over at TreasureNet that is a little rambling but it will show ya what kind of equipment I use and some of the results.... Nope nothing like the Nome beaches but it gets me off the couch and I manage to eek out a little color. So here's a link to the thread, hope you find some humor in it as well as maybe a little info. too. http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/sluicing/454120-got-out-little-today.html If we get a discussion going here I will just post anything new here instead of a link to another forum. Thank's for looking. Also does anyone have any info on beach mining in northern cal.? I can't find a thing on it and I have heard of a couple very promising beaches. But I won't spend the time and energy on them and the trip without some knowledge on the regs.
  12. So, after playing around with a few ideas, I figure it's time to go ahead and make a larger scale sluice. No tiny 95GPH flow, this is going to be 500GPH. That's just over 5 times as powerful as my previous "pocket sluice". This is basically a small Gold Cube. Half the width, and scaled down in some areas. This one is designed to take real gold sluice rubber matting. I bought two types, one is generic "High-Low" matting that's 2.3mm tall. The other is "Vortex" matting, and it's 7mm tall. The trays I have are designed to print with minimal supports and material, hence the honeycomb grid. There is a little angular lip at the top of the matting area that keeps the top of the mat in place, and places the water and material flow completely onto the mat. The little pegs at the bottom keep the mat from sliding down, and and small enough to not impede water flow in any meaningful capacity. The underflow section at the top is actually the exact same dimensionally as the Gold Cube, so that the water flow works correctly. Under the foot where the underflow is, is a cutout that fits into the raised pegs at the top of the bottom end, so they can stack neatly. There is only 0.3mm of play between the parts, so that it's a nice, tight fit. The top tray, or "slick plate" is the same general idea, and has a 9 degree angle, just like the matting tray. The red lid slides into the slot around the top, and creates a tight sealed box that directs the water flow. It has only 0.3mm of clearance. The back of it will end up having a threaded tube, 3/4" to allow a bilge pump to be hooked up to it. What's not pictured here is an additional piece that directs water flow down to prevent excess splashing and uneven output.
  13. I found some good gold in clay. Sticky, greasy stuff but shows promise. So I ask you old sourdoughs, what is the best way to process this material? I have been smooshing it by hand and then panning but it's not very efficient!
  14. Just finished this project, figured somebody might like it around here.
  15. Well, as far as I can tell, it's the smallest FUNCTIONAL sluice box. This isn't a cute scale model to look like a neat paperweight. This thing actually WORKS! Let me know what you think! This has taken me well over 4 months to develop past where you saw it last time. I still have a few minor tweaks I want to do to it, but all in good time. As long as you can spoon feed it small enough material, this will work for you. I guess this would be more suitable for processing concentrates, but it should still be a hefty worker! Features: * Self-contained power (4x AA rechargeable batteries @ 1350mAh each) * 3x 120 LPH micro pumps @ 6volts each * Self-recycling water system * Can be used as a single or double tier system * Sluice trays are set at 8 degrees * Removable riffled drop-ins (currently printed in green) (upgradeable/swappable) * Debris catch bin for removing excess material from the basin * Scotchbrite scouring pad used as a particulate filter to prevent pump clogging * Fully disassembles and packs into itself for painless transportation * Watertight, isolated battery compartment won't get wet from splashes or overflow * Drain holes to prevent water buildup around solder connections to pumps, and in storage area * Spare storage area can be used for rubber mats, vials, filters, etc * Riffled trays (3D printed) designed for use in this system with its specific flow rate/angle * Quickly comes apart for cleaning of the trays or storage * Currently takes 687.52 grams of PLA filament @ 1.75mm (52 hours to print on my settings) Things I want to improve in my next version: * Isolate the pumps better so they don't suck up material or silt * Raise the edges to allow it to process larger piles of material without spilling over the sides of the trays * Make a better trap to catch the waste material, rather than let it build up in the main basin * Design riffle drop-ins that are more easily removable * Possibly design different types of riffle drop-ins This one was just before this 2-tier version, when it was at a single level. Check out this point in the video, where a pretty good size nugget shows up!
  16. This is a 3D printed blue bowl version 1, it worked amazing for doing my last big clean up and sucked the sand away very quickly. I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg so I built my own, leave an e-mail if you want the file. The whole project cost me less than 30 bucks or so. Parts: -172 GPH Pump -3/8 Tubing -On/Off Valve -12 #10-24x1in Screws -9 #10 Washers -Rectangle Tub -Small Bucket -Printed Parts
  17. I have been working on this for a couple weeks. It's a collapsible, customizable, self-contained, super light, 3D printed sluice box! I know there are other folding sluice boxes, but none of them actually fit in a backpack, or are light enough to carry in one hand. This solution would be EXTREMELY helpful! I'm on my phone trying this, so when I get to my laptop, I'll write in a bit more. So I'm currently in the CAD stage. I have a guy that does 3D printing for me, and his machine is limited to 12"x12"x15" so I might have to shrink the size of the project down to fit, as I don't have access to, or can even afford, a larger 3D printer. I have this up on Patreon to attempt to raise some funding to start getting prototypes printed, and boost this project towards the finish line! This is my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/M1dn1ghtN1nj4
  18. I tripped over this extensive article, available as a free download. Here is the abstract: The article sets out to clarify the special character of the North American gold pan and why it remains so popular – in spite of widespread dissatisfaction and many modifications and innovations. The North American pan is distinctive in being circular with a flattish floor ringed by an outwardly sloping wall. Its identity is confused by over-use of the terms 'pan' and 'panning'. The North American pan gyrates in a distinctive orbital motion driven by both hands of the panner. Although many other motions are resorted to (tapping, to-and-fro, tilting, and tick-tock), it is the orbital motion and flattish floor that together distinguish the pan from most other hand-held gravitational devices. In spite of its enduring popularity, no scientific tests have been published on the North American gold pan or for any of the innovations covered by 30 US patents awarded since 1861. It remains unclear if the North American gold pan is more efficient at recovering fine gold and flat gold than is a lotok, batea, dulang, ninja bowl, grizzly pan, mat, bucket or any other sort of hand-driven gravitational device. Some innovations are long-forgotten but merit attention. For instance, bars to keep the panners hand clear of the water, cables to hold large heavy pans, and several pans designed for panning without any water. Traditionally the North American gold pan was a combined digging and washing device, but today most models are not designed for digging and require a spade to be used. Gold recovery in Gold Pans -the term... (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313562132_Gold_recovery_in_Gold_Pans_-the_term_'Panning'
  19. Does any place still make and sell the rubber Knudsen bowl liner? Google seems to just lead to a bunch of spam pages. I acquired an old bowl and the previous owner thought there was a store in Reno that made or sold them but I haven't had any luck locating said store. Also semi-related I am rebuilding an old jig, never used one before, and I was wondering what people use for shot? Do you just buy steel shot in bulk like from an ammo place or is there something cheaper and better to use specific to jigs? I see tungsten shot available for jigs but it's the same density as gold more or less so I'm having trouble seeing how that would work, especially if I want to save the black sands too. I'm curious what people use here?
  20. My sister ran into a fossiker when out camping who was having an issue with tiny shot while finish panning. He was sucking the shot into his snuffer bottle when trying to collect the gold. Any suggestions? I have a feeling he's not the first person to be annoyed by this.
  21. I ran 2 Ozt of my -50 mesh, black sand concentrate through the Blue Bowl. It came out to .5 gram. This was 2 oz dry concentrate off the top of the container, I suspect the bottom my be richer after all the jarring around for the past 2 weeks. I'll send the Blue Bowl tailings and about a couple lbs of concentrates to Rege in PA to see what his Miller Table can do. If I could fill the back of my truck with this stuff it might be worth something, but as it stands not really a game changer. Still waiting on Rokon parts, then back to Gold Country. I've got a new plan, of course. 118 degrees here in Sunny Yuma tomorrow, but it's a dry heat. Yeah great!
  22. Hi there RR, All this gadget is doing is mechanically classifying material into a gold pan. Nothing you couldn't do with a manual classifier over your gold pan which you could possibly get away with. I know with my sluice boxing I made & use a bucket classifier than can process a lot of material pretty quickly to feed down the box. Clean up time Good luck out there JW