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  1. #1

    Dec 2012
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    6" keene tripple project nearing compleation

    I figured I would post some info on my project status as its getting close to done!
    My project was a 6" keene tripple . I'd dreamed of owning one for awhile.
    When I bought this dredge it lacked a engine couple floats pump hose ect
    Basically just 4 floats and the sluice box
    Iv added a Honda 24 hp gx670 as I figured overpowering would be best rather than wanting more later
    I had to machine the cranking because they didn't make crank with the correct profile . But no problem it was quite easy !
    Also a new 350s pump .
    Also added a gast pump and a new engine plate as the keene factory plate was a little to thin .
    Along with 2 propayne water heater for winter warming . 2 because I plan on diving a crew with this monster
    I will extend the center box to match the lenth of the side boxes .
    Also will be add 4 more floats iv located and bought ,2 to complete the sides and the other 2 will be under the center back to help keep the unit flat whil running
    I'm considering adding a old presure washer as a blaster nozzel ,I figured it might be much but might add a new level of being to break out those cracks and loosen up the hard pack .
    Any other ideas: what els do I need to do to make this the altamate dredge ?

    Also ordered new breaking flap nozzel and 30ft of kanaflex 155
    Will finish decking and toolboxes this week
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    Sexy looking dredge I must say!! I think the pressure washer would be over kill but I mean it would be pretty sick as well! And btw if you need anyone to work with you I am down for the cause!

  3. #3

    Dec 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by doubled
    Sexy looking dredge I must say!! I think the pressure washer would be over kill but I mean it would be pretty sick as well! And btw if you need anyone to work with you I am down for the cause!
    Anytime you want to come along your more than welcome too. I hope to be done in a well or two
    I also just ordered a normal blaster just in case . I just thought we could do some hard rock mining while dredging with the presure washer
    Where r u located?
    It's better to be hated for who you are than loved for who your not!

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    It is a good looking dredge! I can't wait to see what you pull with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G1sammons View Post
    Anytime you want to come along your more than welcome too. I hope to be done in a well or two
    I also just ordered a normal blaster just in case . I just thought we could do some hard rock mining while dredging with the presure washer
    Where r u located?
    I am in Spartanburg, SC, Like 5 hrs away from ya( Not to far but its a little scoot!). But where are you going to be dredging at? If you are going to be comeing a little closer to North GA, SC, and NC Ill be a full time partner! If you are going to just be in your area I would love to come out as much as I could!

    And so with the blaster would you be looking for quarts veins when dredging to bed rock?
    Last edited by doubled; Feb 13, 2013 at 04:30 PM.

  6. #6

    Dec 2012
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    Doubled

    Usally I go to Alabama about a hour from the gold camp in or near lineville.
    But if I can fin a place to run in north ga or nc or sc I would travel.
    So far the best area iv found is down in al there's great gold no hassles and great camping
    And you'd be more than welcome to come check it out!
    I use to dive with friends who had a 6" proline I also had 4"keene but usally we grouped up on the 6" but my buddy moved away and the 6" went with him.
    The only problem with this unit is there's no carrying it to the water.as its a tank . We could slide it down a bank and winch it out but it's not gona be a easy launch.
    Down in Alabama that's no problem . It the easiest place to launch as there's a boat ramp and we dredged at the foot of it most of last year with the 4" ers
    I have 2 of them . Anyhowm it should be done in 2weeks and hopefully will run down and run the daylights out of it and see if we can get all the bugs worked out
    And start making some gold
    Do you have cold weather dive gear?
    If so ill give ya a shout u can come join the party if not wont be long till we get some warm weather .
    It's better to be hated for who you are than loved for who your not!

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    Me and my partner are in cleaburn and would be more then glad to come help ya out when and if ya need it!!!

  8. #8

    Dec 2012
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    Must be nice to live in gods country!

    Ill send ya a text when I'm heading back down that way!
    It's better to be hated for who you are than loved for who your not!

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    us
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    Cool will be looking forward to it ...I see you say you have a four incher also would you be interested in selling it or maybe renting it out for the weekend and maybe spend a few teaching some rookies how to dredge as we have some very nice places just not sure we want to spend the money to buy or build one till we use one first if that makes since ..

  10. #10

    Dec 2012
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    Just a rookie my self I can show ya what I know but I'm by no means a seasoned dredger!

    Don't care if you run one of my fours where I dredge but im not interested in it leaving the general area
    Gary
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  11. #11

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    Just finished center row float supports and added supports for the rest of the decking !
    Also ordered 2nd water heater for back up divers
    Also added the beefed up engine plate
    I have several of these plated should anyone need one..
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    Last edited by G1sammons; Mar 03, 2013 at 09:43 PM.
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    Hey there!! When you planning on going out with it? I got a wet suit/hood/gloves/booties for whenever you wanna go out! Where it be helping move rocks or getting on the 4 inch somewhere... Lemme know!

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    Dec 2012
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    Ok ran the six the last four days

    Not what I expected ! @ Wot. And running flat and looking at the box I expected more water. Flow in the center box
    Everyone told me I would only need half throttle but not quite getting enought water flow or that's what I gathered ..
    The riffles r loading with 1 to 2" cobbles .... ...
    I changed the angle by moving the center float forward and droped the back some and things got a little better but still not good !
    So what to do more angle or remove some riffles?
    Also still running wide open throttle ... With this
    When I got on the nozzel I was impressed with the suction ! It flat out gets after it ! Get your hand near the intake and your fighting to get it out
    And it's just about imposible to pull large rocks off without the flap


    So the questionis am I running it to hard ? Less throttle? Where do I need to go ?
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  14. #14
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    If you are having trouble clearing, you aren't going to improve things if you cut the throttle. The problem with the side-by-side triple is that you need 3 times more water than a single box. Sounds like you have plenty of suction at the nozzle. Without major changes, your only options would be adjusting angle and maybe try removing some of the riffles, which you already mentioned. Another option would be to make new side boxes which are narrower so they pull less water from the main box.

  15. #15

    Dec 2012
    Murfreesboro tn
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    Well I'm running. A 350 s keene pump and my jet is bad or needs replaced so would a 2x2 jet be better? Also running a 24 hp Honda so I should have plenty of available power also. May be able to increase rpm its running at 3450 now


    I'm currently running a single 3.
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