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    Shopping List (Sorry for long read)

    So I had a successful season last year recovering about 5oz I was able to pay for all my equipment, gas, food and such and still made a small profit. I'm starting to put a list together for the '14 season and a bigger badder dredge I'm thinking a 6" will feed my hunger. I don't have any cash flow right now but by spring time I should be solvent again.

    What I'm going to try to do is use some parts of my 4" dredge pontoons, engine, air and pump in the construction of a 6" and being able to switch back and forth as needed between the two.
    My plan:
    Use the pontoons for the sluice section and maybe some barrels or smaller pontoons for the engine section. I don't know if the pontoons from a gold grabber 4" dredge will have enough buoyancy to support a sluice with water for this build. I might just have to wait and see...

    My engine, pump and air is as follows: Subaru EX17 (6hp), the pump is a Proline HP350 and my air is a over rev'ed t80.
    The air pump chews up diaphragms like crazy being over rev'ed (with air tank drained at idle it pumps up to 50 psi in 30 seconds or less) but after a few months It wont build up air fast unless I change it. I'm hoping that I'll be able to get down to the 15' to 20' mark.
    Our regs in Idaho limit you to a 5" opening on the nozzle, 15hp or less engine and no more then 2 cubic yards per hour.
    So I'm thinking maybe a 8-9hp engine with a Keene freestanding p285 pump or another 6hp engine with a freestanding P185.
    Honestly I don't know how much water is required for a 6" dredge, Proline has twin hp500s, Keene has like 4 choices of pumps but I cant find the specs on some of them. I'm thinking I should not have to dredge no deeper then 25ish feet but more power is always better!
    Then I find myself thinking maybe go with one engine 15hp and the keene P355s (Pump is designed for 16+hp motors but I'm sure it will work with a 15hp one...the reason for this will be explained below with my jet.

    My sluice is going to be 20x60 or 20x72, haven't decided yet, and I'll either do a simple o/u box or try out Gold Hog mats...

    I'll need a flare, I'll buy the keene I guess being my box will be 20"
    Jet log: I'm still trying to decide between building a infinity jet or the octa jet but I'm leaning towards the octa jet. If I go this route I might be able to get away with less engine/pump and have more suction power.
    I know what I need and were to get, it's just the pump/engine question that has me stumped.

    So can I mix motor/pump sizes? Can I get away with using my hp350 and a p185 (310gpm) pump?

    Sorry for the short novel and if it's all scattered as I'm kind of scatter brained today.

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    I was thinking on doing the same thing. But the weight already killing me from the 4 inch imagen double weight. But since you are probaly in a large river or have enough paydirt to make it worth while. But anyway i think if you pull off a more effecient jet you might pick up good suction with 2 6hp pumps . Keene have one with double 6.5hp. Since you are wantin to go 20' ; i believe you are better off with a couple hp ahead two 8hp engine or 16hp. I dont know gallons needed but i know the 13hp setup is the lowest. Also from what i seen the floatation is wider and longer for stability. You might extend your floatation but it might not handle fast water. Just my 2 cents to what i think since no one havent touch the subjet. Im no expert .think you already know that =]
    Last edited by principedeleon; Nov 08, 2013 at 09:09 PM.

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    Environmental laws keep me from more then 15hp engine. I'm trying to utilize what I already have so I can keep the cost down. This year and some of next year I'll be dredging a small creek. My dredge is modular in design so I can carry it in section and my future one will be built the same way.

    I talked to proline today and was confirmed my pump is 350gpm so...I either buy another pro line pump and a threaded shaft engine or go with a smaller pump that's free standing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by omnicron View Post
    Environmental laws keep me from more then 15hp engine. I'm trying to utilize what I already have so I can keep the cost down. This year and some of next year I'll be dredging a small creek. My dredge is modular in design so I can carry it in section and my future one will be built the same way. I talked to proline today and was confirmed my pump is 350gpm so...I either buy another pro line pump and a threaded shaft engine or go with a smaller pump that's free standing...
    If you think is worth it just change the cover & trick your enemy; But 15hp is good anyway. And if you buy 9hp engine i believe you would have an un-balance in the different weight of the two engine thats why is always the same paired to eachother. You can always level it will a pair of rocks if not go with 15hp.

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    I believe Reed was using 2 Honda 6.5 TX2 and two's HP 400's on his 6 inch with barrells and frame.


    How To Build A Gold Dredge, The Series, Part 1 - YouTube
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    "The most inspiring thing about gold, is not the value, but under magnification, the true beauty of each piece. They are truly like snowflakes that never melt." Oakview2 Fly EAGLE Fly......

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    Jun 2012
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    Here's another piece of the puzzle...Keene's freestanding pump that pumps 350gpm has a 3/4" shaft and requires a bigger engine. I realize that I could use a smaller engine, I would just need to turn higher rpms, and build a adapter to connect them together. Even if I was to use a 9hp engine, i'm not concerned about throwing off balance as I can move things around to achieve balance.

    In all honesty, the idea of sucking a bowling ball through a garden hose does appeal to me. I have considered for a while now the Keene P355s (600GPM) monster along with my HP350 or just that pump alone with a 15hp engine but I don't know if it'll be enough alone. GRRR If the p355s would work with a 9hp engine ok then heck I might go for that but I don't want to spend money and not have it work....

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    Dual 5-6.5 hp with p-180 will work just fine. Stick to a dual jet orafice as your not going that deep. Stand alone pumps screw up easily and do not last as long as attached to the engine style, as connectors involved and no air capacity either. Couple a extra barrels will easily float,6 x 20. Go simple over under and NOT 3 way bs either as overconvalution in direct violation of the kiss rule. All wasted weight goes against ya. Your pulley is too small on that po'ol' t-80 to overheat that thang that a way. Drill out the air cleaner filter holes to double the size,go to 2 inline reserve tanks, and save all that time and money. Check your regulator pressure screw also as sounds like it might be way too tight maybe 6" hose is gonna cost bigtime and nozzle ring to 5" legality is no bigdeal and helps stop plugups too. Dual engines of differing hp/pumps requires a pressure gage on both to adjust and feather the flow to match on inductors. MATCH pumps to inductors also as many sizes. Could go on mo' but-have a ball ya got all winter and parts CHEAP from kalif and oregon the no dredge states. I'm even down to 5 dredges for gods sake sic sic sic-John

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    Jun 2012
    Caldwell, Idaho
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    Thanks John, I was waiting for you to inject yourself here. Well I think I'll just get another hp350 and a threaded shaft engine. KISS!! At least I know that will work.
    John I didn't plan on messin with a 3 stage again, although I loved the fact it made sampling super easy, as the season progressed, I found that simple things would cause recovery issues. That's why I'm either going simple o/u or go the mat route with gold hog mats.
    Also with my air pump, it's driven with a 2.5" pulley and 4" pulley on the pump. I just replaced the pr valve as the seat was leaking. I put on a 50psi one this time, the old one was 45psi. After it's been running for a hour and you touch the head, it's hot. I figured being over reved was the cause of the diaphragm failing.
    I had my regulator modified at a local scuba shop and he set the pressure at 35psi.
    I can get the 6" hose here locally cheep, around $9 a foot so that's going to save me. It's the same hose I've been using and it stands up very well if not just a tad to flexible.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoser John View Post
    Dual 5-6.5 hp with p-180 will work just fine. Stick to a dual jet orafice as your not going that deep. Stand alone pumps screw up easily and do not last as long as attached to the engine style, as connectors involved and no air capacity either. Couple a extra barrels will easily float,6 x 20. Go simple over under and NOT 3 way bs either as overconvalution in direct violation of the kiss rule. All wasted weight goes against ya. Your pulley is too small on that po'ol' t-80 to overheat that thang that a way. Drill out the air cleaner filter holes to double the size,go to 2 inline reserve tanks, and save all that time and money. Check your regulator pressure screw also as sounds like it might be way too tight maybe 6" hose is gonna cost bigtime and nozzle ring to 5" legality is no bigdeal and helps stop plugups too. Dual engines of differing hp/pumps requires a pressure gage on both to adjust and feather the flow to match on inductors. MATCH pumps to inductors also as many sizes. Could go on mo' but-have a ball ya got all winter and parts CHEAP from kalif and oregon the no dredge states. I'm even down to 5 dredges for gods sake sic sic sic-John
    Last edited by omnicron; Nov 09, 2013 at 09:34 AM.

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    us
    Feb 2012
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    Can't wait to see your new rig, new ground and legal underwater minning
    "The most inspiring thing about gold, is not the value, but under magnification, the true beauty of each piece. They are truly like snowflakes that never melt." Oakview2 Fly EAGLE Fly......

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    us
    Jun 2012
    Caldwell, Idaho
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    I cant for spring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It wont come soon enough.

    I decided to go with a dknuggets 350 pump unless prolines 350 is cheeper
    I was bored tonight and was searching around and found a place selling kanaflex 155gy for 9.05 foot. I can get 25' with shipping for $260ish. That's a good deal for Kanaflex 155 I think.
    I was going to go with a oversized flare but then I realized that I'm going to build either a infinity jet or octajet and shouldn't need to bother with that.
    I think I'll buy a cheep harbor freight engine and thread the crank to save money...only thing is I'll have 1 6 and 1 6.5 hp engine but It should be ok if I balance the rpms. Heck I might even buy 2 so I have matching motors...$100 each is hard to beat!
    How does barrels work as floatation in fast water?
    Oh have I mentioned I cant wait for spring! lol
    Last edited by omnicron; Nov 10, 2013 at 07:32 AM.

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    why wait for Spring? if your out of work, build a water heater and get to dredgeing!

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    Mar 2003
    Redding,Calif.
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    CHEAP HOSE DIES QUICK-WHO IS MAKER? Thin wall as sold by some unscrupulous dealers even goes flat when ya fire up them gravel munching monsters. UV protection is a HUGE concern. I'm with Ruus as I've dredged all winter many years,best time now here now as runoff ponds run my tinkertoys in many areas never mined,nuttn' like a virgin ground to make your day shine golden-John
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    Jun 2012
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    I'm not sure of the brand of hose but its the same brand that I used all this season with no hitch.
    Guys I have not been able to get any heater I built to work right in the mountains, even though they work here at home. Snow is flying in some of the mountains so I'm a little nervous about taking a trip...if it snowed while I was there, I would not make it out (2wd).

    This week I'm going to go to Old Fort Boise (Snake River) and see if my dredge will recover any of the Billions of Dollars of super fine gold. This will be by far one of the most dangerous thing (maybe stupid) that I have ever done. For those of you who don't know, the Snake is a very large, deep and swift river. I took my wife out yesterday to do some zombie training (LOL) (shooting while moving) and afterwards we drove out and checked the spot I want to dredge. Just off the bank is a sub-surface gravel bar and all my research on the Snake, that's were the float gold is.

    Anyone know about the Dahike tri-jet, kind of looks like a infinity jet.
    Last edited by omnicron; Nov 11, 2013 at 05:02 PM.

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    May 2005
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    Omnicron i followed your thread on the heater. 1 thing you didnt or forgot to include is the altitude where your dredgeing. water takes longer to boil or just get hot when your up in the high ground.also when your trying to get it hotter, you need to slow the water down to get a chance to heat up. and i think the tempering can is a MUST, esspecially when you goto different locations at different altitudes.
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    Jun 2012
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    I was thinking along them lines also. I tried slowing the water down even more my last trip up but it was already slow and it wouldn't flow into my suit. I did buy a new can and rebuilt the heater. I have yet to try it but I have high hopes.

 

 
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