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    us
    Sep 2016
    Anchorage, Alaska
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    First Dredge!

    Hiya fellas! Well today, I put some money down on my first dredge! Kind of a weird situation. My friend manages a pawn shop and called me up. He hooked me up, $500! But I have not seen it in person yet. I just have a picture of it. Anyone know what kind of dredge this is? I know he said that it's a B&S engine with a Keene sluice. Not sure of the size though. Any help would be appreciated! I won't actually get it until I pay the rest off in full, and I have plenty of time left for that since I'm in Alaska and everything is still frozen.

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    Feb 2010
    Kenai, Alaska
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    Ithink I saw that on Craigs list... Good find for the price! 2.5"? Enjoy the new toy (about May)!
    Last edited by Vance in AK; Feb 14, 2017 at 02:45 PM.
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    us
    Sep 2016
    Anchorage, Alaska
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    Yeah, it was on CL. I'm not sure of the size, nor is my friend. I'm going to check it out tonight after I'm off work.
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    us
    Dec 2013
    Crockett, California
    Fisher 1212-x Fisher Gold Bug 2 Whites 4900/SP3 Rocker boxes, Keene sluices, Bazooka sluice, AMP sluice, 2.5" dredge, 4" dredge, highbankers Witch Sticks.
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    I have one real similar to that. its supposed to float on a single truck innertube. Nice lightweight little machine.
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  5. #5

    May 2005
    St. Louis, missouri
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    Measure the inside of the suction hose for its I.D. BUT Vance is probley correct . It looks just like my Keene 2 inch dredge sluice.
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    I see some yellow on the side hope its the floats, motor 3 1/2 HP looks like pump may be necked down to a 1"
    2" or 2 1/2" suction hose looks like the stiff pressure hose, might need to replace it with something more flexible.
    probably a good first dredge, once you get it, come back on here with some good photos.
    maybe we can offer some tips on getting it set up, and make improvements before taking it out miles from nowhere.
    Last edited by winners58; Feb 14, 2017 at 06:35 PM.
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    us
    Dec 2013
    Crockett, California
    Fisher 1212-x Fisher Gold Bug 2 Whites 4900/SP3 Rocker boxes, Keene sluices, Bazooka sluice, AMP sluice, 2.5" dredge, 4" dredge, highbankers Witch Sticks.
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    I'd bet money thats a 2.5". The pump looks good, looks like it has the aluminum backplate on the pump, mine has the plack marlex back and it has warped, doesnt seal up perfectly but it works. Especially on such a small dredge new more flexible hose would be a good idea, using the old hose that came with mine I actually flipped the sluice over wrastling with the hose. There isnt much more sobering of a moment lol.
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    us
    Mar 2003
    Redding,Calif.
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    VERY old keene box-see lock system for riffles-with a newer SEMI FLAIR header from the late 90s style-which rocks as a real 2 fer 1 deal. Looks like a keene pump with hose bib for a blaster nozzle which is great as you really must have one to produce and clean bedrock. Run the box low and slow for fines as that header will spread out the flow like a headerless or run'r up lift up the jet a bit and blaster into that header as a basher crasher to remove overburden. I have mounted a 4" same header on,over 20 years, and great results. Have a extra new one for backup in case I wear out another. That price rocks for AK but I am like winner as hoping them floats go with it. If not use a t bone setup as just 2 tubes and all you have is a submarine as no swivel nozzle. I still have a 2000+ model full flare puddle jumper and never underestimate them versatile go anywhere setups.....but B & G=briggs stratton??John
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  9. #9
    us
    Sep 2016
    Anchorage, Alaska
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    B&S, sorry, fat fingered it. I wasn't able to get pictures last night, I was in a hurry when I went in to put money down and ended up buying my wife a necklace. Ha. I'm going to text my buddy today to see if those are pontoons next to it, or if it is stand alone. Is there a good place to buy dredge parts? New hoses, pontoons, etc?

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    Treasurer Recovery Expert

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    My old one is yard at up graded to a 3-4-5 dredges all different depending on state or Creek I'm on always good to have back ups. Nice find may yeller flow
    AuHunter

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    May 2005
    St. Louis, missouri
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    Tinted Snow the next thing youll need is for a experienced dredger to show you the ropes on using your new dredge! here in Misery I offered up to our club a FREE weekend learning how-2 -use the darn thing and NEVER got a reply! I give up!

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    Make America Great Again

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    I just call them Briggs or Briggs & Stratton, I had one like that I set it up on truck tubes or just on the rocks in smaller streams
    its small so you can get into places easier, might find hoses here http://www.akmining.com/map.htm
    on the one i had the powerjet plugged into the header at a steep angle so I added piece of hose before it went into the box
    I used vac/dust collector fittings from home depot to connect suction hoses, much cheaper
    Last edited by winners58; Feb 15, 2017 at 03:14 PM.
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  13. #13
    us
    Feb 2010
    Kenai, Alaska
    Fisher GB II. Whites GM II.
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    Winners is right on AK Mining & Diving. Only place in ANC for Dredge parts. All Pro Music in Fairbanks has hose too but long drive :-)

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    May 2005
    St. Louis, missouri
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    Whats a "long drive" in a BEAUTIFUL state like Alaska!

  15. #15
    us
    Sep 2016
    Anchorage, Alaska
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    Went and measured it today. 2.5". No pontoons also. Still stoked on it!
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