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    Dream Mat vs Gold Hog Mat

    I'm not sure if this has already been discussed here (or somewhere else on the forum). I did a quick search and found nothing.

    Which of these two products works better? Or is it 6 of one, half dozen of the other? Are there certain situations where one will work better than the other, but the other way around in other situations? I'm building a highbanker, and am trying to decide on matting options. The sluice portion will be two separate boxes 9" wide by 48" long.

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    its only money ! Buy both and you decide which is best! then let us know what you decided. I bought Gold Hog mats for my dredges BUT have yet to get my last dredge into the water. So I cant say either one is best , BUT both of them should work fine and Doc at Gold Hog has the most designs.
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    Dream Mat vs Gold Hog Mat

    GH has half a dozen or more different mats that fit together. They are each six inches long, so a 36" mat can have six entirely different capture zones.

    Dream Mat seems like a good design. Various youtubers seem happy with it.

    Both mats will catch gold. My experience is limited to Gold Hog and it catches chunks and gold that looks like powder, so I figure it's doing the job.

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    I like the looks of the dream mat. I have found some of my best gold in eddys.
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    Not sure the Dream mat would be better than GH. The idea is to trap different sizes and shapes of gold and the only way to do this is by changing capture zones. Dream mat doesn't do this so it will always let many different sizes and shapes of gold blow on out. That is no better than expanded over moss. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results isn't as smart as changing things up so the different gold has more opportunities to be captured.

    I would say anyone asking a question about GH mats and any other doesn't understand how to catch gold and should spend a few days watching GH videos to understand why different capture zones are needed to maximize the gold you capture.

    Your going to all that trouble and hard work of digging the dirt and running through some equipment to capture as much gold as possible. It only makes sense to learn how to do it properly or you are wasting a lot of effort for little return. But it is your back and your gold to throw away.

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    One thing I know about Gold Hog mats is that they are a work in progress. Seems new designs are always forthcoming.
    They started out with one mat style and have added on more designs year after year. Now I think they are up to TEN different style mats.

    If they keep this up your sluice is going to need to be 20 feet long to run all of them.

    While you are at it wouldn't hurt to also add a section of dream mat, and a section of every other brand mat available if you don't want to take any chances.
    Think of all the different shapes and sizes of gold you will not be losing anymore with ten or fifteen or even twenty different style capture zones.

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    I just found this mat that has been on the market since 2012 in Europe!
    Made in Russia.
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Size:  23.6 KBAvailable in Costco in sporting goods as a 6 x 8' piece for carpet for $19.95. Saw it here in redding not made by shaw but 95% as good. UNBEATABLE-John

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    Thanks a lot Goodyguy, just found a webshop in Bulgaria.
    That mat is a steel (for europe).
    Abkut 12 Bucks without shipping, and shipping from BG to Austria could be affordable.
    Hm, should ask a bulgarian truck driver. There are so many of them around hehe
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    Quote Originally Posted by AUT_Fraggle View Post
    Thanks a lot Goodyguy, just found a webshop in Bulgaria.
    That mat is a steal (for europe).
    About 12 Bucks without shipping, and shipping from BG to Austria could be affordable.
    Hm, should ask a bulgarian truck driver. There are so many of them around here
    Saw that the prices appeared reasonable but I wasn't sure about the conversion rate.
    I would like a couple myself both styles.

    GG~

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoser John View Post
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    John, If I may ask, what type of expanded is in the upper section and is that ribbed mat under the mesh? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodyguy View Post
    I just found this mat that has been on the market since 2012 in Europe!
    Made in Russia.
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    Who's Jason? Is that like the Argonauts Jason or just some poor inventor they stole it from.🤔

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    Dream Mat vs Gold Hog Mat

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    Dream mat works great! If it catches this small gold there should be no problem catching bigger pieces!
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    I am a Dream Mat distributor, but I can say this with certainty: Dream Mat is the first mat that has been scientifically designed using fluid dynamic principles and physics to develop the mini cyclone cells that catch the gold. Most of all other mats on the market are just re-purposed conveyor belt mats. Everything catches gold and works to a degree. There is nothing that is perfect, but Dream Mat is the closest, able to catch even the finest of gold particles. Test after test against all of the mats on the market revealed Dream Mat excelled at capturing gold. We have a standing challenge with Doc at Gold Hog to do a live test between Gold Hog and Dream Mat..... he has so far declined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpgken View Post
    Not sure the Dream mat would be better than GH. The idea is to trap different sizes and shapes of gold and the only way to do this is by changing capture zones. Dream mat doesn't do this so it will always let many different sizes and shapes of gold blow on out. That is no better than expanded over moss. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results isn't as smart as changing things up so the different gold has more opportunities to be captured.

    I would say anyone asking a question about GH mats and any other doesn't understand how to catch gold and should spend a few days watching GH videos to understand why different capture zones are needed to maximize the gold you capture.

    Your going to all that trouble and hard work of digging the dirt and running through some equipment to capture as much gold as possible. It only makes sense to learn how to do it properly or you are wasting a lot of effort for little return. But it is your back and your gold to throw away.
    People ask all the time... "We know dream mat catches the fine gold, but does it catch bigger gold"? Reality is that big gold can be caught easily in just about any system. Bigger gold is really heavy and Dream Mat captures and holds the bigger gold in its hydro-cyclone holding cells, just like it does with fine gold.

 

 
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