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    Mine President, XPBC, GIH

    Dec 2013
    Arcata, California
    Fisher 1212-x Fisher Gold Bug 2 Whites 4900/SP3 Rocker boxes, Keene sluices, Bazooka sluice, 2.5", 4" lowbankers, highbankers. Witch Sticks.
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    Home built dredge frame

    I'm in the process of revamping my 4", I put together a frame out of unistrut and conduit pipe like in Reeds videos, this style frame would work great with my old crash box but I have replaced it with a homemade ABS flare which is longer flatter and can be adjusted up and down for angle, I'd like to be able to adjust on the fly and tuck the jet and flare up for portaging. I can't really do that with the conduit frame so I'm thinking my best bet would be to weld somthing up, I have a pile of angle iron laying around. Has anyone on here built their own frame?
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    us
    Jun 2014
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    Yep, i built my 5 inch dredges frame from 1 inch square tubing. It works great. I made it so that i can run a single engine or duel engine set up. Click image for larger version. 

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    Sorry im not sure why the pictures are flipped around weird, they were all right side up in my folders.

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    us
    Mine President, XPBC, GIH

    Dec 2013
    Arcata, California
    Fisher 1212-x Fisher Gold Bug 2 Whites 4900/SP3 Rocker boxes, Keene sluices, Bazooka sluice, 2.5", 4" lowbankers, highbankers. Witch Sticks.
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    Nice setup! I'm using the same type and number of barrels for my floats.

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    N-Lionberger - You could get away with using 4 15 gallon drums for a 4 inch dredge setup. Mine is a 5 inch with 20inch wide by 60inch sluice box and 8 hp motor, and even when running it still has plenty of flotation. Depends on if you want excess flotation or if you want light weight.

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    I've built several dredge frames , BUT they were a 5 , 4 , 3 , and several 2 inch dredges. They are all gone now that I'm a F.O.G. and to sore to get out much anymore !
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    Make America Great Again

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    They have all kinds of cool connectors for the unistrut, Z brackets and such
    I used channel nuts to be able to make adjustments on my box.
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    " A pessimist is an optimist with experience "

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    us
    Mine President, XPBC, GIH

    Dec 2013
    Arcata, California
    Fisher 1212-x Fisher Gold Bug 2 Whites 4900/SP3 Rocker boxes, Keene sluices, Bazooka sluice, 2.5", 4" lowbankers, highbankers. Witch Sticks.
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    Winners how exactly does that work?

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    Make America Great Again

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    Oregon
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    the whole box will slide to adjust the trim like keene frame does
    I got the unistrut connectors from a building recycle place by the pound
    so I dont know what they are called like an angle then one side folds again
    I found a pin with holes at Jerrys some washers and cotter pin so I can quickly pull the spring clip to pull off the box
    the unistrut in the photo is level I loosen the one bolt and it slides, the channel nut is the one with a cone.
    https://www.garvinindustries.com/han...oaArlVEALw_wcB

    I can get some more photos if you want when it stops raining.
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    us
    Jun 2014
    East Coast
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    Mine adjusts by sliding as well, just a little different in its operation. Since my sluice has the U bends at the top, those ride on a 1/2 inch rail and the sluice slides back and forth on that to adjust the pitch of the sluice.
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    Apr 2014
    SW Oregon
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    Mgumby....Gluing everything to the ceiling is a great idea to save valuable floor space....
    One of the problems I have with my Keene is that it is really hard to adjust that sliding bar when in the water and full of material, the flare and hose. So this year I'm thinking of putting a ratchet strap under the front of the box. Could be a simple solution to allow one person to adjust that kinda stupid bar.
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