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  1. #1
    us
    Husband, father & fun seeker

    Jul 2015
    utah
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    Dredge question

    Any one have any experience with a tanaka dredge? Looking at a little used one.

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    us
    Mar 2009
    Central Arizona
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    Tanaka did not make a dredge. Several companies used a Tanaka or Taz Tanaka engine/pump to power small 1 1/2" dredges. Most of these small dredges were made in the 90's. I have a Pack Rat 1 1/2" dredge that was a very good backpack type unit.
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    us
    Mine President, XPBC, GIH, stamp mill operator, snuffer bottle owner.

    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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    2 strokes from what I have seen, loud lil buggers.

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    us
    May 2009
    Sailor Flat, Ca.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N-Lionberger View Post
    2 strokes from what I have seen, loud lil buggers.

    lots of smoke to breath down by the creek too

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    May 2005
    St. Louis, missouri
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    I had one of those engines on a 2 inch Keene dredge . YEP IT WAS LOAD to say the least ! I got ride of that engine and got a 4 stroke eng. / pump from Keene and it made all the difference in the world.

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    us
    Husband, father & fun seeker

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    utah
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    Quote Originally Posted by russau View Post
    I had one of those engines on a 2 inch Keene dredge . YEP IT WAS LOAD to say the least ! I got ride of that engine and got a 4 stroke eng. / pump from Keene and it made all the difference in the world.
    Is this the loud motor you were talking about? This keene is also for sale in the local adds
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    us
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    Here's a picture of the other one with the tanaka pump
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  8. #8
    us
    Mine President, XPBC, GIH, stamp mill operator, snuffer bottle owner.

    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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    Both of them are loud, think weed whacker running full bore. Is the second dredge with the Tanaka pump an older proline?
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    us
    May 2009
    Sailor Flat, Ca.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N-Lionberger View Post
    Both of them are loud, think weed whacker running full bore. Is the second dredge with the Tanaka pump an older proline?
    looks like it
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  10. #10
    us
    Husband, father & fun seeker

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    utah
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    Thanks everyone. I appreciate the input. I wasn't really looking for a dredge, but saw these on a local for sale site and though... maybe I have space in my garage for a small dredge. They only want 300.00 for the older proline. Maybe buy a Honda for it?
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  11. #11
    us
    Mine President, XPBC, GIH, stamp mill operator, snuffer bottle owner.

    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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    833 times
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    If replacing the power is the plan the main thing I'd look at are the condition of the pontoons, the black Keenes look like their inflatable variety which are still available for sale. The rigid prolines need a good poking and prodding to see if the plastic is still flexible, it needs to be nice and flexible if it shows any sign of stress pressing on it with your hand walk away.

  12. #12
    us
    George

    Jun 2019
    Ak,Tn
    Minelab, Fisher
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    Good advice, maybe you could find one of those plastic Keenes they made a few years back, 3" with 5hp motor and pump.. I had an old 3 box 5" on plastic floats was a work you to death deal, but I was young and ruff, tuff, hard to bluff then...Maybe a little dreamer dumb too lol.....Geo

 

 

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