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  1. #16

    Oct 2019
    Galt, California
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    Good points, and some things I hadn't even considered. I got to poking around, and found some interesting options for "backpacking" hand dredges...and I've got a majority of the materials already on hand. Small, light, and efficient. We'll see how it goes. Unfortunately the doc has put the kabosh on any plans for the forseeable future. So lots of time for trial and error...

  2. #17
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    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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    What kind of bedrock is it? Can you make the crack bigger?
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  3. #18

    Oct 2019
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    Quote Originally Posted by N-Lionberger View Post
    What kind of bedrock is it? Can you make the crack bigger?
    TBH, I don't really know. I'm pretty amatuer at this. Every place is different...and I go a lot of places (or at least I used to)...but I've encountered this situation on almost every trip, a small crevice, potentially jam packed, with not enough time or the right tools to get it all...this is a very niche circumstance for certain. I've learned a lot already just from the reading this thread has inspired, and its shifted my focus quite a bit. Hopefully I'll have an update in the near future...

  4. #19
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    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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    I carry a hammer and chisel with me in my crevicing kit. Most of the bedrock I hit these days is this decomposing slate which I just scrape up with a pick.
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    I made this. It weighs 14 pounds. The 35Ah battery weighs 8 pounds and fits in back pack.
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    It does this.
    It draws 14 amps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogbite View Post
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    I made this. It weighs 14 pounds. The 35Ah battery weighs 8 pounds and fits in back pack.
    Well that little feller is cool...Have you had success with it? What kind of problems have you ran into?
    I'll sleep when I'm dead

  8. #23
    us
    Jan 2015
    Morris County, NJ
    Minelab Equinox 800 White's MXT
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    Back in 2015 there was a thread about the Goldsnare SGS-2 and I commented on the little brother version, the SGS-1. GoldSnare SGS-2
    You may find that thread interesting.
    I commented back then because I bought the SGS-1 and used it....for a while. My key quotes from 2015:
    - it works in the right situations (but today I would say that those situations don't come up too often)
    - it doesn't move a lot of material (and this was the big drawback for me).

    Today my SGS-1 sits in a bucket up on a shelf and hasn't been used in years (if anyone wants it, send me a PM).
    If I were backpacking into a remote area I would take a shovel, sluice, bucket, classifier and pan.
    The SGS-1 would only go with me to very specific locations where I wanted to clean out certain cracks that were far enough (but not too far) underwater to give me room to utilize the SGS-1.

    MacgyverMike please factor this in with the other comments about the ineffectiveness of micro dredges. I've formed the opinion that they're too specialized (though I understand that you have a specialized situation you're trying to address).

    - Brian

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    Success yes.
    Problems yes.
    Lots of time and money yes.
    Happy to share yes
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  10. #25

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    Macgyver, I was going to start my own post when I ran across your wish list and decided that this would answer your questions.
    I have been working on this problem specifically to address both performance and portability issues to access areas too deep for just a shovel and bucket.
    It is a 1 inch I.D. suction nozzle with a handle to allow for probing into deeper areas.
    The sluice is 5 inches wide by about 18 inches long.
    Almost everything has been handmade and field tested over the past 1-1/2 years.
    Happy to post pics and answer all questions. No secrets.
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