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    Apr 2009
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    Built my first drywasher...

    This drywasher has picked up gold so small you can barely see it. I have some wire gold that is very small a couple flakes that are near pickers and about 250 small/fine specs. I also made a custom hood that knocks down about 80-90% of the dust that blows in your face and directs it towards the tailings.

    My materials were under $100 all said and done. Made a sheet metal brake for around $30.

    Riffle box is 24"x 10" x 6"
    Hopper is 17" x 24"
    Grizzly is 14" x 24" .....Enjoy, Jack

    P.s. I have shortened the chain by a few inches to decrease the riffle box angle.
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    Re: Built my first drywasher...

    Looks good Jack what are you using to power it ?? How big a blower ??
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  3. #3
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    Apr 2009
    Murrieta Ca
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    Re: Built my first drywasher...

    I am running an Echo leaf blower I got for free. Not sure of the serial number atm but I did look it up and it retails for $535. Its the backpack unit the professional landscapers use. I run it about 1/3 to 1/2 throttle depending on conditions.

    I'm hoping I can head out to the Dale district here in so cal near 29 palms. Our club, the Temecula Valley Prospectors have some new claims and are doing an outing this coming weekend. If I get to make it, providing work allows ...I will take some field pics of the machine and any desert gold I nab with it. Cheers
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    Re: Built my first drywasher...

    Good luck in the DALE ....I used to be a neighbor of yours I lived in sun city off Newport rd. moved out of CA. in 2001 couldnt take it anymore toooo many rules regs. and laws about everything.
    Custom Made Drywashers
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    20 LBS. 12Volt
    5 Gallon Hopper
    and
    The Mini Sampler
    Contact Frank C. 928-303-8474
    HAPY HUNTN FOLKS

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    Re: Built my first drywasher...

    great job on the build
    I'll just follow you with My E-trac, Sov GT,or GoldBug Pro.

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    Re: Built my first drywasher...

    jack, looks like you did a good job on your dry washer.
    take care and be safe out there. ron

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    Re: Built my first drywasher...

    Quote Originally Posted by maui
    jack, looks like you did a good job on your dry washer.
    take care and be safe out there. ron
    Maui,
    If you don't mind, I would like to run off on a tangent. Please allow me, Jack... Maui, it appears you live in The Aloha state. What are the gold prospects in the state? (been through there compliments of Uncle Sam in the late 60's) Thanks, TTC
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    Dec 2007
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    Re: Built my first drywasher...

    hi terry, some people look at where i am and think there may be gold here but no there is not [ sure wish there was ] smile.
    terry, i got interested in this great hobby about 3 years ago and try to read everything i possably can to gain some knowledge but i know the real learning will be out in the field.
    we went to arizona 2 years ago to look at some houses to get a good idea about housing there. stay for 2 weeks and had a great time.with the housing market down turn here as everywhere, it has delayed us in selling our house.
    we talked to a friend saturday [ he is a realestate broker ] and he said that the market here has turned around alittle [ that's good to hear ].
    i am now semi-retired and we want to move to az. for retirement. in the last few years, [ we have been here alittle over 20 years ] everything has gone up
    so much and so fast. can't afford to retire here anymore.
    i go on alot of differant forums and have met some really nice people plus getting some terrific advise.
    any how, enough of my rambling. take care terry and everybody else and be safe out there. ron

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    Mar 2003
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    Re: Built my first drywasher...

    Good job on the fab,now get a good dust mask to protect yourself from the DESERT VALLEY FEVER so you can be around long enough to retire. The CDC website has some chilling info that will open your eyes to this infamous desert dust born pathegine-tons a au 2 u 2 -John PS hope you stuck the sealing foam tape under the riffles to create a good dead air space for improved recovery

  10. #10
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    Apr 2009
    Murrieta Ca
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    Re: Built my first drywasher...

    Yep, I have no holes directly under my riffles to create dead air space, and weather stripping between my riffle tray and cloth covered plexiglass air plate.
    www.Hamiltontileandstone.com

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    Re: Built my first drywasher...

    Hi Jack, great looking unit

    I like the hood over the sluice to keep the dust down.

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    Re: Built my first drywasher...

    Jack, congrats on building this fine looking drywasher!!! I just bought a drywasher similar in size to a gold buddy medium from pro-gold in youngtown, arizona. They may be interested in your design
    as they are expanding and designing and manufacturing new equipment. I am really interested in your idea on the vacum to drywasher idea. I did think of that myself but don't have the experience to design or build one. Please keep us posted if you do build a vac unit, i would be a customer as I'm about to start working my first claim near wickenburg this month which is dry and has some deep washes. Good luck and keep in contact!!! John B.

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    Re: Built my first drywasher...

    nice machine !!!!!!! very good job on the build.
    no matter where you go,there you are!

  14. #14
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    Apr 2009
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    Re: Built my first drywasher...

    I contacted Keene to see if they had already worked on the vacuum to drywasher idea. They said they had but it has been years and years and scrapped the whole thing. I guess the door is wide open. I have seen an old tripod backpack washer in an old magazine but it no longer exists either. The race is on.....;
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    May 2005
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    Re: Built my first drywasher...

    Nice job Jack!

 

 
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