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    Minning Tools: 12" Trommel, Royal Drywasher, Viper-Vac, Miller Table, Blue Bowl, Footprints, Google Earth, These Are Just Tools As You Still Have To Be On The Gold

    Sep 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by kazcoro View Post
    I have seen a few guys using these on the claims. I wasn't impressed at all. Seems really inefficient. All of the material just rolls around. I don't see how it could compete with my lil Gold Buddy drywasher. I honestly see the "gravity dump" vac sitting on a tripod over a drywasher being a more viable concept?
    Keith I disagree with you. The gold will be retained in the big drum until you are ready to pan it. With the outer lip the gold cannot travel up and over the lip. The center basket where you shovel the dirt, clay, rock, etc. will tumble until it breaks up enough to pass through the holes. You could run an entire weekend and never do a clean out due to the angle and gold being at the bottom back of the drum. Obviously running wet will be better but running dry you don't have the dust flying either. The tumbling action you will not get in a drywasher.
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    Minning Tools: 12" Trommel, Royal Drywasher, Viper-Vac, Miller Table, Blue Bowl, Footprints, Google Earth, These Are Just Tools As You Still Have To Be On The Gold

    Sep 2012
    Arizona - Is there any other state worth visiting in the southwest?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Prospector View Post
    A cut-off 30 gal propane tank is a great idea, looks like I'm starting a new project. How far would you have the center classifier "extend" beyond the lip of the drum?
    It's going to depend on the angle. As for the holes I would not extend the holes beyond the outer drum as you want the classified dirt to fall into the drum. I would extend the center classified tub about 4 inches so that anything larger that 1/2 inch does not fall into the large drum during the rotating cycle. The guy has a good video of the rocks exiting the classified area. What do you have to loose. Very cheap to build and operate. It works like a trommel with out a sluice box. You do a clean out whenever you want. Running it wet though you almost assured that you will not loose any gold, dry you may loose some really fine gold, but again it depends on the angle, and speed.

    I have the drill pattern if you want it that I used on my trommel. Just print out a bunch of patterns and stick to the propane tank using spray adhesive. Use a center punch to mark the holes and drill pilot holes followed by using a 1/2 inch Unibit. Should be much easier drilling the propane tank over the rolled cylinder I drilled.

    You can also run a few steel runners from the front to the back on the center tub to created action to help break up the clay balls.
    Last edited by AzViper; Sep 07, 2014 at 11:46 PM.
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    Keith

    Feb 2013
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    There is so much to improve on this design.
    Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea they become powerless when they oppose it. Sigmund Freud

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    Minning Tools: 12" Trommel, Royal Drywasher, Viper-Vac, Miller Table, Blue Bowl, Footprints, Google Earth, These Are Just Tools As You Still Have To Be On The Gold

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    I agree but it's a cheap alternative to building a trommel, set up correctly will work whether running wet or dry. The idea of running all day without a clean out is inviting.

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    Dave Wilson

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    Dave Wilson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gold-drum View Post
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    Nicely done! Simple to make one if you have a few key tools. Do you have your own roller or did you have the top band and bottom ring rolled out of house? Is the lower ring 1/4 .095?

    Joanne

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    I tried contacting Gold drum via PM to see if he's in the business of fabricating these things (I'm at least interested in the center basket classifier) anyways that was a few days ago and no reply. Could be he's in the diggins and out of cell service or struck it rich and moved on in life..... I'm sure he'l show up around here some day

 

 
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