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    us
    Aug 2012
    SO CAL
    SDC2300, Gold Monster, Sierra Gold Trac, GB2, F19 and the Falcon
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    Keene, Royal, Gold Buddy or.......

    I'm starting a new thread on the different drywashers being used by all of us dirt movers out there, experiences and what you do or don't like about them. After all, somebody had to get this forum rolling again
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    us
    Aug 2012
    SO CAL
    SDC2300, Gold Monster, Sierra Gold Trac, GB2, F19 and the Falcon
    908
    1278 times
    Prospecting
    For the past several years I've been using the Royals and have for the most part been very pleased with their operation and recovery. I have the small and medium size models and have found that they are very well built yet reasonably lite weight(small and med models) , suitable for packing in, adjustable sturdy leg supports and flow/ feed adjustments adequate. These machines would be almost perfect EXCEPT the lack a independent removable riffle tray which would make clean outs way easier.

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    Keith

    Feb 2013
    Glendale
    Gold Bug Pro, Gold Buddy drywasher, Black Magic, Pro Gold recirc, Custom highbanker/2.5" dredge, Roadrunner Member
    876
    355 times
    Prospecting
    The godl buddy has the removable riffle tray, and by removing it, turning it backwards and tapping it, you can see if you have any color very easily. The medium size machine's riffle tray fits in a 5 gallon bucket to tap out your concentrates.
    Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea they become powerless when they oppose it. Sigmund Freud

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    us
    Aug 2012
    SO CAL
    SDC2300, Gold Monster, Sierra Gold Trac, GB2, F19 and the Falcon
    908
    1278 times
    Prospecting
    My friend had a Gold Buddy and it recovered good gold but it eventually started to shake itself apart (he replaced it with a Keene) It sure would be nice if my Royal had the same removable tray as the Gold Buddy.

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    us
    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
    Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer & Motherlode, Gold Cube with Banker on top, Bazooka Goldtrap sluices, Angus Mackirk Expedition, Gold-n-Sand Xtream Hand pump
    6,784
    10626 times
    Prospecting
    I have a Keene 151 which I really like. The only challenge is that it's big and a lot to haul to your work site if you have a hike in situation (which I do). I use a hand cart and bring a buddy both of which help a lot! The up side is that it eats material fast so even 4 guys can share it...either running a common op or just taking a moment to dump the riffle tray between each person's runs. The removable riffle tray is quick and easy to dump and replace - last time I was out we emptied it 7 times thru the day!

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    Mike

    Dec 2014
    Bodfish and Marin county CA
    Garrett , Whites keene puffer drywasher , Keene A51 Sluice
    365
    978 times
    Drywashing , Sluicing , Panning
    I use a 12 volt Keene puffer and like it very much --- no 2 cycle noise to draw attention.
    I have made a few-- one 2 cycle and two hand op ones.
    Here's a pic of my Keene and how I transport it.
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    Stay thirsty my friends

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    us
    Jan 2015
    Joshua Tree, California
    Fisher Gold Bug 2
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    183 times
    Drywashing (DIY Puffer, 140S), panning, sluicing (A52), metal detecting, rock hounding
    If you're handy or finacially challenged, build it yourself!

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    Gold Tramp

    Dec 2012
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    I use the old faithfull handcrank keene, it will set for a year or two out side collecting dust and will always start first crank, i dont buff out to many big piles, mostly i use for sniping.
    It will handle throwing rocks the size of softballs all day, day in day out and have very little in the way of breakdowns worse thing that could happen stick finger through the riffle cloth, dob of silicone or piece of masking tape will fix.

    I am currently trying to destroy my second one, the first just needs a rebuild ready for another 20 years, the newer model is better built with heavier wear parts, my old one black ABS type, we had to carry extra rod bolts they were small diameter and broke fast. other than that it still a good machine.

    I own the 151, its more trouble than its worth, always breaking wear parts, its good for big placer runs where your getting pay, i dont like it just to much to carry and it needs assemble at each site, just a lot to do, more parts to loose. it is a good machine just carry a tool kit, Miner Approved.

    The small hand crank you can leave assembled from day one, fits in most front seats, can be carried by one person, and is ready to go the minute you get to the site.
    no vibrating parts to loose, is easy to chk riffle tray just lift the hopper all the way get your straw light puff the gold will be right on one the top 3 riffles.
    Miner Approved.

    The rest of the brands i no nothing about so theres my take on drywashers.

    Now go find the good grounds get those little suckers working.

    GT...........

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    us
    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
    Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer & Motherlode, Gold Cube with Banker on top, Bazooka Goldtrap sluices, Angus Mackirk Expedition, Gold-n-Sand Xtream Hand pump
    6,784
    10626 times
    Prospecting
    Gold tramp, can you share more about wear parts breaking on the 151? I haven't had that problem yet but I want to be prepared of course

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    us
    Dec 2014
    Los angeles
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I have built my own but for some reason the puff isn't strong enough to push the dirt over the riffle bars any idea. I have a 12v motorcycle battery and a 12v motor but not sure if that's enough, any suggestions

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    us
    Mar 2013
    Los Angeles
    Eureka Gold SD2200 GPX5000
    39
    18 times
    Prospecting
    I have a 151 and just got the new 140s. Got the 140 for the portability and small pan sized cleanout. 1 person can feed the 140 non stop til they pass out. 2 people is fine. Whole cleanout fits in a 14" pan.
    "Gold is where you find it"

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    Mike

    Dec 2014
    Bodfish and Marin county CA
    Garrett , Whites keene puffer drywasher , Keene A51 Sluice
    365
    978 times
    Drywashing , Sluicing , Panning
    Quote Originally Posted by Goldrabbit View Post
    I have built my own but for some reason the puff isn't strong enough to push the dirt over the riffle bars any idea. I have a 12v motorcycle battery and a 12v motor but not sure if that's enough, any suggestions
    Do you have a picture of it you can post?
    The angle is important I set mine at 28 degrees.
    Is the air leaking out somewhere?
    How far apart are you riffles?
    Stay thirsty my friends

  13. #13
    us
    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
    Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer & Motherlode, Gold Cube with Banker on top, Bazooka Goldtrap sluices, Angus Mackirk Expedition, Gold-n-Sand Xtream Hand pump
    6,784
    10626 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by Socal85toyota View Post
    I have a 151 and just got the new 140s. Got the 140 for the portability and small pan sized cleanout. 1 person can feed the 140 non stop til they pass out. 2 people is fine. Whole cleanout fits in a 14" pan.
    Wish I had this instead of the 151 but my 151 was free so I can't complain too much!

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    us
    Mar 2013
    Los Angeles
    Eureka Gold SD2200 GPX5000
    39
    18 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by KevinInColorado View Post
    Wish I had this instead of the 151 but my 151 was free so I can't complain too much!
    I hear ya man... you got a great deal lol! can't beat free. I got the 140s a few weeks ago cause i usually work by myself or with my dad. The 151 cleanout is so massive compared to the 140 and takes me at least twice as long to go through. ill bring the 151 out when i have 3 or more people who can shovel their hearts out. both great machines but if i bought the 140 first i don't know if i would have gotten a 151. Other benefit of the 140 combo is the new 4 stroke dolmar blower and doubles as an awesome vac.
    KevinInColorado likes this.
    "Gold is where you find it"

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    us
    May 2014
    AZ
    Beach High Banker, Sweep Jig, Whippet Dry Washer, Lobo ST, 1/2 width 2 tray Gold Cube, numerous pans, rocker box, and home made fluid bed and stream sluices.
    2,079
    2988 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by Goldrabbit View Post
    I have built my own but for some reason the puff isn't strong enough to push the dirt over the riffle bars any idea. I have a 12v motorcycle battery and a 12v motor but not sure if that's enough, any suggestions
    There may be large areas of your muslin that are not covered by feed material when running so the air just blows through those uncovered gaps as it is the path of least resistance and thus the blower doesn't effect the other material much or at all. Try lessening the slope, or some other adjustment/modification so that these areas stay covered to some extent while operating and try again. If it still doesn't work then your blower may not be supplying enough air. Some vibration may be needed too to encourage the material to spread out and cover the washer.
    Good luck.
    Last edited by arizau; Mar 24, 2015 at 02:50 PM.
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    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

 

 
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