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  1. #31
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    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
    Summit County, Colorado
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    Well I've lugged a 151 to my dig site and I can tell you it's no fun! The Whippet will mean I don't need multiple trips and a friend's help to get my gear to the honey hole

  2. #32
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    Gbonus Uralias

    Dec 2014
    Ventura Ca
    Gold Bug Pro w/ NEL coil. Minelab Xterra 705, Bazooka Snipers (24" and 30"). Royal Folding Sluice with Gold hog mats. Thompson 12V Puffer Drywasher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panman View Post
    Can't really lug it down a cliff though, but who wants to do that anyway?
    I do, I do!!
    I have a few tight little gulches scoped out that are not easy to get to.
    And this little machine is perfect for that.
    I do not have a Whippet, but mine is pack-able and almost as light.
    Really looking forward to putting her to use.
    Last edited by G-bone; Feb 08, 2016 at 11:03 AM.

  3. #33
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    Gbonus Uralias

    Dec 2014
    Ventura Ca
    Gold Bug Pro w/ NEL coil. Minelab Xterra 705, Bazooka Snipers (24" and 30"). Royal Folding Sluice with Gold hog mats. Thompson 12V Puffer Drywasher.
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    Mr. Kevin,

    Did you order the Solar panels etc. with your unit?
    I do not have a battery/charging system yet for my Thompson and the Whippet set up looks very nice and I'm sure will work perfectly.

    Please keep us all posted as to when you get it and your thoughts on it once you do.

    Cheers
    G
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  4. #34
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    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
    6,740
    10513 times
    Prospecting

    Journey with the 15 lb Whippet Drywasher

    Quote Originally Posted by G-bone View Post
    Mr. Kevin,

    Did you order the Solar panels etc. with your unit?
    I do not have a battery/charging system yet for my Thompson and the Whippet set up looks very nice and I'm sure will work perfectly.

    Please keep us all posted as to when you get it and your thoughts on it once you do.

    Cheers
    G
    Sadly the solar panels were not in the budget (this is a retirement gift from my company...sometimes it pays to stick around for decades!) but they are on my dream list for sure. I did get the higher capacity battery since that only adds a few ounces/$ to the totals.

    I will definitely post updates including a few unboxing pics. Of course I'm looking forward to the first pics of it in use too. The machine's arrival may inspire a desert trip. Otherwise it'll have to wait for summer in the Colorado Rockies!
    Last edited by KevinInColorado; Feb 08, 2016 at 11:47 AM.
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  5. #35
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    Aug 2012
    SO CAL
    SDC2300, Gold Monster, Sierra Gold Trac, GB2, F19 and the Falcon
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    Looking forward to hearing about your field experiences with the Whippet Kevin as I've always appreciated the way you evaluate equipment.

    Congratulations on your retirement, I too am retiring this year (fire department) and know the feeling; "exciting yet just a little scary" but very much looking forward to the change in lifestyle.
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  6. #36
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    Aug 2014
    SoCal
    SDC2300, Whippet, 151, GH, shovel, brain
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    Journey with the 15 lb Whippet Drywasher

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Prospector View Post
    I too am retiring this year (fire department)
    Congrats!!! I have about 2,180 shifts left.
    Last edited by Hamfist; Feb 09, 2016 at 06:57 PM.
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  7. #37
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    Aug 2012
    SO CAL
    SDC2300, Gold Monster, Sierra Gold Trac, GB2, F19 and the Falcon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamfist View Post
    Congrats!!! I have about 2,180 shifts left.
    Just a bit over 20 years huh?......it'l go by quicker than you think(especially at rank of engineer)
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  8. #38
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    Aug 2014
    SoCal
    SDC2300, Whippet, 151, GH, shovel, brain
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Prospector View Post
    Just a bit over 20 years huh?......it'l go by quicker than you think(especially at rank of engineer)
    About like that. 19-ish. Engineer looks like the best job in the world 🏼
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  9. #39
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    Aug 2012
    SO CAL
    SDC2300, Gold Monster, Sierra Gold Trac, GB2, F19 and the Falcon
    897
    1253 times
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamfist View Post
    About like that. 19-ish. Engineer looks like the best job in the world ��
    Man is it ever and it didn't take long for me to realize this is where I'm staying. My first 10 years on I was a medic.....I'm still recovering

    Good to see other fireman around here, send me a PM anytime........Rob
    Last edited by Hard Prospector; Feb 10, 2016 at 09:13 PM. Reason: added too
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  10. #40
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    TerrysKnifeStore.com

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    In 2007, I bought 25 drywashers from Bret Chilcott at AZ Desert Gold, for our gold prospecting school in Arizona. The units are all aluminum and steel, Open up and fold up quickly, and only weigh 13-pounds. The vac motor and tubing is all contained in a five-gallon bucket (total 6-pounds) that doubles as a crack and crevice vacuum. Last year when I retired, all 25 of them were still in great shape, and when I sold them I got back 68% of their original retail cost ($495.00 complete)!

    Modern materials are great - but expensive! What you must have in a drywasher is TOUGHNESS and RELIABILITY. I backpacked the little Chilcott drywasher and Vacuum into the Bradshaw Mountains quite a bit with no problems at all. Spend your money ONCE. This is not an ad for Bret, he has stopped manufacturing except for large custom jobs, it is a warning to those greenhorns that read descriptions that are too good to be true and spend their money foolishly on the "IDEA" of "New and Improved." New is not always improved.

    SHOP AROUND!
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  11. #41
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    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
    6,740
    10513 times
    Prospecting

    Journey with the 15 lb Whippet Drywasher

    Very cool Terry. However, not what I'm looking for as yours is/was gas powered. I wanted all electric as its welcome more places (including on county land in the foothills west of Denver) and more pleasant to work around.

    ...now if I could only find a decent electric crack vac. Not that it matters right now. No cracks on the bench placers where I can dry wash.
    Last edited by KevinInColorado; Feb 11, 2016 at 04:12 PM.

  12. #42
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    Gbonus Uralias

    Dec 2014
    Ventura Ca
    Gold Bug Pro w/ NEL coil. Minelab Xterra 705, Bazooka Snipers (24" and 30"). Royal Folding Sluice with Gold hog mats. Thompson 12V Puffer Drywasher.
    495
    941 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Good advice Mr. Soloman.

    Regarding Kevin's comment on "Electric Crack vac".....
    I was looking at these:
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    I am also looking at utilizing the batteries from this to power the drywasher.
    I know these are 18V, but a little voltage regulator to drop it down to 12V is no big deal.
    3 of these batteries and a solar charger, and you should be good for a solid day of work.....I think
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    I've seen guys using the little DeWalt vac. It seemed to run for hours and did a good job on the cracks
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  14. #44
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    Aug 2014
    SoCal
    SDC2300, Whippet, 151, GH, shovel, brain
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    Journey with the 15 lb Whippet Drywasher

    I've got a slightly older version of this Dewalt. It runs on drill batteries or AC power. Works great! Small and portable and you can get a pair of off-brand 3,000 mAh batteries for about $56 on Amazon. Click image for larger version. 

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  15. #45
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    Jun 2013
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    The website is telling me there is a minimum order?
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