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  1. #1
    May 2011
    tujunga ca
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    best speed for a keene dry washer??

    iam been speeding up mine to move more dirt.can i use bb,s to test it?do most bb brands weigh the same? what does a bb compare to gold in 1/10 grams?
    thanks brad its a 12 volt
    Last edited by 1637; Oct 22, 2017 at 07:45 PM.

  2. #2
    May 2011
    tujunga ca
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    now that is funny 111 views,no help ,do people just drive to the desert and hope for the best??i come from offroad racing and we tested everything. thanks brad
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  3. #3
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    Nov 2010
    The Great Southwest
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    Nope nobody plans for the desert we just stop somewhere and hope for the best!

    bbs huh? Lead is only about 60% as heavy as gold. The best test for running gold in your drywasher is to run some known gold bearing material and check your tailings. If there is gold in your tailings you are running too fast/steep or you have one of the problems below.

    The biggest losses from drywashing come from:
    • Running material that isn't bone dry. If there is any moisture at all your gold recovery will go way down.
    • Running clay based soils. Any clay will hold the gold and let it flow right onto your tailings.
    • Stopping and restarting your runs between cleanouts with a blower type drywasher. Just run all your material and then cleanout.

    Heavy Pans
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  4. #4
    May 2011
    tujunga ca
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    i asked about bbs because i see them uses in alot of panning videos.i think you a right that the best way to test ,would be to check your tailings.when i said testing it was about the equipment not the ground.
    thanks for the input, brad
    Last edited by 1637; Oct 29, 2017 at 01:26 PM.
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  5. #5
    May 2009
    Sailor Flat, Ca.
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    and all those videos with bb's aren't that helpful for panning either
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  6. #6

    Dec 2014
    Bodfish and Marin county CA
    Garrett , Whites keene puffer drywasher , Keene A51 Sluice
    1090 times
    Drywashing , Sluicing , Panning
    Run it fast -- the rain is coming.
    I have an older keene without speed control and the motor is 24v and chugs along at a good pace
    feeding it 12v. I have seen a guy run one real real slow and I asked why he said it's better.
    I disagree run it fast you want a good flow with everything is suspension.
    Good luck and beat the rain.
    PS if you catching lead shot your catching Gold
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    Stay thirsty my friends

  7. #7
    Sep 2016
    Southern Arizona
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    every drywasher and every spot is different, as it has been said clay, dampness lead to loss of gold. a drywasher is not the most efficient way to get gold, but it is the best and fastest way for us here in the desert southwest, where creeks and rivers are dry most of the year. Best thing to do is run your material 2 or 3 times regardless. if it is full of clay break it up and use a finer screen. after all you spent the time to dig the hole.
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  8. #8
    May 2011
    12 times
    I cut #7 or #8 Shotgun shot into 4 peaces. Paint them orange and put 3 in the material I put in the puffer. When it's time to pan I see how many of the peaces I get back (I have lost very few over the years). My theory is there are times I don't get any gold so I wonder if it's my location, material or equipment, etc. If I get all 3 orange shot pieces back I know the trommel and puffer are doing their job. I also use the "test pieces" when using my drop trap wet system.
    Last edited by Rick-SAR; Mar 04, 2018 at 03:46 PM.
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