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  1. #16
    May 2014
    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.
    3243 times
    Quote Originally Posted by KevinInColorado View Post
    Nonsense. I can run damp stuff thru my Whippet puffer. I just rerun several times until it gets dry. Works great, catches super small gold.
    Gotta agree on this.

    Here is my analysis. Wet or dry, a clod that encompasses tiny gold will usually just surf out along with stones, etc. The simple act of recycling waste increases the chance of disintegrating loosely held together masses thus freeing gold for potential capture while tight clods, even if they are more dry on the outside, will stay pretty much the same size and surf out again. IMO the main reason small gold is sometimes not captured in a dry washer (eg. found while panning tails material to determine "losses") is because it was inside a tight clod and it's weight was insignificant enough to not truly affect the overall density of the clod....wet or dry.* I think the best tip in dry washer operation is to check for black sands build up behind the the lower riffles and do a clean up before it builds up to the lip. That area is mostly dead to air agitation and usually creates a dense black sand ramp to the lip. Small gold may not be able to penetrate the black sands and just ramp over the lip of the riffle and, ultimately, make it's way out of the washer.

    *Moral of the story: Dry washers are good but water operations are better since they disintegrate tight clods!

    Heavy pans.
    Last edited by arizau; May 14, 2018 at 02:03 PM.
    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

  2. #17
    Aug 2014
    SDC2300, Whippet, 151, GH, shovel, brain
    400 times
    The ground you're working has a lot to do with how the drywasher will work. I use a Keene 151 and a Whippet puffer. My buddy and I easily overwhelm the 151, to the point where one of us is just busting up clods on the screen while the other shovels from stockpiled pay. We are fairly athletic, though. There are outlandish quantities of black sand in our area, which does slow things down. High concentrations of black sand will really slow down a puffer, too, especially if the ground is damp. Set up has to be on point with a puffer to be able to run somewhat damp material, and then you will either need to run it repeatedly until it's dry or come back to it in a few days. The 151 works noticeably better than the puffer on damp dirt especially with the heat induction blower. Each has it's advantages and having both is really nice.

  3. #18
    Mine President, XPBC, XGIH, GDR, stamp mill operator, snuffer bottle owner/operator.

    Dec 2013
    Arcata, California
    Fisher 1212-x Fisher Gold Bug 2 Whites 4900/SP3 Dowsing rods
    1076 times
    If you want a fun project you can make a wooden puffer however big or small you want. They can also be operated by hand if you run out of juice.
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  4. #19

    Mar 2014
    Central Oregon Coast
    Whites GMT Garret fully underwater
    2503 times
    I have a Keene 151 and am debating about bringing it to Az and trading it for something smaller. Mine has the heater...Honda motor etc. A dry washing mining fool I knew had the 151 and he did not give a hoot about the material being damp. All us smaller unit guys were tarping and drying our material....but he would dig it and run it...and he got gold using the 151 with heater/blower. My days of keeping up with the 151 are long can wear a young guy out for sure...and I am a long way from that now.

    Last edited by Bejay; Apr 01, 2019 at 09:45 PM.

  5. #20
    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
    11095 times
    Good call!

    I used to run a 151 but itís so huge!

    Now I have a Whippet. Total weight under 15 pounds including battery! Easily keeps up with me. We see a lot of damp dirt here in CO but instead of a tarp, I just run it multiple times until itís dry. Super easy to do.

    Oh and boy does that precision engineering in the Whippet catch fine gold!!
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  6. #21
    Jul 2019
    16 times
    Quote Originally Posted by jair View Post
    I use a 8Ē dry trommel to do my classification to 1/4 ď before the trommel and really works great
    Any more information on your DRY TROMMEL?

  7. #22
    Dry washing / metal detecting

    Sep 2013
    Las Vegas
    Whites and cheep bounty hunter
    243 times
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  8. #23
    May 2011
    9 times
    Hi Do you have any build pictures, or anything on items purchased or fabricated? I have had some luck with my water powered trommel, but we are getting so dry that I like the looks of yours. Thanks in advance. Glenn

  9. #24
    Jan 2012
    Lillooet, British Columbia
    Garrett AT Gold
    35 times
    well I can tell you that the one I bought was small and I couldn't keep up with it lol. So keep that in mind. The keenes are beasts from what I have researched. Aside from, that, rain is your enemy and gums up the riffle tray. Thats about all I can help you with


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