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    Keene 151s Vibrostatic vs. Gold Buddy Super Stallion Drywashers

    Hey drywashers out there,
    I am looking to step up my drywashing game this year and would like your opinions. I am looking at either getting a Keene 151s Vibrostatic drywasher with hot air induction or a Gold Buddy Super Stallion drywasher with a Jobe Hurricane blower. The Keene uses a 5hp Briggs 2000cfm with heat induction that would be good on damp material and the Gold Buddy uses a Honda 160cc 450cfm engine. I have owned 2 smaller Gold Buddy's and like the way they operate. I have never owned or used a Keene drywasher before. The Gold Buddy states it is the largest drywasher built in America. The Keene is well known, pumps 4 times the air and heats the air up to 50 degrees. The price is close so it comes down to which of these units performs the best and will hold up over time? Which would you buy?

    Thanks!

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    Both are good machines. They both run similar amounts of material with a slight edge to the 151. That's assuming you get them set up right and your material is dry.

    Either machine will kill a grown man. A single man can't keep it fed and clear the tails. If you don't have friends that love digging get something smaller.

    We ran the Stallion with a Honda preheat 5hp from a later 151, not too sure if the 450 cfm will do it.

    The Keene will last you many seasons. The Stallion only lasted one for us. We still haven't worn out the 151s.

    Heavy Pans
    Last edited by Clay Diggins; May 02, 2018 at 10:56 PM.

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    I use to run a 151, its too big for two strong guys to keep up with!

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    Which is why mine sits on a shelf in the shop. I could not keep up with it at my best, and those days are long gone.

    If you rarely have help feeding and clearing, perhaps something a bit smaller would be in order.

    Time for more coffee.

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    You ask the pros a question and you get a reality check. I'm not getting any younger, perhaps I should step it down 1 notch. The 151s states it can handle over 2yds an hour, if I work it hard for 5 hours, we're talking 10 yards, even half that, 5 yards a day, digging, throwing and clearing I would be down for the count. I appreciate the reality check, perhaps the Keene 140s might be a little more realistic and easier on the old wallet. Nice to have a group of people with experience to bounce questions off. I appreciate it.

    Thanks again everyone!

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    The keene 140s is more than up to the task for two fellas in average shape digging. The 140s also has kept evolving and has become much more efficient catching fine gold. No need for a 151 unless you have several well fed gorillas trained to use a #2 shovel.
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    I like quiet. Have you considered getting a battery powered puffer? I don't know the dimensions for the one you are looking at but the tray for mine is only 8" wide which I usually operate by myself. One day a friend helped me dig and though I ran more material, it kept us both busy digging and feeding/tending.

    Good luck.
    Last edited by arizau; May 04, 2018 at 08:00 PM.
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    Arizau and others, is there a battery power drywasher you would recommend? I too am a little smaller scale in ability to locate and feed the larger style equiment.

    Thanks,
    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by delnorter View Post
    Arizau and others, is there a battery power drywasher you would recommend? I too am a little smaller scale in ability to locate and feed the larger style equiment.

    Thanks,
    Mike
    Mine is a Whippet which I highly recommend but there is a waiting list and long wait for them. Check this thread out for recommendations and discussion for two others. Bellows Vs 12v Puffer and Static Charge. The wait for one of those should be a much shorter or may even be in inventory at Armadillo or a shop in Norcal.
    Last edited by arizau; May 04, 2018 at 09:22 PM.
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    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

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    Love my Whippet ijs

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    Quote Originally Posted by delnorter View Post
    Arizau and others, is there a battery power drywasher you would recommend? I too am a little smaller scale in ability to locate and feed the larger style equiment.

    Thanks,
    Mike
    Thompson, Whippet and Keene DW212 . I've got the Thompson and Keene puffer
    Last edited by Hard Prospector; May 06, 2018 at 10:48 PM.
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    I had the DW212 and ran me ragged trying to keep up with it , I went back to my trusty , never let me down Thompson, I probably will never let it go . I use a 8 dry trommel to do my classification to 1/4 before the trommel and really works great

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    Is there much drying action of material with the electric vs the gas blower models?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bchopeful View Post
    Is there much drying action of material with the electric vs the gas blower models?
    A gas operated hot air induction blower does a pretty good job drying out slightly damp material. Electric operated bellows puffer forget it as the damp material will "clump up" in the riffle tray. With the puffer, material must be bone dry before ran.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Prospector View Post
    A gas operated hot air induction blower does a pretty good job drying out slightly damp material. Electric operated bellows puffer forget it as the damp material will "clump up" in the riffle tray. With the puffer, material must be bone dry before ran.
    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.
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