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    "HOOSIER GOLD DADDY" Mini Wash Plant concentrator W/Shaker DIY

    Been needing to come up with a system for processing the fine and flour gold that the HOOSIER state (Indiana) is known for.
    I wanted something that was capable of processing 1,000 lbs. of material an hour. Something that would fit in the back of my GMC Jimmy, and that one man could easily transport and operate.

    I started off with an aluminum bakers rack and some 1/8" sheet aluminum that I purchased at a salvage yard. For the classifier I used 3/4" expanded metal for the top tier and then 1/2" expanded for the second run slanted in the opposite direction and then 1/8" stainless steel wire mesh for the third and final run. All tiers are slanted at 15 Degrees.

    Underneath the wire mesh I built a double hopper to funnel the 1/8" paydirt into either two 5 gal buckets when the unit is seperated or directly into the top slick plate of the bottom sluice section when the two units are attached.

    To get it shaking I mounted an 18V orbital sander to the back of the top hopper powered by a 12V deep cycle battery. The spray bars for all three tiers are powered by a 6,480 GPH 6.5 HP pump.

    The bottom sluice section is designed similar to a "gold cube" in that it uses vortex mat and the tiers are set at 15 degrees and a 1100 GPH 12V pump is used for the water supply. Mine differs from a traditional "Gold Cube" due to the unique design of two gold traps I installed and my tiers are each 13" wide by 26" long, giving me a total sluice length of a whopping 78"! And a classifying length of an additional 78"!
    Plus I can even dredge into it! Also the classifier section will work wet or dry.

    "HOOSIER GOLD DADDY"

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    Go for the gold!
    GG~
    Last edited by Goodyguy; Mar 29, 2012 at 10:13 PM.
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    Looks nice GG!
    When are ya going to try it out?
    Grey
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    Seek professional advice. Some items are limited
    Not available in all states. Illigitimi non carborundum. Carpe oro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greydigger View Post
    Looks nice GG!
    When are ya going to try it out?
    Grey
    I've been using it!
    Going out again tomorrow
    I like it ......No ...I love it
    Maybe get some photos of it in operation creekside tomorrow.

    It's just hard to stop long enough to take a picture once you get started feeding it.
    Last edited by Goodyguy; Mar 29, 2012 at 05:39 PM.

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    OK GG,what happened to the guy that was in the wheel chair?? come on ,fess up,what did you do with him?? actually this is another nice project youve done!congrats to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by russau View Post
    OK GG,what happened to the guy that was in the wheel chair?? come on ,fess up,what did you do with him?? Actually this is another nice project you've done! Congrats to you!
    Thanks Russ,
    Those wheel chair wheels really do a great job, and sure make it easy to roll from car to creek. I just lean it back toward me like a two wheel dolly and away we go. (the wheels were salvaged from a broken chair found in a dumpster)

    GG~
    Last edited by Goodyguy; Mar 29, 2012 at 05:40 PM.

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    It looks real good! I like active imagination that ends with an accomplishment.

    How tall is it when the classifiers are on top of the sluice? How high do you have to shovel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickmarch View Post
    It looks real good! I like active imagination that ends with an accomplishment.

    How tall is it when the classifiers are on top of the sluice? How high do you have to shovel?
    Actually with the wheels off (just remove one clevis pin per wheel) and it's only 4-1/2 feet to the top hopper. Just dig an area 1-1/2" feet deep to set it in and you only have to shovel 3 feet high
    Dredging into it would be no problem. Using a conveyer would be ideal but that's a project for another day

    Of course it's easy to separate it in two halves for a two man operation. One man to feed the classifier and one to feed the sluice with the classified material. (You can sit down to do that)

    GG~

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    Do you have any other projects in mind?

    I asked you a question about coverings for miller tables in the thread about flour gold in Indiana? I think Indiana?

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    That thing is a BEAST GG! Nice build

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    Dang Buddy, You do have the inventor knack. Good job on the build and looking forward to feeding it soon. Do take some photos of the Indiana Gold Beast in action for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrayCloud View Post
    Dang Buddy, You do have the inventor knack. Good job on the build and looking forward to feeding it soon. Do take some photos of the Indiana Gold Beast in action for us.
    At the creek before the digging started...............

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    Buddy, Looking at the two additional buckets under finishing sluicing. Are they setup to catch or just there for temporary storage? Does look like a very good fine gold getter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrayCloud View Post
    Buddy, Looking at the two additional buckets under finishing sluicing. Are they setup to catch or just there for temporary storage? Does look like a very good fine gold getter.
    Setup to catch

    "Underneath the wire mesh I built a double hopper to funnel the 1/8" paydirt into either two 5 gal buckets when the unit is seperated or directly into the top slick plate of the bottom sluice section when the two units are attached."

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    carefull GG! your going to start to get into the position im in right now! haveing all this equipment and then needing a place to store it all when not in use!but nice work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickmarch View Post
    Do you have any other projects in mind?
    Next project will probably be a high production gold separator made out of a washing machine incorporating the centrifugal method.
    Last edited by Goodyguy; Mar 31, 2012 at 07:27 AM.
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