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  1. #16

    Sep 2012
    Oregon
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Hi,
    I have a mini-BGT, and have applied floats to it. If it's floating, clearing the grizzly is near impossible, so I classify to -4 (for holes per inch). If the BGT is on the bottom, then might classify to -2 as I think that size of pebble makes the BGT sort properly. If panning, I usually classify to -8. Last time I was out, I ran into a little pocket with many pickers. I should have classified to -4, but instead, poked around in the classifier a lot to make sure I wasn't throwing the "baby" out with the bathwater.

  2. #17
    us
    Jan 2014
    georgia
    Garrett gold panning kit Jobe 36 in drop riffle sluice
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    Depends on what kind of gold you get in your area

    If you get mostly flour gold use a smaller screen(1/8 or 1/12 inch)

    If you get more course gold use a 1/4 or 1/2 inch classifier
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  3. #18
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    Herby D

    May 2014
    So Cal via Tx
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    "For feeding the stream bed sluice" I always use # 2, or half inch, classifier..IMHO, any sluice box should be able to handle half inch.. assuming you have a decent water flow and it's adjusted right.. the only time I ever use anything smaller is for clean-up...

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  4. #19
    us
    Sep 2013
    Motherlode, CA
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    Last weekend I went out and classified everything to 1/4". I set a small tote by my sluice, filled it half way with water, carried the buckets to the tote, and classified into the tote. I found it much easier and faster to classify due to a fuller range of motion when shaking the classifier. I used to use a 1/2" classifier for everything but not anymore. I like to take a full bucket, start with one pan at 1/2" and work my way down to the size of gold for area. I can classify 6 buckets into my tote then sit back and slowly feed my sluice. When my tote is empty, it's handy for the cleanup if i decide to do one.
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  5. #20
    us
    Dec 2012
    Concrete, WA
    Nokta FoRs Gold, a Gold Cube, 2 Keene Sluices and Lord only knows how many pans....not to mention a load of other gear my wife still doesn't know about!
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    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by QNCrazy View Post
    Last weekend I went out and classified everything to 1/4". I set a small tote by my sluice, filled it half way with water, carried the buckets to the tote, and classified into the tote. I found it much easier and faster to classify due to a fuller range of motion when shaking the classifier. I used to use a 1/2" classifier for everything but not anymore. I like to take a full bucket, start with one pan at 1/2" and work my way down to the size of gold for area. I can classify 6 buckets into my tote then sit back and slowly feed my sluice. When my tote is empty, it's handy for the cleanup if i decide to do one.
    QN, sounds like you could use one of these:

    Building an oversized classifer

    I have to classify to 1/8"- for the Gold Cube, and it typically
    takes 21-22 3gal. buckets of material to fill the 30 gal. tub.
    From that, I would get 7-8 3gal. buckets of 1/8"-.
    Mike (aka Dizz)

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  6. #21
    us
    Sep 2013
    Motherlode, CA
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    Dizz, I like that idea. I think I might put the rails on the smaller tub lower so it will ride higher on the big tub. More room for material in the big tub that way.

  7. #22
    us
    Jun 2014
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    Whoops! My mistake. Just edited all my posts. My classifier is 3/8 not 1/2 inch. The garrett classifier is 1/2.
    There are two rules to success:
    1. Never reveal everything you know

  8. #23
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    Herby D

    May 2014
    So Cal via Tx
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Sluiceguy42's original question was about a regular sluice box.. I assume that is a sluice box with riffles.. I'm just curious.. why would I need to classify down any smaller than half inch..or am I misunderstanding something? If my slice is adjusted correctly, why all the extra work?

    Most important two letter word sentence.. "If it is to be, it is up to me"
    Last edited by Herby D; Jun 09, 2014 at 04:11 AM.
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  9. #24
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    Herby D

    May 2014
    So Cal via Tx
    Minelabs and Gold Bug 2
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    65 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Most important two letter word sentence.. "If it is to be, it is up to me"
    Last edited by Herby D; Jun 09, 2014 at 04:12 AM.
    Old Alchemist.....

 

 
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