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  1. #16
    us
    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
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    I called out the A52 partly BECAUSE of what Reed accurately says. It was important just like the Ford Mustang in 1964. Awesome for its time but not so much by today’s standards.

    The Sidewinder is worse (should come with wheels!) and dowsing rods omg yes. Both worse than the A52 to be fair.

  2. #17
    us
    May 2009
    Sailor Flat, Ca.
    SDC2300, Gold Bug 2 Burlap, fish oil, ACME handbook for TRUE prospectors (unread)
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    Lol dowsing rods

    Sidewinder is so bad that I had pushed it out of my memory....

    I put about two cups of black sand through a black magic and never used it again ...it was a freebie and I still wlt like a sucker.

    Also bought a sniper snuffer widget once that pretty much broke cause I looked at it wrong.

    A52 still doesn't belong on the list

  3. #18
    us
    May 2009
    Sailor Flat, Ca.
    SDC2300, Gold Bug 2 Burlap, fish oil, ACME handbook for TRUE prospectors (unread)
    5,089
    10981 times
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    Oh yea ...there was a guy on craigslist selling pre made welded steel gold traps to put in the creek over the winter.

    Like $300 bucks he wanted

  4. #19
    us
    Mike

    Dec 2014
    Bodfish and Marin county CA
    Garrett , Whites keene puffer drywasher , Keene A51 Sluice
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    839 times
    Drywashing , Sluicing , Panning
    1) My first homemade drywasher I tried to use a small child's bike crank as the bellows mover. Fun to build but a real
    piece of crap. The second one was not much better.
    The third one is acceptable and I used it today and got some gold.

    2) green gold pans I can't see the gold just the black sand.
    Stay thirsty my friends

  5. #20

    Feb 2016
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    I have a recirculating highbanker, I forget the brand but it was really cheap. I think it might be ok with a different pump, but the bilge pumps that come with a lot of these really aren't powerful enough.
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  6. #21
    Charter Member
    us
    Mine President, XPBC

    Dec 2013
    Arcata, California
    Fisher 1212-x Fisher Gold Bug 2 Whites 4900/SP3 Rocker boxes, Keene sluices, Bazooka sluice, 2.5", 4" lowbankers, highbankers. Witch Sticks.
    520
    570 times
    Prospecting
    Hey if you can't dowse....

  7. #22
    us
    May 2009
    Sailor Flat, Ca.
    SDC2300, Gold Bug 2 Burlap, fish oil, ACME handbook for TRUE prospectors (unread)
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    10981 times
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    Quote Originally Posted by crumbaker View Post
    I have a recirculating highbanker, I forget the brand but it was really cheap. I think it might be ok with a different pump, but the bilge pumps that come with a lot of these really aren't powerful enough.
    For real... most anything that is supposed to run with a bilge pump is greatly improved by getting a better pump.

  8. #23
    us
    Apr 2015
    Oshkosh, WI
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    El cheapo Chinese gold pans not rigid enough to hold shape with half a pan of material.

    Homebuilt stuff, model 1-3, 6-7 fluid beds, and Bucket Buddy.

    Tsunami bilge pumps....good!
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  9. #24
    us
    Mar 2014
    Lincolnton North Carolina
    30" Bazooka Sniper, Drop Riffle sluice box. Various Gold Pans
    955
    1294 times
    Prospecting
    I tested the AMP mini which was advertised as a "low flow" sluice. Complete and utter bull hockey. Worst sluice I've ever used. Didn't even get to run material through it. I got so frustrated with just setting it up with those plenums that i threw it out of the creek bed and set up my bazooka in like 25 seconds.
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    "Show me a man who resorts to violence, and I'll show you a man who has run out of good ideas." My Father, Robert Akers

  10. #25
    us
    Oct 2015
    AZ
    99
    155 times
    Prospecting
    1. Any suction dredge smaller than a 3".
    Early in my prospecting journey, I bought a 1 1/2" backpack dredge. I quickly learned I would get more gold with a shovel and a sluice... even the hand suction dredge tubes would outperform.

    I can commiserate regarding the Falcon because they can be unstable. Mine was driving me crazy this Summer at high altitude but I think it was going off on the thunderstorms, perhaps even airplane radar... not sure. I found a video on youtube to show how you can do a small adjustment which worked so far for me. When the Falcon works, it impresses me with it's ability to see the tiniest gold. I credit it for several pieces of high-grade ore on its first season's use.

  11. #26

    May 2013
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    My wife............
    Gold Hog Sluice Matting and Highbankers www.GoldHog.com

  12. #27
    Make America Great Again

    Apr 2013
    Oregon
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    the worst was the RDH mini-highbanker

    although I didn't find much with my Keene sluice box as a river sluice I have converted it to a dredge, a high-banker
    and a recirculating sluice and now have it setup with Gold Hog washer mat for processing my concentrates.
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  13. #28
    us
    May 2009
    Sailor Flat, Ca.
    SDC2300, Gold Bug 2 Burlap, fish oil, ACME handbook for TRUE prospectors (unread)
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    The trick using small dredges is to run it as a combo. Shovel into it as a sluice use the hose for cleaning the cracks you uncover.

    Ditch floats use legs. Use a suction nozzle vs. jet so you don't have to worry about being at water level for suction.

    I've gotten a lot of gold with a 2.5

  14. #29
    us
    Oct 2015
    AZ
    99
    155 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by Goldwasher View Post
    The trick using small dredges is to run it as a combo. Shovel into it as a sluice use the hose for cleaning the cracks you uncover.

    Ditch floats use legs. Use a suction nozzle vs. jet so you don't have to worry about being at water level for suction.

    I've gotten a lot of gold with a 2.5

    Makes sense GW. I have a Keene 2.5 high banker/dredge combo and really like it as a high banker.
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  15. #30

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    Quote Originally Posted by winners58 View Post
    the worst was the RDH mini-highbanker

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    That was my highbanker I couldn't remember the name of. Yeah it really does suck with the current pump, but I could see it doing alright with a better one but I haven't tried. I guess at least it's a sluice with metal legs that can be adjusted.
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