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    Worst prospecting equipment you have used?

    What is the worst piece of equipment you have used or just didn't meet expectations? And why?
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    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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    Easy answer a Keene A-52. Quickly followed by the Goldclaw pan.

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    Falcon MD70 followed by EZ Sluice. Both waste of time.

    Also all kinds of special pans that are supposed to make volume panning quicker, but only makes you tired quickly due to weight of the pan itself.
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    sprailroad

    Jan 2017
    Grants Pass, Oregon
    Garrett A3B United States Gold Hunter, GTA 1000, AT Pro, Discovery Treasure Baron "Gold Trax", Minelab X-Terra 70, Safari, & EQ 800.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IowaRiverWalker View Post
    What is the worst piece of equipment you have used or just didn't meet expectations? And why?
    Well........To be honest with ya Iowa, the answer to that would be "ME". Why? Various body parts subject to break down and failure unexpectedly.

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    us
    Mar 2015
    Greenwich, NY
    Whites Coin Master Whites Gold Master GMT, High banker/dredge, DIY hand trommel, DIY Miller table, DIY fluidbed gold trap sluice, Keene A-52 sluice, 1635 Wheaties
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinInColorado View Post
    Easy answer a Keene A-52. Quickly followed by the Goldclaw pan.
    I am surprised at your answer Kevin. The A-52 seems to be a very popular tool among prospectors.

  6. #6

    Oct 2014
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    I'm going to say the "Turbo Pan"... I could never get it to work, and you need a
    huge tub to use the thing.

    And I bought a black magic fine gold recovery sluice, basically a miller table with bumps...
    What a waste of time that was, water, battery charger, angle, flow etc... Then you still
    have to classify, and once you do that its so quick and easy to pan, that there is no point.


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    us
    May 2009
    Sailor Flat, Ca.
    SDC2300, Gold Bug 2 Burlap, fish oil, ACME handbook for TRUE prospectors (unread)
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    Gold hog pan

    Desert fox spiral wheel

    Things I've seen in use and or heard nothing good about

    Gold claw

    AMP

    turbo pan

    I wouldn't even bother trying to make them work.


    Things I've used listed here with more than acceptable results.

    Keene A52

    EZ sluice

    Falcon

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    Make America Great Again

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    Oregon
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    a pick & shovel I've seen people use them,

    every time I use one I get blisters and a sore back.

    all the gold just keeps falling back into the bottom of the hole.

    seen people get good results digging the hole I halfway started.
    " A pessimist is an optimist with experience "

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    A gold pan, because I'm lazy and just want the rocks and dirt to wash themselves but seriously though probably a thing called a faucicers pan a buddy of mine gave me. The sticky sided grip tape wasn't water proof and came right off first use
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    Brian

    Mar 2014
    Central Oregon Coast
    Whites GMT Garret fully underwater
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    The standard, "store bought", "neck down", crevice suction hose nozzle. Simply/utterly worthless. !
    Oddjob and Lanny in AB like this.

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    Joe

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    The EZ Sluice sucks really bad. Money not well spent
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    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.
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    My most worthless pieces of gear are my turbo pan, it broke before I could even figure out how to use it. Jobe archer pan also broke while it still had the price tag on it lol. Proline pro pan, way too flexible, folds up like a taco with a load of dirt. Biggest hunk of junk is my AMP sluice box.
    Last edited by N-Lionberger; Nov 08, 2017 at 02:07 PM.

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    Look at the Historical Gold Mining photo albums on my page

    Jan 2013
    Huntington, Or./ Stanton, AZ/ former Outlaw California Gold Dredger
    Tesoro Vaquero, Whites MXT, Vsat, GMT, 5900Di Pro, Minelab GPX 5000, GPXtreme, 2200SD, Excalibur 1000!
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    The 2005 model of the Dahlke Micro 4B gold dredge with the bent jet absolutely takes first as my worst ever experience, what a pile... The reason is here -
    Should you buy a Dahlke Micro 4B

    The Keene A52? Not the worst by far, in fact for many decades it was the best, the leader in this industry. Having that on here, in this list is rediculous being it was the sluice that was the foreruner to them all and copied by so many others...
    Worst sluice - Colorado's own Sidewinder Sluice takes first or last actually being it's the worst 25+ pound joke a person can play on a newbie prospector...
    Sidewinder Sluice (R)

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    us
    Nov 2010
    The Great Southwest
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    Hacking on peoples pans or sluices seems almost pointless unless you are willing to list the big three:

    1. Dowsing Rods
    2. Long Range Locators
    3. "Treasure" maps with symbols bigger than a town on a 1:500,000 scale map

    The value of every other gold getting device is way more than these three.

    Heavy Pans

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    Oct 2014
    Hatch, New Mexico
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    For the record, I wasn't bad mouthing the Black Magic fine gold whatever... It does work, just takes
    too much time and effort to setup and use...

    Quote Originally Posted by Clay Diggins View Post
    Hacking on peoples pans or sluices seems almost pointless unless you are willing to list the big three:

    1. Dowsing Rods
    They're fun to play with. I bought a set to drive my better half nuts, she thinks they are just the dumbest thing ever...

    I think I'm going to start pulling them out when she loses the remote in the couch cushions.

 

 
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