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    Pyramid Pro pan by fossickers

    Hi everyone,
    I was wondering if any of you have used the pyramid pro pan made by fossickers. I have been researching different ones and saw this one and then one called the hog pan. They both seem to do the same thing but the latter looks much heavier and with my back issues I am a little hesitant. Any opinions would be helpful. I am brand new to this and am looking to get some equipment for next spring and spending some time out panning. Thanks everyone.

    Mike

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    Check out Doc's new pan oregonoutback. I think it's a littler light weight than the Hog Pan. You're gonna like the spring time panning. Winter isn't too bad either on a warm day.

    Testing the new Portable Gold Pan - The FlowPan

    Mike
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    I don't own a pyramid pan but I have seen reviews that rate it pretty highly. It seems like it's use processes a lot of material very quickly and is very competitive to a small sluice especially since one can use it in still water. Reviews combined with the bonus that one can sit on his butt while still effectively using it....probably meets your needs and concerns with your back problems. I too like the concept of the Flow Pan but I can see that it is also a back breaker so maybe not your best choice(?). The price is certainly competitive though and Doc builds nothing but quality products.

    Good luck.
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    I dont have much experience with the pyramid pan other that casually watching, but is similar in operation, notable differences to me seem that the pyramid is a lot lighter weight, has nicer handles that keep your fingers up out of the water and has a different style of trap. I tried out the Hog pan at a club outing and found it heavy and unwieldy, in order to get a good action on it without tearing your back up you have to be almost waist deep in water.

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    Thank you guys. Appreciate the info I will take a look at the flow pan. Maybe that would be the best for me.

    Mike

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    oregonoutback,
    Welcome to Tnet. The back problems with panning are not so bad IF you use a piece of closed cell foam to sit on in the water and can prop your back up against a comfortable rock. If the water is cold to real cold then ya got a problem. Best of success with whatever pan you purchase............63bkpkr
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    63bkpkr,
    Thanks! I will have to figure something out if I am going to try to use a pan that moves a lot of dirt. I am 6'8 and did mess up a disc years ago so not only is it because of my height, but with the injury it makes it very difficult to do things like this without pain. That may be something I try this spring using the foam trick. Like you were saying though, the water will be super cold from snow melt so I may not be able to try that until it warms up some. I appreciate the input from everyone. This site is great for someone like me starting out. Full of great information!!!

    Mike

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    The answer to your cold water panning.
    Get them big enough to add some wool glove liners.
    https://www.amazon.com/Length-Chemic...+rubber+gloves
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    My wife uses the Fossiker pan to clean the classified material larger than 1/4".The smaller material she runs through her small recirculating highbanker. She has used it to pan a shovel full of dirt and it did it pretty fast once she got the hang of it. Good Luck!

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    Howdy Oregonoutback,
    I am The Fossicker and the Inventor of the Pyramid Pro Pan. Sorry to hear about your back troubles - this is a common complaint from many of my customers who want to move a lot of gravel, but cannot bend over or handle much weight in their Pan. I even have customers who have many different hand problems including one brave lady who has a Brain Tumor and uses my Pan for physical therapy. Mining is a physical pursuit and so requires a certain input from our body. Fortunately, the Pyramid Pro Pan which is the fastest Production Pan in the world and used on six continents, is very light weight and easy to handle even with large amounts of gravel. First off, I never recommend using any heavy object, full Pan or not, bending parallel to the river flow even from the bank area. What I recommend to my customers is to get a Camping Stool to use for sitting in the river. This technique allows you to be comfortable while keeping your back in a straight position. When using the Pyramid Pro Production Pan which can be heavy when completely full, all you have to do is hold onto the handles with your elbows on your knees then move the Pan back and forth using your wrists. To get a complete picture of what I'm saying, go to my Web Site Snake River Products ? Innovative Products that Redefine Mining and watch my Videos. If you need any more information or questions, just ask and I'll try my best to accommodate. Cheers.

    The Fossicker
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    Good explanation Fossicker. Sitting on a chair or stool in the river is a great way to pan. I like the looks of your Pro-Production-Pan.

    Mike

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    How much water depth is required to use the Pyramid Pro Pan properly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by A#1 View Post
    How much water depth is required to use the Pyramid Pro Pan properly?
    I don't own one but it appears that the pan is about 9 or 10" to the bottom of the plug. By that I would say that you need about a foot of water minimum to operate it safely....don't hit bottom with the plug as you may dislodge it and lose the contents. If you dig a hole in the creek to pan in be aware that you will be filling the hole as you pan so you need to clear it periodically.

    A less expensive alternative: I have an EZ pan and it is fast and efficient for production panning. Check this link for availability. https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C....0.fW4pqybuFOM. Also the first post in the following link has a video on how to use it. I only use mine to concentrate/production pan not to do the final steps as shown. EZ Gold Pan

    Good luck.
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    I had a pyramid pan, didnt care for it.
    Its hard to beat a conventional gold pan
    your mileage may vary

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    Quote Originally Posted by arizau View Post
    I don't own one but it appears that the pan is about 9 or 10" to the bottom of the plug. By that I would say that you need about a foot of water minimum to operate it safely....don't hit bottom with the plug as you may dislodge it and lose the contents. If you dig a hole in the creek to pan in be aware that you will be filling the hole as you pan so you need to clear it periodically.

    A less expensive alternative: I have an EZ pan and it is fast and efficient for production panning. Check this link for availability. https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C....0.fW4pqybuFOM. Also the first post in the following link has a video on how to use it. I only use mine to concentrate/production pan not to do the final steps as shown. EZ Gold Pan

    Good luck.
    HI Arizua, I have owned my propan now for my best guess is 5 years. There is no way that the plug will come out. Its never happened for me. As Fossiker pointed out, you can rest your forearms on your knees which I do hunkered over and slosh with your wrists. I load this thing up and it works great. My pan this year developed a crack where the plug goes in the bottom. Fossiker had zero problem sending me a replacement pan. No questions asked. Where can you find that kind of warranty?The Pyramid Propan does exactly what you need it to, catch the fine gold (haven't found any pickers where I pan) and move a lot of dirt quickly.

 

 
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