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    Brian

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    Floating in Equipment

    On the other thread about using a small excavator; it was mentioned that you could fly some of the smaller ones in. A good friend and mining buddy used to be a hard rock lode miner and he was telling me that he would/could float a 5 inch dredge down onto his placer claim below my claim. There is no way he could float a 5 inch dredge 1/2 mile down this small creek. But he assured me he could easily do it. Rather than argue with him I let it go in one ear and out the other.


    Later as it got closer to the time to start dredging & we had some more discussions, he told me he had floated a jeep into his hard rock mine many years ago; and the USFS could not figure out how he had done it.....there was NO Creek.

    Long story short....he uses helium balloons. Can't be windy and there has to be clear overhead...but he assured me he has done it often. So when he said he would float his dredge down the small creek; he meant he would float it with helium balloons attached. ANYONE ELSE EVER DONE THIS?


    Bejay
    Last edited by Bejay; Mar 15, 2019 at 06:40 PM.

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    Ed Tracy

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    very interesting, 1 cubic ft. of helium can lift 28.2 grams, from what I read a 100 ft. diameter balloon can lift 33,000 lbs. thus moving a car or dredge possible
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    Brian

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    Harness up a dredge with all the related stuff to a weather balloon, inflate until its floating reasonably well and casually walk it down to the claim genious!

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    I looked for floating cars. thats when the probably fake videos kick in.

    One of those. You CAN do its, that is also a very expensive could you do its?

    I say floating in with a helicopter is probably cheaper and probably a little more controllable


    I was thinking it would be cool on a small scale say for a few hundred pounds... But you would still need a bunch of balloons

    Considering it will cost about 100 to 130 bucks to fill 55 9" baloons

    Or a bajillion of those party balloon fillers at $20 bucks a pop.

    I say maybe an Alpaca
    Last edited by Goldwasher; Mar 16, 2019 at 11:43 AM.
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    The best part of this thread is you sharing that link.

    Awesome website
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    MAGA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldwasher View Post
    The best part of this thread is you sharing that link.

    Awesome website
    Yes it is Washer! It went right to my favorites list.
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    Military Surplus is always fun to look at but their prices are high even if the price includes shipping, I've purchased the 'Fat 50' can for less in San Diego IMHO.............63bkpkr
    Out searching w/GMT & friend under my arm

 

 

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