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    Terrabend gold panning machine

    Has anyone hear heard of or used one of these? Looks very interesting..

    Here is a link to the company's website > https://terrabend.com/index

    And a video of it in action, though seems kind of vague..

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    Interesting design. However it seems a little disingenuous to imply that all of that gold was just in a few shovels of dirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldrustystuff View Post
    Interesting design. However it seems a little disingenuous to imply that all of that gold was just in a few shovels of dirt.
    Maybe you need to dig in better spots..
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    The price is ridiculous. Considering it isn't really that much of an improvement.

    It may be "faster" than a pan. But, it won't out produce a stream sluice if your in a spot you can run one.


    A bigger version as a mini- plant would be cool . I want to know what creates the oscillation I don't see how that is driven by the motor.
    Last edited by Goldwasher; Aug 10, 2018 at 09:16 AM.
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    Pretty spendy. A person could buy 3 of my Sweep Jigs for the price of that, and no classifying needed. Not to mention the SJ is much lighter and more portable. It does look like it works well enough...at least on larger gold.
    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim in Idaho View Post
    Pretty spendy. A person could buy 3 of my Sweep Jigs for the price of that, and no classifying needed. Not to mention the SJ is much lighter and more portable. It does look like it works well enough...at least on larger gold.
    Jim
    What is the sweep jig you have Jim?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asmbandits View Post
    What is the sweep jig you have Jim?
    You can see it here:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldwasher View Post
    Maybe you need to dig in better spots..
    Very likely.
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    Terrabend gold panning machine

    To be honest with you, I would not be spending large amounts of money on motorized equipment to be used on the stream beds unless you are assured that you can continue to make use of it. Here in Maine, where prospectlng was largely unregulated, thanks to the efforts of Trout Unlimited, all use of motorized equipment has been banned on most of the better gold bearing streams in Maine. Kalifornia thought it couldn't happen there and we thought it couldn't here on the oppostite end of the country, but it did. Yes, you can still used motorized at home if you want to go to the trouble of digging raw paydirt and bringing it home. It will be just a matter of time before they ban that practice, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by placertogo View Post
    To be honest with you, I would not be spending large amounts of money on motorized equipment to be used on the stream beds unless you are assured that you can continue to make use of it. Here in Maine, where prospectlng was largely unregulated, thanks to the efforts of Trout Unlimited, all use of motorized equipment has been banned on most of the better gold bearing streams in Maine. Kalifornia thought it couldn't happen there and we thought it couldn't here on the oppostite end of the country, but it did. Yes, you can still used motorized at home if you want to go to the trouble of digging raw paydirt and bringing it home. It will be just a matter of time before they ban that practice, too.
    One reason I designed my unit to work either wet, or dry is to get around that problem. There are usually dry gravel bars that can be worked without bothering the stream it self. Or bench deposits well above the present stream course.
    Jim
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    The problem in Maine is that the law applies to any area adjacent to a stream "below the normal high water mark." You could theoretically work ancient benches well beyond the present stream banks but would still be prohibited from using the water from the stream to work those benches even though your actual work was beyond the normal high water mark. You see, it is not simply an Anti-Dredging law but is totally anti-motorized including motorized pumps and winches. Your Sweep Jig would be fine if hand-powered. With an electric or gas operation, it would be prohibited.
    Last edited by placertogo; Aug 11, 2018 at 03:23 PM.

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    looks like a mini version of an old Denver Automatic pan.

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    I think I will stick with this pan......

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    Quote Originally Posted by placertogo View Post
    The problem in Maine is that the law applies to any area adjacent to a stream "below the normal high water mark." You could theoretically work ancient benches well beyond the present stream banks but would still be prohibited from using the water from the stream to work those benches even though your actual work was beyond the normal high water mark. You see, it is not simply an Anti-Dredging law but is totally anti-motorized including motorized pumps and winches. Your Sweep Jig would be fine if hand-powered. With an electric or gas operation, it would be prohibited.
    Don't need to use water. Setup above the high water mark, assuming you can find old gravel deposits, and go to work.
    Jim

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    A hand crank Sweep Jig sounds like a really good idea Jim

 

 
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