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    Dec 2013
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    Best gold pan?

    Hello everyone. I am looking to try my hand at gold panning this year and Iím wondering what your opinions are on pans. Any brand or particular type of pan that works best?
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    Here ya go ...3 pages of opinions (3 weeks old) Gold Pan

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    Dec 2012
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    Look for the Garrett Gold Panning kit. Several of the sites supporting
    vendors sell them.

    Good pans, good price and comes with a 1/2 classifier.
    Mike (aka Dizz)

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    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DizzyDigger View Post
    Look for the Garrett Gold Panning kit. Several of the sites supporting
    vendors sell them.

    Good pans, good price and comes with a 1/2 classifier.
    When I was starting out I purchased the cheaper/smaller Garrett kit and like what happens to most during the first year ended up buying a bunch of different tools and other pans. The smaller kit does NOT include the Super Sluice and in hindsight after all the purchases and panning I would have just went with the more expensive Garrett kit that does include it and stopped buying after that. Now a days I usually only take the SS when going out to sample or pan since it seems to have the right balance between durability and usability in addition to going through the most material (for me anyways)

    Just wanted to share since I wish I would have just bought the larger kit and been done.........

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    Dec 2013
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    I am a fan of the super sluice pan as well, never really understood what a sluice had to do with it but it is a nice size sturdy pan with steeper walls, a couple huge cheater riffles and a nice wide bottom. I'm also a fan of steel pans.
    Last edited by N-Lionberger; Feb 19, 2019 at 10:47 PM.
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    I think the super sluice part of just a gimmick. It is a good pan. Easy to use. You can also dry pan with it, I have a couple of times, and was suprised with the results. Stay away from pans that are you flexible. I also like a wide bottomed pan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonofsteel View Post
    When I was starting out I purchased the cheaper/smaller Garrett kit and like what happens to most during the first year ended up buying a bunch of different tools and other pans. The smaller kit does NOT include the Super Sluice and in hindsight after all the purchases and panning I would have just went with the more expensive Garrett kit that does include it and stopped buying after that. Now a days I usually only take the SS when going out to sample or pan since it seems to have the right balance between durability and usability in addition to going through the most material (for me anyways)

    Just wanted to share since I wish I would have just bought the larger kit and been done.........

    x3 for super sluice

    all of Garrets stuff is STOUT

    I chucked a 15# rock up the bank once... came rolling back ..two foot open air drop..
    CRACK right on my super sluice.
    Thought she was toast for sure.

    Weird white line. Took a year to form a real crack. Still my main pan.
    Last edited by Goldwasher; Feb 21, 2019 at 04:56 PM.
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    The best gold pan is a free one ,If you'll learn to use it patiently!

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    I have four or five Super Sluices and they are great, but I have recently found myself using the 15" Minelab pan almost excusively. It's a bit of a hybrid of the Super Sluice and Proline, both of which I really like.

    The Minelab is also BLUE. If Garrett ever makes the Super Sluice in blue, I will probably buy another half dozen of them. Gold pops so much better against blue...at least to my eyes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamfist View Post
    I have four or five Super Sluices and they are great, but I have recently found myself using the 15" Minelab pan almost excusively. It's a bit of a hybrid of the Super Sluice and Proline, both of which I really like.

    The Minelab is also BLUE. If Garrett ever makes the Super Sluice in blue, I will probably buy another half dozen of them. Gold pops so much better against blue...at least to my eyes.
    I still haven't seen a minelab pan in person.

    No one around here sells them

    I also like the proline pan

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    Mine President, XPBC, XGIH, GDR, stamp mill operator, snuffer bottle owner/operator.

    Dec 2013
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    I have one of the 15" minelab pans, I won it in the raffle at an EBP meeting. As far as I can tell it has the same dimensions as the super sluice, same wall angle large bottom but it has finer cheater riffles. I like operating it but it has alot more flex and its made in China so...
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    The 10" Minelabs pan is my go to prospecting pan. Fits nicely into the daypack, steep walls and good riffles. It is also easy to handle a 10" pan when you have to be in awkward positions panning. I like the Super Sluice for when I know I'm going to be doing buckets of material but it does not fit nearly as well into the daypack as the 10". I got a couple of Prolines for Christmas and look forward to trying them this spring.

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    I never would have purchased the Minelab unless I saw it in person at GPAA show. Figured I’d give it a try. It’s not as sturdy as the Super Sluice but much sturdier than the Proline. I use it for panning cons after the Gold Cube does its thing so it never really goes out into the field. Out there, it’s a SS for sure.

    Sucks that it’s made in China and costs more than the Garrett :/

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    You can use the riffles in the Garrett pans as a sluice, just keep the material stratified so that the heavies can sink and the lights can slowly dribble out of the pan. As long as the riffles can keep exchanging, the gold will drop into the riffles. Stopping the stratification and then washing the material out, just flatboards the sluice. Just think of the pan as a 3-4 riffle sluice.

 

 
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