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    Keene A52 Classifier

    I figured I would make my own thread as I didn't want to hijack another.

    Here is my crappy video of it in action. For those of you that hasn't viewed the original thread Angus classifier I built this for my a52 Keene.
    I ran it all day yesterday and with decent results. The good news is as long as I didn't overload it with a full shovel scoop of dirt I did not loose any gold out the sides. I had catch pans on the side and them panned the pans after 2 buckets. No gold and no black sand although I did have some course blonde sand but I can live with that. Other then having to move the rocks out by hand it worked great.

    I do have a few ideas to fix the discharge problem. I might make the sides of the first part of the sluice taller thus allowing more water weight to push the rocks out. I could also add a top plate angled down thus forcing the water to increase in volicity kicking the rocks out. The beauty of my design is no matter what I do, it's not going to effect the water level accross the riffles.

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    Great design! Looks like all you need to do is make the exit holes a little bigger like you said. Also straightening and lengthing the wings of the divider might help the material move out quicker. The curve looks like it's catching material and holding it. I wouldn't worry about losing gold out the side, because that 1/4 puch plate is allowing the heavies to get through as long as your not overloading it. If your A52 can handle it, your punch plate classifier can use more water flow. Maybe lower the plate to a hair over 1/4 above the bottom of the flare. I have a Top Runner Sluice classifing, great sluice with no riffles, just punch plate, and it catches all of the heavies. The water flow for the Top Runner is best at medium-fast, so you might need more flow to clear waste off the screen.

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    I would suggest some slick plate in front of the punch plate.
    The slick plate will move the rocks way faster, plenty fast enough to get them past the short section of punch plate.
    Trust me, there is more than enough punch plate left before the exits to capture all the fines, test it and see.

    Something like this....
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    Polishing the punch plate or painting it with a hard slick finish would also help.


    Another way would be to run slick plate all the way past the exits with a 4" section of punchplate crossing the sluice 4" before the exits.
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    The first way is better due to the overlap of the second slick plate on the second version causing an uphill lip at the punchplate.
    The only remedy would be to lap the punchplate over the second slick plate by a quarter inch or so.



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    Thanks guys for the suggestions! I did cut out the exits right after I made the video but it didn't work. I also straitened the dividers but it didn't help much.
    GG, I will try the first mod you posted, I just want as much punch plate as possible but here's a question, really stupid one, what is an slick plate? Is it just aluminum?

    On a side note here is my take for yesterday

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    Quote Originally Posted by omnicron View Post
    GG, I will try the first mod you posted, I just want as much punch plate as possible but here's a question, really stupid one, what is an slick plate? Is it just aluminum?
    Aluminum or stainless steel. I normally use aluminum to cut cost plus it's easier to work with and lighter. However stainless holds up better over the long haul and stays smoother.

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    OOh duh...sometimes I'm really stupid and talk before I think! We have some tempered aluminum at work (used on semi-trailers) that should work great! It has a painted side that is ultra smooth. Thanks for answering my ultra dumb question.
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    I still think that if you were to put a little pitch to your punch plate, the water underneath it will tend to squirt water UP through the punch plate and help move the rocks. Also seemed like there still wan't enough flow as seen in the video. You need to find some fast water. Before you make any mods, try some faster water first.
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    What a great couple of threads! Omnicron: you really put a lot of thought into this! One question, how much does it weigh now? Part of what I like about my setup is that it attaches to my box(less stuff to wrangle), AND it don't add any weight(maybe a pound). Maybe I'm just gettin old, but 3 or 4 pounds extra kill me on the hike out. Keep the pics comin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 419GottaMinute View Post
    What a great couple of threads! Omnicron: you really put a lot of thought into this! One question, how much does it weigh now? Part of what I like about my setup is that it attaches to my box(less stuff to wrangle), AND it don't add any weight(maybe a pound). Maybe I'm just gettin old, but 3 or 4 pounds extra kill me on the hike out. Keep the pics comin!
    Thanks for the kudos! I am not sure how much it weigh right now as the puch plate is steel as I couldn't get aluminum locally but will be ordering a sheet when I go into production, it could even end up being stainless but experience with metal tells me alum. will be the best choice based on cost and weight. I'll have to wait and see how it all works out.

    My final design should not require any holes to be drilled, just bolt it up and go but thats going to be tough due to the handle.... Cant wait to try some things this weekend mainly faster water and the addition of a slick plate over the first 2/3 of the punch plate. Could also be just as simple as an angle change as was suggested by Underburden. Going to try all this and other stuff and find what works the best with the least amount of cost/work.

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    My other suggestion is that you do not want to have a curve in your diverter. The curve is causing a sleight bottleneck. A straight wedge shape will provide a faster non restrictive discharge for the gravel and rocks.

    Your design has certain aspects of an "over under" sluice used by dredgers. Whereby a section of punchplate at the beginning of the sluice allows the fines to drop out of the faster flow on top and into a slower flow sluice underneath that is designed to catch only the fines while the top sluice with the really fast flow is designed to catch the larger gold while washing away the rocks.

    Your task is to have a fast enough flow on top to efficiently wash away the rocks while at the same time not having too fast of a flow underneath that would wash out the fines. Looks to me that your design with a little fine tuning will accomplish that perfectly.



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    Your correct, when I cut the discharge ports bigger I also bent the vane back as much as I could without removal or breaking, tempered alum. has a tendency to break once bent. I beleive the beauty of my design is that it sets a perfect water level and speed accross the riffles due to trying to force a larger volume of water into a smaller space. I can tell you from my past experience in the place I have been sluicing (same exact place and material for 4 weeks) and I recovered the same amount as past weeks. I am in the proccess of re-running my cons from saturday and am finding micro gold that I missed (poor setup of my miller table to be sure) BTW, I loaded the front part of my sluice with water, to the point it was at the very top edge of the vane and the water speed and level stayed the same as far as my eye and ears could tell. The material cleared off the rubber mating the same as with the first and second riffle but unfortantly it did not help with clearing the rocks off.

    Quote Originally Posted by Goodyguy View Post
    My other suggestion is that you do not want to have a curve in your diverter. The curve is causing a sleight bottleneck. A straight wedge shape will provide a faster non restrictive discharge for the gravel and rocks.
    Your design has certain aspects of an "over under" sluice used by dredgers. Whereby a section of punchplate at the beginning of the sluice allows the fines to drop out of the faster flow on top and into a slower flow sluice underneath that is designed to catch only the fines while the top sluice with the really fast flow is designed to catch the larger gold while washing away the rocks.

    Your task is to have a fast enough flow on top to wash away the rocks while at the same time not having too fast of a flow underneath that would wash out the fines. The more efficiently you can wash away the rocks on top without increasing the flow underneath the better your chances of retaining all the fines will be.


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    Just a update, I'm going up tomorrow after work to Moores Creek to test things out. It is a bigger creek and has areas with fast water. Going to try the slick plate and without the slick plate. I'll post a few videos.

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    Sorry for the delay guys, I had family things to do. So I added a slick plate and changed the angle of the punch plate. It helped but still needs some tweaking. As you can see I had much faster water flow but it didn't help much. After watching the video a few times I think I have the problem solved but I am going to keep it under wraps for now. I'm going up this weekend and will be trying a few things but I'm sure I know the exact problem...more to come later.
    Here's the video...
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    Cclamps for the win!!

    Watch your speed when panning {the camera}. That's the downfall of most videos.

    Not so sure,.. why not just a slick plate down the sluice instead of out the sides. Same thought I had when I saw the underflow sluice video.

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    Your accomplishing your purpose with your current design, all you have to do every so often is just brush away the few rocks hanging up on the diverter.

 

 
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