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  1. #1

    Sep 2012
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    Mini BGT ideas

    Took my mini-bgt out today to test some ideas I'd had, and thought I'd share the results.
    Two ideas. One was to make floats from pool noodle for deeper water. The place I pan is just not conducive to sluicing. The other idea was to attach a bale to the back of the bgt. I'm really happy with this idea! The bale is perfect and may work out for others. Anyway, here's a couple of pictures.

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    The water through the sluice is really too fast in my opinion and I think that I probably blew out a bunch of smaller gold.

    I've attached a dog leash to the bale, and at the other end, tied on a ditty-bag and put a large rock in it to anchor the sluice. Pretty happy with this idea, too.

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    Well, here's the bit o' gold I got. More than I'd expected. I'd panned here before and didn't think that there was anything there.

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    The big flake will cover the date on a penny. The brown rock is either rough gold, or gold in quartz. I haven't looked it it close enough to tell.

    So, what do you think? Any improvements come to mind?
    Last edited by benny; May 25, 2014 at 09:42 PM.

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    Way to think outside the box
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    Sep 2012
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    Thanks, Goodyguy! I'm really happy with the results. There's no way I could have nailed that little sluice down in that water using anything else.

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    Whatever it takes is whatever it takes. Nice color.

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    Mar 2014
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    That's a very interesting idea !!!! I am thinking about how to make better use of deeper/faster water where a sluice cannt be set up so easily. I am working on making a stand for my bazooka

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    Sep 2012
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    The only problem with the floating sluice is that you can't properly clean the grizzly. I classified to -4. The other problem the floats overcame was surges on the river raising and lowering the water level.

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    Pete Pederson of Pederson detectors in Anaheim made the same style a tiny toys for awhile. Petes long retired and last heard enjoying whatz left a life-John
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    Great lookin gold!!!! I don't think the float thing would work for me. I bury mine with a shovel load at a time (supermini) and it would just sink. I have thought of modifying it with folding legs but I am unsure that the ABS has the tensile strength for repeated stress. In your pic I would have slammed that thing down in that bedrock trough. If it is too deep toss a couple of flat ones in and then wedge it to one side of the bedrock. The Bazooka catches it much faster. Keep on inventing, you might come up with a a handy frame to set it in.

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  9. #9

    Dec 2013
    Evansville, Indiana
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    Here's what I made for mine.. works out great. a few bucks in aluminum and rods/nuts/washers and it was all put together. Quick setup in any depth water and fully adjustable.

    The Mini & Super Mini
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    Benny you're a genius! I love your creative solution!

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    Sep 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinInColorado View Post
    Benny you're a genius! I love your creative solution!
    Jeez, I keep telling people that, but they never listen!

    Got a fuzzy picture of that off-colored gold in the pan. Gold in quartz.

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    Durnit! Had one other thing of note. Even with floats on the BGT, it still fits in the bucket for cleanup.

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    Last edited by benny; May 27, 2014 at 09:37 PM.

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    Very nice! surely i would have dumped that into the ole panning bucket.
    “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle

    "Show me a man who resorts to violence, and I'll show you a man who has run out of good ideas." My Father, Robert Akers

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    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by benny View Post
    Jeez, I keep telling people that, but they never listen! Got a fuzzy picture of that off-colored gold in the pan. Gold in quartz. <img src="http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=1001337"/>
    LOL, someday they will see!

    That pebble looks to me like a toad pointed toward one o'clock. I bet it will clean up real nice in hot vinegar or brick cleaner (muratic acid) or hot tub filter cleaner (sulphuric acid). Just DON'T combine acids as the right combination (nitric and hydrocloric) will dissolve gold. Wear protection too...panning is hard without eyes!

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    Dec 2013
    N. California
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    Just went to Orchard Supply and got material for the Str8flexed model Bazooka stand. Put it together in the aisle of the store. Posted the pics of the items here

    The Mini & Super Mini
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    May 2014
    AZ
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    Quote Originally Posted by benny View Post
    Took my mini-bgt out today to test some ideas I'd had, and thought I'd share the results.
    Two ideas. One was to make floats from pool noodle for deeper water. The place I pan is just not conducive to sluicing. The other idea was to attach a bale to the back of the bgt. I'm really happy with this idea! The bale is perfect and may work out for others. Anyway, here's a couple of pictures.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    The water through the sluice is really too fast in my opinion and I think that I probably blew out a bunch of smaller gold.

    I've attached a dog leash to the bale, and at the other end, tied on a ditty-bag and put a large rock in it to anchor the sluice. Pretty happy with this idea, too.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    Well, here's the bit o' gold I got. More than I'd expected. I'd panned here before and didn't think that there was anything there.

    Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1000485

    The big flake will cover the date on a penny. The brown rock is either rough gold, or gold in quartz. I haven't looked it it close enough to tell.

    So, what do you think? Any improvements come to mind?
    Hey Benny,
    Maybe some kind of kite bridle https://www.google.com/webhp?sourcei...#q=kite+bridle
    or a second bale on the exit end will give you angle adjustability to clear some of the rocks from the grizzly. Those are things I am thinking about for my DIY version.

 

 
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