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  1. #1

    Apr 2019
    Leadville CO
    Garret at Gold
    11 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Sluice Box ?

    OK i am new to prospecting. I am ready to buy my first sluice box, I have watched lots of U tube videos on sluice boxes. I was wondering what works like they are designed.
    I was looking at Gold Hog, A52S, I like the idea of not classifying. Also some one told me to go with a Dream Mat ?

    If you have you have hard this topic before I am sorry! but I don't want to wast my $$.

    So I am asking for recommendations

    Thank you

  2. #2
    Mar 2019
    19 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    You allowed to highbank where you go? If so, go buy the Gold Hog Piglet--it's a mini highbanker. I know the setup costs more than a standard sluice, but this is what you'll graduate to once you learn you can't process as quick as you'd like to with a standard sluice--and don't get a cheap pump. Plus, this isn't a giant highbanker that makes you and your prospecting immobile--find a way to carry it around on your back as I have and you'll be able to have a lot more fun which is why you're out there anyways.

    But if you can't use a highbanker the A52S is a good one. good luck.
    Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.

  3. #3

    Apr 2019
    Leadville CO
    Garret at Gold
    11 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Thanks for the Input

  4. #4
    Sep 2012
    Tujunga, CA
    Bazooka Gold Trap, A-51, Gold Pan
    999 times
    Buy a name brand that you can afford. The A52 is a good workhorse. Itís big and heavy tho. The GoldHog equipped with all the trimmings is a step up. Various mats are popular. Try to buy one. Not one after another.
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  5. #5
    Apr 2015
    Oshkosh, WI
    1312 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    In my case, I just bought 2! Both are Gold Hog Stream Sluices and a powerhead. Then I can use the one sluice similar to the Multi Sluice for cleanup. Couldn't get the GGT Explorer's I wanted.
    wildminer likes this.

  6. #6
    Sep 2013
    Motherlode, CA
    Gold Bug Pro
    951 times
    I agree that the A52 is a good first sluice but I always find myself going back to my drop riffles.
    nh.nugget likes this.

  7. #7
    gold miner antique collector

    Sep 2013
    e.rochester nh.
    whites, KEENE A52 sluice, 3" dredge
    1404 times
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    OH GOD we're going to start the sluice wars again! LOL! I've been running a Keene A52 for about ten years now.
    It catches everything and if you're mechanicly inclined you can convert it to high banker.Click image for larger version. 

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    Some times skill has nothing to do with it!

  8. #8
    Mine President, XPBC, GIH

    Dec 2013
    Arcata, California
    Fisher 1212-x Fisher Gold Bug 2 Whites 4900/SP3 Rocker boxes, Keene sluices, Bazooka sluice, 2.5", 4" lowbankers, highbankers. Witch Sticks.
    685 times
    If you can locate a used Bazooka gold trap sluice I'd recommend scooping it up, they handle unclassified dirt fairly well. Keene sluices handle unclassified dirt fairly well but you need to baby it a little.
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  9. #9
    Just Another Old Guy

    Feb 2008
    Grays Harbor in Washington state
    Whites Spectrum XLT with about 1/4" of dust on it
    1160 times
    If money is no problem/option.....
    For the best beginners 1st......
    I'd look for a larger Mackirk sluice if you can find one, the same goes for a La Trap.
    If you're really serious about gold, then Doc's sluices and or the mats are great for fine, medium and large size gold...depending on what you have in your area.
    QNCrazy, johnedoe and russau like this.
    I'm a drinker with a heavy prospecting problem and I'm out of dirt again



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