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    A good day with my Keene 52s. Sorry no pics

    This weekend I took the Keene 52s sluice out for a good run. Small stream in MA. Not famous for good gold, but a nice place to go. Had fast water and set the sluice level and submerged. Most rocks went through OK. Those that were stubborn only required a sideways sweep with the shovel handle and they went over the grizzly.*
    On July 30, I posted a pic of the upgrade I did where-by I extended the punch plate with Lexan keeping it 3/4 inch above the riffles. Nice not having rocks piling up in the riffles and being able to see the exchange of materials taking place.

    After my clean-ups (2) I noticed the upper carpet section remained coated with fine material. Is this normal or a problem?? Thoughts please.

    I was happy with the gold I got, but the guy just upstream from me with a suction dredge into a high banker didn't do so well.

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    Stream sluices in general get a lot better recovery than a highbanker let alone a dredge fed highbanker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by No gold in NY View Post
    This weekend I took the Keene 52s sluice out for a good run. Small stream in MA. Not famous for good gold, but a nice place to go. Had fast water and set the sluice level and submerged. Most rocks went through OK. Those that were stubborn only required a sideways sweep with the shovel handle and they went over the grizzly.*
    On July 30, I posted a pic of the upgrade I did where-by I extended the punch plate with Lexan keeping it 3/4 inch above the riffles. Nice not having rocks piling up in the riffles and being able to see the exchange of materials taking place.

    After my clean-ups (2) I noticed the upper carpet section remained coated with fine material. Is this normal or a problem?? Thoughts please.

    I was happy with the gold I got, but the guy just upstream from me with a suction dredge into a high banker didn't do so well.
    I suspect that if you spent more effort that the carpet would be cleaner but.....I have read that when the carpet wears out then people burn them and pan the ashes and get residual gold that has penetrated deep into the fibers.

    Good luck.
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    Burning plastic mat's to retrieve fine gold is the wrong way to get it. You'll ended up with a melted plastic glob that you wont get the gold and probley end up putting it into the "T" file.

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    Yeah guys. I posted a long time ago on how to get fine gold out of the carpet mat. No one has addressed the question I asked in my post here. Thanks anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N-Lionberger View Post
    Stream sluices in general get a lot better recovery than a highbanker let alone a dredge fed highbanker.
    hmmm i feel like they get about the same when you do it right...running more material to boot.
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    especially with punch plate in use

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    Punch plate where? under the hopper?

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    yep. and a tad down the sluice.

    I leave it bare underthe first part so the gold settles out before hitting the matting.

    Proline builds their bankers that way. punch plate over slick plate at the hopper. a small coarse trap under the damper flap then another small bit of punch protecting the first riffle.. then just hungarian riffles.

    The under current is slower for fine recovery... mellows out the turbulence in the whole run. The gold drops quick.

    My homemade undercurrent is 1/4 first then a section of 3/8 probably 18" total from under the hopper and out. You have to make sure there is enough water going through the first punch plate to have enough flow to prevent build up under the plate. And enough to keep the bigger stuff going. Once its dialed in it works great.

    All my stuff is down canyon or I would post some pics.
    Last edited by Goldwasher; Nov 11, 2019 at 11:57 AM.
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