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  1. #1

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    Crazy idea, but maybe a stroke of brilliance?

    Just getting into the hobby, experimenting with various methods, and moving from a casual panner on backpacking trips to dedicated prospecting runs.

    The one hurdle I find to sluicing is after I fill a bucket, it takes a while to feed it all through the sluice. What if I could use that time filling another bucket? Some sort of controlled feed hopper? Enter the crazy idea factory that is my brain...

    Imagine taking a wheeled seed spreader, knock out the flinger plate, and hook the axle or drive shaft up to a water wheel of sorts. You can control the feed rate with the gate opening, start or stop with the gate lever, and basically fill it up and let it drop material onto the raceway/crashbox...

    Might make a winter project out of it if I can pick one up cheap...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacgyverMike View Post
    Just getting into the hobby, experimenting with various methods, and moving from a casual panner on backpacking trips to dedicated prospecting runs.

    The one hurdle I find to sluicing is after I fill a bucket, it takes a while to feed it all through the sluice. What if I could use that time filling another bucket? Some sort of controlled feed hopper? Enter the crazy idea factory that is my brain...

    Imagine taking a wheeled seed spreader, knock out the flinger plate, and hook the axle or drive shaft up to a water wheel of sorts. You can control the feed rate with the gate opening, start or stop with the gate lever, and basically fill it up and let it drop material onto the raceway/crashbox...

    Might make a winter project out of it if I can pick one up cheap...
    Just run material faster. don't baby your sluice. thats not what they are designed for.
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  3. #3
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    Dec 2013
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    I like stockpiling dirt before sluicing.
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    Already one available on the market today. Never tried it, I think it would be a unnecessary step, doesn't take long to feed the sluice.

  5. #5

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    Dry washer's have been doing this for year's

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacgyverMike View Post
    Just getting into the hobby, experimenting with various methods, and moving from a casual panner on backpacking trips to dedicated prospecting runs.


    The one hurdle I find to sluicing is after I fill a bucket, it takes a while to feed it all through the sluice. What if I could use that time filling another bucket? Some sort of controlled feed hopper? Enter the crazy idea factory that is my brain...


    Imagine taking a wheeled seed spreader, knock out the flinger plate, and hook the axle or drive shaft up to a water wheel of sorts. You can control the feed rate with the gate opening, start or stop with the gate lever, and basically fill it up and let it drop material onto the raceway/crashbox...


    Might make a winter project out of it if I can pick one up cheap...

    I like your feeder/water wheel powered idea.
    Thought about using a water wheel to power a feeder conveyor for a highbanker or trommel but then like most of my ideas it would require more equipment and time to haul in and set up.


    Now that I live in an RV I have had to scale back on my inventions and it's really hard to control my tinkering spirit.
    I am having to make my projects do double and triple+ duty.


    My latest was to make a chariot out of my gas vac so I can use it to also haul 10 gallons of paydirt, carry my drywasher, metal detector, pick, shovel, hoses, etc. as well as using it for a blower.


    The wheels and handle are off a discarded lawnmower that I found in a dumpster.
    The handle comes off just by squeezing the ends, the wheels as well as the bucket are held on by R-pins.


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    Blower for my drywasher..................




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    Pull 4 pins and the whole outfit stows nicely into one of the bays on my RV.


    Go for the Gold
    GG~
    Last edited by Goodyguy; Dec 21, 2019 at 07:05 PM.

  7. #7

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    Very cool set up Goodguy!
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    That's pretty slick!
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    Goldwasher, Look up Mr.Teslonian "Sluice Box Feeder" on YouTube. Looks as though it will work, maybe a bit of tweeking to it but it's a start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don in SoCal View Post
    Goldwasher, Look up Mr.Teslonian "Sluice Box Feeder" on YouTube. Looks as though it will work, maybe a bit of tweeking to it but it's a start.

    I think you meant to address this to MacgyverMike.
    Anyway, Thanks for posting the info I really like the passive "sluice box feeder" design.

    Of course it would require pre-classifying to 1/2"
    But just like x-lax it's....simple yet effective



    To watch the video you have to click on the "watch this video on YouTube" link, located in the video above.


    Pretty sure you could MacGyver one from 5 gallon buckets, heat gun, and a pop rivet tool.


    Go for the Gold
    GG~
    Last edited by Goodyguy; Dec 23, 2019 at 03:43 PM.

  11. #11
    us
    May 2009
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    yea. totally unnecessary.
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  12. #12
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    I use a feeder known as the wife with a hand scoop.
    It's a noisy and squeaky contraption, especially on cloudy cold days when shes not her happiest. She gets the job done tho.
    She also doubles as a beer carrier and shes self propelled.
    Last edited by Johnnybravo300; Dec 24, 2019 at 02:10 PM.

  13. #13
    us
    May 2009
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnybravo300 View Post
    I use a feeder known as the wife with a hand scoop.
    It's a noisy and squeaky contraption, especially on cloudy cold days when shes not her happiest. She gets the job done tho.
    She also doubles as a beer carrier and shes self propelled.
    Way, way more useful.

  14. #14
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    I rather have a golddigger of a wife. She can dig the gold, and I'll feed it through the sluice!
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    Dec 2015
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnybravo300 View Post
    I use a feeder known as the wife with a hand scoop.
    It's a noisy and squeaky contraption, especially on cloudy cold days when shes not her happiest. She gets the job done tho.
    She also doubles as a beer carrier and shes self propelled.
    I have one of those, but it's expensive and no guarantee came with it.
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