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    Homemade or DIY highbanker Hopper/ crashbox

    Anyone on here attempt to make a highbanker attachment for their River sluices? I am exploring ideas on the best way to approach this. Ive seen bucket versions and aluminum versions, but without access to an easy way of manipulating aluminum to form a box, I am open to any and all opinions. Looking at converting my 18 x 6 wide River sluice (running dream mat) into a highbanker. Thanks for the suggestions

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    18 x 6 is going to be a small High banker for sure ! Depending on what you use for a water source it may be O.K. BUT if your trying to make a high banker I'd go bigger on the sluice , say 24 X 10 wide and I'd come up with several set ups on riffle's /screen / and matting for the different geology's of the creek /streams your going to work ! I did this for my dredge's because I'd travel to different state's . You would be surprised the difference between creeks !

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    18x6 and you wont need much more than a coffee can to feed it.

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    Thats a little sluice, never tried anything that small. Probably want to extend the box a little for some slickplate before your riffles help get the air out. I made my first hopper out of wood, then I made one from two five gallon buckets, now I'm making one for my Letrap sluice from an old grow light hood.
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    Sorry, let me clarify. I have 3 extensions, so 6” wide by 5’ long. I use the gold rat vortex matting, so I don’t need a long sluice, the gold gets caught in the first few cells. And I am primarily interested in making a header box for cleaning up my cons, just something that allows the gold to separate out before entering the main sluice
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    Quote Originally Posted by X4FRNT View Post
    Anyone on here attempt to make a highbanker attachment for their River sluices? I am exploring ideas on the best way to approach this. Ive seen bucket versions and aluminum versions, but without access to an easy way of manipulating aluminum to form a box, I am open to any and all opinions. Looking at converting my 18 x 6 wide River sluice (running dream mat) into a highbanker. Thanks for the suggestions
    You could use a wastebasket instead of a bucket. They come in many sizes and are strong and easy to work with.

    GG~
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    I've built headers out of plywood and they work fine, just go with the goldhog piglet style and an old fridge shelf for a grate.
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    Angus Mackirk Foreman Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer Gold Hog Piglet highbanker Home made slate miller table
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    I was trying to figure a way to build the same thing to prop onto the lower section of our Piglet and wracking my brain. My brilliant wife found a plastic bin with lid that fit perfectly between the sides of the Piglet sluice portion. A simple boat bilge fitting into the lid and a hole cut in the downhill side of it and it works so well we've taken it out to the river with us several times. Looks cheesy but was practically free.
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    Thanks Mike, I’ll look at doing something like that!
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