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    Mar 2015
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    my trommel build

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    Worked on this over the winter. Lost some motivation along the way but ended up finishing day before we left for trip. No testing prior but luckily everything ran good.
    Specs:
    - 5' long, 12" id-3/4" pvc piping. 1560 holes 3/8" diameter. 15" classifying zone.
    - 1 hp 1750 Rpm motor to 10:1 gearbox with a rotation of 20 rpm. Used synchronous belts one upside down on trommel and same for driver (worked really well absolutely no belt slippage while under good load)
    - Modifications to do:
    - I did cut down the legs by 10"s before trip to lower for easier shovelling height.
    - Feed hopper is from a grain auger (purchased at UFA). Cut down to fit, just have to touch up.
    - Found some of the holes plugged up a fair bit due to the thickness of piping. So gonna cut out sections and insert some punch plate.
    - Couple other minor things but I was really impressed the way this thing worked.

    ** I viewed AZ Vipers build for my inspiration. (Thanks AZ Viper your build was top notch and very informative.)Click image for larger version. 

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    ** I ended up cutting out the sections of all my drilled holes as they were plugging up. I inserted stainless steel punchplate 3/8" holes. Put a paint job on it. Used plasti-dip for the barrel paint. I still have to modify my feed hopper but will have done soon i hope.
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    Last edited by sherwood Craig; Apr 09, 2016 at 11:02 AM.

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    us
    Jul 2012
    Blackfoot, Idaho
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    Nice build, Sherwood. I like it! Post some videos of the results, if you have time.
    Jim
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  3. #3
    ca
    Mar 2015
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    would love to post a video but having trouble. Will keep trying.
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  4. #4
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    us
    Jul 2012
    Blackfoot, Idaho
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    I post mine to my Youtube channel. Then I put in a link on here, and the video pops up in the thread.
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    sd
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherwood Craig View Post

    - Found some of the holes plugged up a fair bit due to the thickness of piping. So gonna cut out sections and insert some punch plate.
    Nice build ! AzViper has advised to not use thick material for the barrel, for the same reason you found out yourself ! I was going to use a 3.0 mm gauge as AzViper did, but I needed my trommel to be light/compact enough to get it packed in a small area/moved to long distances without making me very tired so I made it of 1 mm thick gauge. When it wears out I have another one in the making.
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    Nice looking. Nice wash area before screening which is very important. Hoser John posted a trick years ago that really helps the rock in the hole problem. Chamfer your holes on the inside where the rocks slide by.
    Last edited by Doug Watson; Jul 16, 2015 at 09:10 AM.
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  7. #7
    us
    I can dig it! "WP"

    Mar 2007
    Arizona
    Bounty Hunter's, Whites TM 808, Whites GMT, Suction Dredges, Hand Dredges, Trommels, Gold Vacs, High Bankers, Fluid bed Gold Traps, Gold Pans, Sluices, Dry Washers, Miller Tables, Rp4 Shaker table etc
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    I solved the drilled hole problem on mine by cutting out a section and sleeving the barrel with expanded metal. Punch plate should work just as well and I experienced no problems with the drum integrity.

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    GG~
    Last edited by Goodyguy; Jul 18, 2015 at 08:59 AM.

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    May 2005
    St. Louis, missouri
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    I was going to build one just like GGs ! Ive got all the parts sitting there in my shop BUT being a F.O.G. im not going to build it! Plus ive run out of spaces to store it anyway!
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  9. #9
    us
    I can dig it! "WP"

    Mar 2007
    Arizona
    Bounty Hunter's, Whites TM 808, Whites GMT, Suction Dredges, Hand Dredges, Trommels, Gold Vacs, High Bankers, Fluid bed Gold Traps, Gold Pans, Sluices, Dry Washers, Miller Tables, Rp4 Shaker table etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by russau View Post
    I was going to build one just like GGs ! Ive got all the parts sitting there in my shop BUT being a F.O.G. im not going to build it! Plus ive run out of spaces to store it anyway!
    I know what you mean about running out of space Russ, not only that but now that age is creeping up on me (65) I'm finding less and less use for bulky equipment that is too labor intensive. Besides the loading and unloading and getting it set up the fact that my 15" trommel eats paydirt as fast as two men can shovel is enough to wear me out just thinking about it.

    I'm in the process of building a mini floating 3" dredge/highbanker/sluice/combo on wheels that makes use of a quick and easy to clean detachable fluid bed gold trap to make life easier while maintaining the ability to run a good amount of material. My 4" dredge is getting to be just too much work if you know what I mean and I think you do. This way I'll have just one small manageable piece of equipment that will easily convert to the task at hand.

    I have to downsize as my Wife and I are selling the house/property and going RV'ing full time. My nephew is getting the 4" dredge but all our other belongings/equipment that wont fit into a 40' motorhome or the towed Jeep will be sold/auctioned off.

    GG~
    Last edited by Goodyguy; Aug 01, 2015 at 09:28 PM.

  10. #10
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    Apr 2011
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    Buddy I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one considering full timing. I am converting an Eagle bus for that purpose and plan to be homeless in a couple more years.

    Wes
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    Seen it all,Done it all,Can't remember most of it.

  11. #11
    us
    I can dig it! "WP"

    Mar 2007
    Arizona
    Bounty Hunter's, Whites TM 808, Whites GMT, Suction Dredges, Hand Dredges, Trommels, Gold Vacs, High Bankers, Fluid bed Gold Traps, Gold Pans, Sluices, Dry Washers, Miller Tables, Rp4 Shaker table etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldgit'r View Post
    Buddy I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one considering full timing. I am converting an Eagle bus for that purpose and plan to be homeless in a couple more years.

    Wes
    Going to be hard parting with my trommel, ore crusher, slate miller table, gold vac, table saw, drill press, m416 adventure trailer, etc. and other belongings but we're excited about going full time gypsy. Keep in touch and maybe we can meet up on a dig somewhere.

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    Most likely we will hole up somewhere in Florida during the winters and work the beaches for bling and such. The rest of the year we plan to gold, gem and treasure hunt so there is no telling where that will take us. Canada, Alaska, Nevada, California, Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, are on the list to name a few.

    Go for the gold
    GG~
    Last edited by Goodyguy; Aug 16, 2015 at 03:39 AM.

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    sd
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    Sad to know that you should part with such creations, that you spent time and energy into building and modifying them but at some point in our lives we have to make such hard decisions like these. Lucky folks who would buy some of your gears. Top class craftsmanship and easy to mod/repair

    May be someday you can make it over our way in Africa ? You'll be always welcome if you decide to try the tropics

    I have had learned a lot from your posts (makes)
    Hope you find a bunch of the yellow stuff every way you go
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    GG,,,, Ginger and I are getting real close to going full time. I had a few health issues that set us back a little. Looking at Fifth Wheels and Motorhomes, trying to see which will be a better fit. We are back in Louisiana at this time, as obama has shut down our pipeline project.
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    us
    May 2011
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    goodyguy, where did you get that trailor ? that is exactly what i have been looking for.

  15. #15
    us
    I can dig it! "WP"

    Mar 2007
    Arizona
    Bounty Hunter's, Whites TM 808, Whites GMT, Suction Dredges, Hand Dredges, Trommels, Gold Vacs, High Bankers, Fluid bed Gold Traps, Gold Pans, Sluices, Dry Washers, Miller Tables, Rp4 Shaker table etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by davin View Post
    goodyguy, where did you get that trailor ? that is exactly what i have been looking for.
    It's an M416 military trailer used behind jeeps during the Vietnam war. I bought mine off Craigslist but they are getting harder and harder to find.
    I have mine listed for $1495 picked up here in Indiana. That price includes two spare tires on rims and a pintle hitch.
    Prices on them vary according to condition and outfitting for use as an adventure trailer.


    GG~
    Last edited by Goodyguy; Oct 18, 2015 at 07:20 PM.
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