The part the rubber flap is connected to, flips up toward the front of the sluice to use a rod to unjam rocks from the jet and clean and check the first mat and punch plate. More to come.This was made from old aluminum meat trays, that I cut the lip off of and started bending in a vise. Nothing fancy, all by hand at my dads shop. A cheap pack of aluminum pop rivets and the crash box is done.
I was thinking about putting a baffle of some kind in the crash box.Those little proline high banker dredge combo units in stock configuration tend to not have very good recovery, the jet come right up into the box under the hopper, there is no baffle or flare to slow down the flow before the I have seen pickers get blown through one. I’m personally a fan of flare headers but they do increase the length of the machine. Having the motor mounted like that should really vibrate the sluice.