Denver Gold pan found anyone use one?

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I have a chance to buy a Denver gold pan for around the asking price of $3,000.00. I'm thinking that is to much. Anyone use one and any opinions on the Denver gold pan?
 
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Well I'm thinking this one is foolish enough to go back take a better look and make an offer on it to see what happens.......lol
 
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They made a duplex unit that used a trommel to feed it. I really don’t think it will work well as a dry machine, they have dubious recovery rates even with water. My family’s spot was sampled with one back in the 70ies the story is it blew out all the fines, they had to rerun all the samples through a sluice box, after that they ran a sluice on the discharge trough. I saw this one for sale at Lunds in Nevada they wanted 2,500. It has all parts, the water pump is mounted inline with the shaker mechanism so it used a single small engine. New OEM parts are impossible to find for it, if the rubber pans are shot you will need to figure out how to make new ones. In my opinion they are an antique curiosity and there are cheaper lighter more functional things available now. It’s like the Stampmill, having a small Stampmill would be fun if your a nerd like me but they are slow and need specialty replacement parts such as replacement dies and shoes which cannot be fabricated by shoestring operations on the fly.
I hear what you are saying as the rubber mat pans are garbage by now. Think one will have to rebuild the whole pan set up or start from scratch.
 
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If you go back to look at it can you take some pictures of it?
Not a bad idea if the fellow does not mind.
I'm thinking I could use a lot of the metal if he really wants to get rid of it. I think it needs to be built from the basic useable parts from scratch.
 
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When I payed a machinist to rebuild my crusher core frame and bearings it costed like 2 1/2 times what I though it would. I'm thinking this project has to start very low as a base cost to even think about it.
 
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What is the lowest price anyone has seen these units?
 
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Must be antique value.
Correct as no one in there right mind would pay that to use as is. Most likely a whole new pan system would have to be made today. I think the rubber / coco mat pans are garbage. I really did not look at the unit very much at all as I could not pick up the heavy pan units by hand.
 
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To bad I can't show an example of a panning unit selling for non antique price out there.
 
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There is this thing that operates in a similar manner.
Yes works the same way and concept of collecting most of the heavies down at the bottom.

The only reason I'm willing to go through the trouble of rebuilding a large boat anker is to run tons of materials through it in a short time frame on a claim itself as well to control the mesh size process.
 
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There is this thing that operates in a similar manner.
After thinking about it you make a great point of going very small scale is smart. The project is to big a project and to hard to move around. Thanks.
 
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I want to thank everyone for saving me some real money with your inputs.
 
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Now that the weather is getting better I may go take another look at the Denver pan. I'm sure the price is still way to high........lol
The only good part is the shaking action shaft.
 

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