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LipCa
06:11:31 Wed
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Dredger,
I'm going to jump in here before Peluk because I have a Gold Cube and he does not.

The trays are not adjustable.

The "second" tray is actually the first collection tray. The first tray is a "slick plate".

In my experience, the amount of blacksands that remain depends on how long you let the trays clean out before shutting off the water. As you know the longer you run the water, the more chance you have for fine gold to move.

That said, No matter how much material you run through the trays, And no matter how much gold gathers in the trays, you will have approximately 1/2 cup of material in each tray to "finish" out.

Your turn, Peluk:smile:

  
dredger
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Hey LipCa,

Thanks , and I hear what you say,.
" As you know the longer you run the water, the more chance you have for fine gold to move ".
Half a cup each tray,
Sounds ok, as long as you are meticulous in watching for gold to appear in the last tray, you can get a good concentrate,
dredger.
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shaftsinkerawc
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I picked one up and am still testing. I seem to have flakey schist so have to size to minus 20 mesh to keep the flakes from plugging the vortex mat. Also my garnets do seem to linger but not sure they're plugging up but seem to keep moving allowing the Au to get under? Have not run for extended time but have ran 3 or 4 buckets of minus 20 mesh at one time and the second tray seems to hold most Au. Picture soon. Happy diggin

  
shaftsinkerawc
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Sorry, no picture. Some follow up. I modified the feed tray to a fluid riffle feed with draglines 4 TPI matt. No big Au in my area yet. Will be doing more testing next month?

  
chickenminer
18:26:32 Sat
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Alan,
Glad you brought this thread back up. Would really like to see a photo of your modification if possible.
Ideas for better coarse gold recovery are what I'm looking for.

As soon as I get it all together, I'll post my impression of the Cube after using it all summer.



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chickenminer
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Okay,
Here are my thoughts on the Gold Cube after using it for clean-ups this summer.

I like the Cube design but I am still not sold on the "vortex mat". Yes the Cube catches fine gold and it does a good job.

Pros... The compact design is a winner. I like the stacking trays.
The rate you can feed the Cube is impressive.
Very good fine gold recovery (-20 mesh)

Cons... Unacceptable loss of gold coarser than 20 mesh in standard configuration.
Vortex mats apparent abhorrence to water!
Cumbersome to clean the trays, I would like to see the mat removeable.

Here are some photos from a clean-up of a typical 4 hour run of my washplant. Vast majority of my gold is -14 mesh.

The first tray of a 4 stack Cube


Second tray


Third tray


Here is a close-up of the size/shape gold that the Cube does a poor job of recovery on. This is on the last (third) tray.


The concentrates were screened to -14 mesh before running in the cube.
Losses were close to 30% of gold sized between -14/+20.

Now remember not everyones concentrates and/or gold shape are the same. This is just my testing with my concentrates.

My idea is to reconfigure an additional tray of the Cube, with different matting, to see if I can improve the coarse gold recovery in the -14 to +20 size range.




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kaveman
16:32:32 Mon
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Does look like the larger stuff is flowing on through. The best solution might be to screen smaller and run the +20 over something else. I think we've got a similar problem with our drop riffle highbanker. I see way too many large 'kitey' flakes in the tails and lower sluice, not to mention on the ground rejected across the screen between the top and bottom sluice. It's not comforting to look down and see visible gold in the dirt under your cleanup gear!

We've got a gold cube, but it's still in its shipping box at home. I'm finishing up the season now and plan to take some cons home to play with over the winter where we'll get to see how it works.

Trying to get a visual on the quantity. You say this cleanup in the cube is from a 4-hour run? Do you know yet how much is in there? What's a typical cleanup run weight-wise? I don't mean to be nosy,......I'm just trying to get a feel for what so many dwt or an oz looks like in the trays.

I didn't have time to set up my normal cleanup system this trip so I'm doing a quick-n-dirty with the LeTrap in the main sluice like we used to do with the dredge. Again, I'm having a difficult time gauging how much gold is in the LeTrap. Haven't used one for cleanup in more than 20yrs. We've been pretty consistent at 1/2oz per hr though the plant and I've got 1/2 of the cons from a 6hr run in the LeTrap, so I'm 'guesstimating' 1.5oz. Anyone more familiar with the green thing care to hazard a guess? The first three small riffles are full of gold and the next three deeper riffles are carrying quite a lot.

  
kaveman
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chickenminer
23:12:55 Mon
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Kev,
Sure I could just screen to -20, but I'm looking to improve the Cube so I can use it as a one-stop cleanup machine for gold in the -14 mesh on down.
Seems to me this could be accomplished by the use of a different matting type in one or two trays.

It seems on average one tray of the cube will hold 6 ounces of -20 mesh stuff. I never actually weighed just one tray, but the three trays you see were just shy of 8 ozs total.



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Rod_Seiad
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I don't have a Gold Cube but I've worked with roughtop conveyor belting. I'm not sure what exactly is "vortex" mat. They look the same.

I improved the rt mat in my sluice by removing a few rows of material. My sluice is 8' x 1'. I used my bench grinder to grind down an entire row then leave 2-5 rows. The larger drop zone encouraged evacuation of black sand and will catch the larger gold. Keep removing rows until you like what you see.

Left alone the rt mat loads-up, clogs and hardpacks with black sand. It can't escape. Then the subsequent gold dances on down and out.

I have no idea of your problem with the lack of complete "wetting". That'll need to be corrected before anything can be trusted to work proper. I would contact the Gold Cube maker for that problem.



  
kaveman
03:24:55 Tue
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Maybe I'll come up with some good ideas in a few weeks once I've actually tried out the cube, but for now how about some possibly 'less than good' ideas?

Actually, I like Rod_Seiad's idea of cutting out some rows. Pretty simple and quite possibly effective. Vortex mat is just roughtop conveyor, but If they didn't call it something special they couldn't sell it for the prices asked. I would imagine that you might be hesitant to carve up your expensive matting, but if you want to try I've got LOTS of spare roughtop. I'd be happy to send you replacement sections and perhaps you can incorporate a removable system for easier cleanup?

Before seeing Rod's suggestion of cutting out rows I was thinking that perhaps some of the roughtop I've got has a more aggressive weave to it. Won't know for certain until I return home in a week or so. I do have a 95' roll here, but without the cube I'd just be guessing whether or not it's any different(doesn't appear to be).

I was also thinking of a drop riffle feed sluice above the cube, but you'd need to reroute the water supply and unless the feed sluice is very narrow I think you'd not be able to balance your water between the sluice and the cube. Possibly the riffled sluice would be better on the discharge end, but again you'd need to figure a width that would work with the available water(or add some quantity through a second line).

Or,...........you could grind your cons to -20. :devil:

  
peluk
12:04:28 Tue
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"A one stop cleanup" is something I've abandoned long ago.It went the way of the riffled beachbox. Cleanup is just recovery with a reduced pressure to accommodate a different recovery medium...mats,roughtop conveyor or whatever. Different specimens sizes and shapes have to be considered.As you've said,Dick,not everyone's gold is the same.
In those LeTrap photos of Kaveman's,I don't see flour or flat.It appears that the gold he has is caught adequately by the LeTrap.That may be you answer for your larger specimen gold if not flat.

As mentioned,here are some more comments on my experience with the roughtop conveyor matting as well as The Cube.

After I finshed my stockpiled material from last year,I was out of pay gravel.About that time,I got a knock on the door from the owner of a "surf crawler'.He said he and his crew had no time for cleanups and he wanted me to clean his cons.
By then,I had my equipment dialed in just right for flour gold.That is because the larger sizes were not even in the 14,000 lbs I had run.

He had large and small specimen, and a remarkable amount of flour gold.I asked him how he accomplished that in such a flow.He said he uses roughtop conveyor in one of his sluices under miner's moss and expanded metal.He is aware of the wetting out problem(air entrapment) with the roughtop belting and they scrub prep with soap prior to each day's run.

Well,what it comes down to in cleaning up his concentrates is this.9 buckets would typically take 15-16 hours of work.
He was not aware of "the Cube" incidentally and he will work with one this winter to see its capabilities.I don't use one but based on reports from dredgers,I recommended he give it a shot.
I gave him this example.Another dredger came by and asked if I'd test his tailings(3 buckets) which had been run through a Cube and a Keene cleanup sluice which is basically 2 buckets and,a small sluice with Keene wonder mat.He wanted me to test it because he had 1 1/2, 55 gallon barrels with tails from this last season.He was going to ship it out to Texas to clean over the winter.
I showed him quickly the flaw in that plan.I dug into each bucket,took out a big handful and panned each sample.There was nothing of note.That means,anyplace on the miles of beach,I could pick up a handful of sand and get that amount.It doesn't pay enough to make it worthwhile to ship and clean.It meant his Cube and Keene sluice were doing a good job.
I better close this before I lose it.I can explain the 16 hour routine if necessary later.





  
peluk
12:31:36 Tue
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So here's the routine for the 16 hour cleanup I mentioned.
1)All his material goes through my beachbox on the beach and it is screened to window mesh in the hopper(16-17 mesh).All oversize,and there was plenty,would show up on the screen which is at least 3' long.with a whisk broom I sweep the screens after each individual load and collect that in a tub.
All gold caught in the various recovery mediums of the beachbox are gathered after all buckets have been run.
The material is then taken to the yard and run through recycling units of different design and specialized for the size and shape gold fed to them.
Since that has nothing to do with the Cube or roughtop conveyor,I won't go into it.
First of all,you want speed and second of all you want to run different sizes in the same recovery unit.I don't think that works.
I should have asked the dredger with the tails what he did for his larger specimen gold.

I screen to -30 for my small gold recovery unit.It takes more time than screening to -20 but I think it pays off.

Oh,I've found the larger sized gold I brush off the screen,even flat,can be caught in another recovery unit later using ribbed rubber under small expanded in a very shallow flow.Those specimens would be +16 to-12. Larger yet is panned while the other sizes are washing.

After finishing his material,another mining outfit asked me to do theirs.It took a similar amount of time for the same amount of cons but yielded 5 times the return.

  
chickenminer
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Kev...
Adding a drop riffle section at the discharge of the Cube might be worth trying.
I'm just not a big fan of the rough-top mat, so I would rather try some other style.



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chickenminer
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Chick,
I hear ya on the one-size-fits-all cleanup system. But I think it is doable with the Cube. Just gonna take some tweaking to get that -14 to +20 size recovery rate within my acceptable limit.



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shaftsinkerawc
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For clarification I plugged the water inlet and then just ran a 1/2" pipe over the top to a tee and to both edges in the trough. Drilled 1/8" holes along the bottom every 3/8" ? I feed only at the front of the trough. I have 5 trays so may make one for magnetics removal and also try one with mismatch cutouts and another with every other rib cut out?

Wish I had the Au you have chickenminer, I watch my lower trays as I feed too let me know if one area is overloading as your photo seems to show. Just feed more to the other side if one is loading up.

Kaveman, did you save the tailings/concentrate that you took the picture of the LeTrap from? Would be interesting to see what would come from a rerun in the Cube.
Everyone be safe and have fun getting ready for the snow. awc

  
chickenminer
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Quote: shaftsinkerawc at 18:24:41 Wed Oct 16 2013

I watch my lower trays as I feed too let me know if one area is overloading as your photo seems to show. Just feed more to the other side if one is loading up.


Alan,
This becomes obvious to anyone that uses a Cube more than once. The need to NOT feed continously in the same spot.

I can see auto-feeders being a problem. The roughtop mat just does not hold much material.



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geowizard
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I agree with awc;

"Wish I had the Au you have chickenminer"

It's a nice cleanup but as chickenminer knows better than anyone else, it comes at a price! :smile:

A fellow miner this season after having poor results with his 4" suction dredge exclaimed; " I am looking to get a 250 ounce cleanup like xyz got down the road."

Xyz mining also spent $1,000,000 on that circular jig that came out of the Yukon last winter and was flown in on a $30,000 C-130 charter and sledded 40 miles over a winter trail with a D10 that broke down and spent the season parked next to the road.

- Geowizard

  
kaveman
15:25:06 Thu
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Yeah, it ain't easy and it ain't cheap. After all these years I'm not sure we wouldn't be ahead if we'd just paid $10,000/oz for all of our gold and took up golf instead.




Some things about this pic,.......

It's pretty obvious which pockets weren't 'wetted'. Look at the blanks right in the middle of the 'field of gold'. The gold passes right over the bubble. They're still not wetted. There's got to be some really harsh detergent or something to scrub the vortex down with. Should be a one time serious cleaning. I'd leave it out in the weather over the winter myself. I see this belting on the aircraft belly loaders all the time(one of the few advantages of flying night freight,..........I get to inspect lots of conveyor belting). It's out in the weather 24/7/365 and I guarantee all the mold release is long gone. It's completely wetted from a morning dew.

I also think you need to clean up the trays more often. The pockets of this first tray are completely filled with gold and it's acting like a second slick. In fact, even the second recovery tray is slicked halfway down the length leaving little more that the final tray active, at least in what appears to be your favored feed area. I remember someone mentioning(peluk,.......maybe earlier in the thread?)that someone cleaned up when visible gold ran only three inches down the first recovery surface. More open pockets are going to catch more of the harder to grab larger flakes.

Again, I haven't taken mine out of the box, so I'm guessing, but wouldn't it be relatively simple and quick to take that first recovery tray and give it a quick inverted dunk in a cleanup tub and stick it back in the stack? I don't mean clean out every last visible spec but just a dunk to clear the pockets and get it back to work. Maybe rinse it down to get loose gold off the frame, but not worry so much about the matting itself. A complete extra tray to swap out in mid run would probably be the best idea. Just pinch off the water, swap a tray, and press on.

If we all had 8oz cleanups to deal with I'm sure something could be worked out, but 99 out of a hundred of these things will probably never see a one ounce cleanup so you might have to make some concessions.
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chickenminer
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Kev...
Yes, the 'wetting' is an issue I'm still working on. I've scrubbed and scrubbed those trays soaps/detergents.
A harsher solvent may be called for to prep them.

As for cleaning out the tray more often ... why have a 4 stack tray then ? I don't think this is the issue. I've run this Cube all summer. Many, many tests of all kinds. Frequent cleaning on the top tray, tests with certain screen size only, various water flows, use of surfactant or not ... you name it.

My opinion here is after using/testing the Cube all summer. Not one single run.
I also state the Cube does a very good job at -20 mesh gold recovery. Even on the run you see the photos of. Negligible fine gold loss.
The coarser gold loss was apparent in all the tests I ran. From the very first scoop of cons. Plus, the bulk of the coarser gold that does get caught is in the troughs, not in the mat!



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billcosta_rica
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looks like you and Kevin have it pretty figured out . no auto feed. center stacking, so you need something that will catch the course gold that is too big for the cube. looks like to me that the la trap drop riffle would do the job. cheap and easy to set up. that should catch all the flippers that are coming out of the cube. I donít own a gold cube or la trap but it sounds like the way to go to me.

bill/cr
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baub
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I use 2 Le Traps in series to feed a 2x4 foot P/S sluice.
The L/T gets the few biggies and the P/S gets the rest.
You might try leaving the r/t mat in a trough with a harsh detergent for an extended time while checking on it regularly. How long you ask? Until it works the way you want it to. Start with a 2 hour soak, then 4 etc.
A local miner here has the complete setup with an additional gadget on top and he swears by the G/C.

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kaveman
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We didn't seem to have any problems running the Cube, but different gold(and not as much of it), and we only had about one gallon of cons so didn't have nearly as much black sand to contend with.

We took the new trays from the box and sprayed them down with Fantastic Kitchen Cleaner and let them soak. Sprayed them three days in a row and then just ran them. Didn't scrub,.......didn't wet. I did assemble the Cube and let clean water flow through it for a few minutes and then decided not to run that day so it sat out wet overnight. Then we started it up and ran the cons the next day. We had some air pockets, but it didn't seem to cause too much trouble. Recovery was excellent. We ended up with three oz from the cons and 98-99% of the recovery was in the top tray(Vortex and first trough). If you look closely at the trough you can see that we didn't do a very good job of screening, but I expected that we'd rerun the material anyway and I wanted to see what it would do, figuring that we'd screen better for the second run. Well, there was so little gold in the tails we never did bother.









Second recovery tray,........

I didn't bother to take a picture of the bottom tray.

There were maybe two dozen large flakes in the second recovery tray and one visible flake in the bottom tray. Sloshed the tails around in the tub(remember, there wasn't very much concentrate to start with)and I'm fairly confident that there was ONE small flake in the tub. We panned the top tray separate from the bottom two trays and got 60dwt from the top,.......estimating 1/2dwt from the bottom two combined. That's throw-away gold. I can honestly say that I'd almost be happy with the slick and a single recovery tray and let that one percent go(along with 2/3 of the black sands), but since we have them we'll run the four tray system. I'm only going to continue to pan the top tray though, dumping the bottom pans off and saving for a final cleanup at the end of the season. I can't see the additional 1% being worth three times the cleanup effort on a daily basis.

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kaveman
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BIG PICS.








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chickenminer
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Kev..
Good test. I liked hearing that.
What did you screen the cons to ?

I noticed in one of my tests, where I only screened to 8 mesh, that the troughs held a lot more coarser material. Which seemed to promote holding back more of the coarser gold in the troughs.

It will be interesting to hear your observations after you use the Cube for a summer.
I sure like mine for this fine gold !



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kaveman
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Kinda hard to say what it was screened to. Generally speaking most of it went through a sifter that looks to be about 9 mesh, but there were quite a few larger pebbles that probably wouldn't have gone through quarter mesh. This bucket of cons had leavings from several different sources from the last year or so and I wasn't set up with my regular screening gear when I left so it was never screened systematically.

I agree 100% with your observation that the courser heavies in the troughs seem to help hold the larger flake gold. It almost looks like a shotbed in the enlarged pictures and I suspect it works like a non-pulsed jig. The remaining material has been sorted by the water and only the heavy, rounded darks(hematite/magnetite)are left. Very noticeable when cleaning the trays as the material left in the troughs is loose and pours out cleanly. If you've ever poured shot into the hopper of your shotshell loader you'd recognize the feeling. I'm thinking it might well be worth the effort to seed the troughs with something initially. Lead birdshot would be perfect but steel shot would be easier to separate from the gold during cleanup. Copper plated steel BB's might be the perfect bedding,......fairly heavy, magnetic, rust resistant. They're between 5-6 mesh(.177"), so if they escape the trough they won't hold up in the vortex and they'll drop to the next trough.

  
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Hi All and Hullo Lip CA

Its Trevor from New Zealand back again. I have had a rest from gold for about 5 years. But have decided to get back into it. This time around I am going small scale, no more 6 or 4 inch dredges and spending the day underwater dredging. I am now now down to a two and a half inch suction nozzle and will be concentrating on flood gold held high on inside bends. But I also know some places where there are both flakey gold and flood gold, so I have designed a set up, that is actually a catch all, and believe me it will.

You may or not know that " The Cube" had its origins in New Zealand, and is based on a principle that I was using when I worked black sand sea beaches. Mike Pung the designer of the Cube, had trouble catching fine gold at a Lake up near Canada. He saw an article I had written online about the boil box system. He followed the principle, and it worked for him. He contacted me to see if I had the patient on it and wanted to know if he could take it further in the US. I told Mike, Mate go for it. The principle was used by early black sanders at Charleston. West Coast NZ . I just copied it and it worked for me. Those miners were actualy from the Shetland Isles which are up near England somewhere.

So Mike and his partner Red ran with it, did lots of R and D
and came up with a pateintable version of the principle. And so " The Cube" was born. It is actually a gravitational column that produces the effect and fine gold catching abilities. The slat in the boil box creates a hydraulic back pressure, so as the material and water move from the boil box and up and over the lip, they rise, and that is our column.
Gravity and the specific gravity of the materials then come into play. Lights rise to the top of the column, heavies stay at the bottom. So the gold being the heaviest gets first chance at the catching medium. In the case of the Cube, being rough top. I am sure if you could slow a video down of the column in action you would see it pause, before gravity takes over and it collapses, but of course this is happening every milli second and so it seems a continuous flow. What goes up, must pause, before it comes down. In the case of the column, it collapses in a forward motion. And that is why it has such a unique and successful attribute for catching gold.

I will post again shortly addressing Mike the Chicken Miners dilema of wanting a catch all and address the added bonus of the Cube, of catching gold in the bottom of the boil box. And will add some pics of my gear I am developing and putting together. Hopefully later today.
I have to relearn how to use photobucket.

Cheers Trev ( From Downunder)
Oh I got to Alaska 5 years ago. Drove up with an American Friend from Washington State. That was a long drive. Mainly around Fairbanks, looking at some ground with him. Up Central way. Then went out the other side, up the pipeline road, a few hundred clicks. There was a small town up there with hot springs. Stayed up a remote valley
at that guys place who's wife wrote a book. They were the last Homesteaders from the lower 49. Damm my memory is getting bad. He died several years ago. Fell out of a tree whilst setting a bear bait drum. He was a professional hunter/guide. I think you guys call them outfitters. Was in AK for about three weeks. Loved the place. And great tucker at Fast Eddies in Delta. See I have been there.

  
baub
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Glad to see you back Trev.

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Hi All

Right gunna try to add a pic or two.
And how am I gunna lift that high. Well thats a secret for now. But rest assured I have achieved it. The secret bit is not in the pics. And its not a power jet or a suction nozzle. Its my catch all set up for primary delivery, A few months back I contacted Mike Pung of " The Cube" to get a cost on one delivered to New Zealand. Mike bless his heart, said Trev I would be honoured to send you one for free, we have it here, and it will be on its way in a day or two. And it was the Gold Banker, with the stainless grizzley. And that is what has got me back into gold. But I hate shoveling, so I have adapted things a bit so I can suck.. Rights if the pics are too big, sorry Boss. This is all a new learning curve for me. And yep Dick reckon I can help you with a catch all, esp that skippy gold, well I will do my best.







Hope these work

Cheers Trev

  
JOE_S_INDY
12:23:44 Mon
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Re: Followup on "The Cube"

G'Day Trev!

Well, that is a slick looking setup you have there, yes sir - a good'un. The "nugget trap" is certainly a well tested one and the discharge to the bank run configured 'cube' is well thought out.

One question on water volumes. Will the water volume in the Keene dredge portion overpower the 'cube? If the secret lifting procedure is to incorporate a hydraulic lift - well that might also add water volume as well.

I attempted to use a 2" dredge discharge through my G-1 last summer and I felt that I might have had just too much water flow there. It was a brief try - but seemed to be that way.

I had thought to use a 6" wide "Scoot Chute Sluice Box" (carpeted with Gold Hog mats) as an experiment between my small trommel and the G-1 highbanker. That idea has been put on a back burner since the ground has proven to be a mis-match for the trommel itself.

Well, the 'Honey-Do List is calling.

Great to see you back on the Gold Hunt!

Joe




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