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AceHand
00:38:54 Tue
May 11 2010

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Sidewinder Sluice

Now here's an interesting design for a box.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VyTAs043Mk&NR=1
Good Luck,
Tom

  
Muley
16:02:08 Tue
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Ace, Thank for posting that video. I've been wanting to build a box like that for years but never got around to it, hey if it works in the rivers and creeks then it should work great in a sluice box.
at the Fresno GPAA gold show last year and this one there is a club that has a box build on the same principles set up and running with visable gold in the low pressure eddy 's and it is pretty impressive.
What I don't like about the sidewinder video is they don't show any clean up too see how fine of gold. For it too really be impressive they need to put a known and size gold in mix of sand / mblacksand and run it through the box and see if any get's away.

Gold luck to ya,
Muley

  
apostrophe
18:52:18 Tue
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right on muley. there must be 5 videos there with no clean-up. still, the concept is very interesting. i'd like to see one on a dredge but you'd absolutely have to have a sluice box tender or the big rocks would clog the thing up in a second. i also wonder how a smaller version would work on a clean-up machine.
apos

  
peluk
01:57:36 Wed
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Now there's a good teaching tool.I was thinking that it would be nice if he had built one that more closely resembles creek banks with smoother bends.He did,it's right there in the list of related videos.It doesn't appear to be collecting as well as the model that is highlighted in your post however.it may have been the earlier version.

I have been out on the beach for the last couple of evenings.The thawing creek is being diverted by the ice dam so it runs across the beach.As it does,it runs through what looks like unproductive sand but it is sorting beautifully.It looks like an aerial photo of any creek as it meanders through a treeless terrain....like the Yukon cutting through areas of sand bars or silt deposition.It's an excellent opportunity to see where the heavy sand collects.
such as garnet and the ferrous sands too.It would be an excellent tool for a class outing let alone for prospectors.

You can follow what would be miles of creek if these little rivulets were
actually full size and see by sampling what small terrain anomaly accounts for much more massive and deeper collection areas.All you have to do is take a small trowel load to find the different returns in percentages.
I believe you can use this as a reference when you eyeball a creek from a plane.

That Sidewinder creates a similar picture though not as varied in results due to its uniformity in design.
My kingdom for a busload of tourists interested in prospecting....they'd go nuts!

  
Reg_O
02:46:41 Thu
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Lol Peluk

I thought I was the only one who sat hunched over trickles of spring runoff watching how the sand was being clasiffied, all the while trying to ignore the strange looks you get from people walking by. Glad to see I have company, hehe.

Reg
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auldrider
12:23:13 Fri
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Made something similar in my circulating system in order to simulate stream and river behaviour!
Once established, fired lead and bits of heavy stuff into it to watch the behaviour and how the heavies move down the bed.
Was really interesting simulation.
Heavies travel down a bed just like a motorcycle travels down a road straightening out the corners. (on closed roads only, of course)

  
George_Cameron
15:55:45 Fri
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Here's a video of his cleanup. It gets a bunch of small flakes, but the really fine stuff doesn't seem to be there.

He likes to talk...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=466CChaCNRw

  
apostrophe
15:21:57 Sat
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i see what you mean. any sluice would pick that up. still, the sluice looks interesting and it might have real possibilities with some finer tuning.
apos

  
kaveman
15:40:01 Sat
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I don't see any evidence that it upgrades the concentrates. Looks like a bunch of stuff drops out of the flow initially and once that area is taken up,..................nothing more happens. That might just be how it 'looks'; can't say for sure. Not familiar with the exact material they're running, but what's holding back in the sluice doesn't look like heavy cons from my area.

  
Au_Seeker
17:31:13 Sat
May 15 2010

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The only way to see if this sluice design is better than "anything" out there is to run a known material/gold content through it and catch the tailings and see what the sluice maybe losing.

I haven't seen that test of this sluice as of yet!!


Skip

  
tenderfootminer
18:55:02 Sat
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I have noticed that no matter what sluice I am using if its not overloaded or water to fast the gold is always right in the top.90%of my gold stays in the carpet right after the flare.therefore I believe any sluice will work but to me its more important how much material can i run through it before it plugs or overloads.finding a sluice you can hog more material in means more gold in my opinion :smile:

  
peluk
22:48:33 Sat
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If that is the case,it would seem the next development is to make that top section removable more often,a replacement mat or whatever put in its place,and the highbanking would again proceed.
Maybe the flow could be reduced,shut off or diverted while this takes place.Some bedding is less susceptible to flushing with momentary water surge.

  

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