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auldrider
08:44:01 Thu
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You can take the man out of Christmas but you can't take Christmas out of the man!

Enjoy it (the enjoyment of a new toy) while you still can. Cheers, John.

  
tabwyo
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I didn't make it all the way into the claim I was wanting to work last wekend. The creek was up from all the melt and I didn't want to risk it. I did work about 4 hours on another claim. This claim covers some massive tailings from a turn of the century (1900 not 2000) operation. So all one is expected to find is finer gold. I'd run 10 shovels then clean up and go right back to work. I got 5 clean ups down and just wore out. Come to find out after a trip to the ER then next day I have walking pneumonia. Not wonder I felt like doo doo. No pics though, i forgot to grab the camera.

I feel tons better this week so I think we may go hit a different club claim before the rest of the pack gets to it. The area isn't hard to work. just a pain to get heavier equipment into because of a 100 yard walk in at about a 75 degree angle. this spot has my blood pumping though. I checked it out while there was still ice on the creek and then laters after we had a good melt then a ton of snow and another melt. The creek must have packed off with broken ice and snow and jumped the bank on the south side. Expossing and area of bedrock about 20 feet wide and 120 feet long. This exposed rock was under about a foot of soil the last time I checked the spot. So I am hoping to be working on virgin rock.

  
MadJack
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Quote: DanBrunner at 05:23:35 Thu May 14 2009

I just got notice of my G1 shipping tonight. Hopefully I'll have some pictures or videos ready in a week or two. Any requests from you guys as I move forward with this? I was thinking of video taping the unwrapping and assembly of the unit for starters.


That would be a very short video! Mine took longer to get out of the box than to put it together. *grin*
Mine will get it's initial workout next weekend. I just have to make a long-bag to carry the legs in. Hey Joel, there's your first accessory!



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goldrushpro
04:48:05 Fri
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Sorry folks, I've been swamped and haven't been on the forum for two weeks to answer questions? I've been working myself into a dull sickness. But I can now see light at the end of the trommel and am getting control of this high volume production stuff.
Yeah, the big G-8 recovery system is finally ready to fine tune. The mine owner has gone through four types of power screens and the last one is working now. It's recovering down to the 350 mesh class and has saved the mine owner many ten's of thousands of dollars from using the G-1 system instead of implimenting all the jigs, whirly gigs and spinners. At this point I can say that if anyone is going to build a secondary recovery system for thier trommel operation - another small trommel screen at the end of your primary sluice would save you much time and trouble. 1/8th inch punch plate rolled and a simple roller frame with the sluice pouring right into it! Maybe a little fine spray bar added to make sure it's fully screened and then delivered into the plumbing .

I should also note that these sluices have had 500 to 600 yards per day - seven days a week for over two months washing over them and they show no visible wear yet! That's a pretty darn good plug for ABS plastic in mining appications!
Okay - back to work!
Thanks,
Joel

  
baub
16:57:41 Fri
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Thanks Joel !! This is the very question that was on my mind ! I was in the process of digging up your fone number.

B

  
DanBrunner
06:03:08 Wed
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G1 Report: First weekend out with the new machine... I have to say I'm thoroughly impressed with the action on the G1. Its going to take me some time to get the flow fine tuned, but I can tell already, that this was a good purchase.

Heading out:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/daniel_brunner/3569252030/

Recovery:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/daniel_brunner/3568440219/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/daniel_brunner/3569252328/

This was after about 1 1/2 hours of running the machine. Me and a friend were double shoveling and the G1 kept on chuggin. We found it was best if one fed the hopper and one cleared away the collecting cobbles. Time was limited, but We probably got through about 8 -10 or so buckets of dirt.

  
MadJack
19:27:04 Wed
May 27 2009

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Well, we did our own "test" on the G-1 in Maine last weekend.
We first set it up and ran it as the highbanker it was designed to be. We shoveled into it as well as dumped buckets into it and at times put more into the hopper than we thought it should take [because it doesn't look as rugged as it actually is].
15+ lb. pieces of busted ledge were gently set into the hopper section to be washed with no damage to the G-1 at all. Yes, were being careful not to drop anything too heavy into or onto the G-1 but I suspect I could have ridden down the hill on it.

Most of what little gold we found was caught in the first riffle of the top tray.



After a day & a half highbanking, we decided to check our tailings by dredging them back into the G-1. Cleaned up and found no gold from the tails so I figured I'd run it through some cracks and bust up some ledge. Again, gold in the first riffle and the rest of the upper tray but as a dredge it sure did seem to "clean" most everything out of the top tray. Too much water I suspect due to revving the pump up to make up for a couple small hose cracks we found later. I'll have to play with the dredge setup again once I replace the bad hoses. Probably will have to flatten the upper tray next time as well.
The mid-jet, hose & pump/motor combo is from a Dahlke 2.5".

This rig is easy to carry long distances, easy to set up and very easy to clean up when you feel like you're in a "gold looking" spot.

Just for those skeptics;
I do not know Joel other than ordering the G-1 and some of his pans. I was given nothing [ product or $$$ ] to print the above statements. I have been mining off & on for 30 years and I'm just tired of over rated and over weight equipment.

Thanks Joel, for a great rig!



[2 edits; Last edit by MadJack at 19:32:51 Wed May 27 2009]



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goldrushpro
03:41:36 Tue
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MadJack,

Thank You!

I hope you get into some flood gold areas where you can see how much fine and ultra fine gold this unit can produce also.

Thanks,
Joel

  
Nitro_54
01:02:35 Tue
Jun 16 2009

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Right now the G1 is at the top of my short Highbanker list.

  
DanBrunner
00:48:26 Sun
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Just ordered the 3" Dredge adapter for my G1. I cant wait till July 15th gets here so I can run this in the creek.

  
tabwyo
01:01:14 Mon
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Here's photos from this weekend with the G-1. I ditched th BBQ grate in favor of flat expanded over nomad. I ran stock in this very same hole and recovered 1/2 of the -100 then I did with the header mat and the "daisy damper" in the lower box. This area I am working is early 30's talings. So big part of he reason, IMO, that I am not getting into a ton of facepowed yet is because I m working the tops of theses piles down. Perhaps th farther out from e top I go the finer I'll find.




[1 edits; Last edit by tabwyo at 01:04:08 Mon Jun 22 2009]

  
Nitro_54
04:16:28 Wed
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Do you have any pictures of your setup without the water running ?? I'd very much like to see your mods.

  
tabwyo
03:34:49 Thu
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I certainly can his weekend. i'll take pic as I am setting up. But basically it's unbacked nomad over 1/2 inch flat expanded in the upper tray. Kind of a rip off of the "pay me" trays in other highbankers. And just enough daisy mat to cover the lead slick area at the head of the lower box. And I have taken to cleaning these mats on the run. I ran a le trap of the end of the G1 while doing this and didn't find aything in it. I go all day and cleans the mats about once an hour (3 minutes tops). I'll do a fourty shovel test this weekend. I'll take 40 scoops of the same hole stock and in mod mode.

  
baub
16:20:21 Thu
Jun 25 2009

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Be interested in the results. Thanks,

b

  
Eu_citzen
21:27:40 Thu
Jun 25 2009

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Very nice, however where's the gold pics?? :smile:

  
tabwyo
14:05:01 Tue
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The wife and I tangled with some bad seafod last Friday and were sick as dogs all weekend. The kids are off to stay with her folks till next week. So we are planning a 2 day/3 night trip up to Beaver Creek in the Miners Delight district of South Pass. Dredging season opens up on the 1st here. If my wetsuit shows up on time I'll get 2 days worth of dreding in.

  
goldstonehigh
01:26:25 Thu
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Thanks Tab!, "But basically it's unbacked nomad over 1/2 inch flat expanded in the upper tray. Kind of a rip off of the "pay me" trays in other highbankers. And just enough daisy mat to cover the lead slick area at the head of the lower box. And I have taken to cleaning these mats on the run. I ran a le trap of the end of the G1 while doing this and didn't find aything in it."

Tab, hope you DO get well soon, you could take mostly full strength(not light) cold beer with tomato juice mixed together, for medicine to relieve some of that sea food poisoning. Take the beer anyway if you are starting to feel better.

1) Did you make a mistake, do you mean unbacked nomad under 1/2 inch flat expanded in the upper tray, instead??

2) Also wouldn't it be better to have backed nomand instead of unbacked?? (Because the gold will fall right through the unbacked, or is that the whole point?)

Yes like the D&K Nugget top "pay me" tray.

And daisy mat(astro turf-artificial grass) cut longer and put vertically up the sides then this is clamped on the lower box.

Wow, so the LeTrap did not find anymore off of the end!!

Thanks again! gsh.
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tabwyo
02:25:40 Thu
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Well the picture correctes me but..... Yes, I mean unbacked under expanded. I used unbacked because it's what I had on hand. As it ran I saw a constant migration of blondes out of the nomad. The daisy mat as a header in the lower box quickly packs off with material. But where everything dumps in seems to catch a goodly amount of gold. So Ima keep it.

  
drayegon
05:27:51 Thu
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Hey Joel Have you got a back yard at the work shop? Got a place where a Guy could get a shower once in a while? Are there any hamburger joints within walking distance of the shop? Seems as you are having problems keeping up with your orders? OK how does this sound to you. I am waiting for my new truck to get built and be shipped to OR. It looks like a month or two maybe three the way things are going. I will catch a bus to Boise ID I like best to work from 6am to 11pm. I do not need a job as I am retired.I am only 59 but get kinda antsy sitting around not doing stuff. As soon as my truck gets to OR. I will let you know and then stay on for another week or two so you can get somebody to take over what I am doing. I won't just up and run on ya.

If it could help let me know and I will tell the wife I am going to be gone for a few weeks.

dray

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Julianh
05:23:56 Fri
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Joel, do you think a 2400 GMH Bilge Pump would do the trick for one of these things? I understand that you can only expect about 70% of the rated flow on a bilge pump, but it would be nice to have a non gas powered highbanker that could handle a decent amount of material.

  
Mikegdc
17:12:36 Mon
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Tab

I am interested why you have the two pieces of wood clamped in the upper 'hopper' area of your G1?

Thanks, oh, and how did the 40 shovel test go?

Mike G

  
tabwyo
14:12:57 Tue
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The wedges hold down my expanded over nomad.

The test was about nck and neck down to 100 mesh. Then the nomad in the header box really showed it stuff. It's such an easy addition. Even if the improvements in recovery are minimal it still worth it.

  
DanBrunner
01:50:01 Wed
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8 Buckets of material through the G1. It took about an hour to dig, transport, and process this (didn't have a good spot to set up the highbanker...



  
DanBrunner
02:45:57 Wed
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BTW, I'm heading out to the hills this weekend with the 3" dredge kit (finally). Hopefully i'll be back with some good photos. I'll let you know how it goes. Oh also, if you get this unit, I would recommend getting a small piece of plywood to use as the base. I've found it much easier to level a plank of wood than 4 individual legs.. Plus, its easier to clear away the extra material from the flat wood surface surface. It works a bit like a kick plate. I'm still dialing this thing in, but having fun in the meantime.

  
tanglefoot
09:57:12 Wed
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Has anyone tried the G-1 on the Nome beach yet?

Dan,
Good Idea on the plywood base, I'll try that, Thanks.

Tanglefoot

  
catsmeow
07:17:57 Fri
Aug 14 2009

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Does anybody have any experience with using a honda water pump on the G-1? more specificily 5 hp 152 gal/min....joel recomended that i get a pump from harbor freight but the shipping will take to long at this point and there is a honda dealer in my town that has water pumps....

  
RUSTY_HAPPY_CAM
14:52:19 Fri
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I am sure the suggestion of the Harbor fright pump was to save you money. Factory Honda pumps are one of the best built combination's on the market but tend to be on the expensive side. The WX15 should work ok on the High banker set up if you don't Ask to much of it or plan to use the suction nozzle. It is super light weight and easily carried. The WH15 would make an excellent choice if you plan on using a lot of hose, have high lift or want to use the suction nozzle. It is a high pressure pump that is close to a dredge pump in out put. Almost any of the Honda line will work for high banking, just some are better than others.

  
QuartzvilleMiner
15:28:28 Fri
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Just curious but most every comment in this thread says "found in first riffle on top tray". Has anyone found anything in the lower tray? If all the fines and ultras are in the top tray then what's the bottom tray for? Stability? Or is the stuff in the bottom so fine you can't see it without a micro?

  
gold_tender
21:33:09 Fri
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One more question Quartzville-M. How much gold of a specific
amount is blowing out the end of the sluice.I hope someone can
answer this for me..Would hope this gold is in the range of 100
to 200 mesh that is used.:confused:

  
QuartzvilleMiner
22:58:16 Fri
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I'll have to let the others who actually use this thing answer that one but everyone so far is saying when they check the tailings there nothing,,,Everything has been caught.

  

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