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gold_tender
05:54:49 Sat
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Thanks Quartzville ,I didn't mean the question was for you to
answer,it was merely the last question in a statement. Im an
Oregon beach miner and our gold is very fine. This is why it
is very important to us, especially the loss of fine gold in size
of 100 to 400 mesh.I would like to see a true test with a specific
amount of gold.If this machine is as good as they say maybe
someone someday will do a proper test. Gold-tender

  
DanBrunner
17:05:41 Sun
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I just got back from running my G1 in old channel dirt. We repanned the tailings a couple of times and didn't find anything in there. We found a couple of the larger pieces of gold in the first riffle of the upper tray, but the rest of it was all in the lower tray. We did 7 trips, 6 buckets per trip, and a cleanup between each trip, so we ended up running 42 buckets of dirt for this cleanup. Each trip took about an hour to complete which included picking, shoveling, filling buckets, processing buckets in the highbanker, cleaning up, and panning. The reason we used buckets is because our water supply was too far away to shovel dirt directly into the highbanker.





  
catsmeow
07:03:36 Wed
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Nice Cleanup, holy crap 42 two buckets between two people thats alot of work, must have taken you all day!! cant wait till i get my G-1, i have a two dozen spots i want to check befor winter gets here!!

  
steelman14
09:59:47 Fri
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Would the G1 or G2 work under this trommel. Any opinion would be appreciated.
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DanBrunner
03:26:54 Sat
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Nice looking rig. I dont' think it would be a problem at all... I've been able to double shovel into the G1 without any problems. I'm guessing that the trommel has a separate discharge for the oversized rocks right? What size flows through the end of your machine there?

  
steelman14
11:07:01 Sat
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Dan
Thanks for the compliment, it will discharge rocks about 4 1/2" in size.

I sent a pm to the guy I think makes them but I didn't get a response I am trying to get the price of a G1,

Steel
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RUSTY_HAPPY_CAM
17:46:00 Sat
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This seems to be about the average price for these units. Ebay # 120345857645

  
DanBrunner
03:30:24 Sun
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Well depending on the shape of the rocks that pass through, you may have to raise the spraybar a little so the rocks can flow underneath it. I haven't measured it, but it seems to have about 2 - 3" of clearance.

  
steelman14
10:42:09 Mon
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Dan

the trommel barrel size is 8" and the inlet at the hopper is 5 1/2'.

  
baub
16:36:18 Mon
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It would be nice if Joel could advertise directly on this forum.

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DanBrunner
18:55:55 Mon
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More G1 Results - 85% of this was in the first riffle, 10% was in the second and third riffle, and the last 5% made it down to the bottom tray. This was 5 buckets of unclassified material with clay mixed in.







  
catsmeow
05:35:33 Tue
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DanBrunner, what size pump did you use on your G-1 for that recovery, thanks catsmeow

  
DanBrunner
04:04:56 Wed
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This is the pump Joel recommended. I'm using this pump at a very low idle when highbanking. It has also worked with the 3" dredge attachment, but you really have to crank it up.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=95977

I really like this pump. Runs like a champ.
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catsmeow
01:27:41 Thu
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Wow 5 buckets vs 42 buckets from befor!! and it looks like you recovered about the same amount of gold.....what did you do different?? if i might ask?

  
DanBrunner
03:58:28 Thu
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Its kinda like Real Estate... Location, Location, Location. :smile: It seems the area I'm in tends to run in pockets. Its all old channel gold, so its hard to "read the stream" to figure out where you want to go. For example, when we ran 42 buckets, we would run 6 and get some color, run 6 more without a thing, then run 6 more and get color again. We didn't change anything with the highbanker, even the location was relatively the same, its just that some buckets had it and others didnt.

  
goldcoastprospector
23:04:17 Sat
Sep 12 2009

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I just scored a used G1 with the 3" dredge attachment off ebay and I need some advice please. I'm in the market for a pump and motor. I know Joel recommends a harbor freight combo and in a earlier post someone said it works well with the dredge attachment but they have to crank the motor up full bore. My question is what size pump and motor should I use to get the same performance at a lower RPM so I'm a little quieter out in field with a 3' nozzle. Thanx Mark P.S. Joel reshoot your video for your web site your original video doesn't do the machine justice. The thing is alot bigger and the drop riffles are deeper and wider than I thought it would be. Its my 1st piece of mechanized equipment and I think I made the right choice.
[2 edits; Last edit by goldcoastprospector at 19:24:22 Tue Sep 15 2009]

  
auldrider
00:14:31 Sun
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I second that about the video's on Joel's site, they are well out of date and need to include the dredging option in operation! :confused:

  
nikaia1
17:47:13 Mon
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I have Keene's and Jobe's. They all work well. I bought the entire G1 and S1 system from US Prospectors... I don't use any of the other equipment now. My partner just yesterday got a little nervous that we might be loosing some color as we were just dumping buckets into the G1... total run of 7 full buckets. He dug out the dirt at the output end of the sluice and panned it out...One sugar grain size piece was all he could find...I'm happy. Were going to go ahead and make a you tube video of how we use the G1 and post it soon. I mean we throw everything at it..no classifying at all. This is the greatest sluice I've ever used. Give me a few weeks to get the video up..were so busy grabbing the little bits of gold we can out of an area known for having hardly any that we just haven't had the time to video..

  
LipCa
19:36:10 Mon
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If you can do six buckets of "picking, shoveling, filling buckets, processing buckets in the highbanker, cleaning up, and panning" in an hour, Dan, "you're the man!"

I'm not saying you can't, just that you've got it down!

  
DanBrunner
19:13:32 Tue
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LipCa,

Yea, its taken me a bit to figure it out, but I've got the system figured out pretty good now. I've replaced the "picking" with a generator and a Bosch rotohammer with a chisel bit which tears through the old channel much quicker than the old pick did. From there shoveling goes pretty quick. I usually try to process about 5 buckets at a time with quick cleanups in between. I start with the upper tray which usually carries 90% of the gold. I rinse it down in a mortar tub, then run the contents of the mortar tub through a 1/4" classifier. Check the big rocks and toss the trash, then I back pan into the mortar tub picking out what I can see. Once I'm done panning I dump the contents of the mortar tub into a "cons" bucket for a little more TLC later. I do the same with the lower tray, but like I said, the G1 upper tray catches 90% so I generally quick pan the lower one.

I'd say, if I have a good water supply where I can set up the highbanker next to my diggings, I can easily process 6 buckets an hour by myself... The bulk of the time there tends to be cleaning the screen after each shovel full. Oh also forgot, I modded my G1 by creating a wooden boiler box that sits inside the PVC spraybar. The boilerbox lets me run a little higher water pressure, supports a bucket, and keeps water/dirt from splashing out of the header. Total life saver.

  
QuartzvilleMiner
19:48:11 Tue
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Nice. I really love this thread. Could you post some pictures or drawing of your boiler box? And are you running around the 50gpm or higher? And if this thing works that well on fines I wonder if it would be worth trying on beach gold in Oregon. Maybe just turn the water volume down a bit.

  
DanBrunner
21:19:52 Tue
Sep 7 2010

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QM. Heres some shots of my setup.





BTW, I'm just up here in Washington State. It may be fun to take a trip down south. What are the regulations for running equipment on the beach?

  
QuartzvilleMiner
18:52:06 Thu
Sep 9 2010

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Very nice setup. Almost exactly what I'm looking for. Isn't there supposed to be water coming from the left and right pipe too on the washer unit? Did you block that off with new pipe with no holes or does all the water coming in only come from the bottom pipe?

As for the regs in Oregon I'll have to look it up, things are changing fast down here so I don't know if they call pumping water from the ocean a "diversion of the natural course" or not. Don't know if it requires the $125 permit or just the $2 permit if your on a state park like beverly beach.
[1 edits; Last edit by QuartzvilleMiner at 18:56:14 Thu Sep 9 2010]

  
DanBrunner
04:24:16 Tue
Sep 14 2010

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Mine came with holes only in the front bar. I kinda like it that way.

  
nikaia1
07:45:35 Thu
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Here's the G1 in action. Just click on this link...

http://s376.photobucket.com/albums/oo210/mr_mestizo/US%20Prospectors%20G1/?action=view¤t=GS1tenmin_0001.mp4

The top vial is a 12 bucket run of top soil we were trying to determine whether it was worth keeping and running it or just pushing it aside. The bottom vial was a five bucket run from the center of one of our better ditch's. Also, notice the fines mixed in with the black sands in the lower vial. I love this high banker...

[2 edits; Last edit by nikaia1 at 22:33:07 Fri Sep 17 2010]

  
QuartzvilleMiner
13:24:36 Thu
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Really nice! Looks like it does just fine with the really small stuff like they said. Is that an Opal in that bottom vial there?

  
nikaia1
22:06:08 Fri
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I wasn't sure. The camera magnify s the stuff. Went back and looked.. I believe it was just a bit of dirty encrusted gold.

  
nikaia1
22:18:56 Fri
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Quote: QuartzvilleMiner at 18:52:06 Thu Sep 9 2010

Very nice setup. Almost exactly what I'm looking for. Isn't there supposed to be water coming from the left and right pipe too on the washer unit? Did you block that off with new pipe with no holes or does all the water coming in only come from the bottom pipe?

As for the regs in Oregon I'll have to look it up, things are changing fast down here so I don't know if they call pumping water from the ocean a "diversion of the natural course" or not. Don't know if it requires the $125 permit or just the $2 permit if your on a state park like beverly beach.


Hi there Quartzvilleminer..
The spray bar is set up with the holes in only the crossover. This is to direct the material upwards in the washout area and to kind of scrub it at the same time. It really does work well. It even keeps some good size rocks in the wash until you pull them out. You'll notice in the video I have on the post above (G1 in action), how we actually toss stuff that isn't quite scrubbed enough right back into the feed hopper. I have no association with US Prospectors other than buying their stuff and really liking it. I have 2 other high-bankers, two dredges, and a few sluices. The G1 is the only machine I now use. I also have the S1 but I can't attest to it as I have not run it but once. I liked it but I didn't really test it against my spiral wheel or blue bowl. It definitely caught the fines and was 500 percent faster and easier to use with that feeder.

PS> had to add that the dredges are great and I would prefer them but since I moved here to the desert its just not going to happen. I have to haul my buckets about 15 miles to a river to wash them. Desert prospecting is a bunch different than the good old days on the rivers of Calif.
[1 edits; Last edit by nikaia1 at 22:29:25 Fri Sep 17 2010]

  
QuartzvilleMiner
18:53:30 Wed
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Now what I'm seeing looks like your machine (g-1) is setup in your shop/garage as a recycling system. Perfect! Question is what kind/size/volume electric pump are you using for this? I can see you plugged into the wall so I'm figuring it's 110v.

  
DanBrunner
23:35:26 Wed
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Thats just a 1hp trash pump from harbor freight. I believe its around 750 watts or so. Runs great on my Honda 2000i generator when i'm up in the hills. Its a super quiet setup for stealth operations. :smile:

  

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