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  1. Caliche Chris

    Indonesian Wood and Reef Opals

    Wow....very nice looking stuff.
  2. Caliche Chris

    Chainsaw etiquette

    They work well, if this one ever wears out I’ll try the harbor freight one. It’s nice standing next to this machine to sharpen instead of kneeling on the ground trying to tackle it with a file. Speaking of rakers...one thing I noticed when filing them, is that most of them file pretty easy. Every once in a while on a chain I’ll start on a raker and it feels super hard. Some of them take one stroke of the file. Then I’ll hit a “hard” one and have to use a lot of pressure and several passes before the metal even starts to grind away. I don’t know what’s causing that. Another thing I’ve wondered, when using the saw for hours at a time, does anyone wear respiratory protection? I have just been using a bandana and I can sure feel the stress on my lungs after cutting all day. Do any face masks filter out the harmful particles that are in the exhaust?
  3. Caliche Chris

    Gold King drywasher

    This thread needs an update. I finally got time to go over this machine a little better. I can see a few spots where the table is not sealing well enough just because some of the stripping on and around the edges is old and rough and needs replaced. Also looks like I need to give the fan apparatus a quick cleaning. I didn’t go over it well enough when I bought it before taking it out to use. I’m getting it all set up and will be running dirt through it soon. It’s a great machine, it looks like the issues I was having with it are just because I didn’t give it a tune up first.
  4. Caliche Chris

    Chainsaw etiquette

    Just wanted to add a little to this thread in case anyone ever comes here looking for similar advice. I need about 4 good chains to get through a day of cutting. It was really inefficient trying to keep up with that with a hand file. Ive tried a couple sharpeners in the past week. First one I tried was the Oregon sure sharp. It’s a small hand held device that uses 12v power to operate. I got the model that can also be plugged into a cigarette lighter. It’s similar to a dremel in that it is just a small bit that spins and you place it inside the cutter. The only guide on it is for the proper 30 degree angle when filing the cutter, keeping it level and stable are entirely up to the user. Works pretty well, I can see it being very handy for quick touch ups in the field. It doesn’t take metal off very fast so if your chain is beat up it’ll take a little while to get it ground back to good metal with this tool. The next sharpener I tried was the timber tuff electric sharpener. It mounts on a table, and uses a grinding disc to sharpen the cutters. For this one you must remove the chain and place it in the guide on the sharpener. It is really simple and quick to set the necessary angles and depth on this machine. The depth gauge isn’t exact on this machine. So even though the depth gauge is hitting its stop point, with a little more force the handle of the machine will give or flex some and you can keep grinding way further than you mean too. So finding the right pressure is important. I really like this machine and think it will be a game changer for me. The first chain I sharpened with it was one of my older beat up chains that hadn’t cut right in forever. I ground a lot of metal off of it to get the cutters sharp and clean again. It took me all of five minutes and that was on a really rough chain and my first attempt with the machine. Once you get used to it you can really go quick and it takes no time to get a chain razor sharp again.
  5. Caliche Chris

    It’s been a while...

    Hey thanks Dave! Yea I guess I did. I was doing some different work too. Didn’t make for very exciting pics! Yea , the snow is much nicer if you only have to see it in the mountains and it’s 45 degrees when you head back home.
  6. Caliche Chris

    Chainsaw etiquette

    Here’s a picture of a chain I had “sharpened” I haven’t been filing enough off to get the tooth edge straight. I spent about 30 minutes on it and got it nice and straight with a good point on it. I did two chains like that after the tips I got from everyone. They were the same two chains that I’d been having trouble cutting with, so I wasn’t sure how it would go. They cut great, they felt like new chains briefly, and It took both of them to cut a cord. I don’t have a pic of the chain after I had sharpened it correctly, this is the before pic when I was not filing enough off.
  7. Caliche Chris

    Chainsaw etiquette

    I think that’s what is going on, sometimes right after sharpening I can’t get the chain to bite. It’ll just run on the wood and barely cut but won’t dig in like it should. I am going to start just taking several blades out with me. That way I don’t have to file in the field and can do it at home with a vice and a caliper and make sure every thing is in order instead of trying to knock out a sharpening in 5 minutes so I can get back to cutting. Do you use the “low kickback” blades?
  8. Caliche Chris

    Chainsaw etiquette

    I’m going to post a pic of my chains that won’t cut. I think I’ve found an issue, I usually just run the file through the tooth a couple times until new metal is exposed and it feels sharp. Looking at the tops of the tooth it does not come to a perfect point. The cutting edge looks and feels sharp but the very top/point of the tooth, looking at it from above, kind of looks rounded or blunted a tiny bit. Almost imperceptible.
  9. Caliche Chris

    Chainsaw etiquette

    I’ve been using chainsaws a lot this year. Trying to tackle the learning curve on sharpening and other maintenance. I started with a normal round file that the manufacturer suggests, I use a guide with it. I’ve watched videos on sharpening in the field and I think I grasp the basics. I sharpen mine at least twice a cord. Or anytime it sparks or starts to slow down. It goes smooth for the first few sharpenings on a new chain. After I’ve sharpened it 3 or 4 times it gets to a point where it just won’t cut good anymore, even right after sharpening. There is still a lot of tooth and life left in the chain at this point. Does anyone else use a saw regularly and have any tips for keeping a blade in good shape? I’m thinking about getting one of the mounted electric sharpeners but have heard mixed reviews on them too. Any tips or advice always appreciated!
  10. Caliche Chris

    Freeze watch

    Slim you should be careful in that weather! It’s really dangerous for a guy with a stick lodged up his butt. If it gets too cold then the stick can shatter like an icicle. Then you’ll be so cantankerous and whiny YOU won’t even be able to stand listening to yourself. Please get yourself an electric blanket, some hot cocoa, and just take it easy in this weather.
  11. Caliche Chris

    It’s been a while...

    Hi everyone. I haven’t posted in a while and wanted to share some pics. I’ve been working in the mountains lately. Sure is pretty up there. Had a big snow storm the other day and I was out before the snow plows had come through. Im prospecting for dead trees right now. They are more plentiful than gold around here. I’ve been trying to find the most efficient way to gather wood. If I cut all day and just load the trailer with stumps/logs then obviously I go home with more wood. But then the next day I have to haul it all off the trailer again to split and restack it. I’ve been trying to cut, split, and stack a full cord each trip so when I come back home I’m done with it. It’s surprising how many desert trees it takes to make a full cord. Sorry no gold or gems in this post but will have more to follow soon, along those lines. 919067BC-FBBE-4112-832C-84794CFAC248.MOV
  12. Caliche Chris

    Gold King drywasher

    Thanks John, that's another issue with mine. Doesn't seem to be any elliptical motion. Just violent shaking. I'll have to call and see if the parts will match up.
  13. Caliche Chris

    Gold King drywasher

    Is the Gold King brand now called Gold Buddy?
  14. Caliche Chris

    Gold King drywasher

    Hello, I haven't had time to do much prospecting lately. I sold my pack washer a year or two ago and just haven't been out anymore until the last couple moths. I came across a gold king drywasher a friend had, it looks similar to the 151 in size atleast, So I bought it. The packwasher is the only other machine I've used. It took me a couple weeks to get it dialed in and catching gold really well and I never felt like I was losing much or enough to be concerned about. Never found any thing of note when running my tailings twice so I always assumed it was running great. The gold buddy is no where near as smooth. I feel like it's just blowing gold out. The little packwasher would catch 95% of the gold in the first riffle. With This old gold buddy sometimes I see gold in the very last riffle. It doesn't shake as well and the blower tray doesn't fit properly so there is a bunch of gaps around the riffle and tray area where fine gold just runs right through the machine. Is there any way to order parts for these still? If not does anyone have any tips for making this thing run better? Figured I should ask before I start taking apart and "fixing" things on it. Also it uses a lot more fuel. My old drywasher was about 8 pounds, I could carry it and everything else I needed for a day in one trip, on foot. With this huge machine that requires extra effort in hauling and setting up, and uses more fuel I feel like efficiency is way more important . I was hoping to get better gold production by running more dirt but so far I'm regretting switching machines, so any tips would be great. Thanks
  15. Caliche Chris

    My new project

    Heck yea, thanks Jim!