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  1. Thanks to all your reply's . You have given me more detail than I've had in a life time , and I humbly appreciate it .

    I will take it all in and then I will report back . The several diggings I have been referring to are all clay tailings , so I now realise I could have a difficult time with it . I am going to bring a bucket off each area home and pan out to see the results for the fine gold a SDC can't see .

    Just out of interest we have a bucket style machine here that may suffice instead of purchasing a trommel to partner the gold cube . You probably have the same or similar in US . If you have time have a look at this . Google "Cresswell's MGC Gold Prospecting Unit" . This will bring up several forums with info . Cresswell's don't have a web site .

    Weekend here going out with the SDC immediately for several hours on an ancient river bed .

    Cheers

    goldrat

  2. 4 hours ago, Swampstomper Al said:

    Hi Goldrat -- welcome to over here..

    First off: Can the assumption be made that due to the clay content it's already a known it'll be slow going regardless what's used for recovery but also ok because it's off-set by Au return potential..?

    Between the items you mentioned it's no contest: The Gold Cube wins hands down..

    Before buying anything though, especially if you're still checking values and the possibility of needing to do multiple run-throughs or an up-front trommel-type wash, Homie's suggestion is quite valid: A Henry Poop tube can be put together quickly and for next-to-nothing.. I've run material containing barely visible ( -100 on down ) Au through mine and never had any make it past the 7th corugation.. None of the material had much clay though, so you do have that additional wild card to deal with..

    Anyhow, just offering an on-the-cheap testing suggestion, along with my recommendation between your two mentioned methods..

    Swamp

    Thanks Swampstomper Al ,

    I appreciate your reply , I will be taking in my own water so will this make a Henry Poop tube feasible in my case . I'm sure I can water down the clay with a drill and paint stirrer before the trommel , Jenny will spend some time on this while I am detecting . Will always be close by if she needs assistance . I'm going to pan a bucket at home this weekend to see the potential .

    Cheers

    goldrat

  3. On 3/30/2017 at 2:19 PM, chrisski said:

    I have a spiral wheel and a gold cube.  The gold cube wins hands down, but the dirt must be classified to 8 mesh or less prior to running.  For me, I can only classify a five gallon bucket an hour from digging, to classifying 8 mesh and less to running through the gold cube.  The gold cube I can put a bucket through in 5 minutes, but the hard part is getting the dirt to the correct size.  The gold cube only produces about a cup worth of cons.

     

    For the spiral wheel, I've seen advertisements of 5 gallons an hour with setting up at the creek and putting the scoop from the creek directly into the wheel, but I've never done it.  I've had the most success with the wheel by classifying the dirt to different sized like +1/4 inch, +8 mesh, +50 mesh, +100 mesh, and -100 mesh.  I only use the wheel to process cons, and it takes forever to classify the cons to the mesh sizes I mentioned.

     

    If you can deal with a bucket an hour the gold cube is good.  For me the wheel much slower.  Neither is a true production machine.  There are a few mini-trommels available to run on top of the gold cube that will speed up production.  The small trommels I've seen were kind of a let down.  You may be in a place you don't need to classify and can toss the dirt right on in the gold cube.

     

    After a couple of years prospecting wet with an Eliminator Trommel using 60 gallons of water in the desert, I found the only way to move dirt here in central AZ is with a dry washer.  Just can't move enough dirt otherwise.  I was measuring in minutes per bucket when I needed to be doing buckets per minute.

    Hi Chrisski ,

                      Thanks for your interest in helping me . I'll start by mentioning that just prior to retiring ( 2 years ago )I purchased a Keene's 151 dry washer and a Keene's spiral gold wheel from USA . After relocating to the Victorian goldfields I soon realised that I was dealing with predominately clay material.   Consequently neither machine has ever been unpacked and viewed from the manufacturers original packaging . They are going to be sold to finance my future machines . You mention gold cube requires material classified to #8 mesh . ( can you explain in part inches what size is this material )  Following this question up with another , the gold cube trommel that has been manufactured to use with the gold cube . What size material ( clay ) can I shovel in and what size does the trommel classify to . You mention the trommels have been a let down , maybe for your reasons you would not purchase one  . Reading into this maybe , how do you classify for the cube . 

    The gold cube battery powered and recycling water should suit the areas I detect in . Not having thought of the size of the material in depth I'm assuming from the gold I am detecting in it ( guessing ) 90% clay . Hopefully your reply will take me a step closer to a decision .

    Cheers

    goldrat

  4. 8 minutes ago, goldrat said:

    Hi Forum Members ,

                                   I am a SDC 2300 owner and detect in the Golden Triangle in Victoria . I've always had an interest in panning but only occasionally . For the past 6 months I have been on several diggings finding very small gold with the SDC ( smallest being 0.015 grams ) The mullock heaps consist of pipe clay and red clay . I wish to purchase a recovery machine that I can take to the diggings . Battery operated and recycled water . Looked at all the spiral wheels but not a close look at the gold cube . Looking for advice , what would be the best recovery unit .

    Thanks in advance .

    Cheers

    goldrat

    Sorry to continue I have just noticed the advert in GPAA Gold Prospectors for the "LIL Gold Spinner" Electric Bench Model any views on this machine .

    Thanks again

    Cheers

    goldrat 

  5. Hi Forum Members ,

                                   I am a SDC 2300 owner and detect in the Golden Triangle in Victoria . I've always had an interest in panning but only occasionally . For the past 6 months I have been on several diggings finding very small gold with the SDC ( smallest being 0.015 grams ) The mullock heaps consist of pipe clay and red clay . I wish to purchase a recovery machine that I can take to the diggings . Battery operated and recycled water . Looked at all the spiral wheels but not a close look at the gold cube . Looking for advice , what would be the best recovery unit .

    Thanks in advance .

    Cheers

    goldrat

  6. Thanks for the pics TomH ,

    Living in Australia I never realised how beautiful the spring desert is . No nothing about rattlers , but they look fat bellied snakes .

    I'm a member of our local PMAV club and we organise day trip outings , yours looks like a camp over weekend or similar .

    I'm a member of the GPAA and was wondering if your trip had anything to do with them .

    Cheers mate

    goldrat

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