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golddigger11

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Hi all

I've been looking at getting a Carmel mining Mountian goat trommel, does any one out there use one??? I allready have one of there sprial panning machines and it seems to work quite well, but its hard to believe the claims that the trommel processed 2000 pounds ( 1 ton ) a day, seems a lot for such a small device.

any ideas??

Many thanks

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Steve is right. I have often shoveled that much and more.....dirt that is.

El...you are talking about shoveling dirt right? :inocent:

Looking at the mt goat ads it struck more like you would use a trowel to feed it. So I'd think sitting in the desert 1 yard of dirt would really be pushing it. And water might evaporate just as fast.

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Looking at the mt goat ads it struck more like you would use a trowel to feed it. So I'd think sitting in the desert 1 yard of dirt would really be pushing it. And water might evaporate just as fast.

Well I just watched it too and I guess I am too much of a drywasher. Yeah by sheer volume of the "scoop"...you would be scooping dirt all day to get to a ton. I will say its a handy looking thing though and as far as the water, it has good cowling so the evap might not be too bad, but I would always have extra water on hand anyway eh?

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The type of material in most gold locations

can weigh from 1 1/2 tons to over 2 tons per

cubic yard depending on the amount of magnetite,

and hematite .

Also most gold bearing gullies have the nastiest

dirt and clay ,plus organic crap. You would be

lucky to process 10 gallons of dirt with a tank

of water the size that machine holds,and that is

on the generous side .

It would be so filthy and full of organics it

would look like sludge in a few minutes. Plus

the organics ( read rat turds,grass,roots,and

fibers) will soak up a lot of water. Throw in a

bunch of caliche and clay it would be like trying

to settle gold in pudding.

In an average Arizona gully it would probably take

a hundred gallons of water to run a yard through

that machine. Plus you would probably die of heat

stroke trying to feed it all day with a spoon.

It would probably be a good little test machine or

do fairly decent next to a live stream.

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Throw in a

bunch of caliche and clay it would be like trying

to settle gold in pudding

You got that right, youre lookin at multiple 55 gallon drums unless youre at a water source in the desert.

Thats the main reason I quit recirculating in the field.

Its SOOO much easier to drywash in the field and bring home the cons for wet recirc and panning.

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