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Howdy Folks,

Normally I'm in the meteorite forum, but wanted to share a link about a new sluice. It looks pretty interesting and wanted to get some opinions on it. My only concerns are that it might wear out quicker than a normal sluice. Especially when the gentlemen states 'it should loosen up after some use...'. Let me know what you think, Jason. ;)

Here is the link:

http://markkeeneeng.blogspot.com/

The information and video is at the bottom of the page...

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Howdy Folks,

Normally I'm in the meteorite forum, but wanted to share a link about a new sluice. It looks pretty interesting and wanted to get some opinions on it. My only concerns are that it might wear out quicker than a normal sluice. Especially when the gentlemen states 'it should loosen up after some use...'. Let me know what you think, Jason. ;)

Here is the link:

http://markkeeneeng.blogspot.com/

The information and video is at the bottom of the page...

Jayray, I've met Pat Keene and his Dad, yet to meet Mark though. I can say one thing for all to ponder a bit.....when one prospecteing OEM such as Keene Engineering places their efforts into continuing the engineering and manufactureing of reliable products for a "ton" of years there must a bit of claim-to-fame as to how it works, otherwise trust and faith in workability hits a brick wall.....and so would the OEM for building trash!

Jayray, send me a PM and I'll tell you what I'm thinking!

Gary

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I love cool tools. But my garage is full of impulse purchases. Has anyone experimented with these new toys? How easy or difficult is the plastic riffle matting to clean out? How effective is it at holding onto fine gold? Any other observations? Thanks for sharing Jayray.

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I'll bet it works very well......... those small riffles in the slick plate area are certainly something new....... I do know Keene puts a bunch of work into bringing out new products

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maybe I should have a new thread for this, but speaking of interesting designs, I kind of like this I found on youtube, seems rather well thought out to me:

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maybe I should have a new thread for this, but speaking of interesting designs, I kind of like this I found on youtube, seems rather well thought out to me:

In the add I love that large vial of gold he is holding. Wonder what the effective magnafication is,

8-)

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I was also thinking about if one had to 'ruff' up the thing prior to using, sort of the same idea when using a new pan to release the oils and such. What do you guys think? Jason ;)

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I think I'll try to build one similar to the one described here:

http://www.49ermike.com/dc/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=181&topic_id=73188&mesg_id=73188&listing_type=search

It uses three sizes of standard expanded metal and miner's moss below it backed with deep grooved ribbed matting below that. I'll try swapping out air conditioner filters for the moss since it's cheaper: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xi4/R-100376401/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Should work well for the fine gold and riffles placed on the end will catch nuggets without disturbing the water flow for the finer stuff. It would also probably be good to make a mesh box with something like 1/2" flattened expanded metal to do a little classifying before it passes through to the sluice and hook up a 12v 3000 gph bilge pump on the front end. Also, adding some legs like this would be a good addition: http://www.goldprospectorssupply.com/Universal-Sluice-Stand-with-Adjustable-Support-Legs_p_105.html

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Personally, I'm not a fan of any plastic tools. Hence my name, "Steel Pan".

Plastic contains oil, bad for fine gold recovery. IMHO.

Besides that, it just don't feel right in my hands. :twocents:

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