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10-03-2012, 06:11 PM
I just wanted to take a second to thank the moderators and all the posters who have helped me over the last year. I finished the season with 46.33 ozt from the wash plant. I was able to recover that in 25 working days. I spent 65 days building the plant and hydraulic breakdowns. I look forward to next year and your help with all my questions.

10-03-2012, 06:17 PM
a follow up is that my gold assayed to .85 fineness if you were curious. Largest nugget was .46 ozt and a typical clean out was: nuggets and pickers 1.75 ozt, flakes (20 mesh) 4.57 ozt, fines (-20 mesh) 5.85 ozt per 300-400 yrds or excavator bucket which is 1.5 yrds but not each load was a full bucket.

10-03-2012, 07:29 PM
Congratulations on a successful season. It sounds like you are going to do quite well next year. Its a good hope to other prospective miners that it can be done. Would love to see any pictures that you are willing to share.

Bill Bohan
10-04-2012, 09:22 AM
Gold chops,
Good job
Post some pictures of your operation and gold when you have the time.

10-04-2012, 08:01 PM
Couple of pics:

10-04-2012, 08:14 PM
I would like to add that I cleaned up as follows. Wash all six miners moss into bucket. Next, sort through 1/8" mesh and pull out pickers and nuggets. Next, wash through 20 mesh screen and separate +20 mesh from -20 mesh. I then ran both sizes through a 4 deck Gold Cube. After cleaning out both passes, I cleaned gold for about 3 hours. I am not a supporter or relative of the owners of Gold Cube but in 46.33 ozt the Cube only lost .13 ozt I spent a total of 17 hours hand panning what came through the cube to recover that .13 ozt. I did not try to keep anything 100 mesh or smaller and I'm sure I lost some 50 mesh. Between weather, oil changes, fueling and maintenance there was just not enough time to try and recover finer than 50 mesh. This mine was bucket line dredged in the early 1900s.

Finally if you buy a Gold Cube, a 3 deck version would be plenty.

10-04-2012, 09:31 PM
Hi Chops...
Glad you had a productive season. Bet you learned a whole bunch!

I'd much rather see some pics of that washplant you had built in production.

On the Gold Cube .... did you run say -14/+20 mesh size through it? If so,
how well did it recover the coarser size gold? What was the coarsest size you
ran through the Cube and still had good recovery?

10-04-2012, 11:08 PM
Hey Dick. Great to hear from you. There were 2 passes through the cube. First, -1/8" to +20 mesh and second -20 mesh. The Gold Cube worked great on all gold smaller than 1/8". When I first ran it and took off the slick plate I was disappointed to see that there was some gold but not that much in the vortex matting. I say only "some" because the first trough was holding tons. The gold was simply too heavy to come back up which is ok with me. I have lots of video I took and I will see if I can post those here. It's hard to operate the track hoe with 2 joysticks and take video at the same time. I think I read that you have been curious about the gold cubes results and I have to say I was really happy with it. I set it up with the front stand legs in a mortar pan and would suggest you clean the water half through running really silty material.