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11-08-2012, 10:00 AM
A friend of mine bought this old dredge a couple of weeks ago. He is wondering if its worth restoring. I think its a old 5 inch? The double sluice with a crash box is a interesting design. What do you guys think? Anyone used one of these before?





11-08-2012, 10:34 AM
Nope! You just send it on to me, I got one simular and could strip it down for parts...Just kidding DeVo. That dredge would be easily fixed and Would do just fine in some big icey pool surrounded by 5 ft of snow...You know the water level is real low in Feb...Seriously Dont give up on it, spring is only a year away.

11-08-2012, 03:07 PM
Yep: restore it. Especially so when you consider what a new 5" dredge costs these days. So what if it's not the latest design, it will work just fine. By the way, I like the design of that crashbox...with the "backwards" classifier that kicks out the bigger rocks before they can get to the sluice...IMO a good idea!


AK Nugget
11-08-2012, 05:01 PM
By the way, I like the design of that crashbox...with the "backwards" classifier that kicks out the bigger rocks before they can get to the sluice...IMO a good idea!


and it keeps the box wall from wearing out as fast.


Steve Herschbach
11-08-2012, 06:40 PM
Roughly 1980 model. 3127 Commercial was our first address a block down across the street. I probably stuck that decal on myself. Certainly worth some work as not "restoration" needed.

11-14-2012, 06:29 PM
That thing looks brandnew compared to mine!

james a.
11-15-2012, 12:47 PM
Put a brand new honda 4-stroke on there.That would be the BOMB!

11-15-2012, 02:35 PM
I would get rid of the classifier if the dual pumps give it sufficient water flow cuz a big 'un would fall right out the back!

11-15-2012, 03:50 PM
I'll take the other side of the argument.

Keep the classifier.
#1 It will improve the recovery of smaller gold.
#2 It reduces wear and tear on the sluice.
#3 Most classifiers have 0.5"-0.75" gaps. If you can't see nuggets that size and larger, you can't see well enough to dredge.
#4 The dredge appears to have had some modifications done. Perhaps for good reasons.

Oh and to reiterate ... ,
#5 Fix it and try it out. Determine its strengths and weaknesses before you start making mods. Especially before you start making mods suggested by folks that haven't run this dredge on your ground.

11-16-2012, 09:23 AM
I agree with trying it before you make any modifications. I'd like to know if the classifier was standard equipment at some time? Would like to hear from anyone that has run one.

james a.
11-16-2012, 10:29 AM
Yagh!Start your engine an watch the water go threw.See the dredge,feel the dredge,beee the dredge.
You are him,he is you, you are one!

11-16-2012, 11:42 AM
chances of one or both engines having problems my be nerve racking!! Clean fuel tanks/filters & rebuild carbs. Also the pumps.New hose will help you see rock jams also.