Gold Prospecting

List of the Top Metal Detectors

Here is a list of the top/most purchased metal detectors by rank . There is something in this list for everyone, weather you are looking for gold, lost coins or searching the beach for a lost ring or even Gold Coins. If your trying to get started in detecting look no further. There are detectors in the list in all price ranges so pick one you like with the features that suit you. #1      Si Robertson Signature Treasure Commander TC1X Si...

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Can you use a trash pump with a dredge?

When I was building my highbanker/dredge, I searched everywhere for information on using a trash pump instead of using a high pressure pump like most people use.  Everywhere I looked people always said you can’t use them.  Being a do it yourself type of person and having a background in engineering (I have taken multiple classes on fluid flow), I started thinking.  The suction for the nozzle is created by what is called...

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Gold Dredge and Highbanker Plans

I finally got back around to finishing my posts on my Dredge and Highbanker Plans.  I took some pictures (in my attic) of my dredge/high banker so you can see how I build it.  In a previous post, I showed how to build the hopper box portion and posted dimensioned drawings so you can build your own.   In this post I will talk about how to build the sluice box portion and where to get materials. If you need some paydirt to test out your...

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Free Hopper Box Plans

Here is the design that i used for my hopper box. I designed this myself, and you are free to use it and change it how ever you like.  The current design uses a industrial air conditioner vent as the grate, but you may need to find something else or design something yourself as a grate.  The air conditioner vent will get blocked by some rocks and can be tough to get them out.  The box itself works great though.  I think I changed the opening...

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Gold Prospecting Finds

Today I wanted to share with you a picture of the Gold I found while prospecting.  I found this using my Highbanker / Dredge combo that I built, and also using a rented Highbanker at the Alabama Gold Camp.  I do not have a picture of the results from only my Highbanker /  Dredge but a good portion of it came from using it since I only rented a Highbanker for a few hours.  Also I still have a 20 gallon tub of material to work through but i...

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Gold Prospecting

Ever since I was little I have always been interested in gold prospecting.  A few years back (before gold was over $1000 an ounce) I took a trip to Alaska with my father and for the first time did some prospecting.  While I was there I purchased a sluice box from a local miner for $60 dollars.  I spend a few days with a shovel and a bucket loading up the box and found some color.  Unfortunately I did not take any pictures of prospecting or...

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