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Brother
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11 January 2017 09:37 am

Gday all, long time no post a video, but as I consider myself a small scale miner I thought I should post it in here!?

My father and I started with some small equipment on a small lease as a a hobby and healthy life choice! A few years ago.
(Big Thanks to this forum and some members!) For the help and advice!
We have been through the ups and downs of getting into small scale mining and we are still here and going strong!

Anyway here is a vid of our small stock pile of paydirt for this season, will post washing vids as soon as I start!

If there are any Questions feel free to ask, Ill do my best to help! If I'm not sure I should post all the info on here I will PM you!

Its not that bad getting into mining and the more of us out there doing it, the better for all of us and the bigger the voice we have!

Please like, Sub and support my youtube channel for loads more!

I'm not an expert, I have only 4yrs prospecting exp, I wish to share and grow the love for prospecting and small scale gold mining!
It can be done at a profit, there is tons of gold still out there!
Lets make Mining great again! lol
tongue


3 pans, 2 sluice, 3 HIbanker, 1 Garrett AT Gold and no more time for dreaming!

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#2

XIV
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11 January 2017 10:10 am

I injoy watching your videos.
Keep them coming bud


One can never be wrong at doing the right thing.

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mardymoose
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11 January 2017 10:25 am

Looks really good, keep up the good work and good luck!!

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The Green Wanderer
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11 January 2017 12:47 pm

Good on ya mate, hope your getting some of this wet stuff now!
If not come down and borrow some, the barrons running nearly to the top of its banks. Mind you half of its red mud lol

Best of luck hunting for new ground,
TGW.


Wandering the north wherever the trail leads.

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Albundy
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11 January 2017 02:55 pm

Bring on the Rain!!! Looking forward to seeing the next vids. Enjoy. big_smile

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GoldCheddar2005
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From: Proserpine, QLD
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11 January 2017 09:28 pm

And the rain is coming down! We had 400 mm


Teach a man to fish and he may eat, teach a woman to fish and we eat exceptionally well

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Brother
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12 January 2017 07:09 am

Yep its Pi..ing down here at the mo, heading up for a look! But can't run mud through the plant so need a few dry days now! ops
If its not one thing its another! The joys of having a go!


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Hazbeen
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14 January 2017 04:23 pm

if you need workers i have skid steer, excavator, front end loader, back hoe and tipper tickets and whit card. im more than happy to come and work for you.


Jokes about German sausage are the Wurst!!!!

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#9

Brother
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19 January 2017 09:50 am

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Miner or Clager?

As my mob (Wife, son's and I.) where on a small OZ tour from one hot dusty spot to another hot and miserable spot in the middle of nowhere.
We followed another mob of the dreaded, Grey Nomad's/Old Road Clagers with all the blah hanging off the back doing the top speed of,
f..all brains and consideration for other road users along with ageing every one behind them a few extra years!
We had a scene just like this photo! I just pulled over and let em play Duel for a bit. yikes

So here is the choice I made! (Remember, the middle of nowhere ya mind wanders!)
A. (Left)
Do I want to continue down this slow hot and dusty road to another dusty hot one, going to nowhere really!
B. (Right)
Or would I get a Small Digger and a small Gold mine and have a go! Just like the Dream!

Price is around the same for both (2nd hand) if not cheaper for the one who goes Mining!
And I just may get my old hard earned money back! As well as keeping Australia moving at the right speed.
So come on, get off my roads, Sell that slow road rubbish and go buy a Gold mine! smile

Do something for Australia and yourself before its to late! Before the Boofheads in power put a stop to mining altogether!
Get a Gold Mine and lets make small scale Mining Great again! (lol) Don't let you Dreams be Dreams!
Its the perfect thing for some of us old farts to be doing! tongue


3 pans, 2 sluice, 3 HIbanker, 1 Garrett AT Gold and no more time for dreaming!

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warrior707
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14 April 2017 06:59 pm

can you give a breakdown of the time and cost involved to get an operation like this going

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#11

Brother
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02 May 2017 08:58 pm

Ok, sorry for the late reply, breakdown is a bad word!

8 ton Volvo excavator, and buckets about 30-35k? (my dad owned this ex rental for a few years before mining started.)
8 ton dump truck under 10k, loader backhoe 10k, wash plant (Custom) 18k
Then all the small stuff like, pumps & hoses, fittings, tools and 20ft container
All in about 80k for equipment, and if kept in good nic, can hold re sale value better!

Could start with the basics and work your way up as we did over the last 4-5years.
Start a basic operation, I recon about a 50-60k equipment investment should do it.
A gold lease is next, from 10k + and don't even thing about asking the bank.

I stoped drinking and gave up the fags for 2 years to save enough to get started, one of the best things I ever did!! tongue

Warning, not all leases will work well for a small scale operation! Do your research big time.


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Brother
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02 May 2017 09:12 pm

Check out my latest, having a go at mining vid. tongue

wink
Also please remember I am still newish to driving the loader with only about 30hours exp.

Can you guess the weight in grams? (0.0g) How much gold out of 15 yards/scoops do you think we got!??


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BigWave
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02 May 2017 09:15 pm

I like your style and thinking Brother thumbsup I also liked your cons smile


GPX-4500 & Direction Finding Daughter

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Rockhunter62
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02 May 2017 09:55 pm

Good on you Brother, I reckon about 5.9 grams for your effort. smile thumbsup The more you use your loader the better at it you will get. It's the only way to learn.

The little lady and I are heading to the cape in July/August, wouldn't mind stopping in to say hello.

Keep yhe dirt processing.

Cheers

Doug


Forest Gump once said "life is like a detector going beep, you don't know what it is till you dig it up"

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Brother
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02 May 2017 10:02 pm

Rockhunter62 wrote:

Good on you Brother, I reckon about 5.9 grams for your effort. smile thumbsup The more you use your loader the better at it you will get. It's the only way to learn.

The little lady and I are heading to the cape in July/August, wouldn't mind stopping in to say hello.

Keep yhe dirt processing.

Cheers

Doug

Thank you Doug, give me a pm when time is close and we can catch up for a cuppa no prob. thumbsup


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Eldorado
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02 May 2017 11:28 pm

Nice take for a couple of hours work Brother,I reckon you scored about 7.2gr for your efforts.Well done mate.

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Heatho
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03 May 2017 09:04 am

Nice video Brother, certainly on the gold. big_smile

Nasty spider bite too mate, grumpy little buggers they are. sad


Minelab GPX 5000, SDC2300, CTX3030, Pro-Find-25, patience, lot's of patience.

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#18

Occasional_panner
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03 May 2017 09:10 am

Jeeez that's a nasty bite mate.
If it can bite kill it.
I'm guessing 7.4


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I must have been a wombat in an earlier life, I just love digging.

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NeilM
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03 May 2017 10:06 am

great vid.
12gm


ML SDC2300, Pans

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#20

itsdw
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03 May 2017 12:49 pm

6.2gram
Well done brother, great haul, keep up the vids, if you ever need someone to crevice for you, i'll volunteer! heheh


"You sir, have rustled my jimmies"

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#21

Rush
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05 May 2017 03:51 pm

I am involved in a similar type operation with a couple of mates on a lease.

We are currently building a trommel 2.5 metre in length with a barrel diameter of 930mm with a section of 10mm mesh.
The trommel is gravity feed via a slide at a height from under a grizzly.

We need to work out what size pump ( gals / litres per min) to purchase that is capable of lifting enough water from our dam up to a height of 3 to 4 metres and with enough pressure to run approx.1/4 cu metre of clay / rock ground through the trommel every 3 to 5 minutes?

Also the dimensions of a sluice, the number of riffles, expanded mesh & type of matting?

Any help to my questions is much appreciated.

Thanks,
Rush

P.S. enjoyed your videos brother.

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Brother
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05 May 2017 06:06 pm

Awesome Rush, a 2inch hi pressure firefighter diesel pump, like mine should do awesome.
My top sluice is 1ft x 8ft ands 2nd sluice is 2ft x 8ft, that's my kit anyway. ?


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Brother
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05 May 2017 06:10 pm

Rockhunter62 is the winner with a spot on guess at 5.9grams.

thumbsup


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05 May 2017 06:55 pm

Brother wrote:

Rockhunter62 is the winner with a spot on guess at 5.9grams.

thumbsup

Yeah, but I bet you wish Neil was right.
Great setup and self sufficient lifestyle mate. I run my own business too, but I deal with picky customers all day.
I'd rather deal with machinery and gold.
I'm sure you have hard days, but looks like a fun business to be in. thumbsup


4500, diy banker with dream matt and a diy dryblower. PMAV member.
I must have been a wombat in an earlier life, I just love digging.

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#25

Rush
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05 May 2017 08:01 pm

Brother wrote:

Awesome Rush, a 2inch hi pressure firefighter diesel pump, like mine should do awesome.
My top sluice is 1ft x 8ft ands 2nd sluice is 2ft x 8ft, that's my kit anyway. ?

Cheers,
Rush

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