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#1

AussieChris
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From: Bathurst, NSW
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27 February 2017 04:26 pm

What do you guys use? DIY or purchased?

Can't really find what I'm after locally, seems like plenty to buy from the US but they either don't ship here or even the cheapest parcel forwarding company blows the price out by miles.

I'm after something like this, preferably foldable

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I'd love to head to the shed and knock one up but right now I'm not really in the position of making my own as all my tools (about 25k worth) were pinched!

2 more that caught my eye, thoughts?

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"About 10 minutes into it everything changed, buckets were flying ... people were bleeding. Girls were unconscious."

#2

Dirtdemon
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From: , NSW
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27 February 2017 05:49 pm

Midnight mining used to do a 50 inch folding one for around $215 odd delivered from the states , though now can only seem to find the JOBE one or the ROYAL ones for closer to $300 .

Ive just bought an aussie GS8 , which is around 700mm long for $115 delivered , and have a sheet of alloy im planning to make an extension that bolts on (1200mm ) that will push it up near the 2 metre long mark when bolted together .

I'll be able to use the GS8 by itself , o depending on location use the extension , I plan to ditch the ripple carpet that comes in the sluice and replace with ripple mat and miners moss , and just run the extension with ripple mat behind it .
the extension im making could also be used as a Finishing sluice on its own also.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/321888338529 … .S1.R1.TR1

Looks like I got in at just the right time , he had 5 in stock on Saturday when I bought mine , and now they have none , lol.

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G0lddigg@
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From: Brisbane, QLD
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27 February 2017 06:14 pm

hey mate there's a few issue with folding sluices that often isn't addressed. i purchased a keene folding sluice 5 years ago and found the gold was being sucked into and out of the fold right where the bend was.
I'm yet to find a fold necessary I just use a short run and feed to suit. I run Dream mat in all my sluices and am the manufacturer so full disclosure i'm not trying to sell you something our dream mat has a particle travel of over 70 inches or two meters there about so its not about length any more as much as it is about efficiency.

there's a few models around that are light weight if that what ur after just remember the more metal screws, riffles etc you have the more complex your sluice needs to be. with a few different small sluices with slick plate area maybe you can put one into the other if need be? a good low budget start would be using a found channel and adding vribb rubber and some mesh from a salvage yard. plenty of info in the diy section mate


*The real Gold is the Journey and the friends we make
Engineering Gold Sluices and Highbankers

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AussieChris
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From: Bathurst, NSW
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01 March 2017 12:35 pm

G0lddigg@ I love the look of your products, from all accounts the craftsmanship is outstanding. I'm determined to grab one of your 12" bankers as soon as I can run it by the Minister of Finance, will definitely have one for next "season" as the colder months tend to slow me down on getting out prospecting. I think it's the hands that take the beating when its topping 5C for the day and the water in the Turon is not far above freezing. I remember last winter going out and there were still piles of snow on the ground. I picked up the crowbar and had forgotten to bring some gloves that day and thought to myself what are you doing? tongue

In regards to your river sluices, is the header box accessory only available with the 8" & 10" models? I like the idea of the 12" for volume but would like to leave myself open to getting the header box to suit down the track.


"About 10 minutes into it everything changed, buckets were flying ... people were bleeding. Girls were unconscious."

#5

G0lddigg@
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From: Brisbane, QLD
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01 March 2017 12:46 pm

hey mate ooh that is cold smile yes i recall the same deal in ballarat with snow overhead my 5mm neoprene gloves thinking really this is the life hahaha better than getting fat watching tv.

yes mate all my sluices have a header option, dont know why it isn;t showing on the side actually thanks for pointing that out. they will be listed here. i do love taking my sluice with me and just laying it on a rock https://highbanker.com.au/collections/accessories


*The real Gold is the Journey and the friends we make
Engineering Gold Sluices and Highbankers

#6

G0lddigg@
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01 March 2017 01:18 pm

here's the 12 inch mate in a sluice
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*The real Gold is the Journey and the friends we make
Engineering Gold Sluices and Highbankers

#7

AussieChris
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From: Bathurst, NSW
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01 March 2017 03:45 pm

awesome looks like it's working now, glad the 12" comes with that option. I'll order one early next week.


"About 10 minutes into it everything changed, buckets were flying ... people were bleeding. Girls were unconscious."

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cecc
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01 March 2017 06:20 pm

AC I know one thing lots of people have bought the Gold Rat with dream mat and really love it, I have even seen the dream mat in a rocker and worked well. The owner really does a top job and workmanship is superb. I don't get anything for this comment, but I follow lots of forums and see lot's of positive and happy feedback about his work and Item's.

Hope that helps.

Len


Bring On The Color

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#9

Westy
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01 March 2017 09:23 pm

Ive just finished putting together my 12" Outback pioneer series highbanker. Cant recommend the Gold Rat products any higher. The workmanship is second to none, a lot of design and research has gone into the sluices & the dream mat seems to work perfectly with them.
As soon as my broken leg heals ill be back out in the hills with my new banker. Cant wait!

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#10

cecc
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01 March 2017 09:47 pm

Westy wrote:

Ive just finished putting together my 12" Outback pioneer series highbanker. Cant recommend the Gold Rat products any higher. The workmanship is second to none, a lot of design and research has gone into the sluices & the dream mat seems to work perfectly with them.
As soon as my broken leg heals ill be back out in the hills with my new banker. Cant wait!

Good luck when you get back into it.


Bring On The Color

#11

G0lddigg@
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04 July 2019 09:22 am

Westy wrote:

Ive just finished putting together my 12" Outback pioneer series highbanker. Cant recommend the Gold Rat products any higher. The workmanship is second to none, a lot of design and research has gone into the sluices & the dream mat seems to work perfectly with them.
As soon as my broken leg heals ill be back out in the hills with my new banker. Cant wait!

Hey Westy how did that leg heal up mate?


*The real Gold is the Journey and the friends we make
Engineering Gold Sluices and Highbankers

#12

Westy
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04 July 2019 10:16 am

Leg is all good, thanks for asking.
I have been out heaps with the goldrat banker. Love it! Catches even the smallest gold. I modified the spray bars and made a clay claw to hold material back. Ill find a photo power

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#13

Westy
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04 July 2019 10:26 am

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G0lddigg@
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04 July 2019 10:56 am

thats great to hear mate, thanks for the pic looks the goods


*The real Gold is the Journey and the friends we make
Engineering Gold Sluices and Highbankers

#15

mudgee hunter
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05 July 2019 07:00 pm

Westy wrote:

Ive just finished putting together my 12" Outback pioneer series highbanker. Cant recommend the Gold Rat products any higher. The workmanship is second to none, a lot of design and research has gone into the sluices & the dream mat seems to work perfectly with them.
As soon as my broken leg heals ill be back out in the hills with my new banker. Cant wait!

Yeah a plaster cast and playing in water dont mix that well!
Unless your got a fibreglass cast! Then you would just be milking an excuse! lol

Last edited by mudgee hunter (05 July 2019 07:01 pm)

#16

Webbie_003
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From: Brisbane, QLD
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06 October 2019 12:50 pm

I only this week got myself a Gold Rat 888 (with the classifier add-on) and planning on hitting Gympie which is the only place I've found yet with running water.. Warwick is DRY smile

Anyway what drop rate have you all found to be the best?

#17

Goldpin Prospecting
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From: , ACT
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10 October 2019 06:46 pm

I have one I made out of wood - miners moss & aluminium mesh, one I purchased with dream/vortex matting & a homemade recirculating sluice that is also made from wood with ribbed matting & al mesh great for fine gold/cleanups.
All three will collect gold, but each has their own perks (flow of river, weight, cheap to make etc.)
The vortex mat is very good though, I recommend it thumbsup

#18

Dihusky
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From: Gold Coast, QLD
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11 October 2019 07:17 pm

Have a Gold Rat backpacker but too dry to use so waiting... pans and little puddles last weekend sad

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#19

Webbie_003
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From: Brisbane, QLD
Joined: 19 September 2019
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12 October 2019 11:52 am

Dihusky wrote:

Have a Gold Rat backpacker but too dry to use so waiting... pans and little puddles last weekend sad

Hey Dihusky,

Where have you been heading out to?


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