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#76

Happytrails
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14 September 2016 03:16 pm

Thank you Ag man and Ten ounce ,
This type of simple yet effective info is great !
I guess I know what I will be making this week!

smile

#77

Happytrails
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14 September 2016 03:26 pm

Great idea Brendomac ! , I was just thinking about what would happen if you made the finer mesh basket larger than the coarse mesh basket .on the one manual agitation both baskets may collect/sort appropriately sized material ..could that work as a 2 stage sorter?

I am new to this but thought it may prove mor efficient?
Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

#78

cecc
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14 September 2016 04:13 pm

Where can u get this mesh, I would use 1/4 inch?


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#79

Maltisau
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14 September 2016 04:33 pm

I made one a while back, normal gauge square bird mesh and no glue required, it holds in place as the bucket is tapered and I can change wire easily if required.

I thought of making a nest of classifiers but so far I have had no difficulty using only one. Once I have a bucket full I pour it into a garden sieve on top of my pan to classify further. That way I can easily look over the sieve for any pickers, gems etc. I get a lot of black sand so when I have panned out the rocks and blonde sands I pour the rest into a bucket for further classifying and processing at home.

If I had a sluice or highbanker I wouldn't bother with a smaller classifier. The bucket sieve does a great job washing the big rocks and breaking up clay so I'd just pour the bucket straight through the sluice.

You may find a two stage sorter as you have described will be less efficient as the small rocks that pass through the first basket but don't pass through the smaller mesh will impede the movement of water and fines through the baskets. I think it would be quicker and easier to classify with the large mesh and then run that material through the fine mesh basket separately. It would depend on the material you are processing. Sand/gravel wash would pass easily through both at once. Dirt and clay would be better as a two stage process.

With your idea of nested classifiers you can transport the lot without taking up too much space and determine how to proceed depending on the material you find.

Give it a go and let US know wink

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brendomac
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14 September 2016 05:10 pm

Hi Happy Trails,

I second what Maltisau has to say on this one. Additionally, I'd be thinking about the space you need between your larger mesh internal basket and the finer mesh external basket. You'll probably find you might not have much room between the two. But I haven't tested the idea, so I can't be sure.

I have now run a couple of buckets through the setup, so far I have only had to use the finer mesh, it seems to be doing the job very well and is tough enough. The result is a fairly fine grain and runs through a sluice easily. I haven't tried the bigger gauge through the sluice, but from what I hear on the forum, it should work quite well, as long as the water flow is there.

I haven't worked with clay yet either, But I might have some laying about to try out.

Cecc, I got all my mesh from a metal scrap place. But I'm pretty sure you can get the other stuff from Bunnings.

#81

Happytrails
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15 September 2016 01:48 am

Thanks for your advice Brendomac and Maltiuau ! smile

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#82

Matthew K
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15 September 2016 11:44 pm

Thanks this project was well worth it. Easy to make and works great.
Well done

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#83

Marked
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09 November 2016 11:32 pm

brendomac wrote:

One question for everyone. Has anybody used a hose attachment on their pump, or a spray bar - or anything else, to help classify the material in the bucket? Or is the best way just to use a bit of elbow grease and do it manually?

Thanks
Brendo

Fill the bucket with water so that the water covers your material and agitate the sieve (twist left then right / clockwise then anti-clockwise). I invisage two vertical handles when I get around to building mine to aid this process. Using the right bucket for the "bucket sieve" will see the sieve sit in a parent bucket loosely to allow this agitation smoothly.

I believe there is some fandangled "gold concentrator" bucket on the market that uses a similar principle to classify/concentrate gold in paydirt.


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#84

brendomac
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10 November 2016 08:06 am

Thanks for the info, Marked. Yep, the handle is really good. I use a bit of PVC that runs through the inner sieve. It is light to carry and strong enough to agitate it so it separates the material.

#85

hyperscott
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03 January 2017 06:25 pm

Thanks Ag Man,

Nocked a couple of these out to try out tomorrow.

1 following this DIY thread and one slightly different.

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Looking Forward t trying them out.

Regards

Scott
( HyperScott / Blazesurefer )


Scott - ( HyperScott / Blazesurfer )
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#86

IsThisGold?
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16 January 2017 06:14 pm

for anyone else like me who struggled to make it work this youtube vid might help. this guys series is a decent watch too if youre relatively new to prospecting.

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cecc
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27 February 2017 10:04 am

Where can u get mesh like that.??


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#88

blisters
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27 February 2017 10:17 am

You can get hyperscotts mesh from bunnings whites brand from memory.
Jon

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cecc
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27 February 2017 10:23 am

Thanks Jon.


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#90

itsdw
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04 March 2017 05:04 pm

Made one of these this morning in about 20mins. Easy as. Had everything at home so cost me nothing. Glue is drying as we speak. Will test it out next weekend. Thanks all. DW.


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#91

Spudda
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25 June 2017 01:10 am

Great idea, this works so well in the field.

#92

wombat digger
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10 December 2017 08:24 pm

Hi Ag Man. I follow your posts with interest. The bucket seive is a great idea and will save some dollars in kitting up. I am just starting the prospecting hobby and it costs to get all the gear you need. Keep on posting.
WD


Minelab XT17000, Highbanker, Desert Fox, Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 & Pan. Other hobby - Drafting to support prospecting.

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mudgee hunter
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04 January 2018 03:43 pm

Check out this, you might like...?
https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … p?id=24622


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#94

rusty69
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14 April 2018 11:28 am

great relativy cheap ideas for those of us that are on a budget awesome folks New today and learning soo much already and I thought I already knew a fair bit wink

#95

rusty69
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14 April 2018 11:29 am

also prob get the mesh from mitre 10 trade centre?

#96

Mike678
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11 February 2020 02:13 pm

Remember to keep those white plastic buckets out of the sun as much as possible . It does not take them long to crack up . Maybe take a spare , if you are going on a long trip . I have a green coloured one that had Barites ? in it , from the label . I think drillers add it to their mud . No signs of cracking .

#97

Mike678
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13 February 2020 02:09 pm

Have a look at *** Not allowed to post a link . try dredgenz .... They have a good range of sieves , some made in NZ .

#98

Mike678
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13 February 2020 04:58 pm

I have a plastic bowl one in the garage ,need to find it . I do not use it , $10 plus postage or pick up . Will get it out and post sizes . I use 2 alloy screens for sizing .

#99

Lee Enfield
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09 September 2020 07:32 pm

Am about to start fossicking/detecting and Ag Mans idea sounds brilliant. Thanks heaps for sharing.

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#100

Ag Man
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16 September 2020 04:55 pm

Lee Enfield wrote:

Am about to start fossicking/detecting and Ag Mans idea sounds brilliant. Thanks heaps for sharing.

Thanks Lee.
They are ace & I still use mine. A bit flogged out with big holes in it but still does the job.
Not my idea - I can't take the credit for it. I did see it somewhere else & thought I'd have a crack myself, few tweaks etc.

Good luck on your fossiking/detecting - I'm hooked tongue pickshovel


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