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A-team
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20 February 2021 08:39 pm

Does anyone know where or even "if" you can buy full size prospecting pick heads made of titanium? I know I'm going to get all sorts of opinions here but MY reasoning is existing injuries that are aggravated by carrying weight, but I still have no problem giving it a full over-head swing if needed.

I usually carry a medium CC pick which was heavier (till it snapped!) and currently carry the Discoverer;

This pick is designed to dig large holes for the prospectors who don’t mind the extra weight of a powerful pick.

Pick head: 6mm

Handle length: 900mm

Weight: 1350g

I really like the size of the pick heads and length of handle combinations - I understand the weight contributes to it's purpose and abilities, but what a titanium pick might lack in weight I will make up for in the swing!

Also, titanium while light and strong, doesn't have the best surface hardness, but for prospecting - I think it would be fine...cost, well, I'd wear that.


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Mike678
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20 February 2021 09:49 pm

I think you would have to make one up yourself . Get it cut out of a bit of flat bar and then cut a length of tube and get it welded on. Best to try and find some body that works with titanium . I have a piece about 50 m.m. dia . and 400 long .


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Moneybox
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21 February 2021 12:17 am

A-team wrote:

Does anyone know where or even "if" you can buy full size prospecting pick heads made of titanium? I know I'm going to get all sorts of opinions here but MY reasoning is existing injuries that are aggravated by carrying weight, but I still have no problem giving it a full over-head swing if needed.

I usually carry a medium CC pick which was heavier (till it snapped!) and currently carry the Discoverer;

This pick is designed to dig large holes for the prospectors who don’t mind the extra weight of a powerful pick.

Pick head: 6mm

Handle length: 900mm

Weight: 1350g

I really like the size of the pick heads and length of handle combinations - I understand the weight contributes to it's purpose and abilities, but what a titanium pick might lack in weight I will make up for in the swing!

Also, titanium while light and strong, doesn't have the best surface hardness, but for prospecting - I think it would be fine...cost, well, I'd wear that.

I can't help you with titanium but if you can get your hands on a light weight plough disc and cut a pick head from that I think you'll end up with a strong light weight pick.


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21 February 2021 05:43 am

Two picks I made from an old plow disks and laminated Meranti for handles. 5oomm on the short one and 800mm on the long. Light weight and work real well. Meranti used in the handle to cut down on weight and laminated to add a bit more strength. Made the 800mm so I didn't have to bend down so much. Haven't had any use for awhile, can't walk far these days.

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21 February 2021 04:07 pm

Thanks for the information - think I need to look at how much it will cost and where in Victoria I can get this made. Would only be a few bucks in Russia, any one from there reading this??? In the meantime - might have to look at other ways or types of pick to lighten the weight....


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21 February 2021 04:26 pm

I got my disc from an Old Farmer Joe Blow. Disc was worn out and on his scrap heap. Sport piece of pipe welded on. Do you have a welder? If I can do it any one can cool


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21 February 2021 07:53 pm

The 7000 will aggravate old injuries wink
If the titanium is too expensive it might be cheaper to trade DOWN to a 6000, lol. its half the weight they say.
Ah such is old age grasshopper , I hear what you say though, I am making a longer 900 handle (from 600) as I tried one out last week and it made digging so much easier not bending over so much.

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21 February 2021 08:28 pm

I've got the Z-search on now; huge difference in weight felt plus I am looking at a 3030 battery for half the weight and have a spare in the car. It was funny that the pick felt significantly heavier after reducing the coil weight on the 7000.

Am going to look into it during this week for some options. I do like the longer handle and wider scraping edges. The extension and leverage makes things a lot easier, unfortunately the bigger you go the heavier.

I'm curious as to how light I can go with standard steel, was even thinking of a few lightening hole drilled through the scraper side. I do have a gasless mig set-up that Im pretty handy with....

Feral - can you show us some measurements on the pick head?


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21 February 2021 09:55 pm

You already have the welder. You very likely have a little grinder so with a 1mm cutting disk and a little imagination you can create anything you like.

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You'll need to hunt down a plough disk but if you can't find an old one perhaps a new one would do the trick. A regular piece of mild steel won't do the job. The plough disk is high tensile steel and has a nice curvature.


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21 February 2021 11:33 pm

Moneybox wrote:

You already have the welder. You very likely have a little grinder so with a 1mm cutting disk and a little imagination you can create anything you like.

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … plough.jpg

You'll need to hunt down a plough disk but if you can't find an old one perhaps a new one would do the trick. A regular piece of mild steel won't do the job. The plough disk is high tensile steel and has a nice curvature.

Same as a car leaf spring but may be too heavy for you.

Cheers

Doug


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Perth Tim
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22 February 2021 12:02 am

I don't think titanium would make a good pick, it's too flexible and would bend at the tip

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22 February 2021 05:47 am

Moneybox is on the money with the picture. Cut mine into 8 pieces I think. Don't get the point y bit to hot when cutting, weakens/softens the metal


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22 February 2021 07:36 am

A prospecting pick made of titanium is unnecessary and is way more expensive than you can imagine and difficult to produce . Instead I would recommend you purchase and have shipped to you one of the prospector pics that I bought from Keene Engineering in California. Www.keeneeng.com

https://www.keeneeng.com/mm5/merchant.m … _Code=DP32

This pick is made of AR500 hardened armor plate steel.

Mark Keene Is the owner , very knowledgeable and a nice guy. Here is the photograph of the 32 inch Prospecting pick that I just purchased to replace another prospecting pick made of Harrow blade steel.


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22 February 2021 11:47 am

Plow disc and a Bunnings handle. Stays in ute until I'm lucky enough to find a deep dig. Hasn't struck a blow to date, needless to say bedrock is only about 300mm so there is no need to bring out the heavy artillery. Old favourite (30+yo) still hangs on my chest, now with the GPZ.

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22 February 2021 12:08 pm

BeachBunnyTRHunter-PA wrote:

A prospecting pick made of titanium is unnecessary and is way more expensive than you can imagine and difficult to produce . Instead I would recommend you purchase and have shipped to you one of the prospector pics that I bought from Keene Engineering in California. Www.keeneeng.com

https://www.keeneeng.com/mm5/merchant.m … _Code=DP32

This pick is made of AR500 hardened armor plate steel.

Mark Keene Is the owner , very knowledgeable and a nice guy. Here is the photograph of the 32 inch Prospecting pick that I just purchased to replace another prospecting pick made of Harrow blade steel.

Actually already have the 16 inch Keene - light handle, heavy head.

Can't see any mention of weights for either?

The high density fiberglass handle makes this pick the lightest pic in the industry!

Maybe I'm missing something?? Weights for larger pick.....

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22 February 2021 01:25 pm

Another large plow disc pick I made, has a wooden 60mm handle. Used the oxy and folded the sides then let it cool under a layer of lime. You will also note I welded an extra tip. Weld run only lengthwise otherwise tip would be prone to snap off. (No doubt these photos are already on here from days gone bye.)

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22 February 2021 01:40 pm

Great idea the extra metal on the tip Peter Rob. smile


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22 February 2021 09:15 pm

Peter your Bunnings handle is the go,"No Jarring"

Stick your wood. big_smile

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23 February 2021 05:55 pm

Thanks all love the disc plow idea, I'm going to borrow that idea, thanks smile

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23 February 2021 06:07 pm

Nightjar wrote:

Another large plow disc pick I made, has a wooden 60mm handle. Used the oxy and folded the sides then let it cool under a layer of lime. You will also note I welded an extra tip. Weld run only lengthwise otherwise tip would be prone to snap off. (No doubt these photos are already on here from days gone bye.)

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … _pick5.jpg

That is a deluxe pick head right there! Way to go! big_smile thumbsup clap clap


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