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Newletter Archive > July 2012 - Is Bigger Always Better

July 2012 - Is Bigger Always Better

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Is Bigger Always Better? - Buying a Dredge Part 1


If you're considering a new dredge, there are some key points to consider. We're going to take a stab at covering them in a series of articles over the next few newsletters.

The most common advice given to prospective dredge buyers is "buy the biggest dredge you can afford."

This advice usually comes from well-intentioned and well-seasoned miners, but the advice is not always appropriate. There's truth to it of course - a bigger dredge can move more material and thus recover more gold - but if you have a bad back, drive a Prius, have one day off a week, or your claim is at the bottom of a 50' vertical cliff face, you might not want a great big dredge.

When considering size, think about your situation first. Do you have room in your rig? How much weight do you want to carry? How much time will you have in the water? How much water do you have to float it?

Whatever dredge you purchase, you'll need to load it, transport it, unload it, get it to the water, set it up, run it, break it down, load it again, etc. If you can tick each of those points off the list without issue, then go ahead and think big. If not, dial it back a bit to better fit your situation.

Look for more in next months newsletter.

Dredges For Sale

Father's Day Gold, Somewhere in Vermont

Our customer has asked to remain anonymous, but was happy to share his Father's day haul. He was running a Keene A52 with Deep-V Matting covering the entire flare. He said it takes a little longer for the material to clear, but thinks he's capturing 85% of the fine gold on the front end. We can't attest to that first-hand but from the photos he's clearly doing something right!

Beautiful gold!

Featured Gemstone



Sunstone, the official gemtstone of Oregon features microscopic copper inclusions that create a phenomenon known as 'schiller'. Schiller makes Sunstone glow and appear as though it were lit from within.

The most common Oregon Sunstones are pinks and peaches. Rare colors include reds, greens and blue-greens. Some of the rarest Sunstones are bi or tri-colored, containing a spectrum of colors all in one stone.

There is a public Sunstone Collection Area in the remote Rabbit Basin near Lakeview, OR. Collection is free for non-comercial use. Enjoy collecting your own!






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