My daughter loves the tractors and every chance she gets when they are not running she climbs up on them and pretends she is driving. We will make a gold miner out of her yet. I must confess I too love the tractors and climb up on them whenever I get a chance, of course if she see’s me getting on the tractor she will want to go for a tractor ride too. Big repairs had to be made on this tractor this winter, so I will be getting a logbook for the tractors to track maintenance schedules, man there is a lot more to gold mining than just mining for gold. I love it ALL!
Here is a good front back and side view of our wash plant. Antonio did an excellent job constructing this gold finding monster, he also made our trommel, bunk-house and he wrote another book(which is available on amazon) called “Talking Ice.” All this he did last winter so we were ready for the next season of mining as soon as the ground had thawed. We did not want to break it so we loaded the gravel very slowly most of the summer, till we found out that it can handle a full loader bucket from the Kubota. After that we flat moved some dirt, Very useful tool!
That is what my Daughter would be yelling out if she had ever seen that dreadfully long move Titanic. This is when we first placed the wash plant. Everyone wanted their pictures with it……..It was SO COOL! It is still super cool. Anyone who wants to come up a visit we will take your picture with the wash plant too, free of charge. It took a whole weekend with the 480D and Kubota to make a flat spot for the wash plant then a raised area for loading the wash plant. There also had to be enough room to stage gravel to run in the wash plant, so the loading area had to be fairly large. We had some trouble with the plywood restraining wall collapsing on the wash plant (It still worked was just a bit more of a pain to dig it out at the end of the season). We will be constructing a steel retaining wall this winter for use next year.
Here’s my daughter and me looking for that glory hole! This spot did have a little gold but not enough to continue digging. So we cleaned up the mess we made and moved on to the next speculation. Lyra loves the tractor, she drives and operates it with a little help from dad, Sometimes we even just go for a cruse in it. Notice the rag hanging from the Hydrolic cylinder on the excavator arm, I had a leak and the rag made it so the fluid would run into containment when it was sitting during the week. There was a lot more wrong with the tractor so it went from the mine straight to the tractor doctor. The parts list to repair this tractor was five pages long….Paying the bill was like passing a kidney stone.
Here we are dropping a load in the wash plant, The wash plant runs off of a two inch pump, the hopper has a vibrator motor attached to the bottom to assist in getting the dirt to slide down the hopper and fall into the sluice box, the vibration also help to break apart clumps and shake the gold stuck to rocks off. All of our water runs off into settling ponds, you can see part of one in this picture. We built the wash wash plant, although we will be constructing a larger one for next season, the more dirt you can move the more gold you can find.