Royal mfg 54inch sluice?
Last Post 02 Oct 2015 05:55 PM by James Mcgrew. 4 Replies.
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James McgrewUser is Offline
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02 Oct 2015 03:41 PM
    Hey got a question about my next sluice.
    Currently been using the royal 30inch first one I got works good very compact.
    I'm wanting to upgrade to a larger sluice so I can keep feeding it and not have to cleanout so much.


    I'm looking at the royal 54 wide flare model in the kit with everything to make it a recirculator or a high banker, does anyone have any experience with this.
    I like the brand and how they are 100% USA made seems pretty cheap as far as price goes compared to some other brands.

    Any other brands I should be looking at that can do everything the royal can?

    Any opinions greatly appreciated thanks

    James
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    02 Oct 2015 04:36 PM
    James,

    Maybe your cleaning out to much....just sayin.

    Run my thirty inch all day 4-5 hours, no clean outs, wasting daylight as I tell my buds.
    Maybe its just me.

    Save the $$$, keep workin the thirty inch.
    Easyer getting it set up in the creek.




    Bill
    So much river....So little time....Get out there
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    02 Oct 2015 04:48 PM
    Hey James, the one thing you have to consider about the longer sluices is they either need more pitch or more water or both to move material down the sluice . This means that on shallow flat streams you might not be able to get enough pitch or water flow to activate the exchange like it needs.

    Myself I have a 10" x 54" sluice and a 7" x 30" sluice, I call them my fast water sluice (54") and my slow water sluice. (30")

    As far as the Royal sluice I have some friends that have them and they seem to not have any issues with them. The fact that it is a "multi - tasking" package sounds like a good deal as you can use it for any situation, and you can probably turn it into a 2" dredge for a few more bucks and make it super versatile.

    Just my opinion for what it's worth.

    Paul
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    02 Oct 2015 05:48 PM

    Hi James,

     

    I also have the 30 Royal and it's been great as a beginner. That said, the material does pack in behind every one of the larger riffles all the way down quite quickly and you probably think as I do that we're losing gold due to this (yes, mentioned in the last Gold Prospector Magazine). The only answer is a bigger sluice, but as Paul and William have mentioned it's going to take more water flow to run which means a couple months past spring you may start having difficulty attaining enough (I do with my 30 inch in the summer time!). If you go with a 54 inch, that wide-mouth might be the way to go, but make sure you can highbank with it as well, because I've learned that's the way to go (unless you get a dredge permit).

     

    Happy hunting!

     

    Clint

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    02 Oct 2015 05:55 PM
    Thanks guys,

    Maybe I'm cleaning out too much, I'll test it tomorrow.

    This kit would be an addition to my quiver not a replacement.

    I've seen a few spots already where a recirculating sluice on the bank would be better than my small one.

    So much to learn

    James
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