Fluid bed sluice
Last Post 23 Nov 2016 07:51 AM by Brad Lamb. 15 Replies.
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JOHN PIRHALLAUser is Offline
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19 Oct 2015 11:38 AM

    Anyone ever use an AMP fluid bed sluice are they any better that a regular sluice box? Thanks

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    19 Oct 2015 04:18 PM
    I am curious about those AMP fluid bed sluices, but haven't used one. I have a Bazooka and I have done well with it. You can shovel right into it and it captures the gold. I like that the AMP doesn't have spray tubes like the Bazooka has. I talked to the guy at AMP and he said his sluices were designed to fluidize without the use of spray tubes, which sounds like a better design. I'd have to try one before I buy one.
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    24 Nov 2015 02:03 PM
    I have a bazooka box I've been using for about 4 years now and from what I understand the design and operation are very similar. Like Matt has stated the AMP is a better design. I will be purchasing one after the holidays, so if anyone in tacoma area wants to go out a pound some frozen ground let me know ill be out there.
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    24 Nov 2015 02:16 PM
    Hi All,

    Check out the Field Test in the Gold Prospectors magazine Nov/Dec 2015 issue. The Aurora Sluice Box is a great piece of equipment.

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    31 Dec 2015 08:59 PM
    Check out the AMP web site: Aurora Mining Products They have a pretty good video with their fluid bed sluice (2 models) and a new sluice they are making available in 2016. The fluid bed sluices are said to recover gold from 0 - 200 mesh size. Plus cleanup is quick.
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    09 Mar 2016 07:31 PM
    Interesting 2 videoes I just viewed on Aurora site.  Good Job!

    Wish I could see the underside of the unit.  What's that "V" configuration about?
    Anyone share?

    Thx.
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    29 Mar 2016 02:07 PM
    This is Kevin Bell from Aurora Mining Products - The "V" on the bottom of our sluices serve two functions: First, it directs the water into the vents on each side (called Plenums) which helps to accelerate the water as it moves down the sluice. The water is what cleans the material as it enters the fluidizing box through a series of holes on each side. Second it reduces the drag of the machine in the water, which makes it stay put with less setup. One rock on each side of the flare and one on top, you're good. Cleaning and resetting the machine can be done in less than 30 seconds with the Recon and less than 45 seconds with the Expedition (larger so it requires two hands).
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    06 Nov 2016 10:26 AM
    Kevin,
    Saw you at the House Gold Show in June this year.

    Have you made progress on adapting the sluice to using a pump? How is that going.

    Sorry if I missed the update on your website.

    Wayne
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    06 Nov 2016 10:29 AM
    Oops, that should read Boise. My tablet spell checked to House.
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    11 Nov 2016 11:04 PM
    Wayne -

    I am currently in the process of finalizing our recirc model. My goal is to have it ready for the 2017 Gold Shows that start in February.
    Boise was a great show - We also did the Sonora, CA show in August and Nashville in October, which of course slows new product design.

    Thank you for your interest!
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    13 Nov 2016 07:01 AM
    Kevin,
    I'm sure you thought of this, but is a retrofit kit in the offing also?

    Wayne
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    13 Nov 2016 09:06 AM
    Wayne -

    The original system was purpose built to function in stream flows - attachment of the insert and trying to make things line up and function properly would be very tough.
    I decided that making a retrofit kit for the stream sluices is too problematic so building a recirc from the ground up was a better choice.
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    13 Nov 2016 10:08 AM
    Kevin,
    Thanks for the reply.

    I'm considering retrofitting mine so it can be dual use. Good wintertime project for me in southeast Washington State(the real Washington!). Maybe with the retrofit it can be recirculating.

    Would a 750 GPH electric pump be enough on the retrofit on the Expedition?

    Looking forward to seeing you at either the Portland Oregon or the Puyallup WA GPAA Gold Show this coming spring.
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    20 Nov 2016 06:28 PM
    Wayne -

    Short answer is no that wouldn't be enough. Our Fluid Dynamics technology needs water to power the vents AND at about an inch of water on the material tray.
    Our goal is to have the recirc available for the GPAA shows starting in February. They will also be available online.

    Make sure you come see us in Portland!!
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    20 Nov 2016 06:53 PM
    Thanks Kevin. Looking forward to Portland.
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    23 Nov 2016 07:51 AM
    any tips on the fluid bed GMS Highbanker?

    I recently redid the plumbing and have not had a chance to test it yet. Prior to re-plumbing, it caught gold all the way down to 80 mesh without any issues. I did not find any fines in the tailings.

    I am a believer in the GMS Cal Sluice Highbanker.
    Reach out to your Senators and Representatives and let them know you are in support of mining rights and opening up areas to small scale mining! ~Augusta, GA GPAA~ ~LDMA~
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