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Paul LoulyUser is Offline
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08 Jun 2015 01:58 PM

    Feel free to add any of your essential tool(s) list that you think we should carry in the store. We are looking to beef up our inventory and get everyone more of the tools and products they need to bring home the gold!

    DON EVANSUser is Offline
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    08 Jun 2015 02:08 PM
    Hey Paul......NO SPAM!! LOL! Just kidding!
    Paul LoulyUser is Offline
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    08 Jun 2015 02:24 PM
    No problem Don. Unless there is an overwhelming request for the food product then we may have to consider that!
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    08 Jun 2015 06:12 PM
    Empty Frame Back packs with a fold out bottom. These are mainly used by Hunters to attach quartered large game and then to hike it out. But these empty fold out frames also work great for carrying out a bucket full of dirt and allows the prospector to build their own based on what they need. I saw one of these in a store and should have bought it on sight, but they were sold out a week later when I returned. They allow you to attach what you want and need and build your own, but also have the fold out shelf to sit a bucket down on. The one in particular that is the most useful has an extendable top which allows the prospector to attach a light weight sleeping role, attach shovels and pics, or any other gear they want to carry to include fishing poles, and then keep the heavy weight at their core where their balance is.

    I know most people use ATV's and trucks to get to their digs sights, but for the people still really getting out there off the trails these are incredibly valuable. Even if they are even having to hike back a half mile to their truck, that is a bucket full of dirt they are not having to carry with their arms for a half mile.
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    08 Jun 2015 08:05 PM
    A really well designed prospectors pick. Like what Kevin has used metal detecting on Gold Trails.
    ARTHUR WAUGHUser is Offline
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    09 Jun 2015 06:22 AM

    Set of crevice tools that are well made and somewhat reasonably priced.

    BC-  Out here we have a store chain that carries they type of pack frame.  Should be easy to come by at a Bass Pro or Cabellas, Sportsmans Warehouse, etc.

    OHV/Recreation Representative, John Day/Snake Resource Advisory Council, BLM--- President, Wolfpack 4x4's, Region 5, Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association--- Member- Mid Valley Prospectors, Brownsville, OR chapter GPAA, Willamette Valley Miners, Bohemia Mine Owners Association
    Paul LoulyUser is Offline
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    12 Jun 2015 11:04 AM
    Thanks for all the ideas guys. We are definitely looking at some picks and crevice tools to offer in the future, namely a pick and shovel combo that's similar to the military grade ones out there. The backpack is a great idea as well and will just have to find a place where we can buy them in bulk. We may have to settle for some regular backpacks or carrying bags for the time being, but we'll let you know.

    Any other ideas out there? Thanks again for all the help!
    Benjamin CrainUser is Offline
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    12 Jun 2015 03:25 PM
    Any chance somebody out there makes a ceramic crucible the right size and shape that all it requires is that you pour your gold in and put a torch to it to melt it into a button? Most crucibles and cupels are really cheap, I would love to see one that is so simple you just dump your finds into it and then take a torch to it to melt your finds, small enough to be pocket sized and done in the field without blowing your fine gold away or having to add flux, lead, or amalgamite?
    PAUL STRAUBUser is Offline
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    12 Jun 2015 10:33 PM
    Check this out Ben, it uses 2 butane torches, I think it will do up to a 6 oz bar. It comes in several different size kits.

    http://www.goldrushtradingpost.com/...1502/32427

    Paul
    AKA: Nodnor the Wise -- LDMA/GPAA Lifetime -- Member--Northwest GA Chapter GPAA -- SGMA -- Live long and prospect! -- Remember: Without tools, we're just animals in pants!!
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    13 Jun 2015 10:33 AM
    Thanks for the tip, for the price that appears to be quite the nice setup, and simple. Now I just need to find the 6oz to melt.
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    13 Jun 2015 10:41 AM
    Benjamin,
    Could also check www.makeyourowngoldbars.com 

    http://www.makeyourowngoldbars.com/...orderby=10
    Steve has alot of this type of thing also.
    Take care, happy huntin'

    Jim

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    Jim LockeUser is Offline
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    16 Jun 2015 04:19 PM

    In regards to new store items.....Something that could be pretty useful around my neck of the woods is snake gaiters. Could maybe even be GPAA logo branded??? I'd buy a couple pair myself.

    Jim

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    jesse loucksUser is Offline
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    24 Oct 2015 02:07 PM
    12 volt crack vac...hand dredges..magnets...
    Brad LambUser is Offline
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    27 Oct 2015 12:04 PM
    GPAA/LDMA tested and approved knee-high boots.

    I had a real problem with my 2 week old Columbia Brand at Loud Mine over the weekend.

    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~
    ROBERT BEANUser is Offline
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    09 Nov 2015 03:27 PM
    Here is a couple of ideals;
    A cheap cover to protect the cards and maps that we need to carry.
    A small solar charger that rolls up for recharging batteries in the field.
    A small first aid kit to bandage those boo boos we all get in the field.
    An info panplet that gives usefull info on apps that might come in handy ( IE , phone apps that handle locations [ GPS / etc] on the phone , useful recipies on a good trail mix that can be carried out in case of emergicies [ some for dietetics would be useful] .)
    Paul LoulyUser is Offline
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    12 Nov 2015 10:39 AM
    Hey guys,

    Thanks for all the great ideas.

    Here are a few more from Walt in our claims department to think about:

    -Assortment set of small tools for getting into cracks in rocks with small pry tools like for harvesting crystal plates or fire agate.
    -Loops, good quality can be had real cheap, also I got one that has led and led black lite on it.
    -Large Forceps with different types of ends.
    -Small individual first aid kits, bee sting kits.
    -Small led t7 or 8 bulb flash lights
    -Same as above only with head gear for walking at night.
    -Long and short wave battery operated black lights, to id minerals and creatures at night.
    -Signal mirrors, fire (magnesium) starters, compass.
    -25 or 50 foot lengths of para cord for camp tie downs.
    -Assortment of books like: mineral id w/ color pictures, the Spanish treasure sign books"

    Keep them coming and we'll update everyone as soon as we can, thanks again!
    ARTHUR WAUGHUser is Offline
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    12 Nov 2015 11:52 AM
    Along the lines of the 12V crack vac idea, how about one run off of something like DeWalt or Craftsman 18 to 19.2V drill batteries.  Easier to carry a couple of those in the field than even a motorcycle gel battery.
    OHV/Recreation Representative, John Day/Snake Resource Advisory Council, BLM--- President, Wolfpack 4x4's, Region 5, Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association--- Member- Mid Valley Prospectors, Brownsville, OR chapter GPAA, Willamette Valley Miners, Bohemia Mine Owners Association
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    12 Dec 2015 03:46 PM
    How about some "Peace Offering" gifts for that significant other to make up or celebrate the separation time?
    I got one of those small cuddly donkey with the little black t-shirt on it. It seemed to help.
    Maybe offer one with a pink shirt?
    The pink colored gold pan didn't seem to work.
    But, the fuzzy little ass with the t-shirt did.

    P O R - Press On Regardless
    Robert J. Scarborough
    TIM LEIBELUser is Offline
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    12 Dec 2015 06:32 PM
    How about a license plate. Those of us that live in 1 plate states would love to advertise our favorite pastime.
    Brad LambUser is Offline
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    13 Dec 2015 01:25 AM
    Posted By TIM LEIBEL on 12 Dec 2015 06:32 PM
    How about a license plate. Those of us that live in 1 plate states would love to advertise our favorite pastime.

    Tim,

     

    I second that!

    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~
    JEFF MARTINUser is Offline
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    15 Jan 2016 06:25 PM

    I had a plate made that says (GoldMnr) for Arizona.  1 Plate state, so 1 on my truck for a license plate.  1 on front of my motorhome to display my passion.  May work in other states.

     

    JEFF MARTINUser is Offline
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    15 Jan 2016 06:26 PM

    Aurthur,

     it is a great idea, we tried the Dewalt vac and works great.  More than enough run time, light weight.  Thanks for the thought.

    ADAM ANDREWSUser is Offline
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    19 Feb 2016 08:27 PM
    An idea for the store is the J hook that's pictured in my Gold Mining Bucket thread. It can securely hook your Pan & Classifier on the outside of your bucket. It works great.

    GARY SCHWALLUser is Offline
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    27 Feb 2016 10:06 PM
    How about bigger pay dirt bags with less dirt and more gold !! you only have one small bag give the GPAA members bigger nugget bag with a give a way or a nugget prize to boost sales and help with them gold fever blues on them rainy boring days gold gold gold fever!!!!
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    12 Mar 2016 09:56 PM
    I was looking to buy another gpaa safari hat, but dont see them available any more. They were really good quality.
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    13 Apr 2016 07:38 PM
    The Hermit Pick....... Kicks Dirt and Digs GOLD
    I'll see you, out there!
    Brad LambUser is Offline
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    22 Apr 2016 07:18 AM

    LDMA Name Badges....  Are these still available?  If so, please provide a link.  

     

    When my mining partner (spouse) and I joined up in June, we thought that a LDMA Name Badge would be easy to find and acquire.

     

    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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    22 Apr 2016 08:19 AM
         Brad, do you get the Pick & Shovel Gazette?  If so look under Miners Marketplace.  Or call Barry at 530-501-6009 or you can also try " Engraversintime.com " or e-mail " engraveit@netzero.net ".     Ron
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    29 Apr 2016 06:43 AM
    Ron,

    THANK YOU!! and will do.
    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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    06 Nov 2016 02:35 PM
    - I second the Hermit Picks!
    - A wide variety of CMS or K&J Rare Earth Neodymium Magnets (especially Countersunk for adding to Poles and Shafts)
    - Snake Guardz in different colors.
    - Estwing's Picks, Rocks Chisels, Rock and Crack Hammers, Pry Bars Etc.
    - A set of Small Stone Chisels
    - A set of 8" to 24" Heavy Duty Pry Bars
    - 3 to 5 feet long "Plumber Spade" Pry Bars which are great for Mining. (Anyone who caught an episode of Prospectors, would have seen these commonly used)
    - A MUST - This is the best, high quality rig, set-up for anyone who likes to keep their tools close or on them while Prospecting, Mining or Metal Detecting: The Camouflaged Mullet Buster Suspension Rig from Bucket Boss. Made of Mossy Oak rip stop 600D/poly fabric.
    - The Estwings Harness Belt and Bags (great for Rock Hounding and Prospecting)
    - A varity of Finds Bags, I have several different ones that I love. (Will return to list my favorites later)
    - A wide varity of crevicing tools (Will return to list later)
    - A good set of Tweezers and Surgical Picks designed for Gold Prospecting. (I can get the brands out there if needed)
    - Field Magnifying Lupes
    - Tool Bags heavy duty enough to carry everything to and from the field. (I have so many and sadly still haven't found anything I feel is perfect but I am currently using a Large Military Canvas Duffle Bag with Side Access Zippered)
    - A framed Back Pack for tools (will list best choices when I return)
    - Non-Metallic Tactical or Work Boots for Desert and Mountain Prospecting i.e. Bates makes some really good ones.
    - Wet Suits and Water Waiters
    - Many more Metal Detectors especially the most popular Nugget Shooting machines. (I will START with a Garrett ATX and add more later when I return.)

    ( I HAVE ALOT MORE BUT RAN OUT OF TIME - I WILL RETURN TO EDIT AND ADD)

    KNOWN AS: Desert Detective TYPE OF PROSPECTING: Nugget Shooter Equipment: Metal Detectors VLF: Garrett AT MAX and Garrett AT Gold PI: Garrett ATX Deepseeker
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    08 Nov 2016 05:46 PM
    I add to the Hermit Pick. I use mine detecting and digging to get paydirt to sluice and at hone to weed the garden. They are great all around tools.
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    11 Nov 2016 07:00 PM
    I was going to edit my post, add details but maybe it's so old that my suggestions wouldn't be read by the powers that be... Not sure. Am I too late to the party? LOL
    KNOWN AS: Desert Detective TYPE OF PROSPECTING: Nugget Shooter Equipment: Metal Detectors VLF: Garrett AT MAX and Garrett AT Gold PI: Garrett ATX Deepseeker
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    23 Nov 2016 07:39 AM
    Posted By Shane Edwards on 11 Nov 2016 07:00 PM
    I was going to edit my post, add details but maybe it's so old that my suggestions wouldn't be read by the powers that be... Not sure. Am I too late to the part
    Shane, this party never stops!  It is never too late to add to the wish list.  Paul and GPAA staff are always looking to improve our experience with the right tools for the job!

    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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    23 Nov 2016 11:39 AM

    I took a torsion bar from a Ford Ranger, cut in half.  Put a chisel tip on the cut ends.  Has the big hex head on the other ends.  Used for breaking open cracks in bedrock in conjunction with a 4 lb hammer or bigger. 

    Something along those lines might be feasible.

    OHV/Recreation Representative, John Day/Snake Resource Advisory Council, BLM--- President, Wolfpack 4x4's, Region 5, Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association--- Member- Mid Valley Prospectors, Brownsville, OR chapter GPAA, Willamette Valley Miners, Bohemia Mine Owners Association
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    25 Nov 2016 12:56 PM

    Posted By <a href='http://www.goldprospectors.org/Profile/userid/2882153' class='af-profile-link'>Brad Lamb</a> on 23 Nov 2016 07:39 AM

    Posted By <a href="http://www.goldprospectors.org/Profile/userid/2895320" class="af-profile-link">Shane Edwards</a> on 11 Nov 2016 07:00 PM


    I was going to edit my post, add details but maybe it's so old that my suggestions wouldn't be read by the powers that be... Not sure. Am I too late to the part
    Shane, this party never stops!  It is n<span style="font-size: 17.5px; font-style: italic;">ever too late to add to the wish list.  Paul and GPAA staff are always looking to improve our experience with the right tools for the job!</span>




    Awesome... Then I will edit and add as the next best thing to the experience in hunting is the tools and gear I use in hunting... I am addicted and can't stop buying them LOL. I am new to Gold Prospecting but not shopping LOL
    KNOWN AS: Desert Detective TYPE OF PROSPECTING: Nugget Shooter Equipment: Metal Detectors VLF: Garrett AT MAX and Garrett AT Gold PI: Garrett ATX Deepseeker
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    19 Nov 2017 01:18 PM
    How about the Minilab Gold Monster 1000? If you would offer it I would possibly buy it along with the original rotating pan machine. I'm sorry, I can't remember the name. The one that folds up and is easy to carry in a back pack.  











      If you can't offer these, do you know of anywhere I might be able to buy  one used?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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    22 Nov 2017 07:05 AM
    Gloves, but really good flexible so you can dig with your hands and will last more than a couple of hours. I chew up gloves , sometimes 2 pair a day.
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    14 Dec 2017 01:46 AM
    I will third the plate. Good Idea Tim.
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    02 Mar 2018 07:55 AM
    Mmmmm gear!... My 2nd favorite topic....and i could go on and on about this subject lol... But i will keep it brief and tell you my main pieces of gear in a nutshell and not in any particular order ..... Good knee pads ...(cant stress those enough).....a well made backpack/rucksack (like mentioned above).....i wear a small single strap pack with Molle accross my chest to carry snacks a soda/water ..pen and paper...small tools....and a quick to reach small med supplies ...etc...(which also counter balances the weight distribution) .... These go over my tactical utility vest ..which provides a plethora of pockets from which are filled with ..well....a plethora of gear lol.....real good pair of boots.... weather appropriate clothing .....a Unted Cutlery M48 tactical shovel which connects to the utilty belt and a good prospectors pick with magnets ....crevice tools...toothbrush ....ok...gonna stop before i start naming everything lol....but most important are the gear that make me comfortable, safe, and get the "work" done.....everything else is for convience....and that is why i have so many pockets Work smart not hard......well if anyone has any questions etc ...please feel free to drop me a line ............Happy prospecting!!!

    Garrett Hook
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