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Making a SM Super Gold Sucker

Its taken a while but I am now ready to field trial the SM Super Gold Sucker at Slab Hut next weekend.

Getting the right plastic bits together took a bit of trial and error. But after a few goes I have now ended up with this

The SM Super Gold Sucker does come with some special design features. Like the secret patented valve system made out of a couple of washers, leather glove and milk bottle. Getting the valves to open / close was a real challenge and has taken lots of different trials. But I’m at a point now they seem to work. No photo - secret! But this is the valve assembly

There is also the Boulder Stopper. The sucker is so powerful it can suck boulders. And there is nothing worse than a boulder going up the nozzle and blocking the valves

The nozzle is big enough to suck up all those nuggets. So there is a built in Nugget Connector.

But the big question is - does it suck? Of course it does.

That’s the lid of the Gold Collector. Which has been designed so the water flowing into the bucket is displaced out of the holes by the gold being pumped into it.

Looking forward to next weekend to give it a go!

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I reckon you do away with the collection bucket & just suck & pump the material directly into a sluice box. Then you have a mini light weight silent type dredge. Just keep on sucking & pumping into the sluice box until you need a break or want to check the box. That way you don’t need to stop when the bucket is full & you won’t have so much worthless material to have to pan out as the sluice box is doing most of that for you while you are busily sucking & pumping all that gold into the box. :wink:

Good luck out there

JW :cowboy_hat_face:

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looks good hop see wot you get as im going bk ther soon

Thats my next cunning plan. Current plan is to just shovel bucket contents into the sluice.

I need to check the pump in the field first to see if my one way valves hold up.

The first challenge into the sluice box is to somehow throttle back the pump out. At the moment I can get the water flying over 3m. Somehow I’ll have to figure out how to get it landing gently at the front of the sluice without blowing out everything my sluice has already caught. It could be as simple as just drilling holes in the bottom of the bucket and sitting the bucket at the top of the sluice.

I’m kind of hoping that the pump into the bucket will create enough turbulence to send the heavies to the bottom. So I should be able to quickly pull off the top, say 2/3ds and just run the bottom 1/3 through the sluice.

I think you will find that when you are pumping gravels they wont be flying over three meters & you will need to make a crasher type box at the head of the sluice box for the gravels to dump in to & then fall into the sluice box.

JW :cowboy_hat_face:

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Since this weekend is about field trials thought I would do a $15 mod. A container with hole drilled in top for pipe and jigsaw a slot so the gold falls out of container into main flow of water entering the sluice then collecting on the mat. Bit of left over pipe to create some tilt. And a tie on to hold it all together.

Risk I see are

  • Sluice has to be close enough to hole
  • pump action shaking sluice off its creek stetting
  • creek water flow dragging on the SM Super Gold Sucker hose and dragging sluice out of position
  • Holding the SM Super Gold Sucker secure somewhere when not in use

Only a bit of extra weight to lug about and it fits into the sluice when carrying

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Could be raining again

Its the coast - so bound to be. But a test of the rain coat as well. I’m hoping some rocks have been moved.

Was that you with the caravan up at slab