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I drive a 4 X 4 pick up with a 6 3/4 foot bed, so that's what I have to move my equipment. I would want to use this push plate to run the concentrates though to get the minus 8 mesh stuff. I have a smaller pump that is used to power the black magic, I think 50 GPH, so I'd take that, put it in a 5 or 10 Gallon cement mixing bucket from Lowes, and extend the end of the push plate over the edge of the bucket, so the material going through the push plate falls in the bucket, and the bigger material goes past the bucket.
I would then either take the concentrates home to finish or run them right there with the gold cube or something like it.
I also at this point and not thinking about hiking it in, but something to be left in the bed of the truck.
I'm just counting on set up to tear down time with this thing I'm talking about would be less then the hour it may take me to classify 5 gallons to less than 8 mesh.
Of course I would really like to use this punch plate to run material to -8 mesh and fill 5 gallon buckets up, but that's probably too much to ask for. I did fill 10 buckets up one day by hand and 8 mesh screens using wet separation, and it took sun up to sun down to dig and fill those ten 5 gallon buckets. I want to say there was probably 40 buckets of material that was +8 mesh. All part of a learning experience. I learned not to do that again. One heck of a workout though. When I thought about this a couple years ago, I was hoping 8 mesh punch plate or a 8 mesh trommel would get me buckets per hour instead of an hour per bucket. Still, to make most ground profitable you need to hit buckets per minute, and you'll need heavy equipment for that.
It would be really difficult to come up with any sort of linear 'conversion' equation since the material itself dictates the time involved.. Say something like Just because 25% clay takes 1X time =/= 50% clay = 2x time.. It would take a lot of experimentation to even begin getting anywhere close with the same material, much less different consistencies..
I'm down with your thought process though, Chris.. I'm not sure if the Law Of Diminishing Returns fits in here, but there has to be some sort of a peak capacity, regardless flow volume & dilution factor.. Length should solve some of that issue, but not enough to make it less portable from add'l length & weight.. Thoughts..?
I Wonder how customed sluices with "bling" would sell.
I had thought about a similar project using punchplate on top of a sluice. What stopped me was the quote I got for the custom size. Later realized much cheaper to buy a standard size if punch plate and trim to size.
Really interested in volume classified when you get it up and running.
Considering something like that to be portable for classifying 1 - 5 gallons in the field. Can take up to an hour to classify that much wet diwn to 8 mesh.