keene vs. goldbuddy drywashers
Posted 06 March 2007 - 06:12 PM
I am new to this forum and I am looking for some input on the subject of drywashers. If you were going to buy a drywasher and money was not part of the decision making, would you opt for the Keene 151 or the large gold buddy version and why. All suggestions are appreciated. Bob.
Posted 06 March 2007 - 09:47 PM
If it were me and money was not a factor,I would definitely go with the keene.The reasons being...
The keene uses a 4-stroke 4 1/2 hp engine/blower combo and not a leaf blower.No mixing gas and oil and it is quieter running at 1/2 to 3/4 throttle than a leaf blower running all out.Which is what is needed to make the large gold buddy work properly.You will still need a vacuum to clean the bedrock,so you will still have the noise for a little while,but not all day long like with the gold buddy.
The keene engine is heavier, but when I had mine if I couldn`t get where I wanted in the 4x4,I just strapped everything to a dolly with big inflatable tires and took it where ever I wanted to.
And the keene blower provides warm to hot air which makes it much easier to work damp material.
While both will keep two people busy all day,I on one trip had four people throwing dirt at my old keene and it kept up with us without loosing any gold.
The more I think about it,the more I wish I still had that drywasher.I`ve got the large gold buddy right now,so I have worked both and I still like the keene best.
Hope this is of help to you.
Posted 07 March 2007 - 08:19 AM
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Posted 07 March 2007 - 05:10 PM
Posted 17 March 2007 - 10:48 PM
I had a 151 for a number of years and it was a great drywasher. I had a goldbuddy before that and it worked great as well, but I did like the Keene a bit better once made a few modifications to it. Jim Straight suggested I put making behind every other riffle in the top half to help reduce the air flow force when I was in and area where fine gold was known to be. It really works well. I also attached a two foot piece of sewer hose permanently to the drywasher with a quick connect at the end to make it easy to connect to my blower. The only reason I do not have it is because I found a Pesco Custom Drywasher that I like better. The Pesco moves about the same amount of material as the Keene, but it is lighter and it runs with an Echo 750 backpack blower that is lighter and very quiet. It is My drywashing buddy has my Keene 151 and it is still going strong. With the 151 or the Gold Buddy you can't go wrong - it is a matter of personal choice. Both excelent drywashers, I liked happened to like the Keene better and now I like my Pesco better than both the Keene and the Gold Buddy. Happy hunting.
Posted 18 March 2007 - 08:59 PM
Posted 19 March 2007 - 09:33 AM
There's no way that little drywasher will hang with a Keene 151!
Check out the Keene model 141 it's perfect for a one man operation.
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