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    I love the garrett pans. I have to agree with the OP when I seen the new garrett pans I thought why. I guess if I ever need another pan I would try one but would rather not.

  2. #17
    us
    May 2014
    AZ
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    Quote Originally Posted by slink View Post
    Sounds very painful ! At that speed even if its true that pan would be way too heavy for me.
    Heavy, maybe not but still backbreaking. The only saving grace for the extra weight is that the pan is worked while being held under water. Archimedes principle comes into play and the weight of the pan and it's contents reduces by the equivalent weight of the water displaced when submerged. Water weighs a little more than eight pounds per gallon. A gallon of regular beach sand weighs somewhere around thirteen pounds per gallon but when suspended under water in a gold pan it would weigh about five pounds....Just a little science lesson for ya'll.
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    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

  3. #18
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    May 2011
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    For me also. I have a hard enough time picking up 5 gal buckets at my age (81). The standard Gold Claw is about right for the output of my puffer and drop trap. So I have not reason to buy the bigger one.

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    Dave

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    My first gold pan was the top part of a Boy Scout mess kit. Only about 8" in diameter, and the sides sloped up at a much sharper angle...but it worked great!
    "A pipe gives a wise man time to think, and a fool something to put in his mouth." - e. e. cummings

  5. #20
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    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

    Jan 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVanP View Post
    My first gold pan was the top part of a Boy Scout mess kit. Only about 8" in diameter, and the sides sloped up at a much sharper angle...but it worked great!
    ...and it didn抰 cost 40 bucks (for a piece of plastic!) like a Goldclaw!

  6. #21
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    I think I saw in the Add he does 1/2 bucket at a time - still all 5 gal in 45 sec or so. Most of my pans take about 30 to 40 sec - 1/4 of a bucket per pan. The bigger size pan would make the difference.

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    Rock stacker

    Dec 2013
    Arcata, California
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    In all their demonstrations they use very light sands and gravels with little black sand, it's not an accurate demonstration of the pan under real world conditions.

  8. #23
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    Certified village idiot

    Oct 2020
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    I have used tons of pans, quite a collection at this point. I have experimented with a metal dog bowl with a sharp nearly 90 degree edge and it works freaking great. You can pan down to nearly only gold. I’m surprised there isn’t a commercial pan with a 90 degree edge. Everything has such a gradual slope.
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  9. #24
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    Rock stacker

    Dec 2013
    Arcata, California
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ohiogoldfever View Post
    I have used tons of pans, quite a collection at this point. I have experimented with a metal dog bowl with a sharp nearly 90 degree edge and it works freaking great. You can pan down to nearly only gold. I’m surprised there isn’t a commercial pan with a 90 degree edge. Everything has such a gradual slope.
    I have had luck using one of those green plastic trays that goes under a planter pot. Wide base, steep sloped sides. I have been told they sell steep sided pans in Australia called loaming dishes, loaming is the process of locating a lode by grid sampling.

 

 
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