Doug from our group that passed away a few years back had 2 gutted treadmills to take away his tailings from his drywasher.
He built a stepped up adapter to connect them together.
He worked the same area for years and had a very impressive pile of tailings.
Some of his DIY equipment is still out at the site where he was working alongside his sitting chair as a memento of his passing too quickly.
Went out today to pretty much socialize with the group.
I set up my trommel to check the rock tailings that go thru jim and Betty's DIY bucket trommel to see if they were leaving anything behind as their tailings are a little dirtier than what mine look like.
Didn't see anything they missed so I got to process 5 buckets from the site they are working on.
I Got a few flakes drywashing, they got 3 decent pickers and a bunch or flakes from 14 buckets or 140 shovel fulls sluicing with water.
That's better than average for them, I pretty much just loosened up more material the rest of the time and got a few bigger rocks out of their way for their next trip out.
A couple guys on the next claim over got permits to bring in a backhoe.
Talked with him today and he said things were digging right along for about 45 minutes before he lost hydraulic pressure on the boom.
They had to drive the backhoe out from the claim to the mechanic at 5mph...work to resume in a few days.
It will be interesting to see if they make enough to pay their gas bill.
Picked up some trash on the way out of the desert today.
4 aluminum Budweiser ultra bottles an aluminum modelo light can and 2 plastic water bottles.
The aluminum goes into a storage can at home and will convert to PM's later.
I usually run the proceeds across the blackjack table and double my take.