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Hello from BC…..

BC Placer gold

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Enderby, Bc Canada
I have been reading these forums for years and really appreciate the wealth of knowledge found here, what a great group of wise people here!

My name is Rob, we are located in the North Okanagan BC. I worked for 20 years as an exploration geologist throughout BC, Nevada, and Argentina. During the downturn of 2008, we had a chance to stake some claims and go placer mining. We have been doing this ever since….

We are a “Ma & Pa” operation. We run a mix of older and “newer” equipment. Our oldest is 3 years older than me….a 1964 Euclid C-6 with a Garwood u-blade and an ateco ripper. Primarily we use a Hyundai 210-7 for digging pay, advancing pay, moving coarse/fine tailings. A John Deere 50d sitting on an elevated pad feeds a 25 yard/hour double screen deck wash plant. This setup keeps our operating cost low (our biggest expense is fuel; diesel currently 1.61$/litre here…hit 2.35$ last summer).

My wife (who is a teacher) has spent some time feeding the wash plant during her summer breaks. Otherwise a one man operation. Due to the remote locations it is critical to have “simple” equipment that is field repairable.

Thanks again to everyone who contributes to this forum!
 

92U 3406

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Western Canuckistan
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Wrench Bender
You're from my old stomping grounds. Haven't been out that way in about almost a decade now. Still a small town or has it grown?
 

92U 3406

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We have been here for 25 years now, very little has changed. A lot of growth/development further south, especially in the Kelowna area.
Its a nice area out there for sure. Used to spend a lot of time around Grindrod and Salmon Arm. Thought about moving to around Sorrento or Chase but life had other plans for me.
 

BC Placer gold

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Enderby, Bc Canada
Some machinery change's over the years, finding that for us a 20 ton excavator with a 5 ton mini feeding is the most cost effective.

After 13 years on a coarse gold creek we are starting new this year on a lower grade bulk tonnage bench deposit. A lot of preparation last season, road building testing etc. Not sure yet if the gold grade will be adequate….
 

CM1995

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Alabama
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Running what I brung and taking what I win
Welcome to the Forums!

Pretty cool - thanks for sharing! Wife and I went on an Alaskan cruise last August which we throughly enjoyed. Did the tourist gold panning thing so when I saw that gold in the box I got excited.:p

It's been a minute since I've seen a Terex dozer. I think I can hear that Jimmy screaming from way down here.:D
 

BC Placer gold

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Enderby, Bc Canada
Always nice to see good gold in the matting; but sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate! When we have visitors (rarely) we always encourage panning if they are so inclined.

Yes indeed; I have a good set of ear muffs! Block heating is the order of the day in order to ease starting, engine no doubt a bit “tired”. Prefers to push a full blade on a slight decline…. tranny, steering/clutches and brakes still strong. Seems to be really well balanced with the ripper, now a days it doesn’t see a lot of use. Quite enjoy operating it though!
 

RocketScott

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Lexington, KY
Welcome to the forum

Beautiful part of the world you live in. Haven't been that way in a while but I've got relatives in Lumby
 

BC Placer gold

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Enderby, Bc Canada
A belated welcome from the people's republic of Illinois. Like your business model. Simple, functional and most of all field repairable.
Thanks! A simple operation with older but reliable (for the most part) equipment has worked for us. Have always enjoyed basic fabrication & welding.

My background as an exploration geologist was useful in regards to research & acquiring good ground.

A big thanks again to the collective and wide ranging expertise on HEF….. Has helped us out a lot, very humbling to see the knowledge base here!
 
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