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Gold Dredges & Dredge Parts

If you have spent enough time around the hobby of metal detecting, you have surely run across the idea of prospecting for gold. Gold prospecting is an addiction for many people, as they love working to find the shiny metal in creeks and rivers. While many will start off with a simple gold pan and classifier, others graduate to gold dredges. Gold dredges are excellent for finding more gold more efficiently and with less effort. Whether you are picking out your first gold dredge or you need to buy some other dredging equipment or parts, Kellyco has a wide selection available for you. If you have any questions about any of our products, please reach out to us, as we would love to assist you.

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What Is a Gold Dredge?

Gold dredges have been around for over 150 years, and will not be going anywhere anytime soon. While vast improvements have been made to the design, the general process is roughly the same. Essentially, each of the dredges that Kellyco carries work in the same fashion as each other. These dredges consist of engines to power it all, suction hose, flotation assembly, and a sluice box. There are pumps and jet flares that are powered by the engine as well. Once the apparatus is placed into the water, the suction hose will suck up gravel, water, gold, and any other sediments. It transports these materials through the sluice box, and the sluice does its job of removing the sediment and leaving the gold, which sits behind the riffles. The flotation device simply keeps the rig above the water, making it easier than by using an underwater gold dredge. This is essentially the process that all gold dredges will use to separate the valuable, yellow metal from sand and other sediment.

What Should I Look for in a Gold Dredge?

One of the main factors that will play into your decision on which dredge to buy is the size of the machine. Size is also directly related to efficiency, output, and cost. Obviously, the larger the dredge is, the more sediment it will be able to work through in less time. That being said, the bigger a gold dredge is, the more it is going to cost. Think about all of the places in which you would be gold prospecting. How large of a dredge will you need? Is there that much ground to cover? Another thing to keep in mind is the transportation of the dredge. There are several models that can be used by backpackers for the most remote locations, and some that would need several people to move. Think about what would work the best for you and weigh the pros and cons of each different dredge. You should be able to come to a conclusion at this point.

What Is the Best Gold Dredge?

Determining which gold dredge is impossible to do, as each dredge has its uses and benefits depending on the user’s needs and preferences. With that being said, there are several very popular gold dredges that are great for most people. Continue reading for a more in-depth look at some gold dredges.

Keene Engineering produces all of the gold dredges that Kellyco offers. While this may seem strange, it is because Keene’s prospecting equipment is the best on the market. Whether you want their 2-inch backpack dredge or their 6-inch heavy-duty dredge, you are going to get your money’s worth. Keene Engineering is the best in the game, as each of their gold dredges features their unique technology in the sluice boxes, the pumps, and the overall design. There are many different sizes and specific models that are available from Kellyco, and regardless of which one you choose, we believe you will be very satisfied.

Which Dredge Parts Will I Need?

While you do not want to have to repair your gold dredge, machines break. It is a simple fact of life that everything mechanical will at some point fail. Instead of sitting there with a broken dredge, look at Kellyco’s wide selection of dredge parts that will get your machine back to its efficient and valuable running. Whether you want a new power jet, suction nozzle, sluice box, or a pump, Kellyco has you covered. If you have any questions about gold dredges of the parts you need, please reach out to us, as we would be happy to help.

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