Why are so many prospectors and families alike turning to the Gold rat Modular sluices range?
Lets look at where we are to understand why our prospecting equipment has changed over the years. Most of us started out with a gold pan true?
I know i did but quickly realized that bending down all day and panning takes it tole on the body. Further the results were good but not great. So what most of us do is get on youtube or google and search for a solution... bring in the humble highbanker.
Highbankers allow us to process more material, more efficiently and more productively which is why you see so many weekend warriors posting up nice pans of gold from their weekends work.
For a long time highbankers have been extremely popular but over the last 10 years we ahve been under attack from the glass office window decision makers trying to stop us from enjoying our hobby.
So what we've seen is unnecessary castration of this hobby in the form of "mechanical restriction" very carefully drafted regulations that can be interpreted in different ways that make it very confusing for the average consumer.
NSW, QLD both have very muddy grey area supportive framework around what you can and cant do, it seems if you don;'t discharge directly back into the water supply that there's no real law that can prevent a person from pumping water from a common water supply however somehow combining the two things, public water use and fossicking and now we have a problem..... apparently.. yet I've heard not one single case of a person being penalized for use of a pump in these states. something to think about.
so we know where we've been now where we are... with growing concern around the use of pumps we have committed alot of time into developing a series that accommodates both pump driven and standard river sluice capabilities.
Introducing the Gold rat Modular Gold Sluice Range
So why is a modular gold sluice better than a highbanker for the average prospector?
Simple a highbanker will always be a highbanker and can't run from the rivers natural flow, you will always need a water supply and power source.
Our Modular Gold Sluice range allows you to have a river sluice that you can simply remove 4 wingnuts and bolt in a header box in its place that you can plumb to your chosen water device be it a petrol water pump or bilge pump.
We offer 12v bilge pumps for every sluice we manufacture.
From that simple transition you have converted your river sluice into a power sluice.
Why is that so powerful? simple you can now run in the field and run in your backyard so why not take a few buckets of dirt home with you next time and on a rainy day when you can't get out fire the power sluice up i the backyard make a cup of coffee and you can enjoy your hobby from the comfort of your own home.
The sluice header box is a great add-on but we don't stop there we can't! we love this hobby and we want to be able to set up our gear with full control over angle, height and we want it to be light and mobile so we have added the highbanker leg kit to this range.
More recently we added a flare kit to the header box which opens up your feed area and allows you to move your water delivery from the rear to a spraybar setup. now you have pressurized material processing the same as a highbanker.
There's one more add-on that really makes this modular gold sluice range very practical and effective, we have an option for a classification tray that allows you to hold material back for longer which aids in material break down but also allows you gemstone chasers the time and opportunity to inspect your rocks as you discard them over the tray in a forward classifying motion.
You now have a fully functioning forward classifying highbanker that can go back to a river sluice by simply removing 4 wing nuts.
The classification tray still plays a great role in with river sluice mode as the same principles apply in the river.
So you can see why many people opt for the modular range over a highbanker these days, yes the options will add up to a larger investment than a highbanker but they are so much more. and all of these accessories are designed to pack into a much smaller box reducing the overall freight charges by 400%
You can see the full range of Sluice Accessories here