|How it works||
Turbopan gold pan gets the gold and heavy minerals to the bottom of the pan and into a central trap quickly because the pan is shallow.
- Make sure the clean up riffles are on the side away from you, then put the pan underwater and spin it anticlockwise and clockwise through 180º to get the load saturated
- Check the central trap for compaction and water saturation with your finger
- Use an anti-clockwise circular motion to get the dirt-load into motion over the circular riffle bed which breaks up the dirt and prevents compaction
- The gold and heavy minerals quickly get into the riffle grooves that gravity feed into the central trap, while the light sands and clays fly outwards due to centrifugal forces
- Scrape off large pebbles easily because the pan is shallow
- Once the amount of material left just covers the central trap, do a couple of clockwise swirls then 5 seconds of vigorous backwards – forwards and sideways shakes
- Then tilt the pan away from you gently and shake the pan side to side while tilting up to about 30 degrees
- Pan off the waste until the concentrate covers about a 20 cent piece
- Tilt the pan back towards you and the gold will be there
- Don't worry if you see gold on the clean up riffles. With practice you will get to work out your own technique
1. Place dirt into pan, It is best to only ¾ fill it which is about 8kg. Ensure the concentric riffles are on the side away from the panner. These are the clean up riffles.
2. Submerge pan underwater completely, holding the pan on each side. Rotate pan clockwise and anti-clockwise very quickly for about 5 seconds. This is to get the water to go right through the dirt.
3. Hold the pan with one hand and with your other hand stir the dirt in the central collection trap checking for compaction and clay where the water has not fully penetrated. Stir the dirt with hand until satisfied complete saturation has occurred.
4. Move the pan in an anticlockwise motion so that the load in the pan moves anticlockwise. The purpose of this is to get the dirt moving over the spiral riffles so that the gold will drop into the grooves. It is important to go anticlockwise so that clays not in suspension will not compact against the steep sides of the spiral riffles. An initial sharp movement helps to get the dirt moving. Swirl in an anticlockwise direction for 25-30 seconds.
5. It is normal for a little dirt to fly out of the pan of the edge. If a lot is going out slow down your swirling rhythm so that only a little bit flies out with each swirl. Keep swirling until there is only a small amount of material in There are several techniques for using this pan and scraping out the waster with your hand while swirling is one of them but not recommended for beginners.
6. Shake the pan vigourously from forwards and backwards and from side to side for 10 seconds and to ensure all gold is trapped in the collection bowl.
7. While shaking the pan from side to side, tilt the pan forward and allow dirt to run out of the front of the pan. Ensure clean up riffles are at the front of the pan (away from the panner).
8. An alternative method for experienced panners is simply to scrape out the dirt that sits over the riffles by hand.
9. After half the dirt has been ejected, centre the pan again, do a few more clockwise swirls, and repeat steps 6-1.
10. Once down to less than 1kg of dirt, commence clean up. Whilst continually shaking pan from side to side allow dirt to run over clean up riffles. Tilt pan up occasionally to eject waste.
11. Work out your own careful clean up technique for reducing concentrate to gold only or mostly gold only.
12. Pick out nuggets, Pick up large flecks of gold by firstly drying your hand, wetting the end of your finger with saliva and picking them up with the end of your finger. Place them into a jar, vial, etc.
13. It's best to suck up fines and dust with a plastic squirter bottle that has a tube from the mouth of the bottle to the bottom of the bottle.
14. Do your next load.
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