12” Suction Dredge

/12” Suction Dredge
12” Suction Dredge2017-10-06T10:21:50+00:00

The 12-inch Gold Dredge

Each dredge is designed and custom-built to adapt to your individual property needs.

12-inch Dredge Specifications

WATER: 6,000 GPM (Can be recirculated)
COST: $3.5 million USD
POWER PLANT: 550 KW Onan Cummins Diesel Generator powering a 450HP electric motor driven Pioneer water pump capable of 6,000 GPM.

Dredge Operations

  • Two men per shift can operate
  • Powered by Cummins diesel gen-set 550KW
  • 200 psi water pump
  • 550 KW 3-phase, 220/110-volt generator
  • air compressor
  • Centrally-located electrical & air-generated controls
  • Designed to operate on a river or pond.
  • Needs at least three feet of water to start operating

How it works

The 12” dredge handles an average of 300 cubic yards of material per hour, or 7,200 yards per day. The unit digs by sucking water and gravel through a 12-inch pipe. A unique “Jet Principle” moves the material without use of a sand pump. The water and gangue material are dumped into a flume and washed over a grizzly.

The sand and mineral particles are fed into the concentrator. The gangue goes to tailings. Upon completion of the cycle, the mineral particles are concentrated at a minimum ratio of 2,000 to 1.

At this rate, the concentrate contains over $5,000 per ton in gold.

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