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What Is the Best Mining Equipment for Gold Cleanup?

What Is the Best Mining Equipment for Gold Cleanup?

For efficient gold cleanup, you'll need high-quality mining equipment. The Blue Bowl Concentrator and Keene Super Concentrator are exceptional for maximizing your gold recovery efforts. Additional tools worth considering are Spiral Wheels and the Small Miners Bundle. Gold Panning Kits, like the ones Minelab Garret and XP offer are great traditional methods, offering hands-on precision and technique. Sluice Boxes are another fantastic choice for handling larger volumes quickly. With the right tools, your gold prospecting activities will yield more and with greater ease. Stick around; there's more wisdom to glean when selecting the best gear to boost your gold mining efficiency.

What Are the Gold Cleanup Processes?

While it might seem intricate, the gold cleanup process is a series of steps that involve separating the precious metal from the dirt and rocks in which it's found.

You start with a mixture of gold and debris, sometimes using a classifier to filter out larger stones, then you begin a technique called gold panning. This involves swishing the mixture in a pan, allowing the heavier gold particles to settle to the bottom while the lighter dirt and rocks are washed away.

The gold can then be separated further by refining your panning skills enough where you can use a sniffer bottle to suck it up. Drying the gold and using a black sand magnet can help separate the black sand– making the gold easier to get. The alternatives are using a blue bowl or a spiral wheel. You then have to dry the gold and weigh it. If there's still dirt or rocks mixed in, you'll repeat the process until you've got pure gold. Remember, precision is key in this process.

Importance of High-Quality Mining Equipment

Understanding the significance of high-quality equipment in gold cleanup can't be overstated.

You'll find that tools like the Blue Bowl, the Super Concentrator (KSCR), Spiral Wheels, and the Small Miners Bundle each have unique features designed to optimize your gold recovery efforts.

Investing in top-notch gear not only enhances efficiency but also significantly boosts the overall yield.

The Blue Bowl Product

When it comes to high-quality equipment for gold cleanup, you'll find the Blue Bowl to be an excellent choice for small-batch cleanup. Renowned for its exceptional ability to separate black sand from your precious gold. This tool is powered by a 12-volt battery and hooks up to your garden hose.

  • It operates on a unique principle: as water circulates in a spiral fashion, gold stays on the bowl's bottom
  • Sands and gravel are carried through the center vortex
  • Undesirable materials are discarded down the hole
  • It recovers even very small gold particles
  • You'll need a 5-gallon bucket, sold separately

It is highly advisable to invest in the Blue Bowl Deluxe Kit, which comes with a pump and levelers. The Deluxe Kit ensures your Blue Bowl is set up properly so you can maximize your gold recovery. 

The Super Concentrator (KSCR) Product

After exploring the Blue Bowl, let's now look at another impressive tool in the gold cleanup process: the Keene Super Concentrator (KSCR) product. Made entirely in the USA, this concentrator is robust, durable, and designed for superior gold recovery.

It features a Hungarian-style riffle molded into the rubber mat and a built-in flood header box. It's portable, measuring 44' inches by 8' inches, and comes with adjustable brackets, two 5-gallon buckets, and a pump. The KSCR operates for eight hours on a typical car battery and has a capacity of 100 lbs per hour.

While there may be a wait time for your order, the KSCR's quality and efficiency are well worth it.

The Spiral Wheels Products

Let's delve into the world of Spiral Gold Wheel products, where high-quality mining equipment like the Desert Fox and the Manual Operation Spiral Gold Recovery System play crucial roles in efficient gold cleanup.

The Desert Fox:

  • The Desert Fox, an automatic gold panning machine, refines your concentrate to pure gold, saving you time and effort. It's lightweight and portable, making it a versatile tool for your gold cleanup needs.
  • It uses seven spiral arms to pick up gold and drop it in the central hole, making it the fastest panning machine of its kind.
  • The Desert Fox operates efficiently on a few gallons of water, conserving your resources.

Desert Fox products:

We recommend the Variable speed model in order to control the water flow in order to get proper separation of gold from undesirable material. 

The Gold Magic:

  • The Gold Magic Spiral Panning Machine works both wet and dry, offering you flexibility.
  • Weighing only 4-16 lbs, it's easy to carry around, further enhancing its convenience.

Gold Magic Spiral Panning Machine products:

Investing in these high-quality tools can significantly improve your gold cleanup process.

The Small Miners Bundle Product

Moving on to the Small Miners Bundle - a comprehensive package that emphasizes the importance of high-quality equipment in gold mining.

This bundle includes the Mountain Goat Trommel, the Desert Fox Gold Panning Machine, and the Trommel Spout.

The Mountain Goat Trommel, operating on a reverse helix, efficiently separates gold concentrate from tailings. It's portable, self-cleaning, and requires minimal maintenance.

For refining the concentrate, you have the Desert Fox—an automatic, speedy, and water-conserving gold panning machine.

Finally, the Trommel Spout, compatible with the Mountain Goat Trommel, aids in completing your gold recovery process.

High-quality equipment like this not only enhances your mining efficiency but also ensures a profitable and hassle-free gold cleanup.

Gold Panning: The Classic Approach

In your quest for gold, you'll find that panning, a time-honored method, is both an essential skill to master and a cost-effective way to isolate gold from other materials. This classic approach requires minimal equipment, yet it's surprisingly effective.

Here's what you'll need:

  • A gold pan: Choose one with ridges to trap gold.
  • A classifier: This helps to separate larger rocks and debris.
  • A magnifying glass: For identifying small gold particles.
  • A snuffer bottle: For sucking up your tiny gold finds.
  • A vial: To store your gold safely.
  • Suction tweezers: The ultimate instrument for accurate and easy collection of the smallest particles of gold.
  • Gold magnets: These are used to recover gold faster. Use only on dry material, and be careful of picking up black sand or iron with gold attached to it!
  • Trommels: This method assists in segregating and categorizing material for additional processing. It specifically aids in the separation of smaller gold-bearing materials from larger substrates such as rocks, pebbles, and boulders.

With practice, you'll refine your technique, become efficient at spotting gold, and increase your haul. Remember, patience is key in gold panning. It's a labor of love, but the potential rewards make it worth the effort.

Sluice Boxes for Efficiency

For the gold prospector seeking increased efficiency and a larger yield, the sluice box is an indispensable tool that harnesses the power of running water to separate gold from unwanted debris. A step up from panning, it's designed to process larger volumes of material quickly and effortlessly. You'll save time, energy, and increase your gold recovery rates.

They're typically made of metal or plastic and feature a series of riffles, or ridges, laid over various types of matting to catch gold as the water washes the lighter material away. Your choice of a sluice box depends on your specific needs, including the amount of material you're processing, the size of the gold you're after, and your budget.

Sluices can utilize the flow of a river or creek, or they can be rigged with a battery powered water pump. As you get bigger, you can convert some sluice boxes into a highbanker or fit it to a dredge.

With a little practice, you'll find sluicing to be a gold-prospecting game changer.

Reach Out to the Experts at Northwest Detector Sales About Gold Mining Equipment

When you're ready to take your gold prospecting to the next level, consider reaching out to the experts at Northwest Detector Sales for top-notch mining equipment. We are a trusted distributor offering an extensive selection of products for both seasoned prospectors and beginners.

We Offer:

  • A variety of brands and models, including Minelab, Nokta, XP Deus, and Garrett.
  • The Minelab Pro Gold Panning Kit enhances your prospecting efficiency.
  • The Gold Magnet to recover your gold faster.
  • Premium crevice tools for unrivaled access to remote gold-bearing spots.
  • Classifiers and gold panning sieves to optimize your hunt for valuable treasures.
  • And much more.

Trust Northwest Detector Sales to provide the tools needed for successful gold mining applications.

Contact us today for exceptional customer service.

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Minelabs new X-Terra ELITE multi-frequency series is here!  

Now you can toggle between multiple frequency, or dip into 15kHz single frequency at a fraction of the cost of other detectors. 

Not only is it fully waterproof, but also weighs only 2.9lbs! 

Go deeper in all terrains with the V12X 12-inch double--D coil!


Discover the all-new Minelab X-TERRA ELITE series powered by Multi-IQ —  a breakthrough in treasure detection combing cutting-edge technology and affordability. Designed for the savvy hunter in search of a fully waterproof, feature-rich machine with proven Multi-IQ technology, the X-TERRA ELITE stands unbeatable.

No need to compromise, X-TERRA ELITE offers superior All-tone Audio, extreme sensitivity and precision, and advanced Iron Control. 


  • Minelab X-Terra Elite Multi-Frequency Waterproof Metal Detector
  • V12X Double-D Elliptical Coil with skidplate
  • Minelab Padded Travel/Carry Bag
  • Charging Cable
  • Getting Started GuideFeatures
  • 3 Year Warranty

A large LCD display and intuitive user interface makes it easy to for beginners to get started right out the box, and seasoned hunters to fine-tune settings quickly and easily.

When it’s time to take command of your hunt and sort treasure from junk, X-TERRA ELITE offers versatile 4-level Iron Bias and nuanced 25-level Iron Volume settings.

X-TERRA ELITE offers an array of waterproof coils and is compatible with V12X™ 12"x9" Elliptical Double-D (included), V8X™ 8"x5" Elliptical Double-D, and V10X™ 10"x7" Elliptical Double-D coils (accessories) so you’ll be prepared for any terrain. X-TERRA ELITE is also compatible with all EQUINOX® series coils.

The daylight may have ended, but that doesn’t mean your hunt has to — with Control Pod Flashlight, Red Backlight Display, Backlit Keypad, and Handgrip Vibration you can power on long after the sun has gone. 

Enjoy the crystal-clear audio with lightning-fast Low Latency Wireless Headphones and In-Built Speaker (Included), or Wired Headphones and Waterproof Headphones (Accessories).

Because we’re committed to leading the pack for performance and support, X-TERRA ELITE is backed by Minelab’s global network and 3-year warranty.


Search Modes - Park, Field, Beach
All-Metal Shortcut - Yes
Custom Search Profiles - 6 (2 per detect mode)
Operating Frequencies (kHz) - Multi, 15
Noise Cancel - Auto (19 Channels)
Ground Balance - Auto, Manual, Tracking
Sensitivity - 1 to 25
Target Volume - 0 to 25
Threshold Level - 0 to 25
Threshold Pitch - Fixed
Target Identification (TID) - 119 segment notch discrimination: Ferrous: -19 to 0 I Non-ferrous: 1 to 99
Target Tones - l, 2, 5, All Tones (At), Depth (dP)
Tone Break - Ferrous (t1) adjustable
Tone Volume - Tone 1 adjustable: 0 to 25
Recovery Speed 1, 2, 3
Depth Indicator - 5 Levels
Discrimination Segments - 30 segments (in increments of 4 Target ID's)
Pinpoint Mode - Yes
Wireless Audio - Yes
Length (approx.) - Collapsed: 63 cm (25 in) Extended: 138 cm (54 in)
Weight (including batteries) - 1.3 kg (2.9 lbs)
Display - Monochrome LCD
Display and Keypad Backlight (red) - Off, High, Low
Display and Keypad Backlight (red) - Off, High, Low
Flashlight - On, Off
Vibration (Master and Ferrous) - On, Off
Supplied Coil - V12X 12" Double-D Elliptical coil with skid plate
Audio Output - In-built loudspeaker, Wired 3.5 mm (1/8") headphone port, Wireless headphones compatible
Battery - 3.7V/5100 mAh Internal Lithium-lon battery
Additional Included Accessories - Getting Started Guide, Charging Cable
Waterproof - 5m (16 ft) IP68
Operating Temperature Range - -10 to +40 degrees celcius (+14 to +104 fahrenheit )
Storage Temperature Range - -20 to +70 degrees celcius (-40 to +158 degrees fahrenheit)
Key Technologies - Multi-IQ
Warranty - 3 Years, control box and coil

 Discover the all-new Minelab X-TERRA ELITE series powered by Multi-IQ —  a breakthrough in treasure detection combing cutting-edge technology and affordability. Designed for the savvy hunter in search of a fully waterproof, feature-rich machine with proven Multi-IQ technology, the X-TERRA ELITE stands unbeatable.

No need to compromise, X-TERRA ELITE offers superior All-tone Audio, extreme sensitivity and precision, and advanced Iron Control. 

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