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Desert Fox Automatic Gold Panning Machine

Desert Fox Automatic Gold Panning Machine
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$339.00
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Desert Fox Automatic Gold Panning Machine - choose Constant or Variable Speed

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The Desert Fox is a compact, light-weight gold panning machine you can take anywhere. Weighing under 10 pounds even with a rugged folding stand, it folds up and stores neatly in its Action Packer tub. Operate it right out of the tub, or remove it from the case and use it in a stream. The Desert Fox spiral wheel has 7 separate spirals which pick up GOLD 7 times with each rotation of the wheel (105 times per minute). The seven spirals dump gold into the tube-shaft and into a hanging gold catch-cup.  The Desert Fox's pitch adjustment and water spray system help you “tune out” the black sand. Available in two speeds -- constant or variable.

The Desert Fox Automatic Gold Panning Machine is aptly named because it was designed to conserve water and will operate on just three gallons. It sets up quickly and easily and can run 70 pounds of concentrates in an hour-- it's both a separator and a concentrator in one self-contained panning machine. Recovers an amazing amount of flour gold so you never lose even the smallest pieces (which all add up!). Operates on any 12-volt automotive battery or even a 35 watt solar panel. Ships complete with an owner's manual and small bag of practice sand containing real placer gold so you can get acquainted with your new machine right away. But the Desert Fox Spiral Wheel is so easy to operate you won't even need it to become a pro!

Field Test Review appeared in the January/February 2015 issue of Gold Prospectors Magazine. Download Field Test here (.pdf).

The Desert Fox was field tested by respected writer and life-long gold prospector, Jim Klein. His findings first appeared in the March/April 2002 issue of Gold Prospector Magazine. Here's what Mr. Klein had to say:

"Our field trip this month is in my back yard and storage shed. The shed is where I keep all the buckets of concentrates from my field trips and my wife is always asking when I am going to get around to cleaning it out.Thanks to Camel Mining all those buckets are cleaned out and the gold that was in them is safely put away. I owe them another thank you for the first piece of mining equipment that has gotten my wife interested in prospecting. This is after almost forty years of prospecting. She has always been happy to be my official photographer for all my books and articles on finding and mining gold. You see she has this thing about sleeping in beds and taking baths and eating hot meals on plates and things like that. Personally a peanut butter and honey sandwich is a very good breakfast, lunch and dinner out in the mountains.

First off, let me say that I was not a fan of spiral wheel panning equipment because years ago I tested them and was not happy with the results. Well CAMEL MINING’S DESERT FOX has changed my mind. I was amazed at the flour gold it recovers and you never lose even the smallest piece. Which reminds me of my wife’s reaction to my concern about the flour gold, “Why are you so darn worried about those little pieces?” Well I tried to explain that most of the time that is all you get and you’re dang glad to get that just so you won’t get blanked sometimes. Also I told her “that mighty oaks grow from little acorns”. She told me that if I said that one more time she would raise an acorn on my head.

The Desert Fox is a compact light weight unit that you can take anywhere. It weighs under 10 pounds and can be packed in the recycling tub. You can run 70 pounds of concentrates an hour through as easily as can be. It can be set up and running in minutes. The Desert Fox can be used as both a separator and a concentrator, but I liked concentrating my material before using it and just separating the gold from the concentrates.

The Desert Fox uses specific gravity differences between the gold and other materials, as most gold recovery devices, to separate the gold. The Desert Fox uses 7 leads as they have learned that this the best combination for speed and accuracy that can be achieved for any wheel under 18 inches in diameter. The seven spirals or leads pick up the gold seven times per revolution and all 7 dump the gold in the center hole in less than 2 revolutions. According to Camel Mining, this makes the Desert Fox the fastest panning machine in its class. The Action Packer case serves dual purposes. First it is a storage and traveling case and it is also a holding tank for your water supply and material if you want to recycle your water. The Desert Fox is designed to conserve water and will operate on just a few gallons of water. The only water lost is what you throw out with the tailings.

The Desert Fox is designed to be a fully self contained panning machine and will operate on any small battery capable of about 4 amps output at 12 volts. It will actually operate on any 12-volt automotive battery or even a 35 watt solar panel. The water pump is connected by a plug-in jack on the back of the drive unit and is powered only when the drive motor is operating which helps conserve battery power.

We found that set up was quick and simple. First you take everything out of the case, then you just spread out the stand legs and place them back into the case, and secure them with wing nuts supplied with the unit. Then you drop the wheel into the slot and secure the spray bar to the front of the drive unit and tighten its wing nut and hang the collection cup in place. You’re now ready to go. Fill the case with enough water to at least cover the pump. I filled it to about two-thirds full and it worked fine. Hook up your battery cables to your power supply and turn it on and start getting that GOLD.

I can see why they call it the Desert Fox as it is perfect for cleaning your concentrates in places where water is a problem. When I do my next revision on my book How To Find Gold In The Desert I will recommend it as a good piece of equipment for the desert prospector. I know my wife will be happy to see me bring home a bottle of gold instead of another bucket of materials to store until I get around to washing them. I was very pleased with the recovery of fine gold and it was great to know that if I did something like not hang up the gold recovery cup (which I did thanks to my three year old grandson Joey “helping me “) that I would not lose any gold. Just run your concentrates back through and there it is. The owner’s manual is short and to the point and easy to understand. The video they provided was also a real help. But it is really such an easy to operate piece of equipment that it is hard not to be a pro on it in a very short time."


The Desert Fox has been built by Camel Mining Products since 1969, and includes a 5 year limited warranty direct from the manufacturer. Unit ships via UPS Ground.

The Desert Fox is also available with Variable Speed Control-- the only spiral panning machine on the market with this feature! Variable Speed just $20 more ($359)

Desert Fox Specifications:

 

  • Height: 20 inches
  • Width: 14.5 inches
  • Length: 20 inches
  • Weight: 10 pounds
  • Wheel Diameter: 12.5 inches
  • Power Required: 12VDC 5AH
  • Water Required: 3-4 gallons
  • Pump Capacity: 450 Gph
  • Action Packer Storage Container Size: 20 x 16 x 12 inches


Stowed Dimensions: 10 inches high x  14.5 inches wide x 17.5 inches long

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