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 Power Sluices / Highbankers 

A power sluice or highbanker is basically a sluice box with height and mobility and is motorized. It is mounted on a 4-legged stand that gives the sluice box the correct slope. Instead of being put right in the creek like a hand sluice, an engine with a water pump and some hoses gets the water up from the stream into the sluice or highbanker. Learn more about power sluices and highbankers.

Gold-bearing gravel and dirt is shoveled into the hopper of the power sluice / high banker, which is mounted at the top end of the sluice box.  Inside the hopper is a "grizzly" which is a series of sloping rods that filter out larger rocks. Also in the hopper are spray bars that shoot water onto the gravel and dirt that you shovel into the hopper.  In addition to the ability to go just about anywhere, these power sluices and highbankers are able to run more material in less time than a hand sluice without power. More tips on gold mining with a highbanker.

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    The Secret to Recovering the Most Gold

    Any experienced gold miner will tell you that the secret to recovering the most gold is to process a lot of material quickly— and a highbanker does just that! A high banker, also called a power sluice, is a piece of equipment that uses a pump to force water through a sluice to mimic the natural flow of a stream. Sometimes a hopper with spray bars is mounted on top, where the gravel is introduced into the sluice, to wash the gravel over a classifier screen to remove pieces of rock that are too large to go through the sluice. The water pump can be either electric or gas powered. If the unit is designed to catch and recirculate the water it is called a recirculating power sluice, or recirculating hibanker.

    In general, a highbanker or power sluice is extremely efficient at trapping gold. The biggest benefit of having this piece of gold prospecting equipment is the ability to process gold-bearing gravels located a distance away from a water source— in other words, you get to bring the water to the gravel, not the gravel to the water! Rather than haul material to the water, you can bring a lightweight, efficient power sluice to the water source! The power sluice can work remote placer deposits hundreds of feet away from a river or stream.

    In the case of recirculating units, they can be operated in desert areas with very little water. The typical hopper design washes clay and debris with a high pressure washing spray bar and all washed material becomes classified to less than a half inch for selective recovery. The spray bar may be equipped with a water valve for ease of controlling the flow in the sluice. The sluice itself is constructed like a normal stream sluice except it is equipped with an adjustable independent leg support system that enables the power sluice to be assembled on any type of terrain in a matter of minutes.

    Gasoline or Electric Pump? There are advantages and disadvantages to everything and choosing between an electric or gas pump is puts you in the same dilemma. 12-volt electric pumps are lighter and quieter than their gasoline-powered counterparts but require a battery. Large 12-volt electric pumps can deliver a lot of water flow but do not have the head pressure that a gasoline pump can deliver. Generally, if you want to make a nice quiet power sluice or recirculator,  a 12 volt electric pump is recommended. These pumps are submerged and make no noise. If you prefer a high banker with high pressure spray bars, you are going to need a gas-powered pump.  Keep in mind that a pump delivers less water as your equipment location is moved uphill. Pumping uphill increases the resistance on the pump, and as you move uphill, eventually there is a point where the pump will not provide sufficient water to run the high banker. The slope on the highbanker usually ranges from about three to four inches per foot.