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Title: Pyramid Pro Pan - Where to Buy
Post by: Xplore on May 13, 2019, 04:33:30 PM
Anyone have a Pyramid Pro pan for sale?

If not - can you tell me where to buy one online?

A friend of mine is asking.

Thanks GPEX!

P.S. Located in BC, Canada.
Title: Re: Pyramid Pro Pan - Where to Buy
Post by: DharmaSoldat on May 13, 2019, 05:09:29 PM
SMI Electronics has them in langley from what I recall...
Title: Re: Pyramid Pro Pan - Where to Buy
Post by: mcbain on May 13, 2019, 07:37:20 PM
Hi.Dan tell your friend not to waste his money.I had one my first year out.No where near what they are cracked up to be.Too much work and kill your shoulders.You can do much better with a 1/2 classifier and pan.Just got to learn to pan.Even with the pyrmid you have to pan the cons.Just saying.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: Pyramid Pro Pan - Where to Buy
Post by: sunshine on May 14, 2019, 06:27:07 AM
I have one.  It think that it works OK unless the material has clay.  It is worthwhile to watch the video on how to use it.  Get an extra stopper for the bottom as you are sure to lose the original when you are a long way from town.  I would agree with McBain that a large gold pan is almost as fast in the right hands. 
Title: Re: Pyramid Pro Pan - Where to Buy
Post by: kodibear on May 14, 2019, 01:33:07 PM
I have a gold hog  flow pan  which is likely superior to a pyramid pro pan which I also have.  Flow pan has never been used as I am not much into panning anymore & I would sell it for $160.00 which is considerably less than ordering it from the US.
Title: Re: Pyramid Pro Pan - Where to Buy
Post by: DharmaSoldat on May 14, 2019, 03:32:15 PM
SMI-Elec has 15 in stock apparently, going for $138.46 a piece.

Or you could pay more for it...
Title: Re: Pyramid Pro Pan - Where to Buy
Post by: Xplore on May 14, 2019, 09:28:37 PM
Thanks for the info everyone.

My friend decided to buy the Pyramid Pro Pan for ergonomic reasons rather then speed.

He purchased it from SMI Electronics in Langley.

The Garrett Super Sluice, Pyramid Pro Pan and Gold Hog flow pan are all excellent options for sampling.

No matter which option you choose speed and gold retention are the name of the game, so it's all about technique.
Title: Re: Pyramid Pro Pan - Where to Buy
Post by: J-Bear on May 15, 2019, 01:14:35 AM
The  LeTrap square pan  is a good option.
IRL Supplies.
J-Bear
Title: Re: Pyramid Pro Pan - Where to Buy
Post by: Suave on May 15, 2019, 09:12:16 PM
If one thinks the Pyramid Pro-Pan is a backbreaker, try using the Flow Pan where you are bent over constantly in a stream flow. All panning, regardless of the type of pan being used, is going to cause some kind of back strain. I have heard many complaints about the Pyramid Pro-Pan being too strenuous and hard on the back. Having used the item for several years now, there is no doubt in my mind that it is the fastest production pan on the market.  The most common mistake is bending parallel to the river while using the pan. I recommend either using waders and getting in the water, or using a stool or chair placed in the water. Both these techniques allow you to be comfortable and keep your back straight. If you are in a chair, you simply rest your elbows on your knees and use your wrists to move the pan back and forth.

The one major benefit of the Pyramid Pro-Pan is that it is an extremely fast high production pan and can be used to great advantage where high-bankers are not permitted. In most cases, with practice, the Pro-Pan will move more pay than a small high-banker in less time.

Keep On Diggin'_Suave
Title: Re: Pyramid Pro Pan - Where to Buy
Post by: mcbain on May 16, 2019, 06:41:23 PM
Hi.Suave I should have made it clear.The PP is a great pan for those that can use them.Not so good for old cripples like me.Tend to forget the young folks out there.I am assuming you are referring to classified material also ? Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: Pyramid Pro Pan - Where to Buy
Post by: JOE S (INDY) on May 17, 2019, 10:30:42 PM
Mark,

Once again you have "Hit The Nail  " 100% on target here.   <-party->

 All of us have panned, bent over, for long stretches of time - to where, periodically, you just have to sit up and stretch those back muscles a bit.   [<-panning->]  Young folks (like that youngster, Suave   <-yahoo_>  ) are able to better take the abuse of working bent over simply because of their more supple bodies. That bent over posture is very tiring, especially for older folks like yourself and even more so for us "Older than Dirt" folks .  (I can still hear the echoes of my parents urging me to "Sit up Straight!"  as I was hunched over a particularly engrossing project.   That "Shows to Go You" that my parents were WAY smarter than I was).

So yes, prolonged working bent over, doing anything, is hard on all our back muscles.  Other than finding THE Specific Invention,  Wiz-Bang, Apparatus, Gizmo or Thing-a-Ma-Bob or discovering some new panning technique there are only a few options: 

One,  don't pan - just stay at home (preferably in bed) and await 'The End'.   <-NO_>

Two, somehow spend less time bent over - reducing the strain on the muscles.   <-unsure_>

Three, find an invention or technique that reduces that bent over time.   [-1st-]

Of course, nothing will ever replace quick panning samples which, by it's nature, does allow straightening moving  and stretching between pans.  Now for long, sustained larger panning marathons (and in my specific case) I have come up for a way that works out much better.

For starters, I needed to drastically reduce the initial volume of concentrates to pan out at the end of every day.  At times I could easily spend an hour (after working all day) to finish pan the concentrates.  Just too long for me to be all hunkered over.   <-thinking->  Of course, I also get older each and every year, too.  It was at this point that the Super Wiz-Bang  Dynamic-Duo came into the picture.

Actually a Gold Hog highbanker started off the show.   I won it with absolutely no skill or ability at all involved.   <-dont~know->   After the shock wore off (and then it arrived!) I was absolutely flat-footed-amazed by it.   <~ShOcK~>   MUCH more capacity than little old I could ever over feed with a mere shovel - but also patient enough with me to  just let me shovel into it at my 'Old Guy'  pace.   It turned out that the volume of concentrates was miraculously reduced AND the number of cleanouts was way, way less.

An initial benefit was the fact that there never was going to be any problem with over feeding the box!   [email protected]*    4 guys could, maybe, but not just me, or with a buddy, two of us.  Life had gotten better.  <-party->  No problems with over or reduced feeding and CERTAINLY no pre-classifying of input gravel.  (If a rock didn't size-up right on the shovel it was just set aside - Classification 101!)

Next, * The Coup Extraordinaire, The Multi-Sluice mini-highbanker.  The greatly reduced concentrates from the big highbanker had already reduced the volume of daily concentrates to the point that 2, 3 , 4 or more day's worth of concentrates could be stockpiled in a single 5 gallon (20L) bucket.  If all the +1/4" oversized was quickly panned out each day then  the volume of each day's effort was reduced to the point that two 5 gallon buckets easily held weeks of concentrates. 

It doesn't take long, sitting down, to classify -1/4 through a 1/8" classifier and the resulting oversized is easily put aside for quick panning later.  After that it's just running the concentrates through the multi-sluice every few days.  Sitting or standing it's really easy on the back.

So, that's how I do things.  I frequently use the Dynamic-Duo and break up the panning sessions to go a little easier on the Ol' Back.  Of course, "Individual Results May Vary" but similar type options are open to everyone.
 
* The Coup Extraordinaire   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIn-ZA2R5oQ
Give this a look-see - only 2 minutes, eh!

Joe -
Just waiting to 'Get Back into It Again' this year!
Title: Re: Pyramid Pro Pan - Where to Buy
Post by: Suave on May 18, 2019, 09:13:03 AM
Great post Joe! Only one thing to add ... that youngster Suave, is 67 years old!

Regards.

Keep On Diggin'_Suave
Title: Re: Pyramid Pro Pan - Where to Buy
Post by: JOE S (INDY) on May 18, 2019, 05:28:43 PM
Yeah Youngster - well, I'm working on 73.   [email protected]*
Title: Re: Pyramid Pro Pan - Where to Buy
Post by: Tim International on May 18, 2019, 07:34:38 PM
Hi Everyone,

I am new to this.  I have a friend overseas who is in a new placer area that has assayed 44 grams of gold / tonne.  I believe this is quite good, it is in a dry
location, and I am looking for advice on finding investment, or starting operations.  thanks.
Title: Re: Pyramid Pro Pan - Where to Buy
Post by: mcbain on May 18, 2019, 08:27:22 PM
Hi.Guys Do not think age has anything to do with it.Its all about the damage one has endured in younger years.I have been crushed between logs,Ihave been smashed by a snag,I have had my teeth smashed out by a snarly choker.each and every one of those incidents should have killed me but I survived to live a life of pain and agony. and old age just makes it worse.On the other hand there are folks that have never been hurt and can out work me at age 85 and they still go strong.Just making a point.Luck,Mcbain. P.S.Just out of purer stubborness I still out work a 20 year old but my god does it hurt,Mcbain..