Sunday, May 5, 2013

A new Montana wash plant in the making, an old gold mining veteran getting ready to produce gold again

Montana wash plant
gold wash plant
I recently purchased this old 1938 pitcher style washplant. It has the base for a good trommel scrubbing plant.

We just started cutting off the old worn out parts and are going to retrofit it hopefully rock ready in two weeks.

We will be moving it to our new property here in montana. It will be offered for sale and should be a good one.

I am just figuring out the new retrofit and recovery system. A new drive system and trunions will be in order.

A good 35 or 40 ft stacking system and she will be ready to go.

We are replacing the old sluiceboxes
and going with strictly a gravity recovery system. I hope to be on the property by the end of the month.

We have lots of work to do in the next three weeks.


  1. How do you know when a pitcher style washplant is a good buy or not? It looks like it is in pretty good condition from the photo.


  2. These old plants were used extensively in the 1930's Many of my mentors who have passed on worked many many deposits back then and were constantly pushing me to try one. Well I did and my first year at bannack mt I recovered 1700 ounces with one of these and I wore it out. They are big they are heavy and you have to basically use the old system of setting up and believe me 24 hrs a day 7 days a week and I duplicated what I thought was only a dream. They are a real workhorse and expensive to rebuild but they really are a good system. I use vibrating screens a lot now and have been successful with this.