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Gold Wash Plant Rebuild

This photo is this completed plant washing some pay dirt at a mine in Wyoming. A few years ago Rob and Les undertook rebuilding a wash plant in the Spring and this is short story about the process.

Overview: Rob and Les took the shell of an abandoned plant and rebuilt it from the frame up. This pages documents that rebuilding process that took about 6-7 weeks.

Rob found this wash plant, owned by a father and son, that was laying out in a field about 200 miles from home. After we negotiated a fair deal, He picked it up and this it what it looked like as he unloaded it at the shop. It is headed to Wyoming for a group of kind folks that will be doing their first gold mining effort. They remind me a lot of me when I was just getting started so I want to make sure they have some excellent core equipment that will last.

Gold Wash Plant
Building a Wash Plant
Building a Wash Plant
Building a Wash Plant

Three weeks later you can see this plant really coming together. We just attached the hopper a few days ago. Now we are working to attach the trommel. This plant is ending up being a lot larger than I anticipated. But, I have learned over the years it's better to build a more robust extractor than throw something together for the sake of a budget. I want my clients to succeed and the first step in that equation is having a plant with the ability to hold the rock in the box.

Fabricating A Mining Wash Plant
Fabricating A Mining Wash Plant
Fabricating A Mining Wash Plant

This is the completed wash plant. As you can see we were able to find a good subframe and did a successful retrofit.

This stout frame and its made with American steel! I love it. My brother Les is such a good craftsman and "can do" guy.

With this design the mining can be accomplished on ground or as a small floating type of wash plant similar to the New Zealand type of wash plant.

Rob and Les delivered this plant to the folks in Wyoming and helped them get their mining system setup. Everything went smooth, the plant fired up the first time and some rocks/gravels that we thought might be a concern turned out to be a non issue. Before Rob left they had successfully extracted some gold and were on their way to more!

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Our company engaged Rob Towner to do the final setup and complete the wash circuit of our pilot plant to begin a feasibility study of an ancient mining district gold concession in Mexico, in order to construct a full scale modern mining operation that will eventually run 4000-5000 tonnes per day or pay ore. Rob is without question one of the most knowledgeable, and talented miners on the planet. His experience and know-how benefited our mining team tremendously and he worked right along side our crew. His work ethics are as high as I have ever seen and he gets the job done. We were right on schedule, never missed completing the days work and finished on budget and on time. Many thanks Rob, you're our favorite Montana Mining Gringo. Best wishes from our mine to yours.
Merv, Mexico
I have had Rob assist me on a number of occasions with my gold mining. When nobody else can fix it or figure it out, Rob jumps in and seems to put it all together so that what is stopped or busted starts working. I would never have got my wash plant at my mine working without his help. He knows how to keep the pay dirt being processed in the plant. I have seen him build stuff and weld stuff to get something fixed that seemed impossible but he gets 'er done just fine. Rob can read the ground like no one I have ever seen, he has thousand of ounces under his belt and my experiences with him show it. He has helped me setup my mine and plant in many different regards. I consider myself lucky I ran into Rob.
Jack, Montana
You and Les are top shelf. Thanks for all your help. I like how you guys operate.
John, Bering Sea
Montana Tech, said you where the Yoda of this gold stuff. My brother and I got a 100 acre gold claim......
Rod, Montana