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Buying a Used Gold Dredge

In March of 2001, I saw a 3” dredge for sale on the Internet that was way over priced. It was advertised as a “complete Keene 3 inch gold dredge ready to go.”  But what I saw was only an old 3” Keene header-style sluice box with home made...

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