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Digging tools question
« on: October 25, 2009, 05:31:18 PM »
Hi All,

possible a silly question, but if am am to but a shovel and a pick for fossicking, what would be the best suggested tools to get.

Regards

Troy

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Re: Digging tools question
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2009, 05:40:22 PM »
Hi All,

possible a silly question, but if I am to buy a shovel and a pick for fossicking, what would be the best suggested tools to get.

Regards

Troy
Hi Troy,

I would get,
a good solid shovel,
a nice heavy double pointed Pick
A Crow Bar
A set of Sieves

But depends i guess on what you are fossicking for, I know I would also want a Willoughby and perhaps a throw sieve or shaker. But better still I would fork out $20 any day to go get a bucket of wash from Armfest, as we got approx 5 buckets of wash from there and I just weighed up our tally so far and we have 2010 cts of Sapphires and Zircons.

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Re: Digging tools question
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2009, 05:50:13 PM »
This is a very personal question for it depends on your style of fossicking. I prefer a short handled shovel with a narrower head. I usually cut a foot and a half off the handles of my shovels and put a bench in if needed for extra depth. As for a pick, I've got a small one handed mini mattock style. I also have two crow bars, a light 4 foot one for repeated work and a 6 foot (bend your knees to pick up) that I can jam under things and hook the car on too.

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Re: Digging tools question
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2009, 05:52:57 PM »
Hi Troy,
I recommend a trenching shovel ... narrower & with high sides.  These are excellent for getting between rocks etc because they fit into smaller holes and the gravel doesn't fall off the sides.  A normal shovel would be needed for removing overburden etc so you really need both.  I replaced the wooden handle with a steel one for extra strength.
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Re: Digging tools question
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2009, 07:31:26 PM »
Hi All,

Thanks for all the quick replies. I currently have 2 sieves, of differing sizes, a few gold pans and a small scoop i thought would come in handy.

From below it seems a short trenching shovel and some form of mattock is also needed, which i shall visit bunnings for. I will look into the crowbar as well however i might start with the first two items.

I failed in getting up to beechworth last month, and once my new caravan arrives i am planning to head up to Glen inness with the kids (after seeing all the great field trip photos).

Thanks again
Troy

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Re: Digging tools question
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2009, 06:42:01 AM »
A good mattock is a must..

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Re: Digging tools question
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2009, 08:50:02 AM »
Tools depends on the terrain and what you are looking for.
Wet or Dry, Hard or Soft, Sand, Clay or Rocky, eg:

Agate Ck: bucket or sack, leather gloves, long handled shovel, miners picks.

Yarrow Ck: sieves, long handled shovel and trenching shovel, yabby pump, swimmers/wadders.

O'Briens Ck: sieves and shaker, long handled shovel, trowel, pick.

Tomahawk Ck: sieves and shaker, willoughby/large water tub, long handled shovel, trowel, pick, lots of water, dustpan.

Blue Hill Quarry: leather gloves, crowbar, chisels, pick, big hammer, bandaids. ;D



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Re: Digging tools question
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2009, 10:25:26 AM »
... and, of course, a Cunning Plan (piano accordian optional)  ;D

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Re: Digging tools question
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2009, 12:23:43 PM »
Hi All,

possible a silly question, but if am am to but a shovel and a pick for fossicking, what would be the best suggested tools to get.

Regards

Troy

if you can afford it an 80,000pound(36,363KG) trackhoe is really the best ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Digging tools question
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2009, 12:54:46 PM »
You're BAD  ;)
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Re: Digging tools question
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2009, 01:16:58 PM »
That's what I needed out at Tomahawk Creek when I got excited by the wash and grabbed the pick, and gave a good swing and jarred every bone in my body.

That ground is like cement hehe. :-\ ;D
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Re: Digging tools question
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2009, 01:18:57 PM »
That's a very misleading term that...wash, sounds like it should be a quick rinse and lay out to dry.  ;D
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Re: Digging tools question
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2009, 01:37:34 PM »
Gee your right ;) Wonder what non-fossicking people would make of all this if the happened upon the forum :o
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Re: Digging tools question
« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2009, 01:38:54 PM »
We're neanderthals, no power, dry washing.
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Re: Digging tools question
« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2009, 02:52:32 PM »
Indispensable, they just don't work quite as well when converted to pedal power to comply with NSW state forest rules. http://www.miniexcavators.com.au/ModCore/shop/backend/images_products/456/ac18unit154.jpg

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