Ok been on an equipment kick lately but don’t fret more gold reviews are coming. In fact a ton of gold reviews are coming. I will be going from one review a month to 3-4 reviews per month for next couple of months. Also Labor day weekend me and the kids will be churning through some paydirt so that will be a busy weekend for reviews. So stay tuned, but for now here is my review of the TurboPan……….
I love gold pans! I collect vintage pans, cheap pans and just about any pan I can get my hands on. Why? Well since I can no longer go out to mine for gold I have become an at home panner, so I love pans. When I first saw the TurboPan I wanted one but couldn’t justify getting one since it churns through dirt and most paydirt doesn’t come in 20lb bags. The TurboPan is made to pan through lots of paydirt fast, and it works!
Well anyway finally found the time to buy one and try it out. It does take some time to get used to, but just like panning it is something you practice at to get better. I tried it out with 3lbs of paydirt I put 5 small flakes of gold in and in about 2 minutes I had washed all the paydirt down to about 4oz of dirt and my 5 flakes. You can check it out for yourself in the video below.
I probably wouldn’t use the TurboPan for finishing gold but to plow through a large amount of gold I would use it in a heartbeat. I wish I had one when I was in California and was just pan prospecting. This is definitely a pan to use in those states that they are cracking down on small time gold miners. This would be a great way to move a lot of dirt quickly to test for gold before setting up a dredge or high banker.
While they do have a few places you can pick up a TurboPan I got mine off Amazon from Arizona Prospecting Supply (see store link below). I got the TurboPan kit because I needed a new magnet anyways and for $10 was worth it for the extras they throw in. I will probably pick up a 10″ TurboPan as well soon, since the 16″ is a little too large for indoor use and would love to be able to use it for my at home panning.
The TurboPan ended with a 8.8 total Score. I only dinged it very slightly for cost as I think it should be a little cheaper. I also took away a little for ease of use and instructions because this item does have a learning curve, but it does work. I think after 3-4 uses will become more natural. Still a great product and very happy to have one in my pan collection.
***This score has been modified since its original publication to fit in with my new formula***