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Oh come on, the Jungle Gold guys made $900 ONE day. They are almost there. biggrin.gif

Haha.....yeah...by "flipping" some gold....and didn't even have to move dirt to do it!
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Well, some progress in this week's episode. The new land looks good for Parker, Todd did something stupid that cost them time, and Dave is about ready to get Indian River in production. Can't wait unitl Todd orders Dave to move his new custom washplant to Todd's claim because the Trammel is MIA and todd may have been taken. Seems he dumped Little Blue for Jack in the Beanstalk's three magic beans or nuggets, in this case.

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Haha.....yeah...by "flipping" some gold....and didn't even have to move dirt to do it!

Flipping in that locale looks like an excellent way to get killed.
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Flipping in that locale looks like an excellent way to get killed.

No kidding. If people are afraid to make the trek themselves, I guarantee there are plenty of people already doing it for them - and making sure that they stay afraid.
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If true then that one guy was an idiot to pack up and leave to go back home for a week "to seek better opportunities"
Might like living beyond his means.
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Latest situation: Todd had deadline to meet his investor's requirement for amount of gold mined and missed it. Todd has proved he is not capable of managing a production environment. Turbo Trommel turned into expected pig in poke as it fell apart, putting majority of gold into tailings. Quartz Creek's season appears over. Loss of funding probably means Indian River is in jeopardy, even though it is running as a business and making a profit. Prediction: Todd will take over Indian River and run it into ground before end of season. There is already a rift between Dave and Todd, when Todd pulls rank. I am sure it will get worse. Maybe Dave will leave.

Porcupine Creek: Dakota boys dirt-moving tools broke and they invested in new gear. Likely to have a big win by end of season. Former bad guy may be big winner by end of season.

Big Nugget: Parker is going nuts, coming to slow realization that his grandpa's mine has simply run out of pay dirt.

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Turbo Trommel turned into expected pig in poke as it fell apart, putting majority of gold into tailings.

What if they had just purchased TWO washplants like 'Big Red' that has worked perfectly on the Indian River claim?
Based on the test pans, etc...it seems Quartz Creek would be similar to Indian River in terms of gold production and they would be on track to hit the 1000 oz goal.
Yet another devastatingly bad decision by Todd. Discovery Channel, please remove this fool from the show for next season and let Dave run the project.
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Do we know how much Discovery pays these guys...?

How on earth do they even recoup running costs?
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Do we know how much Discovery pays these guys...?

How on earth do they even recoup running costs?

Real or not they have "investors" one dropped by recently to bust on Todd for not getting any gold.
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What I can't understand is Todd has some huge dump trucks this season. Supposedly it's only a couple miles from one operation to the other. Why not load up all that great dirt they have left stockpiled at Quartz Creek on the dump trucks and run it through the other wash plant at Indian River???
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What if they had just purchased TWO washplants like 'Big Red' that has worked perfectly on the Indian River claim?
Based on the test pans, etc...it seems Quartz Creek would be similar to Indian River in terms of gold production and they would be on track to hit the 1000 oz goal.
Yet another devastatingly bad decision by Todd. Discovery Channel, please remove this fool from the show for next season and let Dave run the project.

Where's the drama in watching a well run business??? wink.gif
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What if they had just purchased TWO washplants like 'Big Red' that has worked perfectly on the Indian River claim?
Based on the test pans, etc...it seems Quartz Creek would be similar to Indian River in terms of gold production and they would be on track to hit the 1000 oz goal.
Yet another devastatingly bad decision by Todd. Discovery Channel, please remove this fool from the show for next season and let Dave run the project.

First, Big Red was designed and built by Fred Dodd and Dave Turin. they just didn't go out and buy one.

One of the lessons of season two and little blue was that the best cleanouts occurred after a short dirt run. When they let it run for days, they lost nearly all the gold. They didn't realize that the riffles and moss only could hold so much material before it overflowed. So when they did the initial run at Quartz Creek at the start of season three, they ran for days and of course gold went into the tailings. it would have been inconvenient, but cleaning out Little Blue each day probably would have been far more effective than the turbo trammel.

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Where's the drama in watching a well run business??? wink.gif

I think we see the splitting up of the Hoffman crew next week. Guide for this week's episode indicate Todd takes over Indian River and merges team (meaning some of the lesser guys have to go). You know that Todd's dad, Jack will be there, and probably the rest of the season two crew. Issue is that the loser Hoffman crew will take over a very profitable Turin crew and that leads to a lot of issues, such as when to split the gold, how much should each worker at each site get? the seven ounces the Hoffman's have produced won't pay for the porta potty. So likely Todd will take the Indian River gold to pay for the turbo trommel, to pay for equipment leasing, fuel, investor cut, landowner cut, etc and then divvy what is left up. If anything is left, then how do they split it? The guys who get pink slips will want paid immediately. And what percentages go to the pink slipped Quartz Creek workers versus the pink slipped Indian River crew.

I think Dave Turin won't take it and will probably leave (to return in season four as new competition) and possibly may take Big Red with him (since he and Dobbs designed it) unless todd pays them for what it is really worth.

we could possibly see Todd portrayed as evil as Dakota Fred for claim jumping.

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Well I was wrong, they are one big happy team where Todd can't bear to fire anyone and still is trying for that 1000 oz goal with less than 50 days left and 275 oz in the can. The interesting thing is in six days double team did 45 oz, whereas team Turin did 53 the week before in 7, effectively the same number of oz per day with 2x the people/overhead. Investor was right, need to cut team in half or else need to start working 24/7 or bring pay dirt from QC to IR at night, running Big Red wash plant 24/7.

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So.....they pull out over 100 oz in the last cleanup and everybody is "hugs all around"? Todd still F'd up and washed who knows how many ounces out the bottom of the plant....he needs to go....hopefully next season Dave has his own operation.

....and Parker calls it quits on the new ground? Get your excavator up there and chew out some of those tight curves and make the road safer for crying out loud!
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the week before they got 137 oz, so they likely lost 30 oz. todd's attitude towards the Big Red wash plant is just incredible.

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Sorry to revive old thread, but there hasn't been any other threads on the new season.

Todd in South America: total fail. Everyplace they find gold, it turns out that it has been mined already. Dave left. Now mining diamonds and other stones.

Fred and Dustin: Glory hole may have had gold, but it was too dangerous to mine. Moving up river to new grounds.

Parker left his Grandpa's mine at start of season and has gotten the most gold, but has made several strategic mistakes: Leased land gold-poor land owned by Tony Beats for 15 percent of gold. No one on the show has ever paid more than 10 percent. Parker bought worn out D10 dozer and Little Blue from Hoffmans and overpaid. 100 oz for a D10 bulldozer? Todd tried to by a D10 for $50K. 100Oz is $120K! Parker is just able to get the 100 oz (plus 15 percent to Beats) to own the dozer. Dozer tracks wore out and Parker had to buy used parts that worked (for how long?).

Due to poor ground, Beats is constantly pressuring Parker to increase the amount of dirt processed, causing Parker to make bad decisions and not listen to his crew. Little Blue, which appears to work well when operated correctly, breaks down and not repairable for season. Promo for this week shows Parker buying Big Red (what he should have purchased in the first place).

Unless Fred and Dustin make it big, no one is going to break even this year.

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Thanks for reviving it. Nice summary. I've followed here since the start, still amazed at Todd's antics. Also captured by the follow-on show, Bering Sea Gold, whether winter or summer diving near Nome, Alaska. Hope they've finally squelched the gold mining show with the two ex-real-estate guys from Utah who somehow get stomped on in Africa more than Todd. -- John
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Form the latest promo for tonight's episode it sounds like Fred and Dustin aren't moving WAY up river where Dustin flew up in the helicopter to prospect. It sounds like Fred found a different location to dig somewhat near the glory hole they just filled in.

I bet Parker ends up making very good money.

We'll see tonight if Todd's crew is REALLY on to precious gems or not. I hope not.
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tonight?
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tonight?

Sorry, I was getting ahead of myself.
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