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The Mini Excavator is VERY easy to assemble, transport and use. We will
go over a few points below.
Setting up to run:
Set up your mini as shown above. Most start at about 1" per foot pitch.
Put in your mat, then the little Hog Moss square at the top.
Then, slide the punch plate from the back, in-between the header box and the
sluice. It will hook on to the back as show below.
Hook up your water supply.
Pour about a gallon of water through the box, then stop.
Look at the sluice and see if the now pooling water is level or pooling to
This is an easy way to level your sluice. Adjust the sluice so water is
level in the mats. (Nice little trick.)
Now, start the water, then run some dirt through the header box.
The water should be moving fast and you should see particles really
"dancing" behind the grooves in the mats. In sluices, faster is better
than slower to start.
Pour dirt into the header box an run.
Most people clean the mini about every hour or so.
Place a tray under the end of the sluice.
Remove punch plate.
Grab the end of the mat and TWIST so one side releases.
This will allow the mat to slide out easy.
Fill a five gallon bucket with water.
Roll the mat slightly and dip up and down.
Now... REVERSE roll the mat. This means the groove are on the outside and
spreading out as you roll. Dip up and down again. You're done.
People are amazed that they will only have about 1-3 cups of cons to work.
The unit really likes about 3000 - 4000 gph.
It has a 1.5" fitting for a gas pump, as well as two "barbed" fittings for
bilge pump hose. (1- 1/8" hose).
If you run electric you can use 2 bilge pumps. Either 1500 or 2000 gph each.
If you use gas pump, it's your choice. Just try and find a pump rated
between 3000 and 4000 gph. If you go too high, you won't be able to reduce
water flow enough.
Can it dredge?
Yes, we have videos on Youtube showing it running as a 1.5" dredge. That is
all it can handle. It makes a GREAT sniping dredge for exposed bedrock. if
you want a larger dredge, then don't buy this unit.
WE DO NOT... sell dredge parts. They are available all over.
Adding the extension?
Some people want to run REAL heavy, or just want to add the extension.
If you buy the extension here is how you install it.
The extension comes with a mat that is too long. This allows the the mat
to hang over on BOTH ends. This is for a reason.
- Place the mat in the extension. Make sure it is hanging off both ends.
- Place the mini and the extension on a flat surface, with the extension
AND the mat under the mini tray. About 1/2" - 3/4" overlapping.
- Make sure the mini tray is sitting firmly on the mat in the
extension tray. Mark and drill holes. Then attach the extension. You'll
notice that the mini tray "pinches" the mat in the lower extension tray.
That holds it firmly in place.