After one and a half years, due to increases in materials and the cost of fabrication molds, Grizzly Gold Trap is ending production of our sluices. Over the past month we have been working with our plastic fabrication company, who thermoforms our sluice’s parts, to repair a damaged mold used for the Nugget and Explorer sluices. Unfortunately, they were unable to successfully repair the mold and the only path forward is to have a new mold milled out of aluminum, which would cost several thousands dollars. The cost of a new mold, and the three increases we’ve experienced in material and fabrication costs over the past 18 months, has made it uneconomical to continue production. From the start, our goal was to support the community of fluid bed sluice users and provide products for this group of prospectors. We will still be here to support existing customers, answer questions on setup and operation of sluices, and produce additional setup and operating videos on our sluices, which customers have requested. We appreciate all the support from our customers, the great testimonials, and the nice comments our customers have sent to us.
"The Grizzly Gold Trap runs at less of an angle and less depth thanks to the built-in slope in the design. The part that sold it to me though was the grizzlies. They were at a smooth angle and as such there was a lot less rock build ups. Additionally the box not tapering at the grizzlies prevented the jams on the sides like I'm used to. No more digging out rocks with your fingers yay! That alone would sell me."
David Shofner (Littleton, CO)
The sluice I was trying out was the Grizzly Gold Trap (Explorer model). It's basically an improved version of the bazooka sniper. We had both a sniper + grizzly side by side and it was clear that this was an improvement over the original. As somebody who planned to buy a bazooka sniper (and got scammed + had to do a chargeback) I would highly recommend the GGTs. It has a significantly larger trap and with the right flow can move quite a bit of material (all without classifying of course). The biggest flake we found for the day was clearly visible on the deck of the sluice thanks to the embedded riffles just before the trap.
Jim Spinosa (Denver, CO)