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The RP-4 shaker table is the most widely used and most successful gold gravity shaking concentrating table worldwide, used by small and large mining operations and the hobbyist. The patented RP-4 is designed for separation of heavy mineral and gemstone concentrate. The RP-4 table can process up to 600 (typically 400) lbs. per hour of black sand magnetite or pulverised rock with little to no losses. The RP-4 uses a unique reverse polarity of rare earth magnets, which will cause the magnetite to rise and be washed off into the tails. This allows the micron gold to be released from the magnetite, letting the gold travelling to the catch. The RP-4 is compact and weighs 60 lbs. With a small generator and water tank, no location is too remote for its use. The RP-4 is a complete, ready to go gold recovery machine. THERE ARE NO SCREEN INCLUDED with the small shaking table. Use was reservoirsgreater than 250 gallon and recycle all your water. Only 400 Watt of power drawn by typical pump. The small RP4 gold shaking has a mini deck of 13wide x 36 long = 3.25 square feet of tabling area. The RP-4 is the best and longest selling small miner shaker table still on the market today. With many 1000s of units sold during the last 10 years! Review the RP-4 Operating Manual and Installation Guide lower on this page.
The RP-4 uses a unique reverse polarity of rare earth magnets which will cause the magnetite to rise and be washed off into the tails and allowing the micron gold to be released from the magnetite leaving the gold travelling to the catch.
When assembling the RP-4, it is very important to set it up correctly to get the best recovery. The unit needs to be bolted preferably to a concrete pad or bedrock when in the field. It can be weighted down with seven or eight large sandbags. Wooden stands will set up harmonics and vibrations in the unit. Vibrations will create a negative effect on the concentrating action of the deck and create a scattering effect on the gold. We would strongly advise getting the optional stand to mount it. See a detailed RP4 Shaker Table review.
Once you have the RP-4 mounted or weighted down, you will want to level it, place a level under the machine on the bar running attached to the two mounting legs. Use washers to get a precise level adjustment. Once mounted and leveled, use the adjustment screw to adjust the horizontal slope of the deck. It took me about 10 minutes of playing with the adjustment till you are satisfied the slope angle was where it needed to be. A general rule for good recovery is less grade for the table deck and as much water as possible without scouring off the fine gold particles.
When the table is set, wet down your black sand concentrates with water and a couple drops of Jet-Dry to help keep any fine gold from floating off the table. You are now ready to start feeding the RP-4.
DO NOT dump material into the feed tray. You want a nice steady feed without overloading the table. Use a scoop and feed it steadily. Watch the back where the small gold should concentrate. If you see fine gold towards the middle, adjust your table angle just a bit at a time till it is where it needs to be.
Run a few buckets of black sand tailings that already panned out just in case there might have been some gold left behind. Its a good thing, too, because I pulled almost three pennyweights of gold out of my waste materials. Thats a pennyweight per bucket!
You could run all of you concentrates over this awesome little RP-4 Gravity Shaker Table. Some ran bottles No. 1 and No. 2 over the table a second time and cleaned it up some more, getting out almost all of the sand in No. 1 and removing more than half the sand from No. 2. It was amazing to see a nice line of fine gold just dancin down the table into the bottle. And, to think you were was about to throw away all of that black sand that still had color in it! This machine is small enough for the prospector and small-scale miner who, like me, wants all of the gold for his or her hard work. The 911MPE-RP-4 Gravity Shaker Table is also big enough to clean up bucket after bucket of concentrates from a big operation! The RP4 people came up with the solution for getting all of the gold!
All RP4 shaker tables operate best when firmly secured to a dense solid mounting base. Wooden stands will set up harmonics and vibrations. Dense concrete or solid bedrock is preferred or a heavy braced steel table sitting on concrete. Mount shaker table to solid bed rock if possible when operating in the field. When that is not an option, six or seven sand bags may also be used if concrete or bedrock is not available for mounting.
Place a level on top of the steel bar that extends between the two bolts down mounting feet.Use flat washers installed under either end of the mounting feet for precise level adjustment in the long axis.
At no time should sand or slime be re-circulated back with mill water. Large, calm, surface areas are required to settle slimes. Buckets, barrels or any deep containers with turbulent water will not allow slimes to settle. Tailings should discharge into a tails pond or into a primary holding vessel before entering slime settling ponds. Surface area is more important than depth. A small 10 x 20 ft. settling pond can be installed in about 30 minutes. Shovel a 6 high retainer wall of earth and remove all gravel. Lay a soft bed of sand in the bottom. A small raised wall area (with the top approximately 2 blow water level) should be placed around the pump area. Roll out plastic liner and fill with water. Desert areas require a plastic cover to retard evaporation. Use a 24 wood across pond and lay plastic.
As with ponds, at no time should sand or slime be re-circulated back with mill water. A calm surface is needed in the final two barrels to settle slimes. (In lieu of the last two barrels, the discharge from barrel two may be directed to a settling pond as outlined above.)Turbulent water will not allow slimes to settle. Tailings are discharged into the first container.
A small compact tailings thickener introduces tailings feed at a controlled velocity in a horizontal feed design that eliminates the conventional free settling zone. The feed particles quickly contact previously formed agglomerates. This action promotes further agglomeration and compacting of the solids. Slowly rotating rakes aid in compacting the solids and moving them along to the discharge pipe, these solids are eventually discharged at the bottom of the unit. Under flow from the thickener 60-65% solids are processed through a vacuum filter and a90-95% solids is sent to the tailings area. Tailings thickeners are compact and will replace ponds. A 23 ft. diameter will process flow rates at 800 gpm or 50 tph.
Pine oils and vegetation oils regularly coat the surface of placer gold. Sometimes up to 50% of the smaller gold will float to the surface and into the tails. The pine oil flotation method for floating gold is still in use today. A good wetting agent will aid in the settling and recovery of oil coated gold.
Separation of concentrate from tails Minerals or substances that differ in specific gravity of2.5 or to an appreciable extent, can be separated on shaker tables with substantially complete recovery. A difference in the shape of particles will aid concentration in some instances and losses in others. Generally speaking, flat particles rise to the surface of the feed material while in the presence of rounded particles of the same specific gravity. Particles of the same specific gravity but varying in particle size, can be separated to a certain extent, varying in particle size, can be separated to a certain extent, removing the larger from the smaller, such as washing slime from granular products.
Mill practice has found it advantageous in having the concentrate particles smaller than the tailing product. Small heavy magnetite particles will crowd out larger particles of flat gold making a good concentrate almost impossible with standard gravity concentrating devices. The RP-4 table, using rare earth reverse polarity magnets, overcame this problem by lifting the magnetite out and above the concentrate material thus allowing the magnetite to be washed into the tails. This leaves the non-magnetics in place to separate normally.
No established mathematical relationship exists for the determination of the smallest size of concentrate particle and the largest size of tailing particle that can be treated together. Other factors, such as character of feed material, shape of particles, difference in specific gravity, slope or grade of table dock and volume of cross flow wash water will alter the final concentrate.
Size of feed material will determine the table settings. Pulverized rod mill pulps for gravity recovery tables should not exceed 65-minus to 100-minus 95% except where specific gravity, size, and shape will allow good recovery. Recovery of precious metals can be made when processing slime size particles down to 500-minus, if the accompanying gangue is not so coarse as to require excessive wash water or excessive grade to remove the gangue, (pronounced gang), to the tails. Wetting agents must be used for settling small micron sized gold particles. Once settled, 400-minus to 500 minus gold particles are readily moved and saved by the RP-4shaker table head motion. Oversized feed material will require excess grade to remove the large sized gangue,thus forcing large pieces of gold further down slope and into the middling. Too much grade and the fine gold will lift off the deck and wash into the tailings. Close screening of the concentrate into several sizes requires less grade to remove the gangue and will produce a cleaner product. A more economical method is to screen the head ore to window screen size (16-minus) or smaller and re-run the middling and cons to recover the larger gold. This concept can be used on the RP-4 shaker tables and will recover all the gold with no extra screens. A general rule for good recovery is less grade for the table deck and as much was water as possible without scouring off the fine gold. Re-processing on two tables will yield a clean concentrate without excess screening. Oversized gold that will not pass through window screen size mounted on RP-4 shaker tables, will be saved in the nugget trap. Bending a small 1/4 screen lip at the discharge end of the screen will trap and save the large gold on the screen for hand removal.
On the first run, at least one inch or more of the black concentrate line should be split out and saved into the #2 concentrate bin. This concentrate will be re-run and the clean gold saved into the #1 concentrate pocket. Argentite silver will be gray to dull black in color and many times this product would be lost in the middling if too close of a split is made.
The riffled portion of the RP-4 shaker table separates coarse non-sized feed material better than the un-riffled cleaning portion. Upon entering the non-riffled cleaning plane, small gangue material will crowd out and force the larger pieces of gold further down slope into the middling. Screen or to classify.
The largest feed particles should not exceed 1/16 in size. It is recommended that a 16-minus or smaller screen be used before concentrating on the RP-4 shaker table, eliminating the need for separate screening devices. Perfect screen sizing of feed material is un-economical, almost impossible, and is not recommended below 65-minus.
A classified feed is recommended for maximum recovery, (dredge concentrates, jig concentrates, etc.) The weight of mill opinion is overwhelmingly in favor of classified feed material for close work. Dredge concentrates are rough classified and limiting the upper size of table feed by means of a submerged deck screen or amechanical classifier is all that is necessary. A separate screen for the sand underflow is used for improved recovery when using tables.
Head feed capacity on the RP-4 tables will differ depending on the feed size, pulp mixture and other conditions. Generally speaking, more head feed material may be processed when feeding unclassified, larger screened sized material and correspondingly, less material may be processed when feeding smaller sized classified rod or ball mill pulps. Smaller classified feed material will yield a cleaner concentrate. Ultimately, the shape of the feed material particles and a quick trial test will determine the maximum upper size.
The width between the riffles of the RP-4 table is small and any particle over 1/8 may cause clogging of the bedding material. A few placer operators will pass 1/8 or larger feed material across the RP-4 table, without a screen, with the intent of making a rough concentrate for final clean up at a later date. This method will work, but excess horizontal slope/grade of the table deck must not be used as some losses of the precious metals will occur. Magnetite black sands feed material, passing a 16-minus screen (window screen size if 16-minus + or -) will separate without losses and make a good concentrate at approximately 500 to 600lbs feed per hour for the RP-4. Head feed material must flow onto the RP-4 screen, at a constant even feed rate. An excess of head feed material placed onthe table and screen at a given time will cause some gold to discharge into the tailings nugget trap. Head feed material should be fed at the end of the water bar into the pre-treatment feed sluice. Do not allow dry head feed material to form thick solids. The wash water will not wash and dilate the head feed material properly, thus allowing fine gold to wash into the tails.
Feed material should disperse quickly and wash down slope at a steady rate, covering all the riffles at the head end,washing and spilling over into the tails trough. A mechanical or wet slurry pump feeder (75% water slurry) is recommended for providing a good steady flow of feed material. This will relieve the mill operator of a tedious chore of a constantly changing concentrate line when hand feeding.
Eight gallons of water per minute is considered minimum for black sands separation/concentration on the RP-4 shaker table. 15 gallons of water per minute is consideredoptimum and will change according to feed material size, feed volume and table grade. A 1 inch hose will pass up to 15 gpm, for good recovery, wash water must completely cover the feed material 1/4 or more on the screen.
The PVC water distribution bar is pre-drilled with individual water volume outlets, supplying a precision water flow. Water volume adjustment can be accomplished by installing a 1 mechanical PVC ball valve for restricting the flow of water to the water distributing holes. Said valve may be attached between the garden hose attachment and water distributing bar.
More water at the head end and less water at the concentrate end is the general rule for precise water flow. More feed material will occupy the head end of the RP-4 shaker table deck in deep troughs and less material will occupy the concentrate end on the cleaning plane. A normal water flow will completely cover the feed material over the entire table and flow with no water turbulence.
A rubber wave cloth is installed to create a water interface and to smooth out all water turbulence. This cloth is installed with holes. Holes allow water to run underneath and over the top of the cloth and upon exiting will create a water interface smoothing out all the water turbulence. Bottom of water cloth must contact the deck.
Avoid excessive slope and shallow turbulent water.For new installations, all horizontal grade/slope adjustments should be calculated measuring from the concentrate end of the steel frame to the mounting base. For fine gold, the deck should be adjusted almost flat.
All head feed must be fed as a 75% water pulp. Clean classified sand size magnetite will feed without too much problem when fed dry. Ground rod or ball mill feed material 65-minus or smaller must be fed wet, (75% water slurry by weight or more) and evenly at a constant rate, spilling over into the tails drain troughat the head end of the table. Feed material without sufficient water will not dilute quickly andwill carry concentrate too far down slope or into the tails. A good wet pulp with a deflocculant and a wetting agent will aid the precious metals to sink and trap within the first riffles, thus moving onto the cleaning plane for film sizing. Round particles of gold will sink instantly and trap within the first riffles. The smaller flat gold particles will be carried further down slope to be trapped in the mid riffles. Potential losses of gold can occur if the table deck is overloaded by force feeding at a faster rate than the smaller flat gold can settle out. Under-feeding will result in the magnetites inability to wash out of the riffles, thus leaving a small amount of magnetiteconcentrated with the gold. A small addition of clean quartz sand added to a black sand concentrate will force the magnetite to the surface and will aid in its removal. Slimes require a separate table operation.
In flotation, surface active substances which have the active constituent in the positive ion. Used to flocculate and to collect minerals that are not flocculated by the reagents, such as oleic acid or soaps, in which the surface active ingredient is the negative ion. Reagents used are chiefly the quaternary ammonium compounds, for example, cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide.
A substance composed of extremely small particles, ranging from 0.2 micron to 0.005 micron, which when mixed with a liquid will not gravity separate or settle, but remain permanently suspended in solution.
A crusher is a machine designed to reduce large rocks into smaller rocks, gravel, or rock dust. Crushers may be used to reduce the size, or change the form, of waste materials so they can be more easily disposed of or recycled, or to reduce the size of a solid mix of raw materials (as in rock ore), so that pieces of different composition can be differentiated. Crushing is the process of transferring a force amplified by mechanical advantage through a material made of molecules that bond together more strongly, and resist deformation more, than those in the material being crushed do. Crushing devices hold material between two parallel ortangent solid surfaces, and apply sufficient force to bring the surfaces together togenerate enough energy within the material being crushed so that its molecules separate from (fracturing), or change alignment in relation to (deformation), each other. The earliest crushers were hand-held stones, where the weight of the stone provided a boost to muscle power, used against a stone anvil. Querns and mortars are types of these crushing devices.
A basic alkali material, such as sodium carbonate or sodium silicate, used as an electrolyte to disperse and separate non-metallic or metallic particles. Added to Slip to increase fluidity. Used to aid in the beneficiation of ores, to convert into individual very fine particles, creating a state of colloidal suspension in which the individual particles of gold will separate from clay or other particles. This condition being maintained by the attraction of the particles for the dispersing medium, water, purchase at any chemical house.
Manner in which the intensity and direction of an electrical or magnetic field change as a function of time that results from the superposition of two alternating fields, (+/-) that differ in direction and in phase.
The smelting of metallic ores for the recovery of precious metals, requiring a furnace heat. Each milligram of recovered precious metal is gravimetric weighed and reported as one ounce pershort ton. Atomic Absorption (AA finish) is the preferred method for replacing the gravimetric weighing system.
A reagent added to a dispersion of solids in a liquid to bring together the fine particles to form flocs and which thereby promotes settling, especially in clays and soils. For example, lime alters the soil pH and acts as a flocculent in clay soils. Acid reagents and brine are also used as a flocculent.
The method of mineral separation in which a froth created in water with air and by a variety of reagents floats some finely crushed minerals, whereas other minerals sink. Separate concentrates are made possible by the use of suitable depressors and activators.
An igneous oxide of iron, with a specific gravity of 5.2 and having an iron content of 65-70% or more. Limonite crystals, sometimes mistaken for magnetite, occurs with the magnetite and sometimes may contain gold. Vinegar will remove gold locked in limonite coated magnetite.
In materials processing a grinder is a machine for producing fine particle size reduction through attrition and compressive forces at the grain size level. See also CRUSHER for mechanisms producing larger particles. Since the grinding process needs generally a lot of energy, an original experimental way to measure the energy used locally during milling with different machines was proposed recently.
A typical type of fine grinder is the ball mill. A slightly inclined or horizontal rotating cylinder is partially filled with balls, usually stone or metal, which grinds material to the necessary fineness by friction and impact with the tumbling balls. Ball mills normally operate with an approximate ball charge of 30%. Ball mills are characterized by their smaller (comparatively) diameter and longer length, and often have a length 1.5 to 2.5 times the diameter. The feed is at one end of the cylinder and the discharge is at the other. Ball mills are commonly used in the manufacture of Portland cement and finer grinding stages of mineral processing. Industrial ball mills can be as large as 8.5 m (28 ft) in diameter with a 22 MW motor, drawing approximately 0.0011% of the total worlds power. However, small versions of ball mills can be found in laboratories where they are used for grinding sample material for quality assurance.
A rotating drum causes friction and attrition between steel rods and ore particles. But note that the term rod mill is also used as a synonym for a slitting mill, which makes rods of iron or other metal. Rod mills are less common than ball mills for grinding minerals.
Screening is the separation of solid materials of different sizes by causing one component to remain on a surface provided with apertures through which the other component passes. Screen size is determined by the number of openings per running inch. Wire size will affect size of openings. -500=500 openings per inch is maximum for gravity operations due to having a solid disperse phase.
Long established in concentration of sands or finely crushed ores by gravity. Plane, rhombohedra deck is mounted horizontally and can be sloped about its axis by a tilting screw. Deck is molded of ABS plastic, and has longitudinal riffles dying a discharge end to a smooth cleaning area. An eccentric is used to create a gentle forward motion, compounded to full speed and a rapid return motion of table longitudinally. This instant reverse motion moves the sands along, while they are exposed to the sweeping and scouring action of a film of water flowingdown slope into a launder trough and concentrates are moved along to be discharged at the opposite end of the deck.
A material of extremely fine particle size encountered in ore treatment, containing valuable ore in particles so fine, as to be carried in suspension by water. De-slime in hydrocyclones before concentrating for maximum recovery of precious metals.
A mixture of finely divided, micron/colloidal particles in a liquid. The particles are so small that they do not settle, but are kept in suspension by the motion of molecules of the liquid. Not amenable to gravity separation. (Bureau of Mines)
Flotation process practiced on a shaking table. Pulverized ore is de-slimed, conditioned with flotation reagents and fed to table as a slurry. Air is introduced into the water system and floatable particles become glom rules, held together by minute air bubbles and positive charged edge adhesion. Generated froth can be discharged into the tailings launder trough or concentrates.
The parts, or a part of any incoherent or fluid material separated as refuse, or separately treated as inferior in quality or value. The gangue or valueless refuse material resulting from the washing, concentration or treatment of pulverized head ore. Tailings from metalliferous mines will appear as sandy soil and will contain no large rock, not to be confused with dumps.
A substance that lowers the surface tension of water and thus enables it to mix more readily with head ore. Foreign substances, such as natural occurring pine oils, vegetation oils and mill grease prevent surface wetting and cause gold to float. Addition agents, such as detergents, (dawn), wetting out is a preliminary step in deflocculating for retarding gold losses.
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Global mining solutions warrants that all mining equipment manufactured will be as specified and will be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year for the RP-4. Providing that the buyer heeds the cautions listed herein and does not alter, modify or disassemble the product, gms liability under this warranty shall be limited to the repair or replacement upon return to gms if found to be defective at any time during the warranty. In no event shall the warranty extend later than the date specified in the warranty from the date of shipment of product by GMS. Repair or replacement, less freight, shall be made by gms at the factory in Prineville, Oregon, USA.
All bearings are sealed and no grease maintenance is required. Do not use paint thinners, or ketones to clean your deck. A small amount of grease should be applied to the adjustable handle which is used for the changing the slope of the deck.
Do not allow the RP-4 to stand in direct sunlight without water. Always keep covered and out of the sun when not in use. Heat may cause the deck to warp. Do not lift or pull on the abs plastic top, always lift using the steel frame. Do not attach anything to the abs plastic top. Do not attach PVC pipe to concentrate discharge tubes, constant vibration from the excess weight will cause stress failure of the plastic.