Another day, another crucial repair for Gold Rush star Tony Beets’ equipment. This season has been the toughest yet for Beets and his crew. Since losing his Indian River land claim, this year’s mining exploits have been an uphill battle for the industry giant and his family.
Alongside Beets is his wife, Minnie, and their two sons, Mike and Kevin. The crew also has a member outside of the family, Brandon Carr, who has become a loyal and valuable part of the team. Together, the Gold Rush stars have been digging and clawing their way through the 80 Pup cut at Paradise Hill, where Beets believes he can reap 1,000 ounces of gold in just four weeks.
In order to reach this goal, the team has kept the trommel running 24/7, constantly feeding it ginormous rocks and tons of dirt. But that all came to a halt when Carr spotted a huge tear in the punch plate.
Watch as the Gold Rush team hurries to repair the equipment.
Unfortunately, because of those two days that it took to repair the equipment, the team didn’t make their weekly goal of 237 ounces a week. The pouring stopped at 178.38 ounces.
During the weigh-in, Beets further expressed his concerns about the gold supply at the 80 Pup cut. The Gold Rush mine boss worried that the property would not have even metal to supply their season goal of 4,500 ounces. Beets even mentioned having to search for new land in the coming weeks.
How the Trommel Repair Caused the ‘Gold Rush’ Team to Fall Short
As Beets’ daughter, Monica, pointed out during the weigh-in, a delay of one or two days may not seem like much at the moment, but at the end of the season, those hours add up. Likely, if the Gold Rush stars didn’t need to stop their operation for the trommel repair, they would have reached their goal.
The job of the trommel is to filter out the big pieces of debris in the paydirt. Once clear of these masses, the machine feeds the smaller particles to a distributor that combines the material with water. Then the gold-rich mixture reaches one of the six sluices where the water washes away almost all of the dirt.
The hole in the punch plate of the trommel allows those bigger pieces of debris to pile up in the shoots of the sluices, blocking the water flow and causing gold to spill out of the top. The extensive repair required disassembling and reassembling the punch plate, a tedious task that caused the team to fall even further behind schedule.
Perhaps, at the very least, this will be the final repair that the crew has to do for the remainder of the season.