Action Mining responds to Gold Rush Alaska

There’s been a lot of interest in the Gold Wave Table over the last few days because of the Gold Rush Alaska show on television. Here is how the manufacturers of the table have responded at their website, copied here to help you find it.

January 24, 2011

We’ve had a lot of calls and emails about the latest episode of Gold Rush Alaska where our Wave Table was depicted as not working. Many of the calls were from customers saying, “I can’t understand it, your table works great”; “they don’t know what they’re doing”; “what are they doing wrong?”

First, let’s clarify that Action Mining is in no way associated with the miners from Sandy Oregon except for coincidentally 1) being from the same town, and 2) being the supplier of the Wave Table. We did not know these men before they purchased the table from us and they asked for no help in setting it up. We did not know they were going to be doing a series for Discovery Channel until later. Mike happened to be up there at John Schnabel’s (he will have his table running next spring after he gets his magnetic separator in line and has offered to have them film at his place!) so the two of them went over to the Hoffman’s site. Mike adjusted the table, ran a sample that Dorsey had, and got a gold line. It was filmed and will hopefully be shown on the next episode.

Okay, here’s our answers to what they did wrong…..

1. They destabilized the table by taking the slab out of the ground and loading it onto a floor jack. The table motion was being transferred to the ground instead of to the table top. Similar to the screen deck incident – not securing the screen down caused it to move. All the raising and lowering of the table was wrong. Once the material is screened properly, you find the correct height adjustment and leave it there. Dorsey almost had it running, and then it was sabotaged.

2. No classification – large flakes should have never even been on the table (according to Dorsey’s blog, it probably was not even on the table). They should have been screening. A ¼” rock will always weigh more than an 1/8” piece of gold. The sample taken showing gold at the bottom riffle of the table was because larger rocks pushed it there. The table wasn’t losing gold, it was pushed there.

3. The wave table does not make gold, it recovers gold. They’ve done no proper sampling (or assaying) or processing of material with known gold. It’s like Jack threw down his hat and decided to dig there. From the onset, their desperation (and script acting) caused mistake after mistake. No professional miner would work this way. There’s definitely gold on this property, but 30 buckets of cons and only 2½ oz of gold total! Wrong area to work……there was hardly enough gold to show up on the table.