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What’s the difference in sluice box riffle?

Our Riffle Trays (l-r): Explorer, Maverick, and Scout.

The most common and often asked question we get is, “What is the difference between all the sluices?”

One of the primary differences is in Sluice Box Riffle system.

We have 3 kinds of Riffle Tray Systems, each having their own specific uses.

Explorer

Explorer riffle
Explorer riffle

Explorer Model, uses a “Rod Riffle” design and 1/4″ raised expanded with a rubber matting.

Maverick

Maverick riffle tray
Maverick riffle tray

Maverick Model, uses a “Flat Riffle” design and 1/2″ raised expanded with carpet.

Scout

Scout Riffle Tray
Scout Riffle Tray

Scout Model, uses a “Drop Riffle,” or “Hungarian Style Riffle” design and 1/2″ expanded with carpet.

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What is the difference in the High Bankers?

Maverick 500 in use

Is it just the pump size?

There are a few more differences than just the pump size. All three have different riffle designs and combination of materials within the sluice box for different configurations.

The 500 (Beach) model, has a ¼” primary classifier, with ¼” raised expanded material, combined with a round rod riffles system. To be used with smaller material (Beach Sand) and has a ribbed rubber matting. Measures 23” long.

The 800 model has a ½” primary classifier, with ½” raised expanded material, combined with a flat riffle design system. To be used with ¼” classified material, but will classify to ½” and has our rubber-backed black ribbed carpet, combined our black “moss” carpet. Measures 23 “ long.

The 1200 model has the same primary classifier, with ½” raised expanded, but comes with a drop riffle, or “Hungarian” design riffle. Which creates a much larger eddy behind the riffles and is 28 “ long. This too has the Black Carpet.