So one of my buddies just bought one of these. We tried it out at his house with some gravel he brought back from N. Cal. It was catching some small gold…cause that’s all he had! LOL Anywho, we plan on taking this bad boy out to the field and see how it does. If it works well we might just be leaving the sluices at home.
By Christian Hill
PUBLISHED: 12:00 A.M., JAN. 26
Mark Peterson has hit paydirt with a gold panning kit.
His company, Gold Rush Nugget Bucket Inc., has sold more than 2,200 kits in 14 months and allowed the 46-year-old Eugene resident to realize a lifelong dream of taking a product from concept to market.
His kit quickly developed a following in prospecting circles, garnering nearly 9,700 “likes” on Facebook, posts from customers who have struck gold using the kit, and the attention of Jim Thurber, one of the stars of the reality show “Gold Rush.” Thurber, a Portland resident, made a trip to Eugene to check it out and praised it online: “So nice to use something that works and is so easy to use!!!”
While reality TV and social media have spread word of Peterson’s kit, he has also gotten a boost from the state of Oregon and from other states that have tightened regulation on motorized prospecting equipment. This resulted in prospectors looking for alternatives, such as the Nugget Bucket.
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