Turbopan is a range of gold prospecting tools for small-scale miners and
hobbyists. The design of the pan is basically a circular sluice, eliminating
the problem of compaction that happens in the traditional
“Klondlike” pan. Turbopan doesn't require running water like a
sluice, it simply maximises the effects of gravity. Its shallow depth means it
can be used in puddles and troughs.
Whether you are a hobbyist out looking for a run or a crevice filled with gold
or gold panning for a living, Turbopan is the right piece of prospecting
equipment that gets all the gold easily and quickly.
The Turbopan was designed by an Australian geologist and prospector with over
20 years experience in mineral exploration and gold prospecting. His first
experience with gold pans was using traditional steel "Klondike"
pans and plastic gold pans, whilst doing panned concentrate sampling surveys
for alluvial and hard rock gold. Kim saw a need for a pan that would require a
lot less technique, was easy for beginners to use, and could reduce a load of
dirt quickly – whilst being cheap enough to be available to all budget
sizes. His solution was Turbopan!
All design parameters came about from rigorous testing in troughs and in the
field. Importantly, the anti-clockwise swirling motion allows the full
circumference of the pan to be used for waste ejection, which is a major
advantage over the traditional "Klondike" pan, which tends to crowd
the waste ejection over a small arc.
Turbopan remains proudly Australian made and owned and continues to develop
new prospecting accessories to compliment and complete the panning experience.