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OCT 2014

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with me. I learned the importance of that when I was in the military. I took several cans, and the film crew fell in love with me. They're all out of Lon‐ don. They really are city slickers. They had screens over their faces, trying to keep the mosquitoes out. I sprayed them all down, and they loved me after that. Installing Flex-Mat We installed the Flex‐Mat 3 on Little Blue while I was there. We used the Double‐Wire with 1½‐in. openings on the top deck and Series D with 3/8‐in. openings on the bottom deck. The Flex‐ Mat 3 was replacing woven wire with 2‐in. openings on the top deck and ½‐ in. openings on the bottom deck. Parker started running it, and I left after four days. Parker had only been getting 60 yd. per hour using woven wire. With the Flex‐ Mat 3, he was getting 115 yd. per hour, even with smaller openings. That was a 90 percent increase in throughput! It all was going well until Parker tried to get more than 115 yd. per hour out of Little Blue. It literally shook the wash plant apart to the extent that it couldn't be repaired. But up until then, he was getting more gold out of it than the pre‐ vious owners had. At that point, Parker acquired the "Big Red" wash plant. Fitting Big Red Parker also wanted Flex‐Mat 3 on Big Red, which was a newer 6‐ft. x 16‐ft., 2‐ deck machine. He told me he had 1½‐ in. modular polyurethane screen media on the top deck and 3/8‐in. tensioned woven wire on the bottom deck. Man‐ agement agreed that it would be a good way to show our Flex‐Mat 3 Modular product, which is a newer, yet proven solution for achieving more throughput without replacing existing polyurethane and rubber framing systems. For this trip, which took place in Au‐ gust, I knew what to expect, and I was a lot more relaxed mentally. I still took all of the stuff I had taken on my first trip – food, water, extra gas. We installed the Flex‐Mat 3 Modular Series D with 1¼‐in. openings on Big Red's top deck and Flex‐Mat 3 Ten‐ sioned Series D with 3/8‐in. open‐ ings on the bottom deck. And that was when Parker really started get‐ ting serious production. From the beginning of the season until we brought out Flex‐Mat 3 in August – first with Little Blue and then with Big Red over four months – Parker had only produced 489 oz. of gold. His goal was 800 oz. Once we in‐ stalled the Flex‐Mat 3 on Big Red, production went to a total of 1,029 oz. in just six weeks. They more than doubled the production in less than half the time. At the time that episode was filmed, Parker could tell he was getting more production through the plant. In fact, Big Red ultimately was running be‐ tween 137 yd. per hour and 145 yd. per hour with the Flex‐Mat 3, which is an average of 40 percent faster than it was running before (at 100 yd. per hour). But he didn't know what the actual gold production was. Flex-Mat 3 Stands Out Major Wire and Flex‐Mat 3 really stood out on the show from a production standpoint. Parker showed it. He proved it. The increase in production you can get – 32 million people saw it happen. They saw what he did before, and they saw what he could do afterward. Parker proved on national television that Flex‐ Mat 3 increases production. Season 5 of Gold Rush is scheduled to air beginning in October 2014. Will Major Wire and Flex‐Mat 3 play a part in the next season? Will I get to battle bears and mosquitoes and treacher‐ ous roads in the Northwest again? I'm not telling. You'll just have to tune in to find out. E Jimmy Siler is Major Wire's dealer de- velopment manager. QUARRY STORIES ROCK products • OCTOBER 2014 www.rockproducts.com 24 They were only getting 60 yd. per hour using woven wire, but they got 115 yd. per hour using Flex Mat 3.

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