The last thing any gold miner wants to do, especially this far into the season, is to shut down the equipment. However, that is exactly what all of our “Gold Rush” teams faced on Friday night’s episode. The show was almost exhausting to watch as the teams did everything they could to keep from losing thousands of dollars for unproductive stretches of time when major machinery was repaired, replaced or just maintained. At one point the Hoffman team actually glued a major component together, and, of course, it immediately tore up when the machine was started.
Tony Beet’s dredge has had nothing but problems from the moment he bought it. Gene Cheeseman decided to make some changes to the production process that will actually lower the rate of production in order to avoid stopping to rebuild the problem area. The show actually started with a helicopter fly-over showing viewers the new (old) dredge that Tony is buying!
Parker Schnabel made a no-down-time rule that was not acceptable to the owner of his large wash plant. (It is hard to understand whether the “owner” was the actual owner who leased his equipment to him or the financier from whom Parker purchased the huge wash plant.) Anyway, Parker was forced to shut down and do the routine maintenance that was needed.
It is easy to see the big bowls of gold on the scale at the weigh-ins and forget about the tremendous expense involved in a mining operation. Exploration Costs.com explores the various angles of a gold mining operation. That is what makes Parker’s story all the more riveting when you think of his age when he started. He certainly does hold his own with the older, more experienced miners, doesn’t he?
The oddest moments in the show would have to be the deal that Todd Hoffman and Parker Schnabel struck about a storage building. They placed bets on who would win the season, and the price of the storage building became the wager. It was unusual that they took time out of their pressured schedules to discuss this. What do you think?