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Brand: Camel Mining Products
Product Code: CAMEL-DFVS
Price: $359.00 $349.95

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Recover 50 times MORE GOLD with the Desert Fox Automatic Gold Panning Machine!

ANYONE who prospects and pans for gold can tell you that working concentrates down with a gold pan is slow tedious work. Not only that, but it's hard on the back and legs, and the efficiency rate for gold recovery is low. A lot of the gold is lost washing over the side of the pan.

With the Desert Fox by Camel Mining, you can work concentrates down much faster. Not only will your speed increase, your gold recovery and efficiency will improve by a factor of 50. That's not a misprint! You will recover 50 times more gold with the Desert Fox than working by hand with a gold pan. More gold, less time, and a lot less work. And with the new proprietary variable speed model, you can adjust for maximum gold recovery no matter what type of material you are panning.

7 Spiral Pan

7 Spiral Pan

(Spiral Wheel Is Now Black Color)

The Desert Fox spiral wheel has SEVEN separate spirals which pick up GOLD SEVEN times with each rotation of the wheel (105 times per minute). The seven spirals dump gold into the tube-shaft and into a hanging gold catch-cup. This method is far superior to other types of spiral wheels which do not pass the gold through the center of the wheel into a hanging cup. The Desert Fox gold wheel with its pitch adjustment and water spray system helps the operator tune out the black sand.

The Desert Fox Gold Wheel is a compact, light-weight gold panning machine you can take anywhere. Weighing under 10 pounds even with a rugged folding stand, it folds up and stores neatly in its Action Packer tub. Operate it right out of the tub, or remove it from the case and use it in a stream. The Desert Fox is aptly named because it was designed to conserve water and will operate on just three gallons. It sets up quickly and easily and can run 70 pounds of concentrates in an hour's both a separator and a concentrator in one self-contained panning machine. Recovers an amazing amount of fine gold so you never lose even the smallest pieces (which all add up!).

See the Desert Fox in action.

The Desert Fox Gold Mining Wheel is easy to Use - Fill the tank with 3 to 4 gallons of water - Hook the clips to your 12-Volt battery - Turn on the switch -  The wheel starts to rotate and water sprays from the spray bar onto the wheel - Add a scoop of sand every 20 seconds - The GOLD settles to the bottom as the spiral turns and the seven spiral leads pick it up and elevate it to the center hole in the hub where it passes through the hollow shaft into a gold catch cup! It is as simple as that and so user-friendly that you will be an expert gold panner ten minutes after you have used the DESERT FOX for the first time.

Thimble of Gold

Operates on any 12-volt 7-amp DC power source. Use an automotive battery or even a 35 watt solar panel. Ships complete with an easy-to-understand owners manual and a video, but this machine is so easy to operate you won't need them to become a pro! A bag of practice sand containing real placer gold is also shipped with every Desert Fox so you can get acquainted with your new machine and see how efficient and easy it is to use. The Desert Fox is also available with Variable Speed Control. This is the only spiral gold panning machine on the market with this feature! Desert Fox has a Five Year Limited WARRANTY direct from the manufacturer, the Desert Fox Automatic Spiral Gold Panning Machine has been manufactured by Camel Mining Products since 1969.

Desert Fox is Designed for Speed and Efficiency!

While the Desert Fox is mainly a finishing machine used in conjunction with a sluice box or other concentrator, you can also use it to prospect for gold. Simply set up the machine and take a few samples systematically and observe which samples contain the most colors. Set up your concentrating equipment near the test area with the best show of gold.

The Desert Fox Spiral wheel was computer designed for maximum speed and efficiency. The Desert Fox drive unit is gear driven and ball bearing equipped - the only spiral panning machine built with sealed ball bearings. This means less friction and less battery power needed! It runs very quiet and it is energy efficient too! Our exclusive aqua-jet on the spray-bar churns and mixes the materials in the wheel for the fastest recovery possible. The Desert Fox can pan up to 70 pounds of concentrates per hour.

Fully self-contained, nothing else to buy, runs off any 12 volt 7amp D.C. source, like a small motorcycle battery or your vehicle battery. Easy to set up or stow. The Action Packer Carrying case serves as a reservoir to re-circulate water.

The variable speed option, when installed on the Desert Fox, allows you to adjust the speed of the spiral wheel without affecting the pump pressure.  This option comes in handy if you run into some extremely heavy black sand. The slowing down of the wheel revolution gives more time to wash out the heavy black sand before it enters the tube.

Desert Fox Specifications

Height: 20 inches   Width: 14.5 inches
Length: 20 inches   Weight: 10 pounds
Wheel Diameter: 12.5 inches
Power Required: 12VDC 5AH
Water Required: 3-4 gallons
Pump Capacity: 450 Gph.

Stowed Dimensions:

Height: 10 inches  Width: 14.5 inches Length: 17.5 inches


Standard Model: $339 - Variable Speed Model: $359

                                                                               (Spiral Wheel Is Now Black Color)


Desert Fox Automatic Gold Panning Machine Manual

The Desert Fox In The Press

Jim Klein With Desert Fox

The Desert Fox was field tested by Jim Klein and here is what he thought:

I can see why they call it the Desert Fox as it is perfect for cleaning your concentrates in places where water is a problem. When I do my next revision on my book How To Find Gold In The Desert I will recommend it as a good piece of equipment for the desert prospector.
Click here to read the entire review.

Here is a comparison of features of the three brands of panning machines priced below $500.



Number Of Spiral Pickups SEVEN SEVEN ONE
Sharpness Of Spirals EXCELLENT GOOD GOOD
Sealed Ball Bearings YES NO NO
Can You Use It In A Stream? YES NO YES
Separate Folding Stand YES NO NO
Double Wall Wheel YES NO NO
Carrying Case Included YES YES NO
Is Pump Included? YES YES NO
Is Variable Speed Available? YES NO NO


$299 $425


Thanks to everyone that has purchased a Genuine Camel Mining product. For those of you thinking of purchasing a spiral gold panning machine, beware of the imitations that are being sold. They might look like ours, but you won't be happy with the performance or the quality.


Listed below are some of the more important differences between The Genuine Desert Fox Spiral Panning Machine and the imitations.


The Desert Fox has a folding stand so that it not only can be used in the Action Packer case with 3 gallons of water, it will also work in a stream with the pump furnishing water from the stream. It will also work in any tub or tray that will hold 3" of water in case something happens to your Action Packer. The "copy-cats" build their machine into the Action Packer and that is the only way you can use it!
Desert Fox Stand
The Desert Fox has a very positive lock that prevents the pitch of the wheel from changing once you have selected the proper angle. All adjustments are simple and fast and there is no need for extra gadgets to secure your pitch angle. The "copy-cats" had so much trouble holding the pitch angle with a little wing-nut that they decided to include an extra "prop" that you must attach every time you use it.
Pitch Adjustment Knob
The Desert Fox drive motor is mounted on the back of the gear box so that it can dry quickly and not be swamped by moisture in the housing. The "copy-cats" installed their motor inside the gear box and found out they had a big problem. Moisture build-up caused corrosion and motor failure. Instead of re-engineering the drive box, they punched holes in the Action Packer hoping it would help dry out the unit. That did not solve their problem.
The Desert Fox and all other Camel gold mining machines use double shielded sealed ball bearings. Most competitors use cheaper sleeve bearings. Since panning gold involves muddy, gritty water, which type would you rather have?
This cutaway shows the double wall construction of the Desert Fox spiral wheel. This strengthens the wheel so that will not warp. "Copy-cat" machines are single wall construction and subject to warping. If you leave your concentrates in the "copy-cat" wheel a little too long, you will be the proud owner of an egg-shaped spiral wheel.
Desert Fox Wheel
This magnification shows the sharp spiral riffles in the Desert Fox wheel. If you look closely at the spiral riffles in a "copy-cat" machine, you will see they are rounded and not very sharp.
Desert Fox Wheel
The Desert Fox tailings tray is made to fit directly under the wheel so that you can empty it easily using its handles. The "copy-cat" machine tray sits on the bottom of the Action Packer.
Desert Fox Tray
We pack a bag of practice sand containing real placer gold in every Desert Fox Gold Panning Machine we ship. This is so you can get acquainted with your new machine and prove to yourself how efficient and easy it is to use.
Sample Sand


Don't be fooled and disappointed by the imitations. Get the Genuine Desert Fox Spiral Panning Machine today and stop leaving your gold behind.

Standard Model: $339 - Variable Speed Model: $359

                                                                                              (Spiral Wheel Is Now Black Color - See Gold Better)


Note: Ships within 1 business day.

NEW - Add a 3 amp power supply to your Fox for $37.50 more and run your machine on 120 volts from your home. Choose the drop-down box above to select this option.









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