This device is the lowest cost FissureMan manual suction dredge pump offered. This is absolutely the best deal for your money if you are on a strict budget or just wish to try your luck in a stream while on that two week vacation with the family.
It is light and easily carried in a backpack, stowed behind the seat in your pickup or carried in your trunk.
With or without the addition of a simple length of PVC pipe, this device can be used as a single stroke collection device, however, it may also be used as multi-stroke hand dredge with the addition of a simple collection cup assembly.
Unlike other dipsticks that mimic this device's operation with a possible one or two suction stroke capability when incorporating an internal nozzle extension, there is no nozzle extension needed with the FATTail Bellows pump.
The bellows does not use a piston seal and requires no silicone lubricants for use. With the FATTail Bellows water is the only lubricant you really must have and there will be an ample supply of that free lubricant where you are going!
The user has the DIY ability/option to add whatever nozzle design/configuration wanted up to 1" ID and/or a collection cup assembly such as described in the supplied video below.
The user desires a hand dredge that requires no bending over to collect material - up to a 5 foot length of 1/2" PVC pipe can be added that will eliminate any "hunching over" to use the device.
Additionally, this sort of length allows further extended reach out into a water flow or under a boulder that no other standard hand dredge can achieve.
The user needs a short nozzle to access material that is easily reached - the nozzle can be either eliminated or made to a length most suitable for the immediate need.
The user would like to have several nozzle lengths available - then several various or same length peices of PVC pipe can be employed and/or attached together using suitable slip fit connectors to provide a variety of lengths for various possible situations encountered.
Your imagination will be the only limitation when it comes to the nozzle you want to employ - a simple piece of PVC pipe purchased at your local hardware store is all that is needed for the next step of use for this versitile device.
Other diameters of PVC pipe up to 1" may be employed using the custom 1/2" to 1" nozzle adapter fitting that is supplied with the product upon purchase.
If it is desired to use a 3/4" ID PVC nozzle, an additional 3/4" to 1" PVC adapter fitting will be required.
To collect material:
Extend the FATTail Bellows using it as a stand alone suction device or with any chosen length of added 1/2" ID PVC pipe up to a 5 foot in length placed in contact with the loosened material to be collected.
Then release the extended bellows after each suction while over/in a bucket or directly into your pan for immediate processing.
To remove any material remaining within the FATTail Bellows after your collection activity is completed is very easy. Suction some plain water into the bellows and rinse out the material while turning the FATTail Bellows upside down.
The loose material easily falls right out into your pan, bucket or processing equipment.
To continue: Reinsert a length of PVC pipe into the adapter and begin again.
This device combines attributes from some of the earliest hand dredge designs into one simple device. All without the inherent mechanical encumbrances of vent holes, indicator lines, o-ring/piston seals, silicone lube maintenance, etc.
- Slim, rugged rubber bellows
- No vent hole or indicator lines to monitor
- Easy material removal
- Works above or below water
- No piston seal
- Provided 1/2"to 1" PVC custom nozzle adapter
- Requires no silicone lubricant maintenance
- Light weight - ready to go to work
- Extremely affordable for those on a budget
- PROUDLY - MADE IN AMERICA
This device's intent is to be provided as an inexpensive, feature rich sniping tool offering the largest count of useful functions within one simple device.
This product easily lends itself to variations such as different user nozzle lengths, alternative nozzle configurations, addition of collection cups, etc.
Just inquire if you don't wish to provide your own and have a specific need - it can be provided for a nominal cost!
What you can expect to receive:
1 each - 1/2" x 1" custom pipe fitting