Todd conspicuously absent on Gold Rush: The Dirt this week

Tony Beets was clear last night: Todd Hoffman's leadership style does not work for gold mining.

Todd Hoffman, leader of men in the Klondike, is finding that his 1,000-ounce season is slipping away from him in a hurry. And, without a wash plant, even a 100-ounce season on Quartz Creek seems impossible right now.

Of course, none of the current nightmare Todd and team are experiencing was unavoidable, except the possibility that the ground may not be rich enough to produce the gold totals he, his team and, yes, investors were hoping to reap. On Gold Rush: The Dirt, which aired before the latest Gold Rush, which featured Todd basically shutting down his Quartz Creek operation, fan favorite Tony Beets made it clear that Todd’s management—or lack thereof—would never be profitable in his opinion.

Gold Mining vs. Treasure Hunting

Fans are well-aware of Tony’s motto, “Drill, drill, drill.” On last night’s one-on-one with Christo Doyle, he made it clear: Gold mining is not a treasure hunt.

Anyone getting into gold mining would be foolish not to listen to Tony Beets. After all, he has been mining in the Klondike for almost 30 years with great success, employing more than 30 miners and running crews 24 hours a day, seven months a year. On Todd Hoffman, he is clearly unimpressed, telling Christo Doyle that he was not surprised that the Hoffman enterprise has been a failure.

“It’s not rocket science,” Tony said, explaining that doing a little math would have went a long way for the Hoffmans. “It is pretty simple.” And, listening to Tony, it’s easy to believe that the process, when done correctly, really is pretty simple; it is the Hoffmans making it hard. Jack Hoffman? “No, no, no, no,” Tony said of his “no guts, no glory” approach to choosing sites to mine. “That doesn’t work. That’s like treasure hunting. That don’t work. You drill holes. You know exactly the value that comes out of it. And, from there, it’s just regular math.”

Tony Beets is a real businessman, a real gold miner. And, after watching Todd Hoffman and crew randomly digging around properties, making mess after mess, it is hard not to be impressed with Tony’s maps and charts of his drill sites and the results of testing. Tony never tells anyone how much gold he gets out of his digs—which only confirms that it is probably more than anyone thinks it is.

Todd on Team Tony?

“Would you ever hire Todd?” Christo asked.

“No,” Tony said firmly. “What would he do?” He added, laughing with Christo, “They slap hardhats together and do whatever."

Quartz Creek at Standstill

But, after shutting down the infamous turbo trommel last night, essentially bringing Quartz Creek to a close, there was not a lot of hardhat-slapping going on with the crew. Does Team Hoffman even have a chance of hitting their goal of 1,000 ounces this season, much less hitting the mother lode?

Stay tuned.

Gold Rush airs on the Discovery Channel on Friday nights at 9/8c.

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Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I wonder if they can move the paydirt from Quartz Creek to Indian River and use that wash plant? Not as efficient as having one on site, but they might have a chance if they run the only wash plant they have 24/7.

Submitted by Karma (not verified) on
I wondered about that too. It makes no sense to leave that paydirt sitting in piles, especially if it's as good as Todd says it is.

Submitted by EricR (not verified) on
I don't think the claim agreements will allow combining the dirt from both claims and running it through Indian River's wash plant. I would have recommended that Mitch shuttle between the 2 claims and begin repairing the Quartz Creek trommel as soon as it broke down. Mitch stated that a solid 2 weeks of welding and grinding would restore it. thisis would leave about 3-4 weeks of season left to at least get some gold out of Quart Creek.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I wonder if they can move the paydirt from Quartz Creek to Indian River and use that wash plant? Not as efficient as having one on site, but they might have a chance if they run the only wash plant they have 24/7.

Submitted by Big D (not verified) on
The most enjoyment I get from watching Gold Rush is seeing Todd Hoffman fail. I actively root for Todd Hoffman to fail. Needless to say, I've really enjoyed this season.

Submitted by Big D (not verified) on
The most enjoyment I get from watching Gold Rush is seeing Todd Hoffman fail. I actively root for Todd Hoffman to fail. Needless to say, I've really enjoyed this season.

Submitted by Steve (not verified) on
The reason I watch this program is that I've been to Alaska and the Klondike and love the scenery. What I dislike about the the show is the wholesale destruction of that beautiful environment for the sake of a few jam jars of gold flakes. My second dislike is Todd's beard. I wish someone would chop it off while he slept.

Submitted by Madcen (not verified) on
I like Todd Hoffman, but he needs to be a good investor and recognize his weaknesses. Put Dave Turin in charge, and stop going with your gut!! The $250,000 turbo trommel you bought on a whim because your gut said to?? You should have listened to Dave! I also agree with What Tony said, "What would Todd do" when asked about hiring Todd. He's never doing any work it seems just directing.

Submitted by EricR (not verified) on
Dave Turin is clearly the better leader. After all of Todd's failures, I would think Discovery would dump him in favor of Dave. If Todd had listened to Dave, I think they would have been far more successful.

Submitted by ComradeAnon (not verified) on
This is a "Reality" show. That means it has nothing to do with reality. At all. Todd is a phenomenally bad decision maker. "Yeah, let's spend a ton of money on an unproven trommel 'cause I'm such an experienced gold miner and I can tell ya we're gonna get a million dollars this year." Obviously, the Discovery Channel is fronting this for ratings, but failure after failure by Todd is taking it's toil. I don't watch it much anymore.

Submitted by ray kelly (not verified) on
the best thing for the guys to do is let Todd stay home he is a total jinxes the man is way way out of his his class . he has got to be a joke.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Todd is not as smart as I thought, put some miners mat on the fines discharge shoot. Hire a real mechanic, mitch I could weld that thing up in a day, problem is, you would warp the crap out of it. We all know the idiot that built it, he should have used liquid steel to fill the cracks not silicone, other than that good luck guy's.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
With Quartz Creek being within miles of Indian River, it seems to make sense that the trucks could transport the paydirt from Quartz to Indian River. It's too bad Todd doesn't respect the importance of Big Red, and just wants to push through dirt no matter what. I wonder how long Big Red will last with that type of abuse. And the Turbo Wash plant? What a waste of money. Todd should have left Old Blue in place and at least ran some dirt rather than nothing. I wouldn't be surprised to see Dave Turin mining on his own next year and taking team Turin with him.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
With Quartz Creek being within miles of Indian River, it seems to make sense that the trucks could transport the paydirt from Quartz to Indian River. It's too bad Todd doesn't respect the importance of Big Red, and just wants to push through dirt no matter what. I wonder how long Big Red will last with that type of abuse. And the Turbo Wash plant? What a waste of money. Todd should have left Old Blue in place and at least ran some dirt rather than nothing. I wouldn't be surprised to see Dave Turin mining on his own next year and taking team Turin with him.

Submitted by Alan (not verified) on
Tony Beets spoke the truth. One of the things I really like about Tony. The Hoffmans are Grifters. One is dumb as a rock. The other an admitted morphine addict. So, does it surprise anyone that Quartz Creek failed under the dumb one? And now, the dumb one will bring his chaos to Indian River. With the dumb one bringing chaos to Indian River and the morphine addict weighing the gold, it should be amusing watching the train wreck finale.

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