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j.goebel
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« on: January 28, 2013, 11:31:12 AM »

i have read and searched on here that some people have made bird fleshers i was wondering if any of you have any tips or information you want to share, here is my idea for one. I plan on taking a fan motor that provides about 1300-1600 rpm this is variable because the fan have different speed settings, also thermally protected to shut off if over heating and putting a fine wire wheel on it probably with a coupling, and surround it with sheet metal so that  i can customize size and bend it if need be for the debris and such. I could then mount it back to the fan pole or onto a table. So my estimated cost would be $20 for fan with motor, $20 for sheet metal, $5 for wire wheel, $5-$8 for the coupling.
Here is what i was looking at on ebay and Lowes

http://www.ebay.com/itm/251218766166?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Shop-Force-3-Fine-Wire-Wheel-Brush-322041SF-4500-RPM-/160871339358?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2574add55e
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BR-6mmx10mm-CNC-Motor-Shaft-Coupler-6mm-to-10mm-Coupling-D20L25-/140720182561?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c3939521
http://www.lowes.com/pd_50186-85334-GVL0108_0__?productId=3234805&Ntt=sheet+metal&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dsheet%2Bmetal&facetInfo=
http://www.lowes.com/pd_323622-16878-323622_0__?productId=3195499&Ntt=fine+wire+wheel&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dfine%2Bwire%2Bwheel&facetInfo=

Simular to these two examples, what do you think?

Cody's seems to work well
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14B1Xf_tHMo&list=UU-gNCCdlK4V0z9mL8hdVi1w&index=34
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbMAFa4QWyQ&list=UU-gNCCdlK4V0z9mL8hdVi1w&index=23

This is one i found on ebay homemade
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181069326523?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

Suggestions other than saving my money to buy a more expensive one? thanks i appreciate it
« Last Edit: January 28, 2013, 05:31:32 PM by j.goebel » Logged

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Marshmonster
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2013, 02:46:52 PM »

Do you have 220 to plug that motor into? 
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j.goebel
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2013, 05:31:06 PM »

sorry i posted the wrong one
http://www.ebay.com/itm/251218766166?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
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Killn Time
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2013, 06:07:51 PM »

Just made one about a month ago. I used a 1/5hp 1725RPM motor that I purchased from Grainger along with a coupling that allowes it to adapt to the 1/2" for the wire wheel. I think that I have probably 130.00 into it. I liked a longer shaft on a motor that allows you to get the whole  turkey sized bird under the wheel. I didn't look at what you were interested in but a fan motor my not have the HP or the shaft length to get the bird under without hitting the back of the box or mounting surface that you have the motor mounted to. I built a wooden box and lined it with card board and hold it in with clips. When I'm done I unclip and throw away the cardboard. I had one made from a small blower motor and it  seemed underpowered to me. I burned through more than the larger motor because I was pushing harder and it stalled out. I'm still learning the touch. I did learn that no matter how many holes you put in, just sew them up and mount them. You'll be amaised what fethers will hide. Good luck
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A Edwards
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2013, 06:40:32 AM »

I made one a while back, and it has had plenty of power and works great i am very pleased with it. I have only done ducks with it so far but i will be using it on some geese within the month. I bought a fan motor from grainger that runs at 1550 Rpms i also bought a coupling from grainger. I then put it all together and it cost me around $60 total. I have used a coarse wheel, fine wheel, and a nylon wheel with it but i favor the fine wire wheel the best. The nylon wheel works great for softer skinned birds like teal and wood ducks though. I built mine taller and at an angle to give me a better view and more room to work with for geese and turkeys.



The wheel sticks out three inches and it is 14 inches from the bottom, which again gives me a good amount of room to work with. Did a mallard with it yesterday in under ten minutes. I havent had any problems with it yet and i really enjoyed making it. Best thing about making one yourself is that you can customise it to fit your needs and wants, not to mention it can save you a ton of money. What your planning on making sounds pretty good to me. The motor i have runs good even with a fair amount of pressure. I would just suggest if you are planning to use it for bigger birds or you think you would in the future that you make it a little bigger then thoose two mentioned. Good Luck 
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j.goebel
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2013, 10:38:10 AM »

thanks for your help and insight it looks great!! i will definitely incorporate those idea into the one i plan on making!
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2014, 10:24:47 PM »

I made this one about a year ago. The old plywood box I had before sucked to clean. This is pretty self explanatory but ask if you have any questions.
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Monette Taxidermy
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« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2014, 12:26:00 PM »

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