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« on: November 21, 2017, 03:51:25 PM »

I was curious when you use a power washer to flesh a deer cape is it more likely to cause slippage on the hair during the rest of the tanning process and mounting?  Also I assume once you get done power washing it you let it drip dry and then salt like normal for a couple days until no more liquid drains off.
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2017, 10:39:58 PM »

been using a pressure washer for 10 plus years with no issues, flesh salt and send to tanner
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2017, 11:05:57 PM »

Not at all. may in fact be better. You get the bloody bacteria filled crap off the skin faster.  With the right fleshing beam and spring hand clamps. you can do almost all of the cape. I did two bear, lifesize two elk capes, and 14 white tail capes in about 4 hours.... I turned the lips on the capes with the 15 degree tip and roto turbo tip for the rest.
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2017, 08:24:49 AM »

Thank you guys!
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2017, 11:17:02 PM »

Flesh all my capes and hides with a power washer. I turn lips, nostrils, etc by hand and flesh the face on the round blade. Let them drip dry for about 30-40 minutes and then salt. My salting table right now is an old 2X4 slat porch tilted at a slight angle. Moisture drips out the bottom and allows air to circulate under the cape as well. Nothing better than power washing a bear or a beef hide!
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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2017, 12:26:22 PM »

Get a long apron thats vinyl coated, a face shield and dont do it near anything such as your garage or vehicle because crap will be sent flying everywhere. I cant do it because one of my labs will eat rocks if it has anything edible on it and that becomes expensive.
  Question for those who do it? Do you have an are to contain all the fat and flesh to dispose of? During the summer that stuff gets rancid and really smells if left out.
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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2017, 04:58:25 PM »

I live in the stix.    Nothing is left the next morning.   Buzzards first, then at night every creature in the woods cleans it up. 
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2017, 08:22:12 AM »

What psi pressure washer do you guys use to flesh/turn capes with?
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2017, 12:33:31 PM »

i use 3000 psi
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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2017, 02:02:20 PM »

I have an adjustable pressure washer from 1000 PSI to 3200 PSI.  Actually, the adjustment is on the wand.  Makes it a bit safer for the delicate areas and thin skins.  It does make a mess but by the next day there is nothing left.  Between buzzards, coons and whatever else lurks in my woods they clean it all up.  Take the advice and use a face shield.  The first time I used it I was doing a bear.  Somehow that fat blew back into my face.  It was nasty!
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