Mini-Flesher vs. Large Round Knife Flesher

Submitted by mrcobaltblue79 on 5/10/05 at 2:18 PM. ( mrcobaltblue79atyahoodotcom )

I have a couple of questions for those of you who have gone from the Mini-flesher to a large fleshing machine. I currently have the Mini-flesher and am thinking seriously about purchasing one of the large fleshing machines. I am getting tired of the time it takes to flesh a whitetail, the noise, the holes, fixing the holes, etc.

1) What would you say would be the average time savings when fleshing a whitetail cape with the large flesher as opposed to the Mini?

2) Concerning holes.... It seems that I cut a lot of holes with the Mini. Will a properly adjusted large blade machine help me out on this problem?

3) Please add any other comments you believe are relevant to this dilemma.



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The wheel is the deal...

This response submitted by Travis on 5/10/05 at 7:27 PM. ( )

Once you use a blade you`ll throw your mini flesher in the trash. I used a mini for several years...finally got a fleshing machine---it`s worth it`s weight in gold..I never had trouble cutting holes with either machine..the fleshing machine is a heck of alot more quieter and`s just not the time you`ll be saving. You`ll be more comfortable, produce better skins, and you`re hearing won`t dimenish..

I use mine mostly on bobcats, fox, and coyotes...shave that membrane right off the belly without cutting a hole..sweet deal

I will second that Travis.

This response submitted by samantha on 5/10/05 at 10:14 PM. ( )

Mini flesher = noisy, flesh and bits flew everywhere, found i got 'bogged' easily.
Rotary flesher (dak V) = a plesant - almost hypnotic sound, no bits flying around, its soooooo much quicker and i actualy feel 'safer', less hessitant, using it.

But, make sure you

This response submitted by Keith on 5/10/05 at 11:01 PM. ( )

Keep those thumbs up! Got both of mine in one day using a table machine. But I guess thats a rookie mistake. I do know what Samantha was talking about with hypnotic sounnd. Just make sure you keep those thumbs up while fleshing.....


This response submitted by samantha on 5/11/05 at 3:31 AM. ( )

Yes i 'almost' came unstuck the other week. Day dreamin!


This response submitted by JEM on 5/11/05 at 11:28 AM. ( )

That is how we all learn - get it once and you'll always remember.


This response submitted by Ronnie on 5/11/05 at 8:36 PM. ( )

Used m flesher for a few years works fine if you get it set right,Got fleshing machine a few weeks ago i wish i had it for years its great get one and you will love it.

Not to beat a dead horse, but...

This response submitted by Mike on 5/12/05 at 2:37 PM. ( )

did you check the archives? I used a mini-flesher and it is loud, runs a 5hp compressor almost continually, spits flesh all over, and is difficult at best to shave the face with. Now I have a machine,(Quebec Lite) and it uses a 1/3 hp motor, is quiet, and I can shave the nosepad down to the black. It still takes me awhile to shave a cape with it, but the quality is much better, and if you have it adjusted correctly, and sharpen the edge correctly, you will not cut holes. But the key is to practice with one first and follow the instructions that come with it. A video came with mine and it was essential. I actually enjoy using it because it does such a nice job. I am sure you will have good luck with other machines as well, and check the archives! have fun.

Hand fleshing is BEST- using a scalpel

This response submitted by Larry Vielhauer- instructor on 5/19/05 at 1:20 AM. ( )

Boys & Girls, As I see it ( over 40 yrs in the business ) & been teaching taxidermy for over 24 yrs....................

I and all the students I have taught, know that the POWER FLESHERS are NOT for fleshing fresh skins....but for mostly the SHAVEING down of the thicknes of a skin ( after tanning or order to tan the skin well & to get the oil into the fibers good, etc. & get the size & stretch back out of a skin etc. Yes, you can use these machines for fleshing, but is is as or more tome consuming to do so. We use the OLD stand by- ( the fleshing beam post, with the sheffeld type scraper knife to remove the meat, fat & membrane,s sometimes the sharp blade side, etc. It is Quicke than the power machines. The detail fleshing of the face- eyes, lips & nose are done ( by hand using very sharp- surgical scalpel blades.......the END

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