I am having a problem with my Dakota V flesher and didn't find the info I need in the archives. My flesher has started leaving "chatter" marks across capes as I'm fleshing. I'm not sure that "chatter" is the correct term but it's what the guy on the Van Dyke's video called it. I have removed and replaced the drive belt after cleaning the pulleys. I have taken steps to insure everything is tight on my table and even wedged behind the motor so I know it isn't moving. I also took the blade I was using off and replaced it with a newly sharpened blade from Van Dykes. I am Safety Acid pickeling and McKenzie tanning most of my capes. Some I'm using the auto tanner and McKenzie tan. I have tried the capes very wet to very dry with no change. I'm about ready to start replacing bearings even tho they seem fine. I'm currently going back over the capes with a skife knife to take out the ridges. Would minor ridges be seen on a final mount? I have tried different hand positions and different speeds of moving the cape across the blade surface. This is something that has just started and it is causing me to spend way more time on my capes than normal. Any help will be appreciated.
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It is usually the blade on a Van Dykes machine. The only time I have ever had the "chatter" problem is when I have hit a bullet fragment. Maybe your tuning steels have gone bad?
I have found that if you touch some 220 grit sand paper to the top of the blade for a couple of seconds, with the machine running, it eliminates the chatter. Hope this helps!
Slight blade misalignment. I have the Dakota IV and it may be different on the V but there's two bolts that hold the blade assembly. Occassionally they'll loosen a bit and move the blade slightly. If that happens, you have chatter nor matter how true the blade. worth checking.
I use the Dakota IV, and have noticed chatter at times, I usually get it when I get a build up of trimmings (dried) on top of my blade, so I just run tip of my steel on the top while running which takes it right off. Good luck.
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I own a Dakota V, but I sold the Van Dykes blade on Ebay. Call Eager Beaver and get one of their blades and put it on your machine. It will make a lot of difference. I learned this trick many years ago.
Another problem with the new machines is the table they sell with it. Vibration from the machine causes the table to vibrate, leaving "chatter" in your hide. Attach the machine to a solid surface.
seems to help for me on my V. before and after each use i wrap emery cloth around a block and gently apply pressue