I am looking to purchase either a mini-flesher or Dakota IV but would like input from people who have used them both. Either of these would be a new experience for me after fleshing everything by hand, but like anything else, I will get better the more I use it. I do some trapping also and put my own fur up, so I will be putting some use to it. My question is, although the mini-fleshers are a bit cheaper, would I be better off going with the Dakota IV for maybe having a better unit down the road. I guess maybe I'm looking at maybe the Dakota may be a better investment . Any input from you guys or gals would be great. I would like the pros and cons of each. Thanks a bunch!
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TDogg,I own and used a mini-flesher for a couple years now and it works fine for all I do of my own specimens.The only bad part is it uses a tearing method instead of a shaving method of the bigger fleshers,it tears holes real easy,and you need a pretty hefty air supply to run them nonstop when fleshing. I am looking to purchase a bigger tabletop model in the near future to cut down on fleshing time and holes. hope this helps you out. L.O.L. Jesse W.
But I can tell you ,I do all my fleshing and shaveing with a 3/4hp variable speed benchgrinder and wirewheel. I do like I said all my fleshing and shaveing on this machine . Also the gentleman that introduced the methoud to me has ben doing it for nearly 30 years. from squirel to bison. Very inexpensive and easay to use.
What type of blade do you use on the bench grinder? Or do you only use the wire wheel?