This is another question about fleshing machines. I currently have the
Dakota IV detail flesher. But I have been thinking of getting a larger flesher.
It may just be me but I am not having much luck with fleshing my deer capes.
My arms get extremely tired and it takes me forever it seems to shave a cape.
I was wondering if it is just me or if anyone else has this same problem? I hate it
to the point I am thinking of quitting on game heads totally. Have any of you used the Dakota
and the New Quebec Lite? If so what did you think in comparison? Would a larger
fleshing machine make it less tiresome? Thanks for any input. I know the eager Beaver
is the way to go but the cost is more than I want to spend this year.
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As I've owned nor used either, I can't speak from that experience. I can however address tired arms. Best bet, not knowing diddly you (1) don't have a work table attached to the flesher OR (2) the flesher is not set at a comfortable height, OR (3) the blades guards are not set correctly and the blade isn't honed to the right bite angle.
All three or any of them will kill your arms. When the blade is whetted and honed properly, guards set right and the table supports the hide at the right height for you, it takes no effort at all to shave a hide.
I am one of those who always thinks bigger is better and I like the swath the big wheels take versus the small wheels.
I had at one time the dakota detail flesher, didn't care for it at all.I can do more detail fleshing with my full size machine then the small one could ever dream of doing.I think the small one would have worked much better with a 1/2 h.p motor instead of the 1/4.My advice would be to get a full size machine with a 1/2 h.p. If you cant afford one yet then just start saving alittle cash each week and before you know it you'll have it.
I helped a Buddy set one of the VanDyke detail fleshers up. It was to slow, way to slow for capes, I can run the lips, most of the nose and eyes out on my big machine. George is right the table should hold the weight, but yes my arms do get tired also.
Set the back guard even with the blade, the front gaurd should be under the lip of the balde by just less than 1/16 of a inch. Use your steels to raise and lower the lip for each hide, You should be shaving on the bottom 1/4th of the blade. Oh use oil when raising the lip of the blade it will let it run cooler. Should your blade get really dull, use 120 grit sand paper and draw from back to lip of blade two or three times. always roll your steel when raising the lip of the blade. Hope this helps its just not that hard. John C
I appreciate the advice. I guess I may be posting a detail flesher for sale soon.
I got a quebec lite a few weeks ago. It's the best machine I
ever worked on. I like the feeling it give me, confidence not
to make holes, very fast for the large parts, yet very delicate
in the face area. I did a big bull elk, using there technique
in the video, I was able to flesh the thick parts with ease. I
consider this machine to be the best I have ever worked with,
from the high priced to the junk not so low priced for what you
get out of it. You can't miss with a lite. I wish I could buy
shares in that company.