I know this question has popped up before but I did a search and had no luck.
I must not know how to word it properly to find my answer. Anyhow
I know the correct amount of chemicals to do a deer cape. My problem is that
I do not know how much crystal to use when mounting smaller mammals.
I need to tan a coyote cape and I plan on tanning a deer and a fox with it
but I do not know how much crystal to add. i bought the machine used
and do not have any instructions other than the ones I got from the previous owner.
which was for deer capes. I would appreciate someones help please.
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From what I understand, and what I have used for two years is a water-
to-chemical ratio. One pound of tan for every gallon of water used.
More hides in the tanner, more water it takes to "float" the hides.
Also, instructions call for 1/4 cup of oil per gallon of water. I have the
instuctions in the shop. If you need a copy of this, I can fax or E-mail
to you. This is provided you use the chemicals that are intended to be used with with the machine
I have found that I can add ten ounces of crystals to 2 gallons of water and run the deer capes for two hours @ 60 psi, shave etc. return it for one hour to the same tan and get the job done. When I start running additional hides I add an extra twenty ounces of crystals and two more gallons of water. Same time etc. just ran four cats, 2 fox and a yote cape. last week. they all tanned fine.
I had a iffy deercape and ran 30 ounces of crystals an 4 gallons of water for 12 hours @ 60psi, it was small after shaving, relaxed it in Rittels Super Relaxer it mounted great and no slippage at all. JC