I know someone out there has got to have a plan for a homemade fleshing machine . I really don't have the $400-$1000 for a new one but am quite burned out with the old draw knife.(don't have time for it) It seems so simple in nature but I'm not sure of certain specifications such as best h.p.(1/4?), r.p.m.'s and blade requirements. I'm quite handy and can be very creative. Not interested in mini-fleshers and wire wheel methods.Any thoughts are highly appreciated and will try to recipricate in the future.Thanks -Jeff
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something you don't want to hear. Do yourself a favor and BUY a new one. I think you will be more than surprised as to what it would cost an individual to build a precision piece of machinery from scratch.
Granted, they look "simple" enough, but it has been said simplicity and efficiency of design is the mark of individual genius.
Fleshing machines aren't quite considered as precision instruments..Back in my younger days; however, that statement would have been enough for me to take on the task of building one...
Maybe just graduate to one of the hand held mini fleshers. You're not really thinning with the draw knife are you? I usually just use those to get the heavy fat and flesh off..
In reality; though, you'd be best to "beg, borrow, or steal" the money to buy it. It'll pay for itself in no time...
The blade...$75.00, The arbor...by time you have it made at the machine shop... Oh say $350... The motor.... $used $35, New...$$100, Next you need pulleys, belt ect $25.00 Lets see, You need a good table and support and trash shute and a few other odds and ends....say $100. I see that at $660.00. What a deal! Now call Gerry at Quebec and order yours RIGHT NOW!
You will play along time making these!
By the time you make one you'll have so much time into it you'll want to kick yourself in the A$$,..and then you'll buy one! I bought mine in 1980 for around $400.00 and it still works! And if it ever breaks, I'll buy a new one, Save some time and (Pay the man).. Then "remember" what you payed, and don't undercharge for your WORK.
Rookie, the Dakota iv sells for 399.95-new blade-39.95-it is only 1/4 horse power, it may be slower than the big dogs,but it will shave you're cape's thin-plus you can buy parts at auto supply places if you get in a pinch,it's better than the draw knife because you are shaving the hide-and Van Dykes does stand behind it.
your remarks above were GREAT! It took me five minutes to quit laughing before I could type this! You probably just succeeded in giving a bunch of us "flash-backs" to those challenges we took on in younger days. It's a good thing wisdom comes with age, I'm getting the age, now all I need is the wisdom! I'm still laughing, I hope the "flash-backs" quit.
How many times has some one said to you, "That's nice, but it took you HOW long?"
Thanks for the advice , Thanks even more for the great e-mails that actually answered my post and gave me some great ideas . Will put to use and update at a later time. Now, off to the drawing board. Jeff-
let us know which one you end up buying.
Learn real slow. I look forward to that update. Now why didnt we all think of building our own, and why are they so darned expensive? Hahahaha, we shall see...hey lets wish him luck, anyway!
Some guys actually learn real fast. Just don't have the money to invest right now. Spent the little I had left to attend my local convention in March to attend your seminar.Thanks for the encouragement though. See ya in Columbus. Jeff-
That's because I still remember how my first "homemade" fleshing machine worked. The hide looked like it had been through a cheese grater, a big sharp one...Actually, it would have worked nicely had I known the blades had that lip..I had a "sharpened to a razor edge" circular saw blade...The gaurds were made out of wood and worked quite nicely... Sadly, I don't recall ever having taken a pic of it..
I continued on to thin hides with a heavy rasp. They worked pretty good at thinning deer capes once salted and about half dry, but they couldn't be used for the fine thinning on the face..etc..
I borrowed $500 and bought a raw hide when one of my customers decided to go moose hunting...It's nearly 20 years later and I still have that same machine...
Now I do still have my home made air compressor..."Puff" gave up on me last year but still graces it's spot under the deck...
Im not sure which way to take your post, but read the next one. It sums it up. Yes, of course we ALL tried making our own fleshers. NONE of us had the bucks to spend, either. Thats was before we had a site like TaxiNet to make these comments to help those who wanted help. The first time you have a hide grab and go around once, or similar, youll say" Oh, THATS what Yox and them guys meant..." Sorry if I sound discouraging to you. I wouldve felt like I sold you out if I said yeah, go try that, when I knew better. Not my style...
I know exactly what you're saying . Getting pretty thick skinned from being in this domain . But.. I actually came up with some really positive results from this posting . (private e-mails) Looking forward to your best seminar yet at the A.I.T. seminar . And by the way, I've already "swept for secrets". Just looking for more effective methods. See ya soon-Jeff
Even if some of us didnt give you any decriptives to build with, we for sure hope you do well. I think I speak for most of us here that way. Who knows, you might build the better mousetrap (shaver)!