I have heard that both 6 & 8 foot drums will break a bear hide, but not a 4 foot. Does an 8 foot drum break a bear faster the a 6 foot drum? Or does it have any benifits over a 6'? And if its the case that 6 or 8 foot will do the job, what about a 7 foot (as big as I can make it to use in my basement) ? thanks.
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I have a 6 foot drum that works just fine on every thing from mink to bears. the 8 foot drum is better for larger items like Kodiak bears and cow hides. the 8 ft drum will only increase the volume you can add to the drum. the 6 and 8 ft drums will break a hide at the same rate. Just make sure they are at least 4ft wide! the 4 ft drum does not have enough "drop" to break hides like bears. Joe
btw, a 7ft drum will work the same as a 6 ft but takes up more space.
is always a key issue. I have 2 drums. plus a cager. The 7x6 is used for the Buffalo and multiple deer, the 4x5(2 seperate sides) is used for the small furs. My large drum only turns at about 11 rpm's, and softening can take longer and require more attention than a drum that turns at 18-19 rpms. Drop and speed are the key issues.
Speed your 7x6' drum up to about 16 rpm's. This will break the larger hides faster! My 6x4' drum turns right at 18 and that is perfict! Joe
I have a 6 foot drum it works fine I just tumble the hides a little longer For bear it's great the lest you can have is 5 1/4 foot drum because you need to have a 5 foot 3inch drop it should turn at 18rpm.my 6foot drum truns at about 11rpm. and it works fine.In six to 12hours it makes hides nice and soft.
quality fur should never be drummed more than 2 1/2 hours, your damaging your goods..