FLESHING MACHINE PROBLEMS

Submitted by Pedro Gonzalez on 12/1/1998.

( govp66@hotmail.com )

HI, WELL IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THERE ARE BETTER QUALYTY FLESHING CIRCULAR KNIVES FOR THE FLESHING MACHINE TO ME SOME HAVE WORKED GREAT OTHER NO THE PROBLEM IS THAT NOW I AM USIS REFURNISHED ONES AND I DONT LIKE THE WAY THEY CUT EVEN IF I TRY TO SHARPENTHEM GOOD I JUST CANT SO PLEASE RECOMEND ME A GOOD QUALITY CIRCULAR KNIFE (NEW) I HAVE A RAW HIDE MACHINE. THE MACHINE PULLS THE SKIN, I HAVE TO PUT A LOT OF PREASURE TO GET IT TO CUT,IT DOESNT THIN EVEN,I AM MAKING HOLES AND LATELY I CHANGED TO FLESH BY HAND WITH A PATENT KNIFE BUT AS YOU CAN IMAGINE IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME AND EFORT. THANKS.

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Fleshing Machine Troubles

This response submitted by John Bellucci on 12/1/1998.

( ArtistExp@aol.com )

Olla Pedro,

Sounds like the blade guards are causing your problems. You have to adjust the guards just right. It's not the machine giving you problems, you have to learn how to use it; setting the guards, drawing the skin across the blade, sharpening the blade, etc.

You might do yourself a favor and buy the video tapes from WASCO on how to use the rotary knife, (fleshing machine).

They have one by Bruce Rittel and another by Gerard Tessier (of Quebec Fleshing Machines - his tape is in the back of the catalog where they sell the fleshing machine). Even though they are different models, sharpening the blade is the same. And it takes a gentle touch.

I can't say it enough, it takes a lot of practice to master one of these machines, to develop just the right "touch".

It might also be a good idea to send your blade(s) away for regrinding (sharpening), and purchase one or two new blades. You also need to learn how to use the turning steels to properly sharpen the blade.

I own a Rawhide table-mounted Fur Dresser's Model, and it is a GREAT machine. I've owned it now for about twelve years, so it is the same age as a good "used" or "second-hand" model.

My point is, it's not the age of the machine, it is developing your skill and ability to use it properly. That is why I suggest buying the videos. If you see how to work with a rotary knife, you will better understand what you need to do to succeed.

Good luck to you... John Bellucci


fleshing Machine

This response submitted by Hector ramirez on 1/18/02. ( hramirez@pmt.org )

pedro i have fleshed for 12 years with Raw hide and all types or flesing macines they all work fine the diference is how you work it if you want to know how i flesh i will be glad to tich you the right way i flesh diferent from all the taxidermist gime a call at 208-532-4608


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