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wire wheel review

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by Brian F, Sep 27, 2006.

  1. Brian F

    Brian F New Member

    hi everybody.

    I have always used a homemade wheel, but kind of want to buy another one for my new location. can anyone tell me about the wheel that vandykes has? can it handle ducks through turkeys? is it worth the money? yada yada


  2. JonHarleTX

    JonHarleTX Ya'll hear that. George just signed in. Quick Hide

    I'm sure it will handle ducks and geese just fine, but I would hesitate to say it would be an easy job with a turkey..

    I have a homemade one too..
    stiff brush and a 1750 hp motor...

    It will throw the turkey fat quciker than you can bat an eye..
    It works on the smaller stuff too, just takes some getting used to..

    Brian, You've done enough birds to know what you want when it comes to a flesher... I personally would make another to suit my individual needs before I purchased one.. I think they are incredibly over priced.


  3. Brian F

    Brian F New Member

    thanks jon - and probably you're right. I'm just looking for an easy way out. I have just moved to League City, so am without a shop now (and i miss my taxidermy). just want something that will fit in the apartment (lol). thanks for your input. hope everything is going well for you. brian
  4. Jim McNamara

    Jim McNamara Active Member

    I use the Vandykes wheel. Had it for a long time. I would not recommend it for turkeys, I quite a few every year and it is too easy to stall the wheel out. I use a soft brush doubled up on the arbor but it is time consuming at best. If I use a stiff brush it catches too much stalling out the wheel.
    My best, Jim
  5. mimes

    mimes New Member


    Looked for ya to be at Jacksonville again but didnt see ya. I use the one sold by Authentic Tax Supply and have been please with it so far.
  6. i talked with james at authentic about wheels a while back and they will actually make the box any size you want now.i have one of their's and have been pleased but would love a larger housing for geese and turkeys....
  7. Becky P

    Becky P One must believe the glass is half full.

    Brian, you saw mine when we were at Cory's seminar in Kerrville, it's the one from Van Dyke's but reinforced. I use a heavier wire wheel on mine, even for ducks (some of the guys were complaining that my wheel was too stiff, guess I'm just used to it. LOL)I have no problem with turkeys except that the arbor needs to be longer, there's not much working room. I only do a couple of turkeys a year so I can deal with it.
  8. Brian F

    Brian F New Member

    Mimes - thanks for the input. I was actually really hoping to make it to the show again, but I was just too busy. I didn't have anything ready anyway, and I didn't want to pay for the gas. just didn't work out. info packet looked like it would have been a great show though - I'm assuming it was. I really did have a great time there back in 2005.

    trophybirds - also, thanks for your input. I checked out your website! nice stuff. I sent a friend in AL your info. I don't know that he has anything right now, but I figured that's easier than shipping to TX.

    Becky - Thank you for your reply as well. I wish I would have tried that wheel while I was there! kind of a missed opportunity. I'm not in that big a hurry to get another one, but was just doing some research. I hope you've had a great summer - and I guess I'll see you at the next mini. have a good weekend! brian
  9. Brian F

    Brian F New Member

    and thank you Jim!
  10. huntingfool

    huntingfool New Member

    I have the heavy duty bird flesher from Van Dykes. It won't stall on a big job like a turkey, and does a good job. The wire is soft, so it can handle smaller birds as well. You can add a second wheel if you want to. Well worth the money for turkeys, IMO
  11. thanks brian......
  12. i do not like the bird flesher that van dykes has to offer.. the brush is too thick on smaller birds like teal .... it doesnt clean between the quills like a smaller brush does. ive tried to find a replacement brush but the bore doesnt match anything that i find or like.... just my opinion