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fleshing machine reviews?

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by tuckertan, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. tuckertan

    tuckertan New Member

    i think it's about time i upgrade from a fleshing beam to a machine.. i was looking at table top ones, and hand held mini-fleshers. i was just curious to hear YOUR reviews, and experiences with both.. which is a good one to start out with, and cost efficient. i dont think i want to get a mini-flesher that i need an air compressor for, are there any good ones that have a build in motor?

    i'm new to this whole tool thing, since i started tanning i've been only using primitive methods, but now that i'm processing up to twenty hides at a time, i'm looking to save my back, and a bit of time.. any thoughts would be appreciated.

  2. duxdown

    duxdown New Member

    Well there are more qaulified folks to speak on the subject than me, But!!! haha, I use a dakota 5 and it does the job fine, I have a buddy that has used a dakota 4 on bear and boar without much trouble. There are many to choose from. The dakota pro is a little better than the 5 they tell me, just upgrades you know. I hope this helps. There are much much better machines out there but up goes the price, I guess it just amounts to what you can afford or justify.

    Good luck.

  3. cedarhill

    cedarhill Member

    I have used a dakota 5 for years love it, tried the mini hand held flesher didnt work as well as I hoped due to the fact I didnt have a real good air compressor but love the dakota 5 good luck to you!
  4. Also have a Dakota V. Works great for what I do. Still do all of the face work by hand, though.
  5. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    For me it's the Eager Beaver or another great one is raw hide. These are made for the tanning industry plus us who like to flesh and shave with out the motor slowing down when you get into heavy duty meat and flesh.
  6. dozier

    dozier New Member

    Dakota will do just fine for a new machine that wont break the bank.
  7. 9pointer

    9pointer Member

    All I have ever used is a rawhide works great for me I shave the face and can do other close work with it.
  8. dozier

    dozier New Member

    I can detail or rough flesh . Just touch up the blade every few minutes and keep on shavin . I had a rawhide there well built machines .
  9. tuckertan

    tuckertan New Member

    thanks for every ones advice! i really appreciate it! when i move and setup my tannery i think i'm going to have to invest in one!!!