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Best/Worst Tool Survey!

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by gladysphilips, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. gladysphilips

    gladysphilips jackal? it's a jackal!! jackal? a jackal!!!

    I'm just going to begin doing my own mounts, and after flipping through a few catalogs, it seems as though every product advertised is the best thing since sliced bread. So, with the exception of the obvious chemicals, materials and tools, what tools have you found to make a big difference in your practice by saving you a lot of time and/or increasing the quality of your work?

    Likewise, which tools have turned out to be a waste of money?

    examples may be tucking tool sculpting tools, eye reference/setters, nose reference, casts, cutting guides, hide pullers, brushes, pin setters, hangers, etc. Specificity (brand name, model) would be great!

    Thank you!
  2. bill@hogheaven

    [email protected] New Member

    you need a dremel tool & a fleshing machine . if you are going to tan your own hides.

  3. Wildside

    Wildside Active Member

    Dremel tool with drum sanding head, ah yes.
  4. NOAH@aarrkk

    [email protected] Active Member

    For gameheads I find the skife knife very useful and also the eye-setting tool for checking to see that the eyes are open the same and the opening shaped the same is very helpful.
  5. Nina Lukaszewicz

    Nina Lukaszewicz Outdoor Dreams Taxidermy

    Whatever you do, don't get the Dan-D-Noser lol

    Hangers: Level-rite hangers are my favorite. I tried a few other brands such as the Noose hanger but have always come back to Level-rite.

    Other tools: definitely get a hide puller and a stout ruffer. the stout ruffer has a million uses in the shop.

    that's all i can think of for now
  6. Becky P

    Becky P One must believe the glass is half full.

    Ear openers are a must have.
    Dand-e-noser is a joke.
    I have an old one piece wooden rolling pin that I use for fleshing beam. I can't get used to anything else and am lost if it gets misplaced.
  7. MONSTER140

    MONSTER140 New Member

    The nose cast and ear butt muscle cast that Buckeye used to sell, you can get them from McKenzie.
  8. aussiesam

    aussiesam I'm an Australian.

    Yes, the dremel is a god send.
    Fleshing machine...ditto.
    I bought a $2 stiff wire welders brush from the hardware store 5 yrs ago to rough up forms.
    Ear openers...have to get round to getting the smaller ones one day.
    Paint brushes...never have to many.
  9. Old Fart

    Old Fart Active Member

    I couldn't do without the following;
    Cordless drill
    Cordless sawsall
    LARGE assortment of dental tools
    Ear opener
    Sharpening wheel system
    Victornox steak knives
    Single edge razor blades
    Assorted homemade fleshing beams made from 3/4" to 1 1/4" dowels
  10. TrailsEnd

    TrailsEnd Don't forget the elderly, the young and disabled

    Definately get a cordless power tool kit
    band saw
    belt sander
    nice compressor
    air tacker or stapler
  11. nibjones

    nibjones Join your States Taxidermy Assoc.

    ear openers,paper wheel sharpener, and obviously ref. photos
  12. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    Here are a few items where the brand really does mater on game heads:

    Chicago Cutlery 3 1/2" paring/boning knife and 5" boning knife
    Packistan Curves Sizors
    Jonas Ear Openers (I did have to fix them though with a stanless steel bolt)
    Rechargeable Dremel Tool with cutting bit
    Rinehart modling tool
    Regular Handle Scaple
    Paasche Double Action air brush
    I've also got a brass lip tucker with a wooden handle that I really like, but I can't remember the brand
  13. James Marsico

    James Marsico Well-Known Member

    Favorite tool: money. worst tool: credit money
  14. 458okie

    458okie Jeff "458okie" W.

    Best Tool: Fleshing Machine (in my case an Eager Beaver)
  15. Grafton

    Grafton New Member

    You can do a lot with just a few tools but you can not do anything without good reference. Books, magazine photos, internet photos, videos, casts, measurements, drawings, anatomy studies, bones, skulls, etc. has to be number one.
  16. Trina

    Trina Guest

    Best tools: Reference books, anatomy books, and sculpting tools.
    Worst tool: Nothing I've purchased, so far... ;)
  17. Trina

    Trina Guest

    :D Grafton... You took the words outta my mouth!
  18. Trashfish

    Trashfish It's not easy being me!!

    Yes, Mrs. Trout has the best tools available. My studio would be lost without the fish skinning knives, let alone the lip tucking tool. But,one I have recently found out ,is the fordom tool with 1/4" burrs. It is great for form alterations and cutting large relief cuts. Sorry, Paul you don't have this item Yet.
  19. jennifer

    jennifer New Member

    I have an extra sharpening wheel system that has never been opened. If you want one I'd rather sell it to you than send it back to the supplier. Just pm me if you want it. I have one already and I love it.
    My favorite tools are:
    stout ruffer
    this flashlight headband thingy like a coalminer wears
    knives (various but the muskrat by Knives of Alaska is my favorite)
    those long tweezers
    good sewing needles
    latex gloves
    pressure washer
    sharpening wheel
    sculpting tool
    air compressor...get a small one. I have a huge one and scares the crap out of me when it kicks on.
    airbrush and pipe cleaners to clean the airbrush
    a bent piece of wire to tuck hide into tight spaces
    drill and sawzall...get good ones. The cheap ones are cheap for a reason.
    mounting stands
    paint brushes...not for painting but for cleaning eyes, etc.
    shop vac
    propane burner and an empty keg cut in half for simmering skulls
    wire brushes and grooming tools
    my satellite tv. I like to watch Dr. Phil and Oprah while I am skinning dead animals. Makes me feel normal.

    Least favorite:
    stainless t pins that STILL RUST even though they advertise that they dont rust.
    This color wheel I bought thinking it would give me wildlife color mixes but it only give you crap like "yellow and blue makes green"