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should i get the dakota IV or dakota 5

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by jkjohn, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. jkjohn

    jkjohn New Member

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    I do abbout 40 deer a year.Never have used either but wondering what you guys would recoomend the dakota IV or dakota 5. Theres about a $200 difference
     
  2. striker12

    striker12 Member

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    The 4 iz not going to do what you want. Its more of a detail flesher. Go with the 5.
     

  3. jkjohn

    jkjohn New Member

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    Ive got more time than money though lol.Will it take me down as thin as if want to do though, just a smaller blade than the 5?
     
  4. Get the 5 if you can afford it.

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  5. jorgy

    jorgy Member

    Keep an eye on the for sale section. Im going to have a V on there in about three weeks. I just dont have time to get it ready to ship right now, the rut is coming and Im heading out with a bow and a truck load of traps for a couple of weeks
     
  6. verne

    verne Well-Known Member

    the pro.
     
  7. I bought a IV to start with and used it for 3 years without another machine. I have fleshed deer, elk, boars...you get what I'm saying. It will do the job but takes time for sure compared to the larger machine I also now have. I still use the IV on deer from my area here in FL due to the fact they are almost thin enough after fleshing and I use it to do all detail stuff around faces and such. I'm glad I have both but if I had to only have one of them, it would be a larger machine.
     
  8. antlerman

    antlerman NTA Life Member #0118

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    Buy the PRO. A bit more money but 5 times the machine. There is one For Sale on here Right NOW.
     
  9. jkjohn

    jkjohn New Member

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    iwhy does the 5 save so much more time,does it have A bigger blade? or does it shave thinner?
     
  10. The 4 has a cut width of about 2". The 5 or Pro will have a 4-5" cut due to the larger blade they have. The 5 and pro have twice the motor/power and will get you thin quicker. The 4 will get as thin, just more passes to get there and on thick skins it will be passes over passes...more time.
     
  11. John L

    John L Active Member

    I have a 4 with a good blade I prefer it over the big one. However, I only do 10-15 a year. But I have done an elk on it and I thought my arms were going to fall off. If you can get the big one get it. I only like the little one because I can stand and see over it well.
     
  12. paul e

    paul e New Member

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    The Pro all the way
    macnined out of alum.
    s.s. guards that wont rust
    easy blade change
    great investment
     
  13. Steven Klee

    Steven Klee Steven Klee Studios

    Time is Money brother. Go with the 5.

    Best, Steve
     
  14. 24/7

    24/7 New Member

    Got a pro last year after doing evrything by hand for the first few years. Well worth the extra money if you have it.
     
  15. duxdown

    duxdown New Member

    I have a 5 and do detail with it as well, just takes getting use to. Get the 5 as a good starter.
     
  16. craigjw

    craigjw http://www.back2lifetaxidermy.com

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    Get the pro saves soooo much time on maintenance alone. It will not rust, I clean it once per year, and let it go from there without worrying about rusting. Could not imagine if I had to clean it after each use.