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inexpensive beginner fleshing machine

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Genestanfield, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. Genestanfield

    Genestanfield Lake of the Ozarks Outdoorsman

    anyone have suggestions for inexpensive fleshing machine for a beginner
  2. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    A necker knife and beam.

  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Another inexpensive option is a sharpened spoon and a tree branch. Remove the bark and ............ If you go cheap now, you will be spending more money later on a better one. Why not just save your money, be patient and get something you will love that is easy to set up and easy to use. I was doing 2 to 5 deer heads a year and a few lifesize when I bought mine and don't regret it. I spent a lot of money on it and it was considered to be up there with the best at the time. I found it easy to justify taking out a loan to get it. On the other hand I couldn't justify not buying the expensive one.
  4. Dave Byrd

    Dave Byrd Active Member

    I'll go even cheaper. A 5" blade victorinox and your hand as your beam. I've fleshed a lot of deer capes that way.
  5. juli

    juli Active Member

    I would guess laketrapper already has a beam and fleshing knife. :) well, he does trap, so that is an educated guess. BTW, I really enjoy seeing the pix of your kids with the fur take. :)

    I have no suggestions for a wheel - I use beam - and I have two different knives.. one custom made by a friend that is very sharp, and a cheapo necker knife. :) Perhaps one of these days I will get a round knife... but I actually like fleshing on the beam.... LOL
  6. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member

    VanDykes are the cheapest, the Pro is their top of line, not cheap. No cheap machines, knife and beam are cheap.
  7. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    If you are just fleshing meat and fat off, I use a draw knife on a beam and yep, a buddy of mine uses a sharpened spoon on a tree branch that he did up into a beam. To thin leather is what I use the machine for.
  8. boarhunter67

    boarhunter67 Well-Known Member

    Watch the for sale section and you will see them for sale there occasionally. They're used, but still good.
  9. jwilson48

    jwilson48 New Member

    i just listed a dakota iv for sale in the classifieds so i would recommend it ;)
  10. lrc1492

    lrc1492 Member

    I love those necker knifes