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Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Mike Boyden, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. Mike Boyden

    Mike Boyden New Member

    tried a mini flesher the other day and dont see how anyone uses one inside there shop.Man there was meat hangin off the ceiling crap was everywere.If I used it for any lenth of time my shop would be a mess.Works well but like to know how everyone keeps it from making a mess
  2. Not using it right I have to say. You will get others backing your statement on that topic. Have you watched the video I've posted on here using the mini. I have NO meat hanging of my ceiling or slung around my shop. I even us mine to split the eye, lips, nose, and remove the ear butts. I think if you watch the video and do the few things I suggest you would find it much easier to use.

  3. Steve W

    Steve W Member

    This is a good video done by one of our forum members.

  4. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    I use one and have had no problem with debris flying everywhere. You have to angle the guard properly to block debris downward. I made several fleshing beams that also keep the angle of attack correct.
  5. If you go to the Tutorial section there are six videos in the section "List of Tutorials by Subject". You should find all of them from there.
  6. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    the more you use it. the better you ll get. I was the same way. till some one showed me how to angle it right and away from you. check out those videos.
  7. Don't let anyone on this forum talk you into their camp of the mini being a POS. It's just like any tool, you will have to learn to how to use it. even master it. The mini flesher is the best time saver in my shop.
  8. Mike Boyden

    Mike Boyden New Member

    Yeah I can see were it would save lots of time.
  9. twinrivers

    twinrivers Active Member

    I prefer my mini flesher to flesh pickled hides...quick and easy. Use a Dakota for final fleshing after tan prior to mounting...but think I need a new blade after this year. For years I only used a mini flesher and I had no issues other than blade replacement. If your slinging hide all over you probably have your blade in backwards or you are running in reverse. Had a helper have this happen when I was running errands one day, pissed me off. He had used it before with no problems. Had hide everywhere though.
  10. Mike I agree 100% with "tem" and the others. The more you use it the better you will get. Nobody's a master the first time they use something or do something. With a little practice you will be able to split the eye, lips, nose, and remove ear butts quickly with this tool. I remember the first time I used a big wheel flesher!! To this day I'm still learning. Learning never stops in Taxidermy!!
  11. Mike Boyden

    Mike Boyden New Member

    Thanks for all the help.I'll take a look at the blade never thought about that.
  12. The guy running that flesher has some serious skills. I must be using mine wrong because it throws meat all over the place. I used it in my basement once and I thought my wife was going to kill me lol.
  13. "tmpatton" if you are referring to the series of videos I am that "guy". If that is the case thanks but it is really not that big of a deal to be able to do what I do in the videos. It's all a matter of getting the flesher adjusted and learning the feel of what your are doing! I wish I could do a hands on seminar somewhere. Anything I can give back to Taxidermy I do. I started with hardly no knowledge 18 years ago and learned from others. Now it's time to pay it forward!
  14. txoutdoors

    txoutdoors Active Member

    Good videos. Thanks for sharing. I learned a few things.

  15. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    I watched the first video and thought it was very good. You do things a lot different than I do so the next time I'm fleshing, I may have to try some new techniques. Thanks.

    One thing I highly recommend when using a Mini-Flesher is to wear a cut-resistant glove on the opposite hand that you are holding the flesher with for safety reasons.
  16. Safety is always good!! Of all the hides I've fleshed I managed to cut my left hand once and it was very minor. I think I will do a video soon just focusing on adjustments. I know it hit on it on the first video but I think I could go into a little more detail. I'm just glad the videos help others. I enjoy doing them!!!
  17. Non-Typical_IL

    Non-Typical_IL Member

    Practice, practice, practice. I'm flinging stuff to my left. Shield is adjusted to the lower left I think.
    I'm comfortable with WT, even up on the face, but not furbearers. Yet.
  18. striker12

    striker12 Member

    I have the Dakota pro , the Dakota 5&4 . And the mini fleshed all fleshing is done with the mini and thinning with the others . Takes some getting use to but a couple deer and you will get it .