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S & S fleshing machines

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by drwalleye, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. drwalleye

    drwalleye Active Member

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    Ok I seen these fleshing machines at the Wisconsin tax. convention and posted a while back. I called them last week and talked a little more with them.I thought id check again on here for any more feedback on these. also they make a 10 inch one for a bit cheaper. is that a option or should I go to 12". this is my first fleshing machine and want to get a good one the first time. My mini flesher worked fine but it ticked me off last night so I think its time to move up. They are the orange ones and they seem very adjustable and solid and quiet. I think price is 1600$ for 12 " and 1100$ for 10". any info would be great this is a huge investment for me but I think it will be worth it. I hear about the Dakota pro also but is there really that big of a difference? would I be paying for a lot more quality with Dakota or just the name brand? Thanks for any advice
     
  2. Make sure on the S&S that the belt is totally enclosed so the shavings don't get caught in it. I have the Dakota Pro and like it a lot. Easy blade change and whole side comes off for easy cleaning and no shavings get caught in the belt and all aluminum and stainless, nothing to rust. I would get get the 12" because extra blades are available everywhere in that size and sharpening that size isn't a problem. Shipping from Van Dykes through Speedee might be a lot cheaper to.
     

  3. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I figure Van Dykes (McKenzie) should have given me a Dakota Pro for the number of endorsements I gave it. I looked closely at the S&S at the Nationals in Gatlinburg last year. I have to say I was impressed with the changes they've made to the original machine - most notably the price in making it affordable. The machine looked very solid, easy to maintain and easy to operate. I especially like the blade guard adjustments AND THE BELT COWL that prevented meat from riding the spindle down under the pulley. Right now, I say buying either of those is a good decision.
     
  4. D.Price

    D.Price Well-Known Member

    Definitely go with the 12" no matter which one you go with.

    DP
     
  5. Re: S & S fleshing machines

    I love mine, I have the "12. Very sturdy, easy to clean, adjusts easily. They stand behind it. I had a knob break off a bolt for the top tuning guard and they replaced it.
     
  6. drwalleye

    drwalleye Active Member

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    Thanks for the replies
     
  7. pgust

    pgust New Member

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    I just received my 12" S&S a few weeks ago. Belt is enclosed. Had a Quebec PRO that I just sold and loved it but have moved my shaving indoors and the S&S is much quieter. Pricey but I feel worth it, and I only do about 10 to 15 deer, antelope & deer a year.
    If you can afford it I feel the $1600 + $120 shipping was worth it. You will also need a table. Make your own.

    Last price I saw on the Quebec Pro in 2010 from Matuska was about $2600, so $1600 did not seem too high.
    Paul
     
  8. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Go big. You can shave eye lids, nose pads, tear ducts, and chipmunks with a 12" blade.
     
  9. drwalleye

    drwalleye Active Member

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    thanks again ill let you know how it goes. im sure getting use to it will be kind of scary
     
  10. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    It was scary for me for the first two passes. After that, no big deal.