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Diy Tumbler Dryer

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by folmar22, Nov 29, 2018.

  1. folmar22

    folmar22 New Member

    who here has built there own tumbler/dryer and do you have pictures and materials list
  2. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    I use a concrete mixer from Harbor freight. Just don't put the baffles in it. Works great. $180
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  3. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

    I quit tumbling mine years ago. I dry by hand from the start
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  4. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

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  5. I just got a gas dryer plugged off the holes and presto. Tumbler....
  6. GotHonks

    GotHonks Active Member

    I'm thinking about that cement mixer , I have a really nice custom built 55 gal tumbler but it's a 5 hr drive to get it .... With gas prices in CA 4.00 a gal and the thought of 5 hrs on the road with all the idiots in this state .... 180.00 sounds like a whole lot less stress ....
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  7. Honeycreek

    Honeycreek New Member

    cement mixer...........Why didnt I think of that???? The RPMs are lil fast, but way better than a dryer...
  8. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    A good hair dryer is cheaper than any tumbler, and the end results are way better. I have a tumbler I built 40 years ago, and I rarely ever use it anymore.
  9. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    I built my own. About $25.00 total cost. Some 2 x 4's, scrap pullies (speed reduction), worn out lawn mower belts and a barrel I purchased at the flea market for $5.00. And of course the control panel and motor from a worn out gas Maytag dryer. It runs about 8 rpm. Baffles installed inside made of wood.

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  10. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Folks what’s been said and posted here really isn’t a tumbler for your skins. It’ll never reach the softness that is built 6-8’ .
    All these do is aid in drying the hair as. I’ve been using my ole clothes dryer for years with towels and no heat.
    Cement mixer is a good way of quick pickling or tanning your hides faster if that’s your game.
    If all that was said is true I ask this: Why don’t tanneries use those products?
    Answer: They don’t work!
    If your just drying a cape and nothing else, a vacuum set on backwards works great, hair dryer or your compressor works well too
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  11. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Frank, I don't think that tumbling for softness in bird skins is a priority and I have never come across a bird with hair. Also, few here pickle and tan their birds.
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  12. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

    HELLO FRANK!!! Earth to Frank!! Birds are what we are discussing in this bird category :) :)
  13. Dave York

    Dave York Well-Known Member

    Just throw a concrete block in their Frank to soften those hides.

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  14. Holy chit that dangerous