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Bird Fleshing Machine

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by Kris Rieder, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. Kris Rieder

    Kris Rieder New Member

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    Hi everyone, i'm getting around to getting started on doing some snow goose mounts, and I was wondering what everyone is using for a fleshing machine/wheel? I know alot of people make their own, anyone provide any information on what machine you like best? or how to make one yourself? Thanks
     
  2. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

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  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Don't get a new angle feather flesher. It is not fan cooled and over heats very quickly, stopping in the middle of fleshing and takes a while to cool down. I had two desk fans aimed at it to keep it cool enough to get through 1 bird.
     
  4. KLFL

    KLFL Member

    Did you contact them? That shouldn’t be happening..
     
  5. Kris Rieder

    Kris Rieder New Member

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    What about a bench grinder from the hardware store? See many people rigging those up and seem to work just fine. Pros/Cons to that?
     
  6. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

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    Been using one for the last couple years. In fact one of the grinding wheels is still attached to it. LOL. Got it from Harbor Freight
     
  7. Kris Rieder

    Kris Rieder New Member

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    Think i'm leaning towards that route, thank you sir!
     
  8. woakley144

    woakley144 Active Member

    I started with a washing machine motor that was adapted with a bushing so I could put a wire wheel on it.... I found a McKenzie bird flesher at the pawn shop, (labeled as a grinder) for $50.... use it for fleshing my small mammals and birds when I do them....
     
  9. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I asked other people about it and they said they had the same problem. I think, but don't know, that the grinder and other bird fleshers have internal fans to keep the cool.
     
  10. Eivind.utstopping

    Eivind.utstopping New Member

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    When I started doing taxidermy, I used a wire wheel attached to a drill. It Was hard to control but it worked :) Later I bought a bench grinder with a wire wheel attached to it. Works great! Only thing you should do is to make a box around the wheel so you dont get bird fat and flesh thrown on your walls;)