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Changing Out Dakota Bird Flesher Wheel

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by Kate Lacour, Feb 23, 2021.

  1. Kate Lacour

    Kate Lacour Member

    EC962434-B855-4EB6-BE74-A8DB13D12F7A.jpeg 110E53E5-B37E-421C-8D41-8078905F1BDF.jpeg I’m loving my new Dakota heavy duty bird flesher but am struggling to change the wheel!

    Looks like this nut just needs to come off but it won’t budge. I’ve used WD40 and a socket wrench plus all my elbow grease. Is there perhaps a trick I am missing? Or do I just need to double down again?

    The thing didn’t come with a manual of course and I can’t find one online. Thank you!
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  2. Westcoast

    Westcoast Well-Known Member

    You are probably turning the nut in the wrong direction. Like a toilet lever you need to turn it right to loosen and left to tighten. Hope this helps

  3. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    Left hand thread! If I ever decide to get one of these I will remember that (I hope!).
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  4. socalmountainman

    socalmountainman Northwestern School of Taxidermy - Class of '73

    When they were made in America, the shafts were stamped with an "L' on the end for Left. Today, they don't mark left-hand anymore. I here they have a problem pronouncing "L's" sounding like "R's" so...........
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  5. Kate Lacour

    Kate Lacour Member

    Thanks for the lead, Rightie Loosey is a new one for me. Turns out before even hitting the nut with the socket the whole little shaft assembly has to be removed from the machine using a small alan wrench on these 2 holes. Which I do wish had been included in the box along with some, you know, instructions.

    Live and learn. now to ice my busted wrists...

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  6. Leonard "Tazman" Qualls

    Leonard "Tazman" Qualls Active Member

    I bet that joker was as tight as anyone could get it if you hammered it lol.
    I was gonna say left hand thread until I read the reply above. Easy mistake an th one could make.
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  7. GotHonks

    GotHonks Well-Known Member

    I'm far from a mechanic but have learned a few things over the years how to (Mcgyver) my breakdowns or whatever needs to be built or fixed ..
    Guarantee you don't need to take those Allen screws out , grab a set of vice grips and put it on the shaft , hold it and then loosen your L hand thread nut , pull the wheel off and put on your new one ... Don't monkey with the Allen screws ... I wouldn't .. I have the Vandykes and it's got the Allen screws I've never messed with them .. Changed the wheel a few times ... Just my 2 cents
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