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Fleshing Machine Blade Wobble

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by zachb1994, Oct 15, 2021.

  1. zachb1994

    zachb1994 Member

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    I have a older rawhide fleshing machine. The blade was worn out so I bought a new blade. It hals a slight wobble to it. I have checked everything I can think of belt, bearings, pulleys. Can anyone help me out? Thanks!
     
  2. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Are you certain that there is nothing on either pulley? One little scrap of flesh stuck in a pulley can wreck havoc with blade stability
     
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  3. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Your blade could be warped or needs yo be tuned
    It’s not the first time I’ve seen new blades do this. What happens is they sharpened it to fast and heated up the blade.
    Personally if my tannery didn’t do my blades anymore ( as they explained this to me ) I would only deal with DH. Price and his tannery blades . They are way different with small lips and I can usually get 200-300 capes from one blade. JMO
     
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  4. zachb1994

    zachb1994 Member

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    The old blade had a wobble also so I’m believing it’s something to do with the machine. But who knows like you said both blades may be warped. I will check into the pullys again also. Thank you both!
     
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  5. zachb1994

    zachb1994 Member

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    I will check. How tight should the belt be? Thanks!
     
  6. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    A good rule of thumb on tightening a v belt is that you should be able to twist it a quarter turn halfway between the motor pulley and the blade pulley. It’s better a little loose than too tight.
     
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  7. zachb1994

    zachb1994 Member

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    I appreciate it!
     
  8. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

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    I pop the belt off, turn the motor on and run a flat screwdriver in the motor pulley to clean it out. You wouldnt believe the crap that comes out. My blade was jumping and once the pulley was clean it ran true. Be warned. The screwdriver could be ripped out of your hand a few times.
     
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