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Fleshing Machine

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by ratso, Aug 25, 2022.

  1. ratso

    ratso Member

    I am thinking about getting a fleshing machine. Problem is justifying it so I will ask some questions.
    I have been tanning my catches for several years. I use the hides in my crafting items. To tan is simple. To finish the hides for use a bit more work as I use a sanding block. First question. Would using a fleshing machine on wet] tanned hides make for less sanding? Can one flesh faces of fox, Coyote, skunk, and other thin skinned critters with a fleshing machine? These are very important for for what I make.
    I know the machines have a learning curve but I have a fair amount of low value learning skins, nutria. They have both thick and thin areas and damaging a bunch is is like losing pennies.
    Any and all information would help with the justification.
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    First off how many skins are you talking about? 50 or more then yes
    As for doing details you have a lot to learn on them as to learning how to tune your blade.
    Buy the best you can afford as I’m a raw hide or eager beaver machine person. Then you have S&S and a few more . I deal with what tanneries use and I wish I could upload a video I have doing a baby fox here
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  3. ratso

    ratso Member

    Thanks for the reply.
    I can only guess on the number of hides I tan. 50 Coyote, 45 fox (few red mostly grey), 50 skunk,,50-60 coon, possum(10-50), less then 10 mink, 2-10 beaver. Nutria as needed, have tanned as many as 200 but have 80 or so finished now. 150 in the freezer.
  4. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    It’s worth getting a quality machine you won’t regret it.
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  5. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    You can pay for it in a flash if you'll flesh, shave, and tan deer capes. Every taxidermist wants a good and dependable fleshing source.
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  6. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

    You will last much longer in taxidermy if you get one.
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