fish scaler rpm

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by street guy, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. I have a homeade drum fish scaler. It works great for crappie. Not as good for yellow perch. Anyone have any sugestion on the right rpm . The yellow perch don't get a good tumble they just kinda roll. The drum spins about 12 rpm. I think if I spin it a littal faster they might tumble better. When I turn it faster by hand they seem to tumble better.

  2. Fishman

    Fishman Catch bait???

    haha, wow! I just use a spoon lol
  3. my scaler runs about 52 rpm. pulley and belts out of of clothes dryer.

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  4. Mine turns 30 rpm and works great
  5. Mach1cj thats a nice looking scaler. How many can you do, and how long dose it take? I think I'am going to go to the hex. shape drum. Currently have a round one.
  6. Did you guys take a look at the link Truck posted? It looks to me like instead of holes, that one used screws protruding into the drum. Anyone tried that? Mach1, would you mind sharing a close up view of your scaler, or maybe some more details? I've been looking to build one. Anything you would change on it? It looks great! How do you keep water away from the motor?
  7. Does the scaler just turn the fish or is there some sort of grid or screen in there to aid in the scaling?
  8. streetguy, i can scale 30 perch in about 7-8 min. i've had 40 in it before, just takes a few minutes longer.
    PromiseKeeper/ peple of the perch, i'll take a few pics and post them. ;)
  9. peple,
    there is usually a screen of that diamond shaped expanded metal, or a drum with holes punched in so the rough side is on the inside of the drum. That patent that Truck posted looked like it had screws protruding into the drum. Maybe just get the kids in the neighborhood to kick em around with my ice cleats??? LOLOL
  10. Thanks for the responses. I going to re do mine this winter. I'am going to make the drum hexgon shaped, and make it turn faster.
  11. i retimed my scaler this morning and it runs 42 rpm. i was going from memory, which ain't to hot anymore. lol the inside is lined with stainless steel. its still very sharp after 20 + yrs. of use.

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  12. What did you use to make the holes in the steel.
  13. i used a PK nail, a pair of vise grips, hammer and a block of wood. took several nights of pounding.:)
  14. bopperattacker

    bopperattacker Banned

    that's what she said:p

    i couldn't resist
  15. Ruminator

    Ruminator TeamOGF

    Wow, I never knew such things really worked well?!

    That sure beats my wife and I spending 2- 2 1/2 hrs fileting 60 perch!!!

    You've got me interested now. :B