The Cape Master Taxidermy version is a take off of our original design, the Cape Master, first built sometime in the mid 1990’s.
The major differences between the two models are the hood: it is a one piece, powder coated steel that is removed by taking out two stainless steel socket head cap screws; the stainless steel pinch plate holds the blade on with four stainless steel button head cap screws instead of being threaded right on the spindle; and the motor, which is still a ½ horse power, but is a slightly lower service factor with a rigid base mount instead of a C face mount. For the taxidermist who doesn’t change blades on a daily basis, or demand quite the day in and day out work load a tannery does, these changes are minimal and won’t even be noticed, but provide a substantial savings.
The guards are extremely easy and quick to adjust to shave at any location or depth of cut. Unless you go from one extreme on to another on blade size, adjustment is done with one ¼” Allen wrench in a couple seconds. There are no tiny little set screws or wheels to deal with. The upper end of the machine runs on two, 1” grease able, self aligning bearings with the belt load in between. The belt is totally enclosed in the frame and is driven by a ½ horse power farm duty rated motor with a manual overload reset button. All of the exposed parts that aren’t stainless, except the spindle and motor, are powder coated for protection.
This machine was designed by a tanner, to provide the taxidermist with a tool that will do everything they ask of it at a considerable cost savings. It’s built to use, not win beauty contests. It is sturdy and simple, not over engineered to catch the eye of the consumer. If you are looking for a shaver to run smooth and last a lifetime, this is the one for you. Of all the shavers on the market today, this is truly the best “bang for the buck” out there.
The cost of the Cape Master Taxidermy version is $1300.00.