PDA

View Full Version : The Slab-o-matic



Dutch
02-27-2012, 04:55 AM
Here's a few pics of the fish scaler my buddy Charles and I just finished painting. Built it a couple of months ago and finished tweaking it this weekend.

It's run by a 1/2 horse motor using a 20:1 reducer to achieve 44 rpm rotation. Its chain driven and the drum rotates around the shaft which is plumbed with 6 spray nozzles to provide water. It is lined with 1/4-20 3/8 locked down with a jam nut. We also put in a timer as well as a jog switch to jo the drum around to allow for easy loading/unloading. The frame is on casters for easier moving around.

On its maiden voyage in October it scaled 30 slab cappie in less than 5 min. with no tearing of the fish.

829288292782929

fishbaskett
02-27-2012, 05:14 AM
Great ideal. Back in the late 60's and 70's a bait shop on Millwood Lake had an automatic fish scaler, my Dad and I used a few times for both crappie and bream. I recall it looking like a front loading clothes dryer. It was coin operated, maybe 50 cents for so many minutes. It saved the young teenage me alot of work.
Good job, neat.

rnvinc
02-27-2012, 05:55 AM
Cool idea...!!

Rickie

bugman
02-27-2012, 06:23 AM
That is one heck of a fine set up Dutch them ole crappie taste better with the skin on but i'm too lazy to scale em......i may bend your ear for a little more detailed info so a dummy like myself can build something like that,one question does the scales and slime wash out of the drum while it's turning?

Dutch
02-27-2012, 07:14 AM
That is one heck of a fine set up Dutch them ole crappie taste better with the skin on but i'm too lazy to scale em......i may bend your ear for a little more detailed info so a dummy like myself can build something like that,one question does the scales and slime wash out of the drum while it's turning?

We have 2 rows of 1/2 in. and 1 row of 1 in.drilled in the door (where the words are) for drainage. They were covered with tape to keep paint out of the interior.

windstone
02-27-2012, 09:04 AM
how bout some close up's of the drive end....

buffalo13
02-27-2012, 12:41 PM
I can see the wheels turning Rick
Nice job guys

Bowler
02-27-2012, 12:58 PM
So how many fish will it do at one time?

Dutch
02-27-2012, 01:11 PM
how bout some close up's of the drive end....

Here you go.

Dutch
02-27-2012, 01:15 PM
So how many fish will it do at one time?

It has done 30 with no problem, we built it big to handle a days limit of 60 fish.

Blackhawk19
02-27-2012, 05:11 PM
Nice setup!

Shug87
02-27-2012, 05:12 PM
Thats awesome dutch

Dutch
02-27-2012, 08:01 PM
Thanks ya'll...alot of planning and work went into it, but it was worth it in the end.

MrPaulAR
02-27-2012, 09:42 PM
Wow. What do you fish with? Dynomite?!? LOL

bluethunder
02-27-2012, 11:46 PM
Now that's just neat as pockets on a shirt right thareee!!!!

Dutch
02-28-2012, 01:01 AM
Wow. What do you fish with? Dynomite?!? LOL

Naw, just jigs. ;)

bugman
02-28-2012, 03:25 AM
Where did you get the reducer?i've decided i've got to have one of those.....that's about the neatest thing i've seen in years.

Dutch
02-28-2012, 04:31 AM
Where did you get the reducer?i've decided i've got to have one of those.....that's about the neatest thing i've seen in years.

Everything on it was scrap scounged up where we work, except for the 1/4-20's and jam nuts, which we bought. A Hub City 20:1 (Model 184) reducer like that will run you about $85 online

bxn
02-28-2012, 04:07 PM
looks cool!