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Homemade feather plucker

  1. Ur-ur-ur-urrr
    This project is a homemade feather plucker. I had an old homemade bench-type grinder laying around in my basement, and figured it would be an easy conversion to a plucker. I bought a 4" PVC cap, then drilled and slotted 16 evenly spaced holes in it. I also bought 8 rubber bungee cords and cut them into 4" end sections (16 total). I threaded each bungee section through the slots in the PVC cap, and drilled a 1/2" hole in the center of the cap. After removing one of the grinding discs from the bench, I slipped the PVC cap onto the shaft. I retained the washers that were already on the grinder, and they worked perfectly to stabilize the cap.

    The old grinder setup...
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    PVC cap with slots cut in them. The cap wasn't as tall as I'd like, so I staggered the holes so there would be enough plastic left for strength...
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    PVC cap with 4" bungee cord "fingers" mounted on the grinder shaft...
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    I installed a light switch on the other side to turn it on and off. Here's a short video of it running...

    I finished by adding a piece of plywood over the top to keep the motor and belt feather-free...
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  1. Ur-ur-ur-urrr
    It does. I've only used it on 6 birds so far, and it did great each time... but I need to add a belt tensioner, or a new belt as the belt is starting to slip a little if I put too much pressure on the "fingers". The belt is most likely older than I am, so it's probably over-due...
  2. Marty1876
    Does it work?

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