BG Table-Top Hand Crank Leather Splitter & Skiving Machine
Working area: 6" inch blade
Leather Thickness: Accommodates 3oz - 15oz leather
This hand powered splitting machine is incredibly 'powerful' in the sense that it performs precise skives with ease, and allows leather shops to make the step from purely manual hand skiving to professional and efficient skiving at scale.
Manual 'pull' skivers and small hand tools can be quite difficult to manage splitting consistency. And motor powered splitters can be difficult to control splitting length. This machine solves both of those issues. With a gear driven bottom feeder and hand crank handle you can cut down very thick sole leather and belt straps, all while managing total length of skive. You also have the ability to go forward and reverse.
The top adjustable height dial allows you to adjust the skiving thickness to exact and level weight, with a 1-7mm etched ruler for guidance. There are two lubrication points at the top with easy access.
These blades are hand sharpened by hollow grinding making the blades razor sharp. They are then heat treated to a Rockwell hardness of Rc 58-62 which insures that the machine will hold an edge over many hours of use.
- Splitting down leather to lighter weights.
- Belts, leather shoes, wallets, bags, and other small leather accessories.
- Materials: leather, vinyl, rubber, crepe, and more!
- Good for turning leather ends for corners, tips, etc.
- Skiving down the tips of leather straps. For example, inserting 2-3 inches of a leather straps and skiving down in order to more easily fold the leather around a belt buckle.
- Forward and reverse directions for making partial splits, such as for leather belt tabs that attach to webbing straps.
- 4 screw holes for attaching to workbench.
- Blade longevity depends a lot on the leather being split and how often the machine is used. If the machine is being used for hours each day then the blade may need to be touched up every few weeks. If it is being used just a few times a week, then the blade may go months without needing to be touched.
- The leather being split also has a big effect on the longevity of the edge on the blade, as vegetable tanned leather tends to dull a blade more than oil or chrome tanned leathers. This is because the tannin forms hard crystals in the cellulose webbing of the hide, which dulls the blade faster.
- The blade can be sharpened many times before it needs to be replaced. Sharpening a splitter blade is not like sharpening a knife blade, so care needs to be taken to be sure that you do not destroy the angle of the blade.