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BG Hand Crank Leather Splitter & Skiving Machine


95.000 LBS

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BG Table-Top Hand Crank Leather Splitter & Skiving Machine

Working area: 6" inch blade

Leather Thickness: To skive, leather must be a minimum weight of 6oz and a maximum weight of 14oz. Machine will skive to a 3oz weight and no lighter.

Shipping: Due to the weight and varying costs to ship this item to different locations, it does not quality for free shipping.

Returns: Please read all of the below information below to understand the abilities and limitations of this machine. If this splitter is broken we will most certainly take care of returns and all costs associated. But for returns on machines that are not broken, costs will be subject to the customer.


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. Only the bottom side of the blade is hollow ground. The reason for this is that for most intended uses of the machine it is better to have a bottom hollow ground blade only. If the blade were ground on both the top and bottom of the blade the leading edge of the blade would be too weak, and it would be prone to chipping and cracking. By hollow grinding the blade on the bottom side only, the performance of the machine when cutting thick leathers can be maintained, but the blade also will not chip or crack. 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 Sharpening:
  • 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.


  • The splitter is made to split heavier leathers. The leather should be at least 6-8 ounces to start with. The wider the piece is for splitting, the thicker it should be. Stationary blade splitters rely on a certain thickness and rigidity to the leather in order to be able to split well. If the leather is not rigid enough, it will curl under the blade like a wet lasagna noodle.
  • The splitter likes to remove at least 2 ounces at a time on a single split. It cannot remove 1/2 ounce at a time. Only a band knife splitter costing tens of thousands of dollars is this accurate. The splitter is good to within plus or minus an ounce in overall accuracy.
  • Check to make sure there is about 2mm of clearance between the bottom roller and the blade. This is usually the correct distance for most types of splits.
  • If the customer has moved the blade, we recommend inserting it into the machine as far forward as it will go. There are blade stops to prevent the blade from going any farther forward.
  • If the leather hangs up in the machine at the end of the split, try turning the split adjuster knob at the top of machine to loosen it a bit. The leather should then come out easily. Then reset it to the previous number to start the next split.