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General Questions

Q. What can the Air Skinner by Air Skinner LLC be used on?
A. The Air Skinner has been used on all sorts of game, large and small, fish & birds, and even some reptiles. It has been proven effective on almost everything but shows mixed results on fat bears and pigs. (The lard fat of these two species is the problem). Now, we have had some customers say it works fantastic on pigs, but we prefer to err on caution and say results are mixed. (Note: JB Speedy Taxidermy has used the Air Skinner on pigs and found it cut the skinning time from 45 minutes to 5 minutes)

Q. Can I use the Air Skinner on game that has not been field dressed?
A. We don’t recommend it. First, you should always remove the visceral as soon as possible to preserve meat quality. Second, by not field dressing first, one might, in the process, force blood and possibly stomach and other fluids, under pressure, into the meat. The only exception would be animals you don’t intend to eat, such as wolves or coyotes.

Q. Do I risk “blowing up” the animal I’m trying to skin?
A. Generally, no; however, on smaller animals, air pressure and needle insertion are critical to the success of the Air Skinner process. Inserting a needle deep into the animal’s body and using excessive air pressure can “blow up” a smaller animal. In the 20+ years of running Air Skinner, we have not heard of one instance where a large animal (whitetail deer, for example) was "blown up."

Q. How do I attach this to an air supply?
A. In all kits, the needles attach to the air nozzle using pre-installed adapters. The easiest method to attach to your air compressor is by purchasing a coupler and using a quick connect on your air hose if you don’t already have one.

Q. If I use helium instead of air, will I be able to walk the deer home on a string?
A. Seriously, we do get asked this question or questions like it. We've never tried, but to be honest, we're pretty confident it wouldn’t work. But if we could float the deer out of the woods and down to the truck, that would sure help!

Q. On an unfrozen animal, why does it always pull harder on the neck than on the legs?
A. The order in which the insertions are made is vital to the product’s success. Always start with the neck area before moving to the legs and hindquarters.

Q. Should I be concerned about blowing rusty water from my air compressor under the hide?
A. Air compressors blow rusty water when the tank has not been appropriately drained, and water has been allowed to sit at the bottom. This is a safety issue unrelated to your Air Skinner tool - rust weakens the compressor tank and can lead to rupture and injury. In general, if you are concerned about possible contaminants in your compressor, inexpensive filters or water separators can be placed in line with your air hose. Alternately, you can purchase air filters right on this site. 

Q. Won’t all of the air escape around the bullet hole or field dressing?
A. Certainly, some air may leak around the field dressing or bullet hole, but this has not proven to be a problem, especially if you wait a few hours before using the Air Skinner. We have had some folks use the Air Skinner right after dragging their game out of the woods and others after their game had been hanging for a few days, both with excellent results. We know this tool will work fine, which is why we have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!