Smooth, stretch, and dry cowhides to extend and thin hides.
What does a Hand Hide Stretcher do?
Smooths, stretches, and dries cowhides, using slicker and steam-heated tables, to extend and thin hides for further processing: Carries wet hide from rack to steam-heated table and manually extends and smooths hide on table. Rubs hide with slicker to stretch and smooth hide and to remove excess water. Stretches hides on additional tables and observes steam rising from hides to determine when hides are dry. Loads dry hides onto rack to store hides for further processing. Counts and records number of hides stretched and dried to maintain production record. Cleans steam-heated tables, using water hose and broom.