How do Mallard Machines Work?

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How do Mallard Machines Work?

Postby jduck1 » Fri Oct 29, 2004 12:59 pm

I was looking at my local Walmart who now carries Mallard Machine's. I have heard good things about the system but wondered how it worked? Looking at it does the decoys attached float the entire system off the bottom? Do you need to stake it down or does it just free float??

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Postby weedsnager » Sat Oct 30, 2004 9:14 am

i have a homemade one. it free floats, but i use a small anchor so it doesn't tangle everything up. if there were no decoys attached it would sink.
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Postby ol' yeller » Mon Nov 01, 2004 9:58 am

I finished building a Mallard Machine about a month ago. I bought the hub/arms from Mallard Machine and used an old trolling motor I had sitting around. All together it cost me $70.

You tie decoys onto the arms which suspends the hub and trolling motor. I use a boat anchor to hold it in place even though you don't need anything that heavy.

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Postby LUV2DUChunt » Mon Nov 01, 2004 3:26 pm

if you have an old trolling motor you can make one for 28 bucks, works good gets movement in the spread
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Postby marsh1buster » Wed Nov 03, 2004 10:29 am

HOW, for $28 I'll try anything. Please spread your wealth of Knowledge. :help:
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Postby LUV2DUChunt » Wed Nov 03, 2004 11:39 am

Go to Home Depot get 40 feet of wire, three brackets to attach the decoys to. You will also need a switch, and clamps (pipe) to hold the brackets to the trolling motor. String on three decoys and your ready. Oh yeah and the positive and negative cables to connect it to a battery. I would use more than 40 feet of cable which will raise your price a littlle. Good Luck
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Postby ol' yeller » Wed Nov 03, 2004 12:00 pm

Make sure you get the 12/2 landscaping wire. I paid right at $25 for 100 ft.

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Postby LUV2DUChunt » Wed Nov 03, 2004 12:03 pm

yeah your right it is a 25 cents a foot :salude:
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Postby marsh1buster » Wed Nov 03, 2004 3:54 pm

THANKS, now that is what this is all about! Time to make a trip to the depot. :salude:
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Postby LUV2DUChunt » Wed Nov 03, 2004 4:28 pm

No Prob man let me know how you like it..... :salude:
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Postby ol' yeller » Wed Nov 03, 2004 7:35 pm

This is what mine looks like after I finished it.

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Brackets!!

Postby jduck1 » Wed Nov 03, 2004 8:16 pm

What are the brackets from? Are they some type of kit or a aculimation of parts from the depot?

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Postby LUV2DUChunt » Wed Nov 03, 2004 8:24 pm

looks great man, I like your brackets on it, where are they from?
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Postby ol' yeller » Wed Nov 03, 2004 8:32 pm

Nah, you can actually buy the hub and arms online from the Mallard Machine company for $40. I used a Big Foot trolling motor control to control when it is on.

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Postby LUV2DUChunt » Wed Nov 03, 2004 8:35 pm

o yeah make sure that you cover the opening where the wire goes in the motor, I used silicon.
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Postby ol' yeller » Thu Nov 04, 2004 7:04 am

What LUV2DUChunt said! I left about 3" of the trolling motor shaft on the motor and filled it with silicon. I then wire tied the wires back down on the shaft so that I don't pull them out. Where I spliced the wire together I used waterproof shrink tubing. The shrink tube I used I bought at Lowe's and is made for waterproofing connections for well pumps. When you heat them up they will have a little bit of liquid bubble out either end.

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Can anyone give me a step by step how to build please...

Postby PinTeal » Wed Nov 17, 2004 2:46 pm

I'm trying to get the high birds to look at my spread rather than going to the refuge...

The more movement...the better =)

Also, how deep of water do you need to hunt for one of these?


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Postby ol' yeller » Wed Nov 17, 2004 2:51 pm

It all depends on how long your droppers are off of your decoys. You'll also have to factor in how long the trolling motor is. I would think you would want at least 3 inches of water over the prop.

We hunted a spot back in September for teal and it was very shallow. I took the trolling motor out of the Mallard Machine bracket and stuck it nose down in the mud then put decoys all around it. Worked alright for me.

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Postby PinTeal » Wed Nov 17, 2004 11:48 pm

So I guess 6" of water in the rice fields....is not enough...

Gonna make my dad one i think...hes in 30' of water in timber....

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