Tanning cowhides into leather
|Inputs (7,352,532)||Outputs (8,150,000)|
10,000 × Cowhide (7,270,000)
2 × Portable crafter (82,532)
10,000 × Leather (8,150,000)
Soft leather is used to train Crafting in free-to-play, and it is in reasonable demand. Because it must be tanned before it can be crafted, tanning cowhide into soft leather can be quite profitable at times.
It should be noted that cowhide has a buylimit of 10,000 every 4 hours so to get this hourly profit you'll have to stack up on cowhides beforehand. It is also possible to work around the limit by directly trading with other players, or by using alternate accounts. Doing this method with 10,000 cowhides will take you around 10 minutes and net you a profit of 797,468. It's recommended to have at least 3,676,266 coins for 5 minutes of this method requiring 5,000 cowhides, 1 portable crafter and 15,000 coins.
Because the price difference between hides and leather can be fairly small, it is important to buy the hides for a low price and sell the leather for a high price; you can lose out on up to 50% of the profit if you are not patient. Test the profit by buying one soft leather and one cowhide, making sure that the prices are good enough that you will make a decent profit. If you run out of cowhides, you may buy some more, but if you don't wish to spend money but you do have at least 45 Magic, you may use the Chain ability to kill more cows at once. This method makes players take less time killing cows and increases their profit per hour. Using an air mindspike or an air staff would make this process more profitable because casting air spells such as Wind Bolt or Wind Blast only requires air runes and a magic weapon.
Tanning hard leather instead is a good alternative if the price of soft leather is not high enough. While hard leather is usually more expensive (currently Hard leather 838 vs. Soft leather 815), soft leather is often easier to sell on the Grand Exchange.
To tan soft leather with maximum efficiency, deploy a portable crafter near a bank or bank chest (for example, near the bank chest in the Lumbridge Market), make a preset with 28 cowhide, and load it. Then right-click the crafter and choose Tan Leather. Additionally, you can use portable crafters on the one already deployed to increase its duration by five minutes per crafter.
To get the fastest tanning speeds, you will need to make sure you're on the lowest ping world.
1. Zoom in and adjust your camera so the portable crafter and the bank would be next to each other.
2. Now load your bank preset by pressing a keybind, then instead of closing the bank interface, click on the portable.
3. Press space, and at the same time, click on the banker.
This way you don't need to wait until the bank or tanning interface opens up and can tan with little to no delay. You should be expecting to tan 60,000 cowhides an hour however at it's peak, it is possible to tan over 6,600 cowhides per portable crafter, or nearly 80,000 per hour.