Butchery Equipment: The Art of Using a Band Saw

Delicatessen, Sausages, Butcher, Meat

When you look at a group saw it can be quite an intimidating piece of butchery equipment, particularly to the general public. It is a large piece of equipment that stands tall, takes up quite a little space and has this lengthy saw that runs vertically and unimaginably fast. It takes skill to handle and use a band saw.

It is not smart to use a band saw if you don’t know how it works. A skilled butcher needs to train an apprentice first before they could use it confidently. There is a lot that needs to be taken into consideration when using this butcher equipment. Most large butcheries will have a floor standing band saw like the Butcherquip Floor Standing Band Saw. Such a unit would be quite large weighing at 220 kilograms and very tall at 1.8 metres. It’s cast iron saw wheels and heavy duty scrapers on both wheels. The metallic guides support the blades as well as the tension scraper assemblies maintain the blade free of debris.

The young apprentice has to be taught the exact measurements of the band saw and have a fantastic sense of spatial awareness. The butcher must show the apprentice how the blade moves and the speed it moves it at. He has to be shown and understand the way the metal guides and cast iron saw wheels operate. The movement of the machine must be studied and respected. In the beginning, the apprentice must approach the band saw with great care when placing a piece of meat onto the unit. Steadily, he must slide the meat through the blade.

Professional butchers have years of experience when it comes to using band saws so they have the ability to slice the meat quickly and effortlessly. They are well aware of the capability of the butchery equipment and they understand how dangerous it can be if they lose their sense of awareness while using it. When a butcher uses this system, they need to be one hundred percent focussed and not be distracted by anything at all. Safety must be practiced each time one of these machines is used.

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