Meat cutting band saws

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  1. travlnusa

    travlnusa Well-Known Member

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    I am done paying for deer/hog processing. I am returning to doing my own.

    I have seen many meat band saws for sale in stores and on the net.

    The one I see the most is for around $180. It is 3/4 hp, 550 watts, with build in grinder.

    Does anyone have one such as I have seen?

    Thoughts about it?
     
  2. Nathan

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    I dont have a bandsaw,while a sawzaw and portaband saw make for easy quartering of my deerharvests. Sorry if I done you no good.
     

  3. agmantoo

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    Personally, I see no reason to have the bandsaw. I would not want to clean it up either. I debone all my meat to minimize the work the wife has to do (she does the wrapping) and to reduce the area in the freezer. When deboning all the scraps end up as burger so there is less waste. I suggest you spend the money on a better grinder or possibly a cubing machine. Cubing machines are expensive but IMO are well worth the expense. I keep the knives for the cuber in the freezer between uses to reduce have to thoroughly clean the blades.
     
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    Them $200 jobs are junk. I have a comercial bandsaw, but with deer I always do it boneless.
     
  5. Paquebot

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    If you're just doing deer, get a good stainless steel hacksaw and a couple bone blades. There's not much saw work needed on a deer unless you're really getting fancy. Then, the meat should be almost frozen for even clean cuts. About all I use mine for is making 3" neck roasts and cutting the lower legs off.

    Martin
     
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    tyusclan Well-Known Member

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    Save your money on those bandsaws. I had one and hated it. The table is too small, and they are a nightmare to clean. I only used it once, and finally gave it away to get rid of it. Others here have given good advice for alternatives.
     
  7. travlnusa

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    Thank for the feedback. In the past I would cut my deer boneless. I was thinking of the saw more for hogs.

    I was thinking using the saw would keep cut more uniform. Based on what was said here, I will rethink that plan.
     
  8. Ed Norman

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    We have the Northern Tools bandsaw with grinder. The blades are junk, zero kerf. I make my own and that's no problem. The grinder is junk, they cut the male threads minimum and the female threads minimum so the big end pops off under any load of meat. It has never ground a thing. We debone deer. But for hogs, we love that bandsaw. Before we start we line everything inside with aluminum foil and then I start sawing hog while DW vacuum seals. Used to be with a handsaw and cleaver, she kept up with me. Now, there is no chance. I cut for 15 minutes then we wrap for a few hours. Then we throw away the foil liners and cleanup is pretty easy.

    Some day, I want to change the 4 bolts connecting the base with motor to the upper part with saw and pulley, to some kind of quick release system. Then we could drop the motor belt off, disconnect the upper, and haul it out in the yard to be cleaned with a pressure washer.
     
  9. GREENCOUNTYPETE

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    not that many people listen to what they should do or to the drn but
    you are not supposed to saw anywhere other than the knee joints and just enough to get the head off and you to minimize contamination to brain and spinal tissue where the prion for cwd is carried.

    and you are supposed to keep a seperate blade for those cutts that you don't use on other butchering jobs

    any meat proccessor in wis that butchers deer is to bone them out to comply with the new regs

    also i think you could bone a deer in the time it would take to clean up the band saw
     
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  10. big rockpile

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    I can shin debone a Deer in 15 minutes.If I was going to buy anything it would be a good Grinder.

    I've got one of them Saws,had to do some modifying.It did ok on Beef.

    big rockpile
     
  11. jross

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    Bone dust makes meat taste bad, spinal tissue is where CWD comes from as Pete mentioned.
     
  12. oldcj5guy

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    I grew up with a butcher, and I think I am the only person here that caught the part about the hogs. We had a couple from Grizzly. You should be able to find their webpage no problem. One of these we basically mounted into a table much as a woodworker would to provide a large surface for sides and such. I would never buy a bandsaw just for the yearly deer, but if you have other animals to break down it is well worth the money. Plus you may be able to make a little money or meat by helping friends out.
     
  13. travlnusa

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Yes, I bone out my deer.

    The hogs will be the main use, and in time I might choose to do my own beef. I currently have beef done at the locker simply due to the size of the sides.

    Thanks again.
     
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    I do 5 hog a yr I have used the Northern band saw for cutting chops, shoulder steaks, breaking down ham ect for 10 yrs, I would not butcher without it, the grinder is too slow but the saw is good for the price.
     
  15. OkieDavid

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    I've got one that I picked up at an estate sale for $25.00. Never used it on deer as I debone for them. I have used the grinder attachment - pretty cheap/low end for that. Clogged easily and frequently. As to the bandsaw function - the only meat I've cut with it was slicing up some frozen Blue and Gold sausage.....worked like a charm for that.

    I figure I'll keep it around just to have for those rare "I sure wish I had a bandsaw" moments.
     
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    i quarter and de bone deer wknife. hogs i do are wild and usually not too large. i use dewalt cordless sawsall with bimetal blade (keeps bone meal down)
     
  17. simi-steading

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    I recently bought an old craftsman band saw at an estate sale with about 15 blades I plan to eventually use for meat cutting. No way was I going to use my old good saw... Nothing a pressure washer can't clean up after cutting. Got it cheap enough that I'm not worried about washing it down.
     
  18. big rockpile

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    Got to agree we had a Band Saw sold it went with just a Grinder.Love it.

    Never sawed Deer Bone anyway.

    big rockpile
     
  19. SkagitBrooms

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    We used to cut pork chops by hand, when I was a kid. We had a good butcher's hand saw. It didn't take very long at all to cut up pork chops - just some muscle and a good sharp blade. We cut up the chops and hams, then boned out the rest for sausage and bacon. If you have a new blade it's pretty slick.

    We bone all of our deer out. Make steaks & burger, sometimes a roast or two.
     
  20. Spotted Owl

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    If you want a saw go with a good saw. Biro, Hobart, Butcher Boy. You will be much more pleased. The older saw combos you speak of were much better than what they are now. Now they are crap. Watch the local list and keep a look out. We just recent found a Biro 22 for $200. It took a couple years to find it for a good price but patients paid off. Next we are looking at a big heavy slicer. But we pull down a couple steers, 3 or 4 big sows, countless deer/elk/bear a year. That is just us, the kids have friends that bring their stuff here also.

    A side note, if your gonna do this a weighted tape dispenser for 10 bucks is a huge convenience.

    If you don't have one I side with the folks here, get a good grinder first. It's a pain in the butt, but you can make do with a hand saw and rethink your cutting.



    Owl