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maxmaggie

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02-07-2016 02:48 PM

hi,i was wondering if you can use a meat cutting bandsaw to cut wood.I have a suspision that you can’t because of blade speed could anybody elaborate.Thank’s in advance.


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#1 posted 02-07-2016 02:54 PM

I’ve actuallybeen wondering the same thing for a while, but never thought to ask….interesting qeustion.

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#2 posted 02-07-2016 03:04 PM

Band saws for wood run around 3,000 feet per minute, and for meat around 1,000. With that in mind I don’t know if the same level of construction goes into a meat saw, as far as guides, wheel balance, bearings, overall mass to minimize vibration etc. Also, having a perfectly flat table isn’t really necessary to cut meat and there is no way to add a fence easily. I’d say if you can get one for next to nothing it’s worth a shot knowing you’ll have to invest in pulleys. If you have to pay the same money as you would for a wood saw, I would just buy the wood saw.

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#3 posted 02-07-2016 03:10 PM

thank you dhazelton i kinda thought you coulld not.Thank’s for the advice.

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#4 posted 02-07-2016 04:09 PM

A friend was a butcher at one time in his life, but he also cut a lot of wood on his meat cutting saw. What I liked was the sliding table he had on his.

I butchered 4 elk on my woodcutting saw…. My biggest problem was the blade insert is a little wollered out some from 50+ years of abuse. The meat would follow the blade into the hole and not slide across the table. I then started cutting semi frozen meat, which eliminated that issue. ............ Jerry (in Tucson)

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#5 posted 02-07-2016 07:58 PM



A friend was a butcher at one time in his life, but he also cut a lot of wood on his meat cutting saw. What I liked was the sliding table he had on his.

I butchered 4 elk on my woodcutting saw…. My biggest problem was the blade insert is a little wollered out some from 50+ years of abuse. The meat would follow the blade into the hole and not slide across the table. I then started cutting semi frozen meat, which eliminated that issue. ............ Jerry (in Tucson)

- Nubsnstubs

I cut meat for years also…while basically the same saw, the functions and design are different (the meat saw over-engineered for wood cutting since it has to endure constant cleaning as it moves from poultry to beef to pork and never are they allowed to mix). If somebody was interested in sawing logs for coasters or something similar it would be perfect I think (picture a 15lb. pork loin cut into pork-chops or a short loin cut into T-bones and ask how they all come out the same thickness). Other than that I think it would work but would require “patience”. Now I don’t remember what length blades we used (width probably 3/4”) but they were made to cut meat so unless the standard sized blades (93 1/2”) used on a typical 14” bandsaw would fit a meat saw I think you would be stuck with the coarse meat blades.

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