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Forum topic by madts posted 01-19-2013 07:40 PM 1129 views 1 time favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2013 07:40 PM

OK guys I did it. Just before Christmas I bought one of these Smithfield hams, you know the salt cured kind. it was on sale and I just could not resist. As this is a 15 Lbs beast I though that the 14” trusty band saw was up to the job. I wanted to cut slices for beans etc. Now I have cut every thing through this saw and never had a problem. I have owned it 30 years. Well, after two 2” slices the shit hit the fan. The blade slid off. Too much fat!! I cleaned up the mess, and reinstalled the blade. Fired it up and started on the third slice and whoa and behold the top tire came off. WTF.

What I have learned from this. Use butchers.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 01-19-2013 08:02 PM

I could have told you that was a bad idea. An electric chain saw is the tool of choice for that job.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-19-2013 08:10 PM

A automatic assault rifle would work too. Try a AR15.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 01-19-2013 08:12 PM

Butchers use band saws. I bet they are set up differently , something to wipe the blade just below the table? Tires are probably glued or vulcanized to the wheels. And most importantly everything is made to be cleaned thoroughly every night and sterilized . I have seen old butcher shop bandsaws in home shops before, but I bet no butcher would use a woodworking bandsaw! I also think they saw frozen or semi frozen meat.
If anyone cold tell you how to cut meat on a woodworking band saw it would be deer hunters. Wonder if there is a “good ol boy” forum on cutting up a deer?

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#4 posted 01-19-2013 09:12 PM

meat cutting band saws have spring loaded fingers to scrape the blade above and below the cutting table (back before everything came to the store cut and wrapped cutting meat was a fast paced job and no time to keep cleaning the table when I was staring at 10 boxes of pork loins that had to get cut into 1/2” pork chops). Our old 1930’s Biro Bros used something that looked like MDF…probably a “no-no” now and I think our newer Hobart used a nylon scraper.

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#5 posted 01-20-2013 02:54 AM

OMG I can’t believe you did that! I can’t even imagine the mess but at least you didn’t lose any body parts. You probably already know that all that salty grease needs to be cleaned up as salt is really corrosive on bare metal. You pretty much made my night as I thought I was the only person who ever did stuff like that! Thanks for posting this one.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 01-20-2013 03:19 AM

Love me some Smithfield ham. Must be some slick stuff.
I can’t quit laughing. Sounds like something I’d try.
Yep another learning experience.
Hope you didn’t get saw dust on that ham.
On the bright side you gave your saw a good rust proofing.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#7 posted 01-20-2013 03:27 AM

Run that ham through your planer and make some ham salad.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#8 posted 01-20-2013 03:33 AM

If you cut it when its frozen you won’t have that problem. But then you have to refreeze before you run it through the planer to get uniform thickness. I sometimes put a nice edge on mine with a roundover bit on my router table. But guess what? You have to refreeze it first! All good woodworkers know that working with hard materials always produces the best results!

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#9 posted 01-20-2013 03:59 AM

I ham going to put all of you on my bad list. Just too funny. This was an experiment.!!!

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#10 posted 01-20-2013 01:21 PM

We laugh with you man. And never laugh at you. Thanks for sharing the experiment.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#11 posted 02-19-2013 04:27 AM

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#12 posted 02-19-2013 04:27 AM

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 03-15-2014 03:10 AM

We always have turkey . Can u cut turkey on a band saw ?

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#14 posted 03-15-2014 12:50 PM

Reminds me of when one of my hunting buddies shot a deer and hung it in his garage to age (you always hang it for a couple of days to age before butchering). Well, the weather turned cold and it froze solid… he had to butcher it with a sawzall. I wasn’t there, but he said it made a hell of a mess!

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#15 posted 03-15-2014 01:18 PM

Back when I wad in school a lady friend was a grad student in one of the research labs. They obtained the heart from a deceased circus elephant and then needed to slice it very thin in order to extract hemoglobin or some other damn thing needed for medical research. Ever see an elephant’s heart? She was a little thing and going at it for days with a butcher’s hack saw. I declined to help, but I did suggest that one of the local meat-cutters might save the day with a bandsaw.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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