It’s a big 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 understand how it works. A skilled butcher should train an apprentice at first before they can use it confidently. There’s a lot that has to be considered when using this butcher equipment. The apprentice must understand the band saw structurally and learn how it works. Most large butcheries will have a floor standing band saw such as the Butcherquip Floor Standing Band Saw. Such a unit would be quite large weighing at 220 kilograms and very tall at 1.8 metres. The blade is 2845 millimetres long and 16 millimetres wide, plus the blade moves up and down with immense speed. It’s cast iron saw wheels and heavy duty scrapers on both wheels. The metal guides support the blades as well as the tension scraper assemblies keep the blade free from debris. Seeing such a piece of butchery equipment for the first time can create a sense of apprehension in a young apprentice.
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 demonstrate the apprentice how the blade moves along with the speed it moves it at. He has to be shown and understand how the metal guides and cast iron saw wheels operate. The movement of the machine must be analyzed and respected. At first, the apprentice must approach the band saw with wonderful caution when placing a piece of meat on the unit. With steady hands and slow movement he should move the meat closer to the blade, whilst maintaining his hands and fingers clear of the moving blade. Steadily, he should 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 capacity of this butchery equipment and they know how dangerous it can be if they lose their sense of consciousness when using it. When a butcher uses this machine, they must be one hundred percent focussed and not be distracted by anything at all. Safety has to be practiced every time one of these machines is used.