Cut Meat Like a Pro: Best Meats Saws
KitchenWare Station Meat Band Saw
Our Rating: [usr 5.0]
|1 Free Replacement Italy Band Saw Blade|
|Wattage/HP||3800W / 5 HP|
More and more people, are buying meat “on the bone” and directly from farms that don’t process meat in the modern way. It’s not just domestic customers either, restaurant chefs have a long history of buying meat that’s been grown locally too.
By purchasing locally, and from a farm that doesn’t process meat, you’ll be sure that it comes exactly as nature intended, without any chemicals or water added. Of course, there’s one major problem you’ll be to solve.
You’ll have to butcher it!
Butchering meat allows you to have complete control over where your meat comes from. This is the reason why so many Michelin Stared chefs like to do it! It’s also important if you’re a keen hunter, and regularly bring your kills home for dinner.
Choosing A Meat Saw
Meat saws, are specifically designed to cut through meat and bone. Their blades are far more aggressive than most, with angled and sharp teeth designed to rip apart, as much as it cuts.
There’s also a choice between manual and electric too. For many people, manual will work just fine, especially if you’re a hunter who kills infrequently; however, the chefs out there might need to invest in an electric saw, depending on how many guests they service.
In this review, we’re gonna look at 2 meat saws, a standard manual one, and an electric one. Both are high quality items, and will work perfectly for the professional and amateur butcher alike.
KWS B-310 Electric Meat Saw
KWS is a brand that we’ve tested before. They’re especially known for their chef’s range of electric appliances, and that includes meat slicers and saws too.
The B-310 isn’t so much an entry level saw, as it is a true commercial appliance. It costs well over $1000, so you’ll need to make sure you’re going to be getting the full use from it.
- 5HP Motor.
- Aluminium body.
- Solid saw blade.
- CE certified for European use.
The first thing we noticed about the KWS, is just how powerful it is. This isn’t a basic consumer grade meat saw, this is definitely the real deal. That solid saw blade makes short work of meats, and the entire body speaks of quality.
There are many adjustable parts on the KWS, so reading the manual is a prerequisite, even for us! It’s important to know that this is a commercial appliance, so takes half an hour to setup properly.
One thing we did notice during out test, was that the saw does use a fair bit of power. The motor is rated at 1100 Watts, and did trip our main power box once or twice, especially when cutting thick ribs. On the positive side, this only happened when really pushing the saw it its limits, and for chefs who have upgraded power in their kitchens, you should be fine.
Pros: A true commercial grade saw, highly recommended for chefs and regular hunters.
Cons: Costs well over $1000, so you’ll need to be sure you can get the use from it.
Weston Butcher Saw
Our Rating: [usr 4.4]
|Replacement Blades Available|
|High Impact Handle|
To be honest, when butchering an animal carcass, you’ll really need a manual saw to go with any electrical version. That’s because the manual saw is required for all those areas where the electric saw just won’t fit.
It’s for this reason, that most chefs and hunting enthusiasts like to purchase the best saw they can, after all, it’s something they’ll be using a lot!
The Weston Butcher Saw, is a well make blade, with all parts constructed with stainless steel. It’s available in 16, 22 and 25-inch blades, making for a versatile range of saws.
As for us, we’re sticking with the 22-inch blade for this test, as it’s just about right for butchering.
- Stainless steel frame.
- Easy blade changing.
As a dedicated meat saw, the blade on the Weston easily carved through meat and bone. Even on unfrozen and fresh items, it could cut through with reasonable ease.
The handle is comfortable, and unlike many other types of blade, being made from high impact plastic is a blessing for food hygiene. There’s a separate handle underneath, which is used to release the blade when changing. One top tip that we discovered early on, was to reverse the blade to allow the saw to cut on the reverse stroke. This isn’t compulsory, yet some people prefer it.
Pros: A sharp saw that’s well made and easy to use. Blade is reversible, and it makes short work of game.
Cons: None, just make sure you purchase the 22-inch or 25-inch saw. The 16 is just too small for most jobs.