At the end of the day disassemble the machine and
thoroughly clean the cutting plates and disks. Carefully
inspect each part for strings of vegetables that may not
have washed off.
This machine has parts that must be oiled daily to
prolong the life and efficiency of the machine.
Electric sawing machines (fig. 4-12) are used
mainly for cutting chilled, frozen, and smoked meats
into steaks and chops. It is important to know that meat
can be cut more uniformly by machine when there is still
some frost in the boneless piece.
The saw is made to revolve by a mechanical
arrangement of two wheels and an electric motor. The
table on which the meat is laid is constructed so that you
can cut the meat to any desired size. The saw blades
themselves are five-eighths of an inch wide and about
10 feet long.
Before operating the saw, you must tighten the blade
using only one hand to apply just enough tension to keep
it from slipping. Feed the meat straight through giving
Figure 4-12.Electric sawing machine.
the blade a chance to cut. Do not force. Use only sharp
blades. Dull blades may heat up, twist, and break.
The electric meat cutter is a dangerous piece of
equipment. A great deal of care is necessary to avoid
injury when you operate this machine. There are seven
safety precautions that should be observed when you are
operating the meat saw:
l Always wear safety glasses or impact goggles
when using the saw.
. Before you cut the meat, make sure the right
amount of tension is on the saw blade. There should be
no flexibility whatsoever. The feel of the saw blade will
be solid when the right amount of tension is applied.
. Meat being sawed should be placed firmly
against the sliding tray guide with enough pressure to
maintain a uniform thickness of the slices.
. Never use unnecessary force when cutting (sawing)
meat. It is possible to break the blade and cause serious
injury to yourself or others from flying pieces of metal.
. Always make sure the guide is securely tightened
after the adjustment for the thickness of the meat slices
has been determined. Set the blade guide 2 inches above
. Always keep your hands on the part of the meat
that is most distant from the saw blade.
. Make sure the blade guard is in place at all times
except when cleaning.
Care and Cleaning
The revolving wheels have grease chambers. Pack
them frequently. Keep the machine clean. Oil it at least
once a week. Always wash and sanitize the machine
properly after each use or after every 4 hours of
continued use. Use hot soapy water to wash the machine
and rinse it with hot water (170°F). Do not drip water
on the electric motor.
The electric meat chopper is used to chop or grind
all meats (cooked or raw) and to prepare bread crumbs
from leftover bread and toast. The meat chopper is
portable and maybe placed where it is needed most. It
should be placed on a sturdy stand within easy reach of
an electric outlet.
Usually a 3/8-inch plate is used for grinding meat.
The use of a 3/16-inch plate for such grinding puts too
much pressure on the grinder. The cutting edge of the