[Histonet] Heavy duty bones saw

From:Gayle Callis

Some research laboratories use shop band saws and modify them for bone 
work.   The drawback, you need to do something to contain the aerosol 
sprays and bone dust, plus use a device to hold the bone so YOU are not the 

Fixing the bone a few hours in NBF helps with sawing, you can grip bones 
better after a bit of fixation as this seems to make a fatty bones/tissues 
less slick.  It is a good idea to hold big bones between two pieces of wood 
for griping sample and not damaging the blade.  You need to have 16 tpi or 
16 teeth per inch for a very fine cut or you will tear the heck out of the 
bone/tissue/marrow cavity.

For really large bones, we also used a hand held hack saw with tungsten 
blade,  very crude but works to get a huge bone smaller then use MarMed. 
Still a bit messy but containable.  Check out some of the water cooled 
Buehler units, but these are very pricey.

We had a huge floor standing meat cutters saw (Hobart) that we could water 
cool but this is a monster, and was located in a separate room with a drain 
in the floor.

At 08:52 AM 11/11/2005, you wrote:
>I would also be interested in a heavy duty band saw since I work with large
>human bones.  When I looked into the Mar-Med I felt it was not sturdy or
>large enough to meet my lab needs.
>I also would appreciate any suggestions.
>Peggy DiCarlo HT (ASCP)
>Orthopedics Bone Lab
>Buffalo General Hospital
>100 High St.
>Buffalo, NY  14203
>-----Original Message-----
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>[mailto:histonet-bounces@lists.utsouthwestern.edu]On Behalf Of Temple
>Sent: Friday, November 11, 2005 08:47
>To: histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.edu
>Subject: [Histonet] Bone Saw
>We are currently using a bone saw made by Mar-Med. We do a lot of bones, and
>are in need of a heavier duty bone saw. We have had to replace the motor
>twice this year on the Mar-Med. Any suggestions?
>St. Francis Hospital
>Indianapolis, In
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Gayle Callis
Research Histopathology Supervisor
Veterinary Molecular Biology
Montana State University - Bozeman
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