RE: [Histonet] Re: Bone Saws

From:"Ford Royer"

The footprint of Isomet units that I have dealt with are approximately
24-26" square and 12-14" high with the lid closed.  They do take up a fair
amount of bench space, but they can be set on a separate table (i.e. 36" x
36") which most of my customers have done. This works well to free up bench
space and also allows for "head room" when the lid is open... which requires
another couple of feet above the instrument. They also have some weight to
them... ~ 50 lbs.

Ford M. Royer, MT(ASCP)
Histology Product Manager
Minnesota Medical, Inc.
7177 Madison Ave. W.
Golden Valley, MN 55427-3601
CELL:  612-839-1046
Phone:  763-542-8725
Fax:  763-546-4830

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Robert
Sent: Friday, October 05, 2007 12:38 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Re: Bone Saws

That Buehler Isomet low speed saw may be seen at:

I've never seen one of these, and don't know what they cost. What's
its footprint - how much table space will it take up?

A continuing medical education program I did about eight years ago
recommended an electric scroll saw, $100 to $200 at major hardware
outlets. I've never seen one in use, but one problem with it is its
large footprint.

The electric band saw is the queen of battle, but much too dangerous
for routine use.

I've liked MOPEC's "Sawbones" - a double bladed hacksaw with a vise -
but at $500 it's not a toy the red haired stepchild can have.

Few pathology services I work in possess any hand saws, but usually
have a Stryker oscillating saw left over from the days when they did
autopsies. I won't use a Stryker saw for loose specimens, but many
people do.

I still use the Civil War era Satterlee amputation saw when I can get
one, and a hardware store hacksaw when I can't. (I've twice seen Civil
War hospital re-enactments with a Satterlee saw as part of their kit.
Chrome plated, of course.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist and antiquated sawbones
Knoxville TN

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