Announcing the Newest Application for Whizard® Series II Trimmers: Removing Rind from Smoked Bellies

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The newest application for the Whizard® Series II Trimmer (Model 1400) from Bettcher Industries -- removing rind from smoked pork bellies -- is one that's perfectly suited to the tool's design. Using the trimmer, processors will improve their meat yields while reducing excess stress on the operator's hand and forearm.

In the typical processing operation, smoked bellies are run through a skinner to remove the hard rind. Since the bellies have a tapered shape, typically a portion of the rind is not successfully removed. A secondary operation using a straight knife to remove the remaining hard rind is commonly employed. As the bellies move down the production line, workers have just a few seconds to remove the rind.

Compared to the conventional practice of using a straight knife, the secondary rind-removing procedure is faster, more precise, and less fatiguing when using the Whizard® Series II Trimmer. Aided by the trimmer's special serrated circular blade running over 1,000 rpm, the rind-removing procedure is dramatically improved, thereby increasing meat yields and bottom-line profits.

Moreover, unlike straight-knife cutting, the rind-trimming procedure can be performed effectively and efficiently -- even by lesser-skilled operators -- when using the Whizard® Trimmer's adjustable depth gauge. This specially designed attachment enables the operator to remove the rind easily and accurately, without gouging into the lean. By preventing the blade from cutting too deeply into the belly, the depth gauge acts as a highly effective yield protector, thereby allowing the operator to focus on rapid rind removal operation.

Series II Trimmers from Bettcher Industries incorporate a variety of patented elements that enhance operator productivity, ergonomics, comfort and safety. These advancements make them markedly superior to older-generation designs. For example, all Series II handpieces feature a contoured handle to reduce grip force and torque momentum. Operators can choose from five handle sizes that are easily interchangeable. The handles are color-coded by size for easy identification, and are very comfortable -- even during periods of extended use.

A hand-strap provides operators with added control if desired, while the flex-shaft/casing attaches to the handpiece with a simple two-action motion.

The Whizard® Series II Trimmer's blade/housing interface generates less "chatter" and heat for reduced vibration, thereby improving worker operating conditions. An enhanced gear mesh design contributes to smoother blade operation, while better proximity to the built-in steeling device button makes steeling blades on the production line quicker and more convenient.

The highly effective performance features of Whizard® Series II Trimmers are designed to meet the continually evolving procedures required of the meat, poultry and fish processing workforce. They add a new degree of worker safety and comfort, along with generating higher meat yields and productivity.

Established in 1944, Bettcher Industries is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative precision cutting tools for food processing operations, with sales and service operations in more than 50 countries worldwide. For more information about the Whizard® Series II line, call (440) 965-4422, e-mail your request to marketing @, or visit

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