• Model W

Model W Slicer

Efficient French Style Bean Cutter

  • Accepts blanched round or flat pod beans measuring 3” (76.2 mm) in length or longer.
  • Features continuous operation for uninterrupted production.
  • Contains stainless steel, manganese aluminum bronze, and aluminum product contact parts.
  • Simple changeover of circular knife spindle.


The Urschel Model W Bean Slicer produces excellent french style cuts from round pod beans. This machine also produces attractive cuts from other pod bean varieties. The Model W features continuous operation for uninterrupted production and simplified design for easy cleanup and maintenance.

Machine Specs

82.00" (2083 mm)
38.75" (984 mm)
57.75" (1467 mm)
Net Weight:
1016 lb (461 kg)
5 HP (3.7 kW)

Dimensional Drawing

Operating Principle

Model W Slicer

  1. Blanched beans enter the feed hopper in a uniform flow from a distribution belt or elevator, and slide by gravity into a rotating feed cylinder [ 1 ].
  2. The feed cylinder consists of a number of narrow parallel rings, uniformly spaced to permit beans to drop between sides of the rings onto a high speed belt [ 2 ] below.
  3. After beans have reached the feed belt, they are further straightened by the oscillating motion of parallel guides [ 3 ] which correspond to the spacing of the feed cylinder rings. This important final straightening of the beans is achieved by continuously varying the spacing of the guides from wide to narrow as the beans are carried toward the circular knives. The oscillating action of the guides helps to keep the variable openings between the guides from plugging.
  4. Beans are projected endwise from the feed belt into the cutting head, which consists of a circular knife spindle [ 4 ],
  5. stripper plate assembly [ 5 ],
  6. and stationary knife [ 6 ].
  7. Accurately spaced circular knives mesh with corresponding slots in the cutting roll [ 7 ]. The surface of the cutting roll is fluted to insure positive feeding of the beans through the circular knives. The beans, cut lengthwise by the circular knives, are removed from between the knives by the stripper plate and guided into a horizontal stationary knife. Beans enter the stationary knife at high speed, causing them to be cut through the center at right angles to the cuts made previously by the circular knives. Cut beans are then discharged from the machine.

Types of Cuts

Circular Knife Cuts

Circular knife spaced centers of 5/32" (4 mm), 3/16" (4.8 mm), and 1/4" (6.4 mm) on round pod beans.