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Head Cutting & Gutting Machine

Main Benefits

  • Multi-species.
  • Throughput: 40/50 fish/min.
  • Wide working range.
  • Precise straight or oblique head cut for optimum yield.
  • Gutting vacuum system. 
  • Ergonomic design and safe handling.
  • Easy access to internal components for maintenance and cleaning.
  • 1 operator: Minimum labor cost.

This machine processes...

Saithe, pollack, cod, haddock, hake, gilthead sea bream, sea bass, basa catfish, Nile tilapia, halibut, arrowtooth flounder, redfish and other morphologically similar species.

The JOSMAR JM-450 has been specially designed for head cutting and gutting whitefish and similar species efficiently, both onboard fishing vessels and onshore factories.


  • Applications:
    • Whitefish: Cod, hake, haddock, saithe, pollack.
    • Aquaculture fish: Gilthead sea bream, sea bass, Nile tilapia, basa catfish.
    • Flatfish: Halibut, Arrowtooth flounder.
    • Redfish: Redfish.
  • Throughput: 40/50 fish/min.
  • Working range: From 300 up to 800 mm of total length.
  • Fish thickness: Max. 120 mm.
  • Head cutting knife:  Ø 400 mm.
  • Type of cut: Straight or oblique, according to the required angle.
  • Guts extraction system: Equipped with a toothed drag wheel and a vacuum system to suck up the guts.
  • Guts collection tank: Equipped with an integrated cleaning system.
  • Manufacture: Aisi-316 stainless steel, corrosion-resistant materials and food-grade plastics.
  • Security: Provided with an emergency stop device. CE marking.
  • Operators: 1 person.


Optional equipment:

  • Working platform: Adjustable in height and lateral arrangement, according to the installation needs.
  • Vacuum gutting system: Available with or without vacuum gutting system.

Available versions:

  • Electric or hydraulic.

The main feature of the JOSMAR JM-450 Heading & Gutting Machine is its simple operation.


  • The operator places the fish on top of the loading tray, with the head facing to the right and the belly towards the cutting knife and pushes the fish to the conveyor belt. The machine has a guiding device that allows the operator to position the fish precisely where the blade will cut the head. Depending on how the operator places the fish, the cut may be transverse or oblique, depending on the angle required.
  • Following, the fish is dragged by a conveyor belt and a double-toothed belt, which transport it in a controlled way to the rotating blade, where a straight and precise cut is performed, and the head is separated from the fish trunk. Fish head falls through a chute, and the conveyor and the double toothed belts carry the fish trunk towards the gutting section of the machine.
  • The gutting system is equipped with a toothed drag wheel and a vacuum system to suck up the guts. When the fish trunk arrives at the guts extraction point, the vacuum sucking system is activated by means of a mechanical device. The guts are sucking up through a pipe placed just in front of the open belly cavity of the fish. The pipe is connected with the accumulation tank.
  • Guts collecting and accumulating tank is equipped with a cleaning system. When the tank is full, a pilot light comes on, the machine stops, and the operator proceeds to empty the guts accumulated through a hatch and a drain valve. The vacuum is generated with a Vacuum Pump, which one is connected with the guts collecting tank
  • Around 40/50 fish per minute can be processed by a single operator, as long as the machine receives a continuous supply.
  • Its ergonomic design allows operating this machine easily and safely.
  • A robust machine that allows a reliably work in demanding environments such as fish processing plants.

Throughput rate(*):40/50 fish/min.
Working range:From 300 mm up to 800 mm of total length.
Fish thickness:120 mm.
Knife:Ø 400 mm.
Operators:1 person.
Measures (LxWxH):1452 x 880 x 1490 mm.
Packaging (LxWxH):1550 x 1100 x 1700 mm
Net weight:334 Kg.
Gross weight:420 Kg.
Housing and structure.Aisi-316 stainless steel, and corrosion-resistant materials and food-grade plastics.
Drag pulleys and high-density polyethylene tensioners.

Knife:Special high-strength steel.
Fish transport system:By double toothed belt.
Water:3-4 l/min.
Water pressure:2-3 bar.
Machine drive:Electric gear motor, 1,1 kW
Vacuum pump drive:Electric motor, 5,5 kW
Total power:6.6 kW
Machine drive:Hydraulic motor.
Hydraulic oil flow:25 l/min.
Maximum operating pressure:85 bar.
Vacuum pump drive.Electric motor.
Total power:5,6 kW
(*) It depends on the fish condition and the operator skill.





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