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Renco® Lean-Meater®

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Measure back fat in 10 seconds or less!

The Renco® Lean-Meater® is a truly unique device, giving direct electronic readings of backfat depth in big bright numbers. Proven accurate to within ± MM (.039) or 1 digit, this device can measure total thicknesses from 5-40 mm. It also has the ability to measure the third layer of backfat and will automatically detect the number of layers present and the display of the result.

The primary use is the measurement of back fat in swine for the determination of sow condition, gilt selection, quality and other genetic aspects. Other uses include fat measurement in cattle, sheep and other land animals, as well as blubber measurement in aquatic animals. (The Lean-Meater® is not intended for measurement of muscle tissue.)

This device can be thought of as an electronic ruler. Ultrasonic pulses sent into the animal are reflected back to the instrument from tissues of interest. The times until these echoes are received are translated into distances in mm. Measurements are non-invasive—no piercing of the skin with the consequent danger of infection. The animals are neither hurt nor irritated. The use of LED’s assures sharp, crisp, readings. Only the Lean-Meater® uses an LED display, which will operate over a wider range of temperatures and be more visible under adverse light conditions.

The instrument features rugged all-metal construction and a Nickel Metal Hydride (“green”) rechargeable battery, which does not need to be recycled. Battery charging and low power indicators are also provided.

What's In The Box:

  • Lean-Meater® Instrument
  • Probe
  • Probe Cable
  • Charger
  • Container for Coupling Fluid
  • Test Cylinder
  • Instructions


  • All solid-state computerized circuitry
  • Environmentally protected circuit board 
  • All-metal case
  • Measures back fat in 10 seconds or less
  • Signal given when measurement is complete


  • 4-35 mm (0.156" - 1.365") +/- 1 digit


  • 2-digit LED for thickness
  • 3 LED’s to indicate 1, 2 or 3 layers being measured
  • Battery charging LED


  • On/Off Push Button 

Power Supply:

  • Nickel Metal Hydride Battery

Battery Pack Life:

  • Approximately 2-4 years (1000 charges/discharges)

Operating Supply:

  • 6-10 hours on full charge
  • Recharge in 12-14 hours

Battery Charger:

  • 100-240VAC 50/60Hz .2A


  • 7" x 2.75" x 1"
  • Weight (Lean-Meater® Only) 12 oz.

Shipping Weight; Complete Package:

  •   1.87 lbs.
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