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suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Meat slicer
« on: December 18, 2010, 07:15:49 pm »
What are people's thoughts and recommendations about bacon slicers?

We have got through a couple of second hand ones from eBay and, as a result, have decided that we need to get a new one really.

Can't really afford big name ones like Berkel and Omega.

Anybody got any ideas/recommendations?

Susanna
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robert waddell

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Re: Meat slicer
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2010, 07:23:57 pm »
northern tools do two slicers thats where we got ours very good

suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: Meat slicer
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2010, 07:37:59 pm »
Thanks Lilian

Looks very reasonable and well within the price bracket I am looking at.

There's a review on the website about poor after-sales service....... but no negative comments about the machine itself :-))

Did you have any problems?

Susanna
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robert waddell

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Re: Meat slicer
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2010, 07:40:55 pm »
none

Eve

  • Joined Jul 2010
Re: Meat slicer
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2010, 11:40:22 pm »
We managed to get a Berkel 800S for £245 on ebay fairly recently - it worked after changing the fuse and needed 2 days of cleaning to get rid of the fossilised meat rests (was cleaning screws with bits of kitchen towel over the tip of a sharp knife), but it was so worth it!

Hilarysmum

  • Joined Oct 2007
Re: Meat slicer
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2011, 08:18:07 am »
Definitely go for the biggest one you can afford / find/

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Meat slicer
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2011, 09:46:47 am »
I've just been on a course run by QMS on direct meat sales. There were a number of butchers and they said by Berkel or Hobart secondhand rather than cheap makes new.

Billy Rhomboid

  • Joined Sep 2010
Re: Meat slicer
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2011, 07:48:06 pm »
I have burntout three cheaper slicers motors and finally bought a secondhand Berkel off Ebay - if you can afford to bide your time you can get a proper bargain now and then. Be prepared for much cleaning/shuddering at food hygiene standards, as mentioned previously. I bought mine from an old people's home that was closing down. looking at the meat slicer I couldn't help wondering if all the residents had died of food poisoning.

robert waddell

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Re: Meat slicer
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2011, 07:55:36 pm »
the thing to remember with this type of equipment  is the motor is not that big and you cant force it that much  as is true with most electrical eqp :wave:

suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: Meat slicer
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2011, 06:20:47 pm »
We got a Northern Tools one in the end and it's been fine.

We only use it for slicing bacon and so it only gets used each time I make a batch.

I have also acquired an old manual one from my Dad which must weigh at least seventy kilos. I understand they used to construct the machines on the premises - not designed to be moved.

It's a Berkel..... of course. Must be at least 60 years old.

It still works beautifully but needs a pretty hefty stand to get it operational.
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VSS

  • Joined Jan 2009
  • Pen Llyn
    • Viable Self Sufficiency.co.uk
Re: Meat slicer
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2011, 09:41:38 am »
No idea what make ours is, but it is huge - came from a bakery that was closing down. Paid £50 for it. Same at the ones that they used to have on all the deli counters 25 years ago.
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