I was given this slicer years ago from the kitchen at work. Someone was told to clean it so they submersed it in the sink !. They gave it to me and said the blade was dull and the bearings were shot due to the water bath. I stuck in down cellar and forgot about it until awhile ago.The blade seems sharp as I sliced my finger open and didn't even know it until I saw red drops all over the work bench . (Duh!) The bearings definitely sounded bad so I tore it apart to either save or throw away. Its' a nice old Univex S12 model ,needs a good cleaning. I can't believe the motor didn't go bye -bye! After the tear down, motor bearings sound good but the pulley bearings are toast. Here is the culprit, nice rusty pulley bearings from being stuck in the sink ! Voila new slicer !(hopefully ) A little elbow grease on the clean-up and it will be good to go .