Rival meat slicers

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by floridasteve, Aug 27, 2015.

  1. floridasteve

    floridasteve Smoking Fanatic

    I see slightly used Rival meat slicers on Craig'slist fot $50. Any have one of these? Are they any good? Or am I better off with a good electric knife? Looking to slice beef, pork and turkey for sandwiches.
  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  3. I have what I would call an entry level meat slicer.    I'm at work so can't check the brand, but I'd bet it something similar to Rival.    Comparable cost anyways.     This is the kind with the metal blade but the plastic housing.   A button on the top you have to hold for power, and a plastic tray and 'meat pusher' to keep the meat going against the blade.    I bet I got it for $50 or so 12-15 years ago.

    I only use it a couple of times a year, likely because it is put away and its a moderate clean up job.   I've used it to slice big boneless hams sliced into 8ths.   Beef roasts for sandwiches, etc.     It does a fine job.    Says it will also slice bread....ummm...no.    Cheese...never tried it, but I think it would waste a lot of cheese.

    So my long winded answer is that mine works and does what it says it will do.    It slices meat thinly or thickly.   But it also occasionally jumps its track (1-2 times slicing a whole ham).   And you have to take it apart fully to clean.  (I imagine you do this with any meat slicer, but there may be ones with a better design for it).     So since it does what it is supposed to do I have not bothered to replace it with a more expensive model.

    When I do replace it, I suspect I will not buy a $300+ model.    But I do think I will fork out the extra $50 or so to get one where all the parts are metal.    Maybe it won't be any more secure than my plastic one, but I am hoping it will be.

    If I lived in the U.S. and was buying one today, I think I might look at one like this.

    Yes, its $105 and not $50 (but maybe you could find one used), but its also not $300+.   Obviously you get what you pay for, and a pricey model might be way better.   But for my occasional home use, a lower end one is just fine.    The thing about this one is that it seems to have almost all metal parts.    The housing is metal, the food pusher is, and the tray the meat sits on is as well.    And I like that bar system that it glides on.   You see the kind where it just sits in a groove on a flat deck, but that's what I have and it slips out.    But that round bar seems better.

    Good luck and let me know what you end up going with.   I'll be interested to see how whatever you get works out, so that I can make my decision in a year or two.   :)
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I had the plastic rival slicer... It sliced ham "bricks" well.... would not slice bacon or cheese.... would not slice meat thinly enough for sandwiches... like a beef roast...
  5. floridasteve

    floridasteve Smoking Fanatic

    These have al been advertised as stainless steel, but that's a guest ion I will ask if I decide to pursue and of them. Ads don't even mention sale of blades. Emailed a couple last night asking, not no replies yet.

    Thanks Dave for your input!
  6. floridasteve

    floridasteve Smoking Fanatic

    Just for the heck of it I called on one of those slicers that had been advertised on Craig's List a month ago for $50. I said if still had it, I'd pay $25 and come pick it upright now. It is sitting on my counter :). They told me it had only been used twice, and it looks like it. All metal -- can find no plastic parts.

    I know not much of a slicer, but for $25, I can't go too wrong. Smoking a London broil this evening, along with a rib eye steak which we'll have for dinner. Tomorrow I'll try out the slicer on the London. Thin slices for sammies!
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2015
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like you got a good one.... Thumbs Up....Thumbs Up

    This is the one I used to use, and still have in some closet....

    Last edited: Sep 5, 2015
  8. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How 'bout some pics, Steve?
  9. floridasteve

    floridasteve Smoking Fanatic

  10. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice....... Dave
  11. floridasteve

    floridasteve Smoking Fanatic

    I did a London Broil yesterday evening at the same time as I did a large Rib Eye Steak for dinner. Both were about the same thickness so I figure they take about the same time, even though the London was two pounds and the rib eye only one. I eas correct. Pulled them both at 135.

    I stuck the London in the fridge overnight and I just finished slicing it up with the new slicer. It worked like a champ!

    And it tastes as good as it looks!
  12. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ya done good, Steve!

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