I'm looking to buy one less than $100 for slicing bacon and deli cuts of meat. I have no clue what to look for, however. Any help or recommendations you can provide would be greatly appreciated..
What the guys above say can be trusted. It took me a while but finally found a 12" Hobart for $300. It will be worth the wait. One big thing to consider is clean up.
The only thing I have to take off mine is the blade cover which come off by unscrewing one knob. That gets washed in the sink. The rest of the machine gets wiped down in place and takes less than 5 minutes because there are no nooks and crannies for stuff to hide.
Like said above. Be patient and watch craig's list everyday. I had a nice 12" IVEX that I sold 3 years ago that I never used. Now that I'm making bacon I wish I had held on to it. I finally scored a Berkel for 175.00. It didn't look anything like the picture. Was never maintained and the arm took a real man to slide it. I think I've finally got it working right. If you find one never use pam or any cooking oil on the slider rod and arm. Use mineral oil. Need to get another batch of bacon going to try it out. Good luck with your search.