Good value slicer

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by lookwow, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. lookwow

    lookwow Smoke Blower

    Looking to get a food slicer and wonder what you guys recommend. Really dont want to spend a ton of money on it as its not something i use every day. I want it for cutting up my bacon and maybe some hams and briskets.
     
  2. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I found a nice one still in the box at a garage sale for 5 bucks and I use it all the time..There are some that you can buy for around 100 bucks that will do the job you are looking for. Try Sams club Amazon or Ebay...It would be nice to have one of those Meat Market slicers but that just ant gona happen for me...
     
  3. You can also check Craigslist for used ones.
     
  4. lookwow

    lookwow Smoke Blower

    I saw NT had one for like 120 that looked good. Do you think a 7/12 blade will be bign enough?
     
  5. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Thats what mine has on it..I do not slice real big stuff like whole Ham`s...or Butts...
     
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  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'm in the same boat as you and only need to slice every other month or so. I have done a bunch of research and think this is the way I will go. Good reviews and I have a knife sharpener from them and am satisfied...JJ  
     
  8. rob989_69

    rob989_69 Meat Mopper

    I've got an Old Rival currently. Same size blade as the one Chef Jimmy posted above. Does an ok job. BUT, if you're doing bacon form whole bellies, or pastrami from whole briskets, it simply doesn't cut it, no pun intended. The meat is too large to fit without cutting it into smaller pieces. Not a huge deal for bacon as I usually cut whole stips in half anyway. But when doing pastrami, ham, turkey, it's a real pain. I'm in the market for something in the 10" - 12" range. 

    Keep an eye on craigslist, I look every day. Slicers similar to the one above are on there all the time for $50 or less. I picked mine up for $20 about a year ago. You can get the bigger commercial kind for $300+ all day, once in a great while you'll find a real deal on one, which is what I'm waiting for. I did find one decent one new,   It's expensive no doubt, and I'm sure it's not as good as the Globe/Hobart etc ones but for the size and price it's not bad, and reviews are pretty decent.

    Good luck!
     
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Rob, I thought about that one as well, it looks nice. The only issue I see is the Carriage will require tools to remove it for thorough cleaning. This may be rectified with a trip to the Hardware store...[​IMG]...JJ
     
  10. lookwow

    lookwow Smoke Blower

    thanks for the info guys. Ya 300 is just more then i really want to spend. I figure ill only use it maybe once every 3 months at the most. But the last thing i want to do is buy one that is to small and then end up not using it and have to spend the money anyways on a bigger one. Learned that lesson on smokers :) I dont mind slicing the bellies in half as i usually do that anyways but ya if the slide isnt big enough i can see that being a pain.
     
  11. bigfish98

    bigfish98 Smoking Fanatic

    Amazon also has a 10 inch version of this slicer for about 100 less right now.  Still a lot of money but much more reasonable.

    Bigfish
     
  12. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep, depends on how you use it.

    My little plastic Krups gift got me by for general kitchen duty.

    For more serious work, be sure you have enough throw for your intended purposes.

    Also, many of the cheaper ones come with a serrated type blade, which is fine for some purposes.  For finer slicing in some applications you will want a non-serrated blade.  Be sure one is available for your model if it does not come with one.

    See one hands-on if possible.  They vary greatly in size, weight, and ease of breakdown for thorough cleaning.  Not to mention quality of construction, functionality, and durability.

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  13. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This is the route I took and scored a nice Globe slicer..http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/98412/new-to-me-slicer

    It is a little clumbsy to move from the kitchen to the pantry but it really does a bang up job on bacons, pastramis, etc.. and is simple to clean. Keep your eyes open, especially in this economy.
     
  14. genek

    genek Smoke Blower

    I got the Waring FS150 at Lowes for around $70 several years ago, now Amazon has that one for $79 with free shipping. Like others I only use mine for bacon or summer sausage  type stuff every few weeks. Works great and cleans easily.

    GeneK
     
     
  15. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Yup..

    I got my huge Berkel from ebay for 300 and now have the 7 incher in a box out in the shed.

    I bought a 3 tier metal commercial cart from wally world to put it on and store a bunch of other related items..vac stuff,REVEO, sharpener...etc.

    I was very happy to get rid of the counter sliding, hanging up small guy.. If anybody close by wants it I will sell it.

     
  16. rob989_69

    rob989_69 Meat Mopper

    Chef Jimmy, yeah, I noticed that. Ideally I'll find one on CL and get the best of both worlds. Unfortunately as far as I've found, that is the cheapest 12" slicer you can get new.

    Bigfish, I looked at that and may end up going that route. I just need to see a 10" model first hand. It's hard for me to gauge based on blade size alone. For my purposes I'd be perfectly happy with a 7.5" blade but a slide that moves enough to accommodate a 10"-12" pork belly. Problem is I don't think those exist. 
     
  17. sound1

    sound1 Smoking Fanatic

    I love the Chef's choice 667, and have both the smooth and serrated (makes slicing bread a breeze) blades. It has done about anything I have asked of it. 
     
  18. krash

    krash Newbie

    Check Cabela's or Bass Pro. That's where I got mine.
     
  19. You might want to check out the review of the review of the Chef Choice 615 looks like it can handle the larger meat and price appears reasonable.
     

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