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Chef's Choice 615A, Very happy!

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by SonnyE, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    So I finally "pulled the trigger" and got a new, genuine, meat and other stuff, slicer.
    Oddly enough, I had decided on this Chef's Choice 615 before I caught up with how many Friends here on SMF also enjoy their Chef's Choice as well.
    I ordered mine from Ebay. I use Ebay a lot anymore for the free shipping. I was really impressed by the shipping. Ordered Sunday, delivered Tuesday afternoon. o_O:)
    I unpacked it when I got home from an afternoon pick-up run.

    I cut up two chunks of Pork Loin last night while the Air Fryer was making Chicken Dinner.
    The pork loin was still frozen from the deep freeze. Why not throw it right into the fire?
    I was impressed right off when I clicked the switch on. Woo-Yoo! It runs continuously like a real slicer. And it runs quite quietly as well. Good first impression.

    Grabbed chunk one of Loin and sliced off ~1/4" slices (setting 4 on the knob) of my trimmed up Pork Loin. Wow! No grunt, no slow down, no noise or sound change at all. Away pealed the icy slab of gonna-be Jerky. I landed it on the catch tray.
    Carriage return, and slice another. Amazing! To say the least I was impressed based on what would happen if I attempted to cut this frozen meat by hand, or the old Krupp.
    I happily sliced away, the slicer staying stable on the counter, and one-handed slicing off slabs of Jerky cuts. With my now idle left hand, I caught the icy meat and layed it on the supplied tray, I learned to turn the tray 1/4 turn as the meat piled up and my chunks made a good tray full of meat to transfer to my vacuum marinading chamber.

    When transferring the meat, I realized some of it had begun to freeze back to the slices it was laying on. Yup, it was still freezing. And the 615A didn't even notice, it just sliced it right off.
    Needless to say, I am very happy with this new tool for the kitchen!

    So why get a new slicer for making Jerky? Well, that's only the beginning.... heh, heh, heh.
    I keep checking my local Sam's Club for slab's of Pork Belly, today I got to chat with the Butcher and he ordered a box of slabs and expects them tomorrow.
    Guess where Sonny's gonna be at 7 AM if he isn't towing a trailer? I could get real friendly with the Butcher, he's quite nice. He told me he didn't know why somebody had cut up the pork belly in the case like they did. About 1 inch thick pieces.
    He knows I want a slab to make bacon myself of.
     
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  2. Interesting I received my 615 yesterday and used it for the first time today to cut left over Roast beef for lunch. Like you did not move on counter and very quiet.
     
  3. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru ★ Lifetime Premier ★

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  4. I'd also consider picking up a non-serrated blade ($23) on Amazon and a sharpener if you want to cut tissue paper thin cured meats or for slicing cheeses. Serrated blades just don't do the same job.
     
  5. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    SE,Sounds like you have yourself a great slicer!
     
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  6. I'd also consider picking up a non-serrated blade ($23) on Amazon and a sharpener if you want to cut tissue paper thin cured meats or for slicing cheeses. Serrated blades just don't do the same job.
     
  7. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Hi Richie,
    I don't know, and actually it was advertised as a 615. So I didn't really know until it arrived it was a 615A.
    I'd bet the difference only amounts to the type of grease used. ;)

    I did read where the 610 and 615 model was the 615 has a more powerful motor and runs cooler.

    Here is a chart of different models: https://chefschoice.com/wp-content/uploads/QRGSlicers0518.pdf

    I almost suspect it's like Laundry Detergent. New! And Improved!
    The only thing I've seen new with Laundry soap in my lifetime is the bottles are getting smaller. (Less costs more)
    And there is a spout with a push button. (Which let's it drip and make a mess)

    All I am sure of is... I sure like mine!

    I stopped at Sam's Club on my way home hoping they got some Pork Belly in.
    They didn't. :( But I got to chat with the Butcher for a minute. He did order a box, but it will be in tomorrow.
    He didn't know who or why they sliced the pork belly they had into 1" pieces.
    Probably somebody who wants to be a butcher, but can't cut it. :p
     
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  8. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I've had a Chef's Choice for years, I think mine is a 645.
    I also have the smooth blade & the sharpener.
    You will want to get both.
    I also have a 12" Torrey commercial slicer, but 90% of the time I use the Chef's Choice.
    It is a real workhorse.
    Very well built & easy to clean. I use vasoline on the blade gear & the screw that spins the blade.
    Other than an occasional sharpening there is no maintenance.
    Al
     
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  9. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Al! I would prefer to ingest Vaseline over Lithium grease. Don't know why, as a kid Vasoline was a 'go-to' for chapped lips and other irritations. (Didn't work for Sister's though. Just made them madder.)

    I wanted to ask about the smooth blade. Is it more for paper thin slices? Like sandwich meats. :confused:
    Me being me, I wanted a smooth blade in case. But wasn't sure if it would be worth it to me.
    My intent was for Jerky meat, and Bacon (which I want to try making).
    But being a tool guy, having the recommended blades just seemed right to me.

    Why is it most Home Use slicers come with the serrated blades?

    Another irritation I'm beginning to realize is trying to find products that aren't already sliced. o_O
     
  10. Serrated blades don't dull as quick as the cutting edges are protected buy the serrations. Serrated blades also don't cut as nicely as a razor sharp plain edge blade. This is why you never or very rarely see chef's reaching for them.
     
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  11. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Yep, what Holly said!
    Al
     
  12. pc farmer

    pc farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I have a food grade grease I use on my stuffer and slicer. Not expensive either.
     
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  13. johnmeyer

    johnmeyer Master of the Pit

    Thoughts on lubricants and blades ...

    You certainly should NOT be using Vaseline. Here is the lubricant I bought:

    McGlaughlin Oil PETROL-GEL Lubricant, 4 oz

    It is food-grade lubricant for not much money ($7). I expect this amount will last the life of my 615.

    As for the non-serrated blade, I did buy one, but having used it for a few years, I would NOT recommend it. I don't think it does any better at slicing thin, and it is just one more expense. If there is a difference, it is really, really minor.
     
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  14. pc farmer

    pc farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    That's the stuff I have
     
  15. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Oh, yeah, I know it is edible, food grade lube, And like Food Grade Silicon Lube.
    But the amount smeared on the housing behind the blade should do me for lubing the carriage for a while. o_O

    The only serrated blades in our Hinkles set are the bread knife and sandwich knife.
    The wife claims the sandwich knife as her tomato knife. Gets pissed if I use it. Which is a very rare occasion. (I got the stink eye when I sliced open my biscuits with it last night. :( )
    I wish it had a place for my vegetable clever.
    I think I'll embed some rare earth magnets on the block to hold my veggi cleaver and my 10" cimeter. :rolleyes:
     
  16. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I am still using my old Rival, serrated blade. I have had that slicer since maybe the mid 1980's. But lately, I have been feeling the urge to replace it with something a tad larger. Being a LEM loyalist, I prowled the web for their Big Bite 8 1/2 inch model. While LEM lists it at $359, Home Depot has it for $279, free shipping to store. Unfortunately, their site has many slicer options as well as other goodies. Such a tough decision. So I will stick with the Rival for a while yet and think this through.
    https://www.homedepot.com/b/Applian...4&Ns=None&storeSelection=443,8488,410,467,486
     
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  17. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Ha, Ha, Sarge,
    My wife asked what I spent $149.00 on?
    I told her my new slicer.
    She said, "You spent 150 dollars on a slicer? Why?"
    "Because it was the one I wanted."
    End of discussion...

    I think if you want a LEM Big Bite to replace your Rival, then that is what you should get.
    Never have any doubts about making the right choice that way. And it would totally complement your other items in your meat kitchen.
     
  18. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    SonnyE thats they way I figure it as well. I have to say that their slicers look like they came from a clone factory regarding the base castings. I have researched specs on the look alike units and and noticed that wattage varies from one clone to another and most only have a 1 year warranty. Also look to see which site has a listing of repair parts. Very few do. I like the 5 year warranty LEM offers more than anything else.

    I looked at the Avantco models and they have a one year warranty for commercial use but if used for residential the warranty is void. Looked at Edge Craft, Globe, KWS and a few others. My pockets are somewhat shallow. On the LEM in the link, the photo of the slicer does not have the LEM name plate. Sent the link to LEM for verification. Also, the warranty is listed as 1 year. Better safe than sorry. The jury is deadlocked on this. Time will tell.
     
  19. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Wow, that 5 year sounds very reassuring!
    With a warranty like that, who needs parts? ;)

    The Chef's Choice is made by Edge Craft. It was as deep as I wanted to scrape the bottom of my shallow pockets too. I could afford meat, too.
    And a Cadillac compared to the plastic Krupp I was.. ahem, enjoying. :rolleyes:
    I'm pretty sure I won't wear one out.
     
  20. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    This is what I was looking at regarding Chefs Choice. Mo 615 listed but I agree the 615 is a fine unit and a good price (available on many sites). So here are the newer models: Still pondering. And too early to start drinking PBR to help in the process. To me, warranty is a very strong selling point, provided one is not paying more for a warranty than the product. Thus, looking at clones. In fact, two of the Chefs Choice slicers look like the LEM. Clonish, ain't it!
    https://chefschoice.com/food-slicers/
     
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