I recently restored a meat slicer from around the 1940s made by Berkel.
I say restored but it was mainly cleaning and repairing a few odds and ends. I am missing the tray that rests on the side that catches the cut product but i am going to make one on the as well as a replacement pusher plate or pusher plate cover still working out a design that wont end up with it being put into the blades.
the electical had seen some better days but at least all the components worked.
I bought the cutter for 150$ Canadian and oh boy was it dirty. The thing had what seemed to be 30 years of neglect baked onto the outside of it. I didn’t take many pics of the before and they are pretty nasty lol. I completely tore it down into its individual pieces excluding the pulleys for them i just cleaned and re packed the bearings as well as a good wash in the housing as well as the handful of petrified “meat” that had worked itself inside there over the years.
It took me 19-20 hours of scrubbing to get this thing tore down cleaned and put back together. And after a re wire and replacing a few springs it is back into proper working order.I sharpened the blade with the built in sharpener then took the edge to a mirror finish with my sharpening stones and a final polish.
Learned a lot about how a slicer works tho, and in hindsight i’m not really upset this place went out of business because i got a cheap slicer out of the deal and they are no longer cutting food on what was probably the nastiest thing I’ve touched in the last 20 years.