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Waring Pro Food Slicer?

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Does anyone have any information or experience regarding the Waring Pro "Professional Quality" Food Slicer? It appears sturdy and well made with no plastic parts. Any advice? Thanks.

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  1. Do you have a link to a pic? I don't know offhand if it's the same model, I have a metal Waring that might be good for some specific purpose (unkown to me), but as a general purpose kitchen slicer, it was a waste of (not a little) money. Loud as hell, too-deeply-serrated a blade for cutting very thin slices of anything, and the all-metal construction means it doesn't fold up and slide away quietly - it's a space hog. Rather a PITA to clean, too.

    If I were buying a new one, I'd be looking at the folding plastic sort - Braun used to make one that looked good when I bought mine (10 years ago?), but I too was seduced by the call of the metal...

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    1. re: MikeG

      The Rival I bought for 29.99 was plastic and the adjustment for how thin i wanted the meat sliced, slipped it was a white dial I ended up with thick cut meat. And if you read my reply below, the metal one was a waste of money too. The Gear stripped after one use. the gear and the teeth on it were hard plastic and wore out. What a disappointment.

      1. re: Motejzik

        I also have a Rival slicer which I bought c. 1980. It appears to be identical to the current model now sold. It's not perfect nor precision and it's far from the equivalent of a professional machine. It's noisy and it's slow. But for occasional use of thinly slicing a ham, salami, Swiss cheese or a head of cabbage, it's been just fine in my experience.

    2. I have a Krups that I haul out once or twice a year. It is plastic and I got it in a thrift shop. I have to figure out how to assemble it each time I use it but it is easy to clean and does a great job. Amazon has one in Chrome for about $69. I got mine for about $10 sometime ago at that trhift shop.

      1. It all depends on what you plan on slicing or eating. Anything tougher than Spam planned?

        1. I looked at the WaringPro but rejected it after seeing the display in a big box store. The blade had been removed to make the display safe. The works or mechanism driving the blade was mostly plastic. I was not very impressed, because some of these parts may wear out sooner rather than later.
          Instead, I'm looking for a manual slicer, metal parts, on the used market.

          1. the "PLASTIC" gear that drives the blade wore out after only a few uses on my nearly new Waring Pro "Professional Quality" Food Slicer (FS150). NOT happy. All I sliced was cooked ham.

            1. I have never seen an affordable "home" electric slicer that was worth the bother. There were metal crank operated slicers available in the sixties that did a decent job - assuming you had three hands. They were a bitch to clean. I don't know whether such things exist today.

              If you want an electric slicer that works, you need one of the huge, expensive professional machines. They are still a bitch to clean.

              In short, if you want your meat, cheese, or whatever sliced thinner than you can slice it by hand, buy it that way.