Buying the Best Food Slicers for Your Cafe

October 3, 2011
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Vollrath 40800 - Electric Slicer, 12 Inch, Belt Driven, Heavy Duty, Automatic

 

If you own or operate a lunch cafe, deli or coffee shop, you probably have a pressing need for a quality slicer. Whether slicing meats, cheeses or vegetables, a good slicer is key to running an efficient and successful cafe. Of course, the differences between makes and models on the market are vast, and it’s often hard to know which one to choose for your operation. If you want to ensure that your cafe is operating at its peak, you need to find food slicers that are optimized for your particular kitchen. 

German Knife by Turbo Air GS-12LD - German Knife Slicer, Light Duty, 12 Inch Blade

 

One of the major distinguishing factors of commercial food slicers is whether they are manually or automatically operated. On an automatically operated slicer, the food surface will automatically reciprocate as fast as you want it to., which can mean incredible time savings when slicing large volumes of ingredients. If you’re opening a deli or a sandwich shop and you plan to cut your own meats, then an automatic slicer is the route to go. Compared to a manually operated slicer, you’ll see an astounding difference in the time it takes to complete slicing tasks. Of course, automatic models are more expensive than their manually-driven counterparts but it’s up to you to determine whether the amount of time saved is worth the extra investment in the equipment. 

Hobart Manual Slicer with 12 inch blade; Belt-driven

 

Another difference you’ll find between models of commercial food slicers is whether they are belt-driven or gear-driven. Again, there is a cost difference between the two, and the volume of work you’ll be using the slicer for will be a determining factor in which model you choose. The advantages of a gear-driven slicer are mainly in terms of reliability and maintenance. The belts that power a belt-driven slicer should require almost no maintenance other than regular cleanings and a bit of oil from time to time. If you’re doing a high volume of slicing on a daily basis, the extra cost of a gear-driven slicer will be worth it to you in the long run. 

The Edge Manual Food Slicer, 12 Inch Blade, 120 Volt

 

 

Lastly, consider the power of your food slicer’s motor. There are a variety of motors that you’ll find in commercial slicers, and you need to choose a model with enough power for your needs. The motor’s power will affect the speed of its operation, as well as the slicer’s longevity and reliability. You want to buy a slicer with a large enough motor so that it’s not straining to keep up day after day. After all, this extra stress could lead to a breakdown after extended periods of use. 

We have a BIG selection of commercial food slicers available on MissionRS.com, some of which qualify for FREE SHIPPING! Visit our selection today and thank you for choosing Mission Restaurant Supply! 

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