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Prairie Smoke
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15 09 6:39 am    Post subject: Lube - slicer Reply with quote

I'm doing a massive cleaning of a used Berkel slicer I purchased sight unseen. This thing seems like it was stored in a shed. Right after being used to slice meat. It's a mess. There's even mouse droppings in the bottom.

So I'm taking the whole thing apart and cleaning it up. Getting rid of all the built up gunk. Sanitizing everything.

Here's my question
The long bar on the bottom - the one that supports the meat tray while it slides back and forth. It's smooth polished stainless - I assume it will need some sort of lube when I'm done?
What can I use?

Thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15 09 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is food grade silicon available for sausage grinder/stuffers and the like. Should work pretty good for your application too.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15 09 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vegetable oil.
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Harry Nutczak
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15 09 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many (Quality) slicers use a bushing that is made from a product called "Oilite" it has a lubrication material cast right inside of the bronze'ish looking bushing when it is manufacture.

I have seen many slicers destroyed by cooks that sprayed pan-spray on the carriage rod and It gets so gunked up it locks tight and usually needs to be cut off and rebuilt.

Check with berkel on Monday and see what they suggest, it may not require any lubrication.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16 09 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I managed to get it re-assembled, and sliced some Canadian bacon last night. It slides, but not real well. I think it will need some lube of some sort.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16 09 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a food grade lube for slicers
http://www.instawares.com/food-grade-silicone-spray.pgt-030101w.0.7.htm here is the link. Like Harry said don't use pan spray or vegetable oil after a while it will gunk up and you will be pulling appart the slice again to clean it all out.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16 09 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vegetable oil is horrible for an application like this. It will grab contaminants from the air and gunk back up on you. I've use mineral oil with success, but the food safe silicon is good.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16 09 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Veg oil works in a pinch, but only if you are able to clean if off and reapply when cleaning the slicer after use. I picked up a berkel 827 12" awhile back, it was also a mess. I had a hard time finding an owners manual for the older version. "made in italy" model. Anyway I did find a PDF version for it. If you need it let me know, it is a 12 meg file.

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