What you'll be slicing, as well as how often the unit will be running, should be the main considerations when choosing a slicer. If you need to be able to slice cheese, you'll need to make sure the unit you choose will have this capability. Typically, less-expensive slicers have limited to no ability to slice cheese. Also, if you intend to slice frozen meat, you'll need to make sure the Globe meat slicer you choose can handle that need. There are also a host of options and features to ensure you get the best slicer for your dollar.
Manual or Automatic
One of the most critical options with a slicer is whether the carriage and the food it carries will move across the blade automatically or manually. If you're operating a deli where slicing will be constant, an automatic slicer will save a good deal of time and labor, and provide more comfortable working conditions. Manual slicers tend to be less expensive, but the cost may not outweigh the benefits of a faster, more powerful machine, especially if you're preparing a large volume of sliced goods.
Depending on how often you'll be using the slicer and what you'll be slicing with it, the motor size and design you need will vary. If you're a small, low-volume operation, a unit with a belt motor will most likely be sufficient.
If you're looking to produce bulk quantities of sliced meat and cheeses, or you'll be running the Globe slicer for more than three hours a day, you will probably need a gear-driven motor. Belt-driven units often struggle with keeping up with high demand, which means the motors can become overtaxed and shut off at random intervals throughout the day. These models will have either two or nine speeds.
Blade Diameter and Adjustment
Globe has commercial slicers with various blade diameters. Slicers with 9-10 inch blades will produce slices that are up to 9/16 inches thick. They can cut products that are between 6-1/4 inches and 8-1/4 inches in diameter. Larger, more powerful slicers will have blades that range from 12-14 inches. These machines provide slices that range in thickness from 9/16-inch to 1-1/4 inches. They are capable of handling food that is up to 9-3/4 inches in diameter. It's important to keep in mind the size of the product that will be sliced.
Blade adjustment is a tricky issue. Premium Globe slicers use dual gear thickness adjustment, meaning the blade stays at exactly the right thickness, even after years of use. In the lighter duty models, the thickness adjustment mechanism is plastic cam that will wear over time causing the adjustment to slip. This can result in cuts being too thick and considerable money being lost.
If you're going to be producing a lot of sliced meat and vegetables that will require you to run the machine for more than four hours a day, you'll need an N- Series premium, heavy-duty slicer. These slicers will also give you the most efficient results when cutting cheese, as the blade won't get bogged down when it comes in contact with the product. Two of these units will even cut through frozen meat.
If you'll be operating the machine from one to four hours a day, a G-Series medium-duty machine will be ideal. Some of these will also slice cheese, but the output will be limited. Globe's C-series and Chefmate™ lines are economy slicers best suited for light-duty and short usage.
Globe slicers have several features and options to help you get the most out of your slicer.
- Interlocking knife covers prevent operation when the knife cover is removed
- Reactivation of the slicer is prevented in the event of a power interruption
- Stainless steel and anodized aluminum construction ensures that the units will be easy to clean and durable
- Overload protection and manual reset buttons
- PreciseEdge™ hardened steel alloy knife blade to slice cleanly through cheese, meat, and vegetables
- EZ-Glide™ slicing mechanism that moves food effortlessly through the chute
- Quick-Clean™ coating ensure that no food sticks to the table or knife cover
- Removable parts for easy cleaning and durable construction for quiet, easy operation