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Cabelas sells some nice meat slicers. I bought mine at last 10 years ago. Suggested retail was $180, but I got it during their Christmas sale for about $100.
 

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I have a cheap one I bought because I needed it then. I am a firm believer now that you get what you pay for in slicers, as in most other things.
 

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I have one and love it. Not sure of the "quality", but I've used commercial grade slicers before and this ain't one of them. I use mine basically just to pre-slice meat for jerky. I slice it, freeze it, and when its time for jerky just thaw and it's ready to go. For sliced jerky, it's perfect and probably wasn't much more than $100-$150.
 

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Since I was in the grocery business I know what the better ones do compared to the entry level ones so I went for a Berkel
 

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I dont use it often. But when i need it it is handy.
 

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I see Cabela's is running their $200 8.7" on sale the 18th - 24th for $99

I realize these are not top of the line slicers but for $99 it will more than like be good enough for around the house.
 

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Just went through this last year myself. Bought a cheap one from Harbor Freight and it was beyond junk. Did some searching online and found the old Rival ones highly reccomended by the meat and cheese guys. I went and bought one on Ebay and have been very pleased with it so far but have only sliced homemade bacon with it.

.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rival-Meat-...all_Kitchen_Appliances_US&hash=item35e1746071
Interesting. They must have done something right with all those chrome slicers still going!
 

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Spend the money to get a good one. I spent $300 on mine after throwing away the one I bought at Gander Mountain for $129.
 

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If you're slicing thin for jerky I've done well chilling the meat to am almost frozen state and using a sharp knife to cut to 1/4 inch. Thinner than that and I imagine a slicer would be necessary.

Don't watch The Wrestler if you plan on using a slicer.
 

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If you're slicing thin for jerky I've done well chilling the meat to am almost frozen state and using a sharp knife to cut to 1/4 inch. Thinner than that and I imagine a slicer would be necessary.
Yep chilled/slightly frozen works the best
 

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I had to go pull mine out of the cabinet to see what brand it was. Had it for fifteen to twenty years. It's a Toastmaster brand and pretty simple. Paid about fifty or sixty bucks for it and it works well. Blade is about 8" diameter and it will slice up to about a half inch and down to shaved ham thickness.
 

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What I am looking to do with it is take venison roast and cut thins slices for sandwiches. But I would also like to do bacon and jerky as well.
 

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I got the one cabelas had on sale for $99 and it does good. I sliced up a 200# hog with it a couple weeks ago
 

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Make sure you don't get one with plastic gears. They will eventually strip and the slicer is then worthless. Most sub $100 slicers will have plastic gears.

Right now I have a Berkel 12 in slicer:



It is a little large for slicing up smaller portions, so I'm a also considering getting a smaller slicer that can actually stay in my kitchen. The Berkel is a beast that only comes out to play when I'm processing game. When I had a smaller slicer (plastic gears) I used it quite frequently for cheese, slicing sausage, etc, because it was small enough to stay in my kitchen.
 
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