Pros: Blade holds an edge well, durable, slices well, handles large cuts of roast easily
Cons: crevasses on slicer deck for food to fall inside, carriage mounting system
Almost 6 years ago we purchased this slicer and it's still going strong. I believe I originally posted something in equipment reviews so hopefully, this can serve as an update.
The first item to be sliced was grilled chicken breast and it has definitely seen some use since; from corned beef to shaved lettuce and onions (in remembrance of those long lost Italian U-boat subs I enjoyed growing up in the western 'burbs of Chicago) and almost everything in between! Thick or thin (shaved even), the slicer performs very well.
The original blade is still in use and we're amazed how well it sharpens over the years. Using the original sharpening wheel keeps the blade cutting like it was it's first use. Cleaning is still a bit of a task since you need to disassemble the entire slicer but that's a personal standard since it can be a month or two between uses. It's also highly recommended that you only remove the blade with the removal guard and hand wash all parts. We have put everything but the blade in the dishwasher but rarely do this since the aluminum can have issues with the use of the detergent
Originally, there was concern over the plastic spacer between the Carriage and the carriage glide arm but it's never been a large enough issue to fix. When you use heavier cuts it can cause an uneven shaved but this can be adjusted.
Overall, we can easily admit, between the cost versus the life and service, it was a solid investment and should continue to hold up for years to come.