hard to wash
The machine itself is ok, i used it to slice beef. It can only slice room temp beef, if I use frozen beef, it wont slice properly.
it gets messy, fluid from the meat drops eveywhere
I got quite nervous seeing the blade lol. But the machine has 2step safety so it blade wont run unless u press both buttons simultaneously. But again, even if you want to clean it or put it around somewhere, you don't want to see the blade in front of your eyes, really need to be careful with this machine around.
worst part: cleaning. the materials are mostly plast...ic, so good luck cleaning the fat from the beef, it took me 40 min to clean everything properly (still fatty and greasy on some parts) and u can't use dishwasher either. idea wise is good, but implementation wise this product can improve way better. Use stainless steel instead of plastic! for that price point they could afford to use stainless or aluminium. not plastic. verdict: it is ok if you gonna slice 3 -4 kg beef, worth the effort to set up, clean and put it back. but if you only slice 500gram, it is such a waste of time. (although I must admit that I can't slice manually, better than this machine does).
Purchased in May 2018.
Having been GIVEN a machine because "it's stripped it's second cutter-gear," I ordered a new blade/gear, and while waiting for the part to arrive, did some careful inspecting and thinking.....I'm a retired farmer, and have had to repair many and varied machines over the years. Now, the problem is that the plastic flanged retaining nut for the blade is not long enough to bottom in it's hole (poor design or manufacturing mistake!), consequently when it's tightened to a reasonable tension, the subsequent rotation of the blade causes it to further ...turn and overtighten to the point of labouring the motor, lowering the revs markedly, and obviously causing great stress through the whole drivetrain! I started to add small spacer washers to the bottom of the threaded hole, and ended up with four- five allowed the blade to remain slightly loose. (this would prevent the drive gear teeth from meshing fully!) A correct thickness spacer, "4 1/2 washers" ?? thick would obviously be ideal. A small amount of Canola cooking oil under the nut's flange as lubrication can only help, too. (lubrication, including boring and cutting tools is the best use I've found for the aforementioned oil!) Obviously I can't prove a long term outcome for this, but I'm quite convinced it is THE permanent fix for this problem!
Cant get the blade sharpened
I bought my food slicer several years ago and have found it to be OK for slicing meats such as Spanish Jamon, salami, etc. It takes some getting used to placing the meat so that it cuts right through and does not leave bits hanging off the bottom or getting stuck on the blade. The biggest problem I have is getting the blade sharpened. It is almost useless now that it is several years old.
Does the job - once you get the hang of it.
Absolutely no instructions on getting the blade sharpened. Almost useless after a couple of years of average use.
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I expected more from it.
I purchased this to cut extremely thin slices of Steak & chicken for stir fries. It is abysmal for that purpose.
Unfortunately the gap between the meat support & the blade is too large. The slices do not go thru completely & the steak all gets stuck, half sliced underneath somewhere. Pity as they could easily tweak the design to fix that issue.
It does work great if the meat is slightly frozen. but tricky to get the level of frozen just right.
To be fair this was designed for cold meats. It does that job very well. But so does a sharp knife...
Questions & Answers
hi, what is the white grease like substance behind the blade, do I wash it off before use, or leave it, is it safe?
i think it is grease so the blade can spin properly and not overheating the motor, that is my guess but I am not a manual-reader-type-of-user lol. Too bad I don't have that grease paste to replace the existing one so whenever I wash it I try my best to leave the grease alone
Thanx so much, I was worried about ingesting it :(
How do remove the plastic cog that the blade works against? I have removed the grey casing but cannot get the old one off.
Hi Vanessa, if it is the part I think it is I use a coin. I hope that helps.
No it’s further on, once you remove the blade, you remove the grey casing which in turn exposes the plastic wheel/cog that the slicing blade connects with!
Thank you for contacting Sunbeam. So sorry , removing the blade is the farthest to go with this unit.
Kind Regards, Sunbeam
(thick and thin with a 0-23 mm variable slicing dial)
is it possible to cut 0.07mm for shabu shabu asian meat. paper thin?
Thank you for your query. The ES9600 cannot be adjusted to that low.
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