How do I choose a ham slicer?

The ham slicer is not chosen at random, it is the regularity of the slices. With the many models available, it is essential to make an informed choice to cut the hams as needed. Here are some things to guide you in purchasing a professional ham slicer.

What types of slicers are available?

The professional ham slicer comes in two types: vertical and oblique. A vertical ham slicer is recommended for relatively small establishments where the amount of food to be sliced is not large. This model offers a good quality of cut with an equal thickness. However, it is necessary to ensure good precision for the setting up to obtain this result. A ham slicer oblique is suitable for caterers or delicatessens. Inclined, this model is designed to move food towards the blade. It is suitable for professionals with a large volume of food to be cut.

The ham slicer is also available in two varieties: belt and pinion. The belt slicer suitable for occasional use. Depending on the range, it can correspond to moderately intensive use. Solid and offering a regular cut, the belt slicer is intended for restaurants and small caterers. The pinion model is designed to allow the cutting of a large volume of food. It is therefore recommended to professionals such as a butcher or a pork butcher.

On what criteria should you choose your ham slicer?

The size of the blade greatly influences the choice of tool. It makes it possible to determine the cutting capacity. For example, a 330mm diameter blade is recommended for a 260mm cut. With a 250 mm blade, the cutting capacity is 215 mm. A slicer with a 370 mm blade is suitable for all sizes of ham. On the other hand, a 195 mm model is reserved for rosettes or sausages. The choice depends on the daily volume of food to be cut. Also, restaurants or caterers are advised to prefer a blade between 250 and 300 mm. Cooked meats should favor larger models. For the material, the blade is available in stainless steel, aluminum, etc.

Another decisive criterion in the purchase of a ham slicer is the speed of rotation. It makes it possible to cut precise and smooth cuts effortlessly. On average, the slicers have a speed of 250 rpm to 400 rpm. However, be aware that the size of the blade affects speed. In other words, a large blade has a lower speed, compared to a smaller blade, but with a high speed. However, the power can act on the speed, even with a blade of larger diameter.

Cutting thickness is the last important element for a ham slicer. The models on the market generally offer an adjustment of the thickness of cuts. This adjustable option thus makes it possible to adapt the cut according to needs or orders: thin or larger slices.