Not worth the time or trouble
Received this as a gift from my father in law. I have been making my own beef jerky for about a year now, and he got this to help me get more uniform slices. It did not help, and burned out the plastic gears quickly. The first time I used the slicer, I used a roast that was still basically unfrozen, and though it sliced it easily it was uneven and left large amounts of "overhang" behind due to the blade position relative to the guide. As others have stated, this guide is unreliable/weak and flexes with the slightest amount of pressure. The guide did not "glide smoothly", even after I applied veg oil to the guide rod. The food "pusher" also did not glide smoothly, did not hold the meat firmly, and basically fell off if you let go. I used this to cut the first "raw" roast which was roughly 6lbs, took about 25 minutes after all the repositioning and fiddling. The motor got VERY hot during this time (I did shut it off when I wasn't actively slicing). I then let it fully cool down, and used it to try and slice a semi-frozen roast (which their own documentation recommends). This made the motor nearly hot enough to boil water, and would slow the blade down to basically not moving. I had to shut it off at least 3 times to cool down. Took almost 40 minutes to slice a smaller roast (eye of round if anyone cares). This weekend, I was making a larger batch of jerky, and the slicer gave up the ghost after only about half done. It made WAY more noise than usual on a pass, and then the motor spun up to full RPM and the blade quit moving. Plastic gears melted basically, as others have noticed, appears that the "guides" or axles of the gears have quite a bit of flex in them which allowed for some misalignment and likely contributed to the demise of my slicer. I am HIGHLY disappointed with this particular product, as so many other LEM products are highly recommended and incredibly well built. While I realize that price to manufacture is a big push, this was just made shoddily. Given some of my hobbies outside of hunting/making jerky, I know the rough consumer pricing for this type of motor and gear train and I can tell you that they didn't even use a decent plastic. The motor is substandard sized, the gear train is exceptionally weak, and I wouldn't recommend this to ANYONE. My handheld reciprocating knife cut faster, didn't burn out after 3 roasts (I've probably used it for 25-30 3-9 lb roasts) and was about 1/3rd the price. I just wanted something more exact. Instead, I got a pile of metal to recycle and plastic to throw away. Maybe a customer service rep will reach out to rectify the situation but as far as I can tell it isn't technically covered under their warranty. Only giving one star as it's the only option.
This slices easily but the fence is not rigid enough and flexes out if even slight pressure is applied to keep the meat against the fence and results in uneven cuts. The carriage is too low to the blade and results in the bottom of the meat being pulled down under the blade unless it is semi frozen.
Broke in less than 5 minutes
Broke in less than 5 minutes of use. I took it apart and it has plastic gears. I will buy a belt driven one next time.
pissed off customer
Total junk. Don't waste your time or money. Mine worked once and then a little bearing on the wheel that hold the fence away from the blade went out and there's no fixing it. I like LEM products but this is a dime store piece of junk. The quality on every thing on this unit is so substandard. I can not believe they would sell something like this. Sorry LEM but you lost my respect.....
I've tried it three times now: salami, roast beef, and pork loin for jerky. The performance is problematic at best and nearly unusable. I have two issues with it: (1) the height of the sliding feed table isn't adjustable. This causes problems with smaller items as the food is contacting the blade nearly parallel to the edge of the blade versus perpendicular. This also results in the portion of the food at the lowest point not being cleanly sliced. (2) the food support (back plate) is not stiff at all. This means varying thicknesses depending on how firmly you are pushing the food being cut. I would consider upgrading to a quality model (if you have any). Please contact me via email.
8 1/2 inch LEM Meat Slicer
Cheap, cheap, cheap. Lots of plastic and flimsy. When running, it has fluctuating sounds from the motor. Used one time. Received as a Christmas present, or would take back. More than disappointed! Do not buy! Like one of the other buyers said, I'd give it a zero rating if there was one available. I wish LEM would read this and let me trade up to a better model, if there is one... If so, please E-mail me!
Owner Response: Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to have disappointed you and have reached out via email. We'd love to help you find something that you might like better.
L.E.M. LET down
I received this slicer as a Christmas present. I have many L.E.M. products and LOVE all of them, except for this one. I would recommend spending the extra money and buy a more high end unit. I understand that this one was middle of the road on price, but I feel it is bottom line on quality. I will continue to buy L.E.M. products but don't plan on using this slicer near as much as I thought I would.
Don't waist your money!!!!
Bought slicer first use and gears failed..Sent back to lems for repair and got slicer back in working condition...Next use failed after 2 cured belly slicings..Better to go with commercial.This slicer is for bread and ice cream!!!!! Would give it no stars if available.
I purchased this slicer a few months ago. After first use I was very disappointed. The backplate is very flimsy. The meat keeps going behind the sliding table because of the big gap between the pusber and the blade. I have a bunch of lem products and the first time I have been disappointed.
The back plate is flimsy and the slice thickness adjustment does not hold a consistent dimension. Lots of play in the adjustment makes it unsuitable for slicing bacon. I'm taking mine back. Too bad because the rest of it is pretty nice.