• Razor sharp 12” stainless steel blade powered by a 1/2 hp motor to keep up with commercial demands
  • Large sturdy base made of high quality aluminum construction
  • Easy to use built-in sharpener ensures your blade stays like new
  • Adjustable thickness knob allows for precise slicing from 1/16” to ½” with a 11” x 11” product tray
  • Manual feed carriage glides smoothly for easy operation and is removable for cleaning
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How To Clean A Slicer

How To Clean A Slicer

Get your slicer clean and back to work in a flash with our meat slicer cleaning kit! This kit comes with all the cleaning supplies you’ll need to make sure your slicer is cleaned, sanitized, and lubricated. For the ultimate protection against injury while cleaning your slicer, the kit comes with Carlisle’s innovative easy slicer cleaning wand and a pack of 60 scrub pads, a cut resistant glove, powerful Formula-D spray degreaser, Noble Chemical QuikSan spray sanitizer, and Lubriquik food grade silicone. It also comes with a brush to get to those hard-to-reach places and detailed instructions on how to use everything in the kit. To clean your slicer, please follow these quick and easy steps: always use cut resistant gloves when cleaning your slicer. Attach the cleaning pad to the tip of the slicer cleaning wand and spray the pad with QuikSan sanitizer. Turn the thickness control knob to zero, and turn the slicer on. While the slicer is in motion, run the cleaning pad along the front and back of the blade. Turn the slicer off. Disconnect the power source, and discard the cleaning pad. Remove the product table, slice deflector, and the center plate. Wash, rinse, and sanitize the removed parts, and let them air dry. Clean the slicer’s exterior and the blade with Formula-D degreaser. Wipe from the center of the blade outward. Using a clean cloth, rinse the entire unit with warm water. Do not submerge the unit. Spray QuikSan sanitizer onto the slicer product areas and the blade. Allow time to air dry. Use Lubriquik spray to lubricate the table slide rod, and if applicable, the end-weight slide rod. Finally, reassemble the slicer, and you’re good to go. Please consult your slicer’s manual for specific assembly and care instructions. Thanks for watching, and if you have any questions, please click on our Live Chat button.

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Avantco Meat Slicers

Avantco Meat Slicers

An Avantco manual meat slicer is the perfect choice for small businesses that need to stick to a budget. These units can slice meat and vegetables for a few hours every day which makes them ideal for low-volume establishments. Avantco offers these manual meat slicers in ¼ hp, 1/3 hp, or 1/2 hp so you can get the unit with just the right amount of power for your needs. The stainless steel blade ranges in size from 9” to 12” depending on the model you choose. Not only do these blades resist corrosion over time but they also feature a built-in sharpener to make sharpening and maintaining your blade a breeze. Since Avantco always keeps your safety in mind, these slicers have a fixed ring guard that prevents accidental contact with the blade so your employees will be safe during use. You can easily adjust the thickness of the cut between 1/16" and 1/2" with a simple twist knob. Made of high quality aluminum, you can rely on both the durability and appearance of this slicer to last, making it ideal for use in the back or the front of the house. The smooth aluminum is also easy to wipe clean, and the clean-up process is made even easier by the removable carriage. An Avantco meat slicer will let your small business get the consistency and ease of use that you're looking for without paying the heavy-duty slicer price!

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Designed for the budget-conscious small business owner, Avantco meat slicers deliver convenience and value. Each slicer is both easy to operate and easy to clean, while keeping employees safe and cuts consistent.

Width 19 Inches
Depth 25 Inches
Height 17 Inches
Maximum Product Width 11 Inches
Maximum Product Height 8 Inches
Amps 3.75 Amps
Hertz 60 Hertz
Phase 1
Voltage 120
Wattage 450 Watts
Blade Size 12 Inches
Horsepower 1/2 HP
Installation Type Countertop
Operation Manual
Power Type Electric
Slice Size 1/16 - 1/2 Inches
Slicer Usage Mid Tier
Slices Cheese Yes


The Avantco SL512 12" manual gravity feed slicer features a compact design that's ideal for small operations where space is at a premium! It's great for slicing vegetables and processed meat for several hours a day, making it great for delis, coffee shops, sub shops, and small restaurants. It's also easy to use, with adjustable slice thicknesses from 1/16" to 1/2".

This slicer is made of top quality aluminum for durability and easy cleaning, and it features a built-in sharpening assembly. The meat carriage is also removable for easy cleanup, and a fixed ring guard provides safety. For optimum power, the stainless steel blade is belt-driven by a 1/2 hp motor.

The Avantco SL512 is appropriate for medium-volume applications of up to several hours of slicing per day. While it can handle continuous use, it is not suitable for slicing raw or frozen meat, and it should not be used to slice cheese for more than 30 minutes per day.

Overall Dimensions:
Width: 19"
Depth: 25"
Height: 17"
Maximum Product Size: 11" x 8"

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Customer Reviews

  • Overall User Rating: Avantco SL512 12" Manual Gravity Feed Meat Slicer - 1/2 hp Scratch and Dent

    4.1 stars from 50 reviews


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    2 out of 3 found this review helpful
    Writing to speed up the search comparisons for everyone. The boxes typically ship with some cardboard damage because the package is VERY heavy and it is easy to damage the box in shipping. You will understand when you pick the box up with a friend off your porch. The adjuster to my meat slicing depth operates off a plastic cam wheel under the unit and mine was broken when it arrived. I am betting the mfr. ships these set hard to stop vibration which makes them prone to break during shipping. If yours comes and the depth adjuster seems to not work check the cam. Webstaurant did great, I sent a picture of the broken part and a replacement cam was sent but you must figure out how to replace it. Some quick QA for the low end home/recreational user. Can it slice the dreaded cheeses everyone uses for comparisons and meats and (anything) for hours on end? YES. The blade is massive and heavy, the inertia of the blade alone does a lot of the work, the entire unit is very heavy, my wife could never lift this thing. Picture your local deli, look at the slicer, and then you will understand. You will (not) be moving this item either at all once it is in place. I'm 6'4 and quite strong and this thing stays in one place as its forever home - so please don't accidentally kid yourself that you will be taking it in and out of storage when you need it. Set it in place, cover with a cloth or towel. Forever home and I mean it. Why is it cheaper? It is made with more simplistic construction. Nuts, bolts, belts etc. It all works fabulously together but does best if the operator is fine with adjustments with wrenches to make it "perfect". It absolutely shaves from zero (not slicing anything) to 1/4 inch with infinite adjustment inbetween. The reason it is not more expensive? The unit is (not) designed well for rapid complete disassemby. Those higher end commercial units come apart with only big knobs (no drivers or wrenches needed) for daily disassembly or rapid cleaning between different meats or cheeses. The blade removal on this unit is a little scary. No handle to attach, you grab, lift and carefully wash. So if you are a smaller business, doing limited business or home processing you will be elated and happy. It is impressive and effective for slicing any food. If you are paying employees to stay and clean or must do total cleaning daily and or several times a day then you should bite the bullet and pay double or more to get a rapid teardown, clean, and reassemble unit. I'm a home use guy and this product works far beyond my expectations and I have time to clean slowly and patiently. All the other silly retail store slicers or "add on" slicers to your other kitchen appliances are a joke in comparison. I could probably have gotten by with a lower horsepower unit for my home smoking and cooking - but I felt like splurging on myself and I am not disappointed. Read Less Read More
    2 out of 2 found this review helpful
    I operate a BBQ restaurant we needed a slicer for Brisket. After searching the local restaurant supply business and needing a good quality product we chose the SL512 12". Price was within our budget and delivery was only 3 days. The package was damaged but slicer was in good shape. After using the slicer to slice 320 lb. of brisket, at one time, which took several hours of use, slicer held up well, 1/2 horsepower motor was sufficient to handle the job. Clean up was easy just requires a few tools, as mentioned in other reviews. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a medium use slicer. CM Smoke Artisan BBQ
    2 out of 2 found this review helpful
    I was a little nervous about buying this slicer because i didn't know much about this brand. But I'm glad i took a chance it is very good quality I thought it was going to be light but it has some good weight to it. Ive had it over a year now and still works great. I am definitely a fan of the Avantco slicer.
    1 out of 1 found this review helpful
    I'm having trouble adjusting the cutting edge height for my slicer. The knob goes 0-4, but then feels like it runs into a lock. What am I missing here? Is there a lock on the height control knob? I'm a beginner with a meat slicer and have tried to push, pull, twist on the knob but I'm feeling defeated. Can someone help me out by giving me some pointers, the manual is less than helpful on the matter and I can't find anything online. The videos just tell me how awesome it is, but I have yet to feel that excitement. Help, please. I just want to cut some ham and bacon.
    We appreciate your review, Adam. We are sorry this Avantco meat slicer is not able to be adjusted properly. Our Customer Solutions team is working on assisting you with this problem.
    1 out of 1 found this review helpful
    We needed a heavy duty, commercial meat slicer but only for occasional use so we didn't want to spend a lot. For the price, this is exactly what we were hoping for! It does the job perfectly and is easy to clean too just as a commercial one should. The only issue we had was trying to clean around the blade guard. So we decided to take the entire blade off every time we clean it to be sure. Also we had to get a Berkel cover for it that is a little over-sized since I couldn't find one specific to this.
    This is by far the best slicer I have ever used. It effortlessly slices through meat, on the thinnest setting it does not shred the meat or cheese. My customers are extremely happy now that we have actual slices instead of pieced together product.
    We decided not to open our deli, so we don't use it nearly as much as we intended. However, we do use it periodically to slice turkey and tri-tip for sandwiches and it works great for that. It's a great unit for the price in a light to medium duty applicaiton.
    We needed something to slice blocks of cheese for sandwiches. This is very efficient and works perfectly. We also use it to slice tomatoes and onions. Very happy with this and it has not let us down.
    This slicer didn't match up to the reputable brands that I have come to know. It's much lighter and built for lighter use. It arrived damaged but the great Customer Service department had it picked up and returned, and then credited immediately. I would not recommend this for heavy duty or daily use. I ended up purchasing a more expensive brand. I believe you get what you pay for.
    Thank you for the review! We’re sorry this did not work for what you needed it for, but we are glad we were able to help!
    This slicer is great, It not only cuts every type of lunch meat you throw at it, it is also powerful enough to slice most block cheese that is 4x4, or 4x6 square inches or less. I have used this slicer for more than 8 meat loaves thus far and it still is as sharp as when I purchased it new. Have not even had a chance to use the included sharpener.
    This machine is very useful because it cuts meats at different sizes. It is sturdy and easy to use. It is very good for deli meats and has a variety of sizes one could choose from.
    I was nervous buying our first slicer but this thing is doing a great job for us. We slice all of our meats and cheese's for our toasted fresh and this thing works great.
    wow, this avantco sl512 12' manual gravity feed meat slicer is very good, you can slice a lot of different things on this too, strongly recommend this product.
    This truly is not for a food service business. This machine has way to many parts to clean, does not open very wide. It is a great machine to use occasionally, price is right. If you are looking to a machine to use on daily basis, invest a little bit more money will be worth it.
    Fine piece of equipment here, we use it for a bunch of different items, never has failed us. Easy to clean and by far my favorite slicer made! Great buy!
    This slicer was a replacement for a couple of really old Hobart machines that got too expensive to keep repairing. The Avantco arrived with some freight damage, but the folks at Webstaurantstore replaced the parts that were damaged. The slicer works great. It does take some getting used too as far as cleaning, but once you get used to removing the blade it's not too bad at all. A great value considering a Hobart is more than triple the price.
    For the price, an excellent value. The motor runs strong, cool, and quiet. The blade as it comes is sharp and seems to maintain its edge. It is overall easy to clean. We run cheddar cheese through it for hours at a time and it has no trouble keeping up.
    we LOVE this slicer! We use it literally everyday and have been for several years. Its accurate and heavy duty and just as good any any of the brand name ones we have used.
    0 out of 2 found this review helpful
    It saddens me to do this, because we had such high hopes for this slicer. I will try and summarize my experience as fast as possible. We did an exhaustive amount of research prior to deciding on the Advantco SL512. Our main consideration when choosing was product capacity (how big of a piece of meat it can handle). My wife makes her own bacon and the pork bellies are big. We needed a slicer that could do 11" minimum. This slicer met that criteria according to the website. We ordered Sunday, Wednesday Fedex drops off the wife's new slicer. So far, So good...... That's when the good stopped. I'll list the problems/defects/inadequacies below. 1) Arrived with multiple scratches/dings 2) Blade will not spin when turned on (yes its plugged in). Moves about 1mm then binds on something and doesn't move again. 3) Blade is actually in contact with the blade guard, assume this is why it won't spin. - see photos 4) Removed blade cover rust and metal shavings evident - see photos 5) Measured largest possible product that could be sliced with meat carriage retracted as fully as possible 9-1/2" (see photo) Website claims 11" - NOT TRUE Wife immediately started to chat with a rep from Webstaurant. The rep was somewhat helpful, took our info and photos. Said they will relay the info to a Tech and we should hear back in 24 to 48 hours. I personally feel that is too long to wait for tech support. I know I am just a homeowner using it for residential use, but what if i bought this for my Deli or restaurant? I can't wait 48 hours for tech support? I paid a lot for a brand new unit and with all the flaws I have to wait 48 hours just to be heard? Not acceptable. I have ZERO confidence in this company at this point. All I have to base my opinion is this. I gave you money i received a beat up/scratched non functioning slicer. As soon as I contact you about it I get put on a 48 hour hold. There is obviously ZERO quality control at the factory level to even let a product in this condition be shipped to a customer. If there are so many flaws visible on the surface, what am I not seeing "under the hood" so to speak? If they are deceptive about the products meat cutting capacity, what else are they deceptive about? I'm sorry, I don't just drop money for meat slicers every day. This was supposed to be a purchase to last a lifetime and maybe even leave to the kids when we are gone. If I do spend money on a meat slicer I want quality. Not really a very good way to start a relationship, huh Webstaurant? Even if they fix all the problems or offer to send me a new unit I will have to decline. It is unable to cut the size of meat that it claimed it could. Which was our whole reason for buying their unit. Sorry to anybody that sat through this long winded mess hoping to hear how it slices. I would love to tell you, but mine doesn't work well enough to make one single cut. Read Less Read More
    We appreciate your review Jeff. We're sorry this unit was defective. We have received your return and credited your account.
    Meat slicer was so heavy as to be basically impossible to move. You have to almost completely disassemble it- remove screws, etc, to properly clean it. So basically it's nearly impossible to get really clean for food safety. Do not buy it- you will not be happy.
    We are sorry you did not prefer this meat slicer, for recommendations please contact our Customer Solutions team!

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