Avantco SL512 12" Manual Gravity Feed Meat Slicer - 1/2 hp

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Item #: 177SL512

  • 1/2 hp motor
  • Adjustable slice thickness from 1/16" to 1/2"
  • Built-in sharpener
  • Stainless steel blade
  • 11" x 11" product tray
  • Easy to clean
  • 120V, 450W
  • For best results, hand wash only and dry to prevent rusting

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"

Customer Reviews

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.

Del F. from Del S.
Posted on 8/27/2017

This meat slicer has become a feature of our deli. Once you figure out how, it isn't too hard to clean. Greasing up the sliding part with some nonstick spray is a pro-tip I'd like to share.

Katie G. from Farm To You LLC
Posted on 8/3/2017

This Avantco meat slicer is a good quality slicer and the price is great! The meat slices perfectly and the machine is easy to use.

Dan L. from Absolute Supply Inc
Posted on 7/17/2017

Great slicer for the price! Came damaged on the bottom, but is expected due to the light/thin material it is made out of. Over all it has sliced through raw, cooked, and frozen meats without effort. Only critique is the guard surrounding the blade makes it difficult to effectively clean without taking the blade off.

Kirt J. from Tim Horton Children's Foundation
Posted on 5/15/2017

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

Posted on 12/19/2016

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.

Adam R. from
Posted on 12/18/2016

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.

Ed B. from Oxxshire Creamery
Posted on 12/14/2016

The Avantco SL512 Manual Gravity Feed Meat Slicer is also capable of slicing cheese. At this price point it was the only option to both meat & cheese!

Randy S. from
Posted on 12/4/2016

We've put over 1000lbs of bacon through this since we got it - overall we're quite pleased. Minor quibbles - we had to start chilling the bacon below fridge temps to get it to slice cleanly. When you draw the carriage back, the fat would smear on the blade, and on the next slice, it transfers to the meat, leaving a perfectly tasty but frankly gross looking fat buildup on the slice.

Timothy C. from The Bacon Rebellion of 1709
Posted on 11/30/2016

First of all, Web restaurant store shipped my slicer very quickly. Since I reside in the next county from their location, my slicer was delivered the next day after ordering. It arrived, in good order, in a large box with a thick styrofoam liner, in which the slicer was safely nestled. I unpacked the slicer and managed to pick it up (it weighs about 65-70 lbs) and placed on it's permanent location. I immediately noted that it appeared to be very well made, and, obviously, a professional grade slicer. Fit and finish is very good. The Avantco SL512 slicer is a great value for the money and functions professionally. My first test was to slice chipped beef. It did a fantastic job. My second test was slicing various deli meats. It sliced them perfectly. I have no complaints with the function of the machine, it works exactly the way it should. Now, having stated all of that, the reason I only gave it a four-star rating is for the following reasons. The manual is not clear on several points, apparently, written by someone who's first language is not English. Some instructions make no sense, especially the sharpening section. Some reviews have mentioned that it's hard to clean. I don't find that to be the case. Actually, it's very easy to clean, but there is one task that could be easier, which is removing the blade. The 12" blade is easily removed by taking out four screws, however, it's a bit clumsy to handle because of it's weight and size. I used two very powerful magnets, with handles on them, to pull the blade off of the slicer with one hand, while grabbing it with my well protected other hand. Once the blade is off the slicer, it's very easy to clean and disinfect. Other than that, the slicer comes apart very easily and is very easy to clean, even if you have never used a slicer before. There are only three knobs to undo for disassembly. It's fairly obvious and very simple to take apart. If one studies the machine, one doesn't really need instructions. However, a novice may find it intimidating. I have been using slicers since I was about 10 years old in my parents hotel, so it was easy for me. The sharpening is very obvious also. There are other design improvements that could be made to this slicer, however, this would increase the cost of the machine. If one wants the ultimate in innovative design and function, then the Hobart or Berkel are available for two to three times the price. Again, this machine is an excellent value for the money when compared to the higher end machines, and functions just as well.

Nicholas B. from Nick B.
Posted on 10/30/2016

I am very pleased with this Avantco manual meat slicer. I was going to get a slicer that was twice the price but saw this and figured I would give it a try I am very pleased with this I slice my own filling me from fresh beef I park freeze it and this goes through it no problem.. I'm glad I got it for half the price of the other slicer that I was looking at and I'm almost tempted to get another one for just a back up

Bistro L. from Place to be Bistro
Posted on 10/28/2016

We have had this meat slicer for 3 years with no issues. Good product hope I never have to order another one but would needed.

Ashton S. from Miss Lucille's Cafe
Posted on 4/29/2016

Great general purpose slicer, although we still have problems with the blade catching when trying to cut cheese. If you are cutting cheese go to the higher horsepower.

Connie F. from
Posted on 3/10/2016

I was unsure about this brand when I purchased it but Avantco has been very reliable for me so far. I use this machine daily in my bar & grill to slice meat and cheese and it works great. Fairly easy to clean although you do need a screwdriver to take the blade off. Not a big deal though and only takes a few seconds. Overall I am satisfied with the performance and quality!

Kevin P. from Lost Boys Garage
Posted on 2/29/2016

Shipping and product are top notch. We currently use everyday to give fresh product to our customers. Very quiet motor to help keep noise down in the kitchen.

Bryce H. from 109 & Company
Posted on 2/14/2016

I found this slicer to be very easy to use and simple to clean. I had bought a different slicer but it didn't like. Im very pleased with this one.

Elie T. from L&L
Posted on 1/13/2016

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.

Carl S. from
Posted on 8/14/2015

This is a GREAT !!!! meat slicer. I use it to cut homemade bacon and slice brisket at parties. Very well built. easy to CLEAN. Would recommend the cleaning kit.This is a great buy...HIGHLY recommend

Billy S. from Stefek Enterprises
Posted on 6/10/2015

A nice little slicer. It is a bit lighter duty than I hoped, but still an okay slicer for the price. Not so easy to clean

Linda L. from Just like Home
Posted on 6/6/2015

I got the unit 11 days after I ordered it. It came in a giant cardboard box lined with Styrofoam. The box was pretty torn up and most of the Styrofoam was broken apart and the slicer feet were poking outside the box. I was worried that it may have a bit of damage. Other than a slight dent/bend in the bottom area it appeared ok. I got it on the counter. Mind you, this thing is heavy! 65lbs almost! I cleaned it off and went to plug it in and noticed there was a slight burn on the power cord. I plugged it in and turned it on and all worked well. I wrapped some electrical tape around it just to be safe. I contacted Webstaurantstore and they quickly shipped me out a replacement cord that I am currently waiting to receive. The next day I tried slicing up 15lbs of homemade smoked Buckboard bacon. The unit slices beautifully. I went through the bacon in no time. This unit definitely blows away the cheaper units I have used in the past. It's no Hobart, granted, but it does a great job at 1/3rd of the price. Clean up isn't too bad. I don't like that you have to take the blade out to remove the ring guard. The blade is extremely heavy and extremely sharp. So be super careful when handling and cleaning it. I think it's a bit of a ripoff they don't include the cleaning guide with the slicer itself, instead, it's only available by buying their cleaning kit. Thankfully I've worked in several delis growing up and know my way around a slicer. The only thing preventing me from giving it 5 stars is the horrible manual. The instructions are useless and don't seem to apply to this unit. They give minimal direction on how to use the sharpener but it doesn't make sense. It states to turn the slicer thickness knob to the "z" setting on the dial. There is no "z" setting. So I am not sure how to use their sharpening system. I will have to waste time calling them to figure it out. The unit does ship with an extra replacement belt and sharpening stone but there is not directions on how to replace either. The stone is simple and obvious but the belt replacement should really be detailed. I guess these shortcuts help them keep the price low.

Norman V. from
Posted on 5/20/2015

After several months of use we like the performance of this slicer for light duty applications. All things considered, cleaning is relatively easy. We would recommend this product.

Scott B. from
Posted on 7/23/2014

Solid slicing power even through cheese. Sliced for 2 hours straight with no issues. For a lower to mid price unit this does the job well. If slicing very large cuts like brisket or long cuts like genoa you will have to cut the meat in half. That is to be expected fro a slicer of this size.

Michael C. from ZoSo Foods Inc
Posted on 7/21/2014

Slices great and is easy to use. I have not yet been able to figure out how to take the slicer deflector off to properly clean it. The instructions merely say to take it off to clean. They don't say how. I'm sure I"ll figure it out eventually. If the cleaning instructions were more helpful I'd give it 5 stars.

Christopher C. from Purple Martin Cafe
Posted on 6/14/2014

this slicer is a great value for the price. its a great beginner slicer, gets the job done for a fraction of the cost. we love it thanks for the great value.

Randall H. from Randys family restaurant
Posted on 5/17/2014

For being a low priced meat slicer, we have had no issues with this model. We purchased in in June of last year for our new store when we brought deli meats in. Greatly cut down on our prep time (vs. hand sliced meats) and gave us a new avenue of sales.

David M. from Mountain House Inc
Posted on 4/17/2014

Recent acquisition for a serious home cook. I cure my own bacon amongst other items and wanted a slicer that would be up to the task. This definitely does that. I cold smoke my bacon, so would recommend chilling the bacon in the freezer for about 30-40 mins pre slicing. It then slices beautifully. I chose this option as I wanted a tray capacity for a reasonably sized rasher.

Joy J. from
Posted on 3/11/2014

Awesome slicer! We've had it for a month and it is so easy to use. We tuck a piece of wax paper underneath to catch the meat an fit works like a charm. Great buy!

Viktor L. from Euro Food
Posted on 11/12/2013

Not only does this slicer look clean and polished in my catering business, it holds up to the hundreds of pounds of meat we slice weekly in the peak season. When we are ready to add on another it will be the Avantco SL512

Steven C. from Country Club Catering of WNY Inc.
Posted on 6/11/2013

Fantastic buy at a price we were very happy with. Service is fantastic. Contact people were helpful and had good attitudes. Shipping was timely and they even helped unpackage our equipment.

Gina S. from Butch's Deli
Posted on 9/21/2012