I have a berkel slicer model 829. The product plate that moves back and forth is stuck and not moving? Any suggestions?
The slide or the gauge plate?
I suspect you mean the product plate that you place the meat on and flip the follower over. When you remove the product plate for cleaning it must be in the home position. All the way back to you. If installed back on the machine incorrectly it will not release the interlock that keeps the carriage to the rear and stationary for assembly. Remove the product plate and reinstall making sure it is all the way down and the bolt is snug.
Another possibility is that it's gummed up from people using pan release spray to lubricate it. THAT'S a big NO-NO!!!
If that's the case, then the slicer will need to be taken apart to remove all the...uh...GUM.
Afterwards, NEVER use pan release spray (or any kind of cooking oil) on it ever again.
The only acceptable lubricant to be used on the slide bar and other user-accessible mechanisms is either mineral oil (cheapest alternative) or Lubriplate...such as the link below:
Berkel 01-404675-00183 FOOD MACHINE OIL 16OZ.
It was a dry as a bone and other areas gummed up. Thank you and I cleaned and used mineral oil on it. Slicer was working fine and now I am getting a blackish smudge on items I slice. Tried to take it apart and cannot get it to disengage. It's almost stuck on the slicer. Any thoughts? Thanks
I've never seen, nor heard of that. Lubrication of the slide bar (that I'd suggested) is completely unrelated to what you're seeing, since that blackish smudge on your product can only come from the knife.
Did you so happen to also blast some mineral oil down towards the knife's bearing? The knife's bearing is sealed, so isn't part of user-level servicing.
If you did so, I'm thinking that you might have freed up some food gunk from behind the knife that's inaccessible during routine cleaning (years of previous use). As such, mineral oil dissolved its adhesion and is now getting slung out during the knife's rotation.
I don't know, since I'm just trying to picture this while offering suggestions from where I sit in my living room. I'm not there to see it.
I suggest you keep running it WITHOUT PRODUCT until you stop getting that. Then - clean and sanitize it per the operator's manual. THEN...DON'T squirt mineral oil down into the knife bearing area again. Mineral oil should only be applied to areas affecting movement of the product table, Meat pusher and attaching hardware. If there's an issue with the knife's rotation, then a tech needs to replace the bearing.
Here's some literature for you:
OWNER /OPERATOR MANUAL
Cleaning and Sanitizing Instructions
Is this slicer new to you? As in...did you just recently buy it USED and are only now getting to familiar with it?
Partstown Blog: Cleaning a Meat Slicer
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