Model: Berkel L
Manufacturing time: 1907 – 1916
Place of origin: Holland- Rotterdam
Slicing blade diameter: 370 mm
Dimensions: width 66cm – depth 84cm – height 63cm
Note: Old style and modern pedestals are available
Berkel mod. L, built in the same period of models R – 1 – 2, is the best sold of the range. That obviously thanks to its more reasonable cost than the other models that have a more sophisticated and expensive mechanisms. In fact the model L mechanics is equal to its previous models C – D.
The flower patterned flywheel puts a gearing into action moving as the blade and two connecting rods hidden under the slicer bottom, producing the movement of the shifting cart.
The shifting cart is driven by an adjustable slit located in the upper side of the base and runs on two bakelite-covered tracks thanks to the help of four wheels.
On the shifting cart, a graduated rod, connected with a lever to the cog-wheel, states the slice thickness. During the cart shifting, a slide shaped stirrup, fixed on the base of the machine, puts that lever provided with a small wheel into action. This generates the rotation of the cog wheel connected to the endless screw, where the vice comb is inserted, establishing the product cutting.
Another feature that must be emphasized is the mode to adjust the vice towards the blade at the wishing position; that’s to say:
- to move the vice closer to the blade, a lever connected with the cog-wheelis moved many times;
- to move the vice away from the blade, the comb of the endless screw is removed by means a handle and is slid in the whishing position.
Moreover it is important to mention that the vice consists of two opposed rack rods, connected by a toothed arm, inserted with a slot on the shifting cart, and acts on the product to be sliced.
The shoulder has the classic round and closed shape. There are fixed on it: the hub
supporting the blade, the plated tray where the slices fall, the front and the back blade protectors, the label of the Berkel brand located on the plate bottom.
The sharpener is nickeled and consists of more parts on view without any fairings.