my old one was proll ymade 1960's, all metal but a real PITA to clean.
The adjustment thing never really stayed where you put it so slices changed thickness all on thier own.
So far i used the new one once, much nicer slices.
there was also some rust on the bars the slicing part slid along, so that was no fun either.
while the new one is mostly plastic, no issues yet. It totally breaks down for cleaning and the blade seems to be spinning a lot faster too. I've already noticed the sell a special sharpening set up, and non serrated blades on line, so down the road i'll be looking at those.
now that i can get consistant thin slices i'm sure i will use it more.
as far as costs go, i'b bet this was a little on the cheaper side @ $125, but then again i used the free one for a couple of years now and wanted to up grade a little. So far, slab bacon has been the only thing i've been slicing regularly.
slicers was the only one in stock after checking 5 stores, might have gotten a better deal on line, but i wanted it yesterday
i had 2 slabs of bacon that needed to be taken care of.
Slicer - Chef's Choice 610
Grinder - Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill