Hobart Model 1612 Meat Slicer

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by nightrod06, May 28, 2014.

  1. Hey Guys. I have been looking around the past few weeks for a meat slicer that I will be using to slice brisket, cheese, bacon, etc. I found this one on criaglist:


    Any thoughts? Located about 25 minutes from my house and I might be able to talk the guy down a little. He doesnt know if it has a sharpener but is going to check tonight. Can anyone tell me what to look for when buying one of these? It appears to be an older model, but from what I understand they are all almost bullet proof.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have a 1612.  I could slice a brick thin with it.

    I LOVE it.

    Only thing I could think of checking is to see if there is any oil under it .

    A oil seal on mine started leaking from a dry rotted seal.  The Hobart repair shop said it was from not being used enough.

    By the way.  I paid 800 for mine around 15 years ago.
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  3. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    it looks like a great deal. . You need to turn it on and run it and see how it works. Look underneath for rust. A sharpener is a must. if it doesnt have one, talk him down because you will need one

    good luck
  4. That's a good price - I got lucky & snagged a 1712 for $200 a while back... If it doesn't have a sharpener plan on another $100 for one. Other than the normal frayed wiring, working switches etc. there are a couple other things I would check on it if you go look at it.

    Check that the indexing system works smoothly in both directions - if not you will have to take it apart, clean everything up & put it back together. The guy I got mine from used vegetable oil to lube it & it gummed up...

    Run the fence up flush with the blade & turn the slicer on. Stand to the side & look at the blade - check to see if there is any wobble. If there is some that is a good sign that the motor has bearing issues or someone really did a botched sharpening job on the blade - usually the former.

    Finally while it is on make sure there are no grinding or skipping noises in the motor. 

    Hobart is a top of the line sharpener so chances are it will be good to go but it never hurts to check. Let us know how you make out  [​IMG]
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  5. Thanks Farmer.

    I just got off the phone with the guy. Seemed honest. Said he and buddy bought it a few years ago with plans to use it for slicing deer jerky but decided it was too much of a hassel and now makes summer sausage instead. He didnt know what year it was made, but said he knows it came out of an American Legion.

    He also sent me a few more pictures below. Does anyone know how old this thing is? Juding by the manual I found online, I am guessing early 70's. It looks like it just needs to be taken apart and cleaned. The adjustment knob on the front is cracked also.

  6. Thanks for the input guys.

    I am gonna try and look at it after work on Friday. I asked him straight up over the phone what his bottom dollar was and he said he would take $180. We will see.

    Saturday is my birthday so I cant think of a better gift for myself......I am sure you all would agree.
  7. Hey Farmer, one more question, how thick will your 1612 cut? 1/2"? Thick enough for a nice brisket slice? Thanks.
  8. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think the table opens 4-5 inches.
  9. Well I was able to talk the guy down to $180. Everything seems to work well. Motor starts fine and runs smoothly. The slicer was dirty but I spent a few hours this weekend getting it cleaned up.

    For $180 I think I made a good buy. Going to look for a sharpener from a family friend who owns a resturant supply company here in town.

    Thanks again for everyones imput.
  10. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sweet man, you will love it.
  11. goliath

    goliath Smoking Fanatic

    there are some great deals to be had out there..

    i just picked up a HOBART 2812 FOR $250... I WAS 1ST TO CALL... i thought he had the decimal points mixed up. my buddy picked it up and im still waiting to get it here. i wanted something to do whole slabs of bacon and i think i have it. it ran great, had the sharpener and is 4 yrs old. the fella said he just bought a coffee shop and has no interest in doing sandwiches. wanted money now.

    sad thing is i need a bigger house for a bigger kitchen to put it in ...  lol

    the original add had a real lousy pic that you couldnt see so i got him to e-mail this shot. its the real deal and no cops have come by "buddies" house so im ok !!!!


    and here is the machine ....

    already have my old one sold too so things are smooth
  12. jaxrmrjmr

    jaxrmrjmr Smoking Fanatic

    Congrats!!! I scored a 2612 last fall and it is the most used of all my gadgets.  You will love it.
  13. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If a Hobart is well cared for they will last a looong time.  Quality stuff.

    Many parts available even for the older stuff.

    You got a good deal.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  14. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    I just got a 1712E from a pawn shop...

    Motor runs and the blade is straight, no sharpener and the automatic actuating arm is missing (probably because the gearbox that drives the meat carriage doesn't stop when the knob is pulled in or out).

    It was listed for $279, talked him down to $240 because it was missing the sharpener...

    Came with a cart too...
  15. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great deal.

    Sharpeners are pretty cheap.
  16. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    $100 or so for he old style?

    $300+ for the "new style"...
  17. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I must have the old style.
  18. goliath

    goliath Smoking Fanatic

    GREAT SCORE !!!!![​IMG]

  19. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    I could hardly read the model number on the plate...been scrubbed so many times. Had to take a picture with flash at an angle to even barely make it out...

  20. dert

    dert Master of the Pit

    Anyone know when 1712e's were made?

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