She liked my smoked SOS Dried Beef, beef Jerky, double smoked bacon & ham so much, that she surprised me with a Chef's Choice (609) food slicer for my upcoming birthday! Lower model than I was looking at (615), but isn't it always that way it is between spouses? One looks at want, and the other looks a money, and money usually wins, dammit! Works both ways too. I'm sure it will fill our needs even if is has plastic gears. OK... that is a hope on my part. But how do you tell your wife she bought something that will only last half as long, as another 50 bucks would double the life. Will only use it several times a year for meat cutting, so it should outlast me, I'm guessing. Maybe not as strong, nor made of all metal as I wanted, but then... neither is her husband. I think her thoughts were... At last.... a size of meat to satisfy me. LOL Will give it a test on some dried beef (eye of round) tomorrow. Thank to my honey for a great birthday gift!