Globe is an American company, founded in Dayton, Ohio back in 1920. At the time, Berkel slicers had become popular as a time-saving device and things like weigh scales, meat slicers, and display cabinets were the business equipment of the day. It is interesting that IBM (International Business Machines), now synonymous with computers, was originally in this same line of work. The Model 150 slicer is a beautiful example of mid century design, with sleek lines and extra chrome for adornment and display of power. The Amercian economy was booming at the time so many items from this period (think ’57 Chevy) have these muscular displays of might, compared to the leaner, softer lines from the 30s and 40s.
Unlike earlier designs like the Berkel flywheel series, the Globe 150 is a “gravity” slicer, where the meat carriage is on an angle, allowing the weight of the item being sliced to provide the pressure against the blade. Flywheel models used a mechanism to push horizontally on the meat but had to be clamped in place, so this allowed for easy removal and switch out of different items. The meat carriage and blade guard are in the original white enamel, food safe and sanitary looking. The blade handle on the right of the carriage is made of Bakelite. An additional feature of this model is an adjustable chute for controlling the angle of the meats being sliced.
The 11 inch blade is powered by a 1/4 hp motor with satisfying quite hum and high rpm. All connections have been checked and corrected and the power cord has been replaced with a grounded 600v 16 G assembly.
The restoration process involves total disassembly and cataloguing of parts. The cast aluminum base and carriage is then sent to a powder coat shop where these parts are sandblasted and acid treated to remove the decades of water, grease, and salt from commercial kitchen environments. Powder coating is an industrial application of a polyester based paint that is sprayed on in a fashion similar to electroplating – the paint particles are give a positive charge through corona spray head and the metal base has a negative charge running through it. Of course, opposites attract and the result is a smooth, even coat. The metal is then placed in a gigantic oven and baked at high temperature for 40 minutes to give the deep colour and impermeable finish. Although I wouldn’t, you could hit it with a hammer – the metal will dent but the coating will not chip off.
The base has a removable meat tray that can be hand washed, made of cast aluminum and should not go into a dishwasher or used with metal or green scrubbies.
The lower knife guard has a swing out feature for easy cleaning and a crumb tray directly below the blade that will catch any debris, dripping, or oil from the items being sliced. The simply pulls out for washing.
The blade can be removed by access through the stainless steel cover and using a socket. This should be done (carefully) on a fairly regular basis for cleaning as the design did not create a water tight condition – it will naturally allow for particles to get in.
The built-in sharpener is shielded by the Globe name cover. To use, loosen the thumbscrew and tilt up the assembly.
The two sharpening stones are put into place by pulling on the plunger and swinging them up to the blade.
The motor is then turned on and the lever moved back and forth to sharpen the blade. Yes, wear glasses when doing this.
There is a crack in the housing just below and right of the thumbscrew. This was a design flaw as I have seen others that have the exact same weak spot. However, it does not affect operation – I considered fabricating a “bridge” to hold it together but it would look ugly. The metal is plated zinc and would not take to welding or braising. I might try to look into an epoxy but concerned that this may not be food safe, therefore not worth the risk.
The power switch is covered by a brass plate and there is also a CSA badge that reads “Globe Slicer, Connecticut, USA”. The black knob is the index for choosing the thickness of the slice. An interesting feature of this machine is that you can turn the power on by advancing the thickness indicator.
The original rubberized legs were shot so will be replaced with stainless machine bolts and rubber feet to keep in off the table surface. Just a few more hours of detailing and this beauty will be good to go to a new home, ready to work all day for years to come.