How to Replace the Blade on a Hobart Meat Slicer
The Hobart meat slicer is the workhorse of many deli counters, sandwich shops and home kitchens. This solid appliance will slice meats and cheeses for years before needing a replacement blade. When your slicer blade has finally worn out and you need to install a new one, carefully take apart your slicer in the correct order before removing the blade. This will help you remove the blade easier as well as ensuring that your slicer will go back together in the right order.
Remove the blade guard by undoing the two thumbscrews located behind the blade. Loosen the screws then lift the blade guard up and off the machine. Set the guard aside for later.
Remove the large nut in the center of the blade. The top of the nut is about 1 inch across with a hexagon shape. Set the top of the punch against one corner of the nut and tap on the punch. This will help to cause the nut to begin unscrewing. When the nut is loosened you can completely remove it with your hands. Using the punch lessens the chance of cutting your hands on the blade.
Open the slicer to the widest aperture by turning the slice dial to the largest number. Put on work gloves and carefully remove the blade from the slicer body. Place the slicer blade in a safe container like a cardboard box to keep the sharp edges away from people.
Clean the body of the slicer and blade guard thoroughly using regular dish soap and a sponge or dish scrubber. This is the only opportunity you will have to clean certain portions of your slicer. Allow your machine to dry thoroughly before proceeding.
Use work gloves to grasp the new blade and slip it onto the spindle, replacing the old blade. Place the nut onto the center of the blade and tighten it with your fingers. Finish tightening the nut by reversing the process with the punch, tapping the edge in the opposite direction. Replace the blade guard to finish your installation.
- Be extremely careful not to touch the edge of the blade. Even an old Hobart slicer blade is sharper than most of the knives in your kitchen and can cut you badly.
Working in sunny Florida, Anne Baley has been writing professionally since 2009. Her home and lifestyle articles have been seen on Coldwell Banker and Gardening Know How. Baley has published a series of books teaching how to live a frugal life with style and panache.