I had a Waring Pro FS150 that would handle very light duty. Apparently my slicing meat for jerky wasn't light duty enough because it kept stripping the plastic gear. The good news is the plastic gear was cheap to replace. I got rid of it. I'd recommend looking on CL for a good slicer at a discounted price, but it sounds like you need one right away.
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