Model: Berkel P
Manufacturing time: 1946 – 1960 about
Place of origin: Berkel in Milan – Italy
Slicing blade diameter: 285 mm
Dimensions: width 56cm – depth 74cm – height 50cm
Note: Old style and modern pedestals are available
Berkel Model P was produced only and exclusively in Italy in the factory of Milan. Together with the mod. NS (1932-1936) it is the smallest machine never produced before by Berkel.
That feature has made it appreciated particularly by the itinerant salesmen and little shopkeepers.
During the first years of its production the blade movement was generated by means of a driving belt (the unique one with that feature). Moreover the vice to fix the product to be sliced consists of two opposite small columns, crossed by clutched handles and are connected by an “L” shaped toothed arm (like for the models 5 – 7). While in the following years, the transmission was a chain like the other Berkel models and the vice to fix the product to be sliced became open, jointed, with clutches guided by two small
columns placed in the back side.
The machine has got a closed flywheel that puts a gearing into action placed under the base. It moves both the blade through a belt or a chain and the shifting cart through two connecting rods.
At first the shifting cart, close to the blade, shifted inside a hub, at sight; then it is covered by a round cap. While, at the opposite side, the cart leans on a rod by means of a running wheel.
The slice adjustment clock – one of a kind – is on the shifting cart. It is in the front side part and is connected with the endless screw by a cog-wheel. Through a bill shaped rod, it produces the movement by means of a mechanism located at the base of the slicer. That movement puts the endless screw into action. It is fitted under the cart in the front side, where the comb vice is inserted producing the movement to slice.
The cog-wheel is connected to a crank that shifts the vice consequently when moved on the right or left, as you like.
The sharpener is small and is covered by a black plastic or metal cap.
The hub supporting the blade is fixed to the shoulder, which is flat outside with a wing shaped arch.
That allows to lengthen an opal glass top tray, so you can manage more laying surface