BEWARE OF FAKES
BEWARE OF BERKEL IMITATIONS
While in North America was given a lot of value to the development and production of new high-quality models, in South America it was produced many models produced in Europe with some variations. At first glance this context does not seem to matter, since there are few external differences.
A comparable restoration
The real difference is to be found in the quality of the metals used in South America and in the execution of mechanical parts can not be compared to the high European quality. A comparable restoration is more expensive and the most frequent subsequent maintenance. While in Europe the modernization grew more quickly and many mechanical machines were replaced by electric ones, in South America there are machines at much greater quantities and “still” cheaper.
Given that today’s the request for historic slicers is growing, the conventional market of the restoration comes with these Argentine machines. However,needs attention to be done in the event that, for commercial aspects, the original characteristics are transformed into European. Although there are no differences between Argentine and European models, it raises the general question, why these plates are still changed. In the event that also this difference in origin is not mentioned, even minimized, this is a clear indication for an intentional deception. Because of the rarity of some models, entire structural parts, flywheels, pedestals, and many other parts are copied and offered as originals. The profane himself is not able to verify this and goes to meet the danger of a purchase incorrect and often very expensive. Numerous are also slicing machines manufactured by other brands in the past where they are applied and written flywheels incorrect (normally Berkel) to get more profit.
The price difference
With the advent in recent years of numerous “traders” of vintage slicers were found exponentially the productions and the counterfeiting of machines is that of new parts which are used for replacement, such as the flywheel of periods prior to the proper period of Slicer production, or plaques with reference the origin (usually used on the South American machines) bringing them to a significantly higher market value. Many are also the transformations of some slicers in other models by replacing some parts, making them similar, only with a careful analysis you can check forgery, up to the total production of a new product which is sold as original. Very often the price difference which leads to think about making a great deal stands for something wrong. Lately, they found many sellers who do not have the opportunity to demonstrate even the slightest experience in the industry and are considered masters in the single economic possibilities that have had to buy some machines. In the documentation we have privately collected in the original projects of more than 100 manuscripts of Berkel slicers models produced and over 800 patents of the same as well as manuals and sections of catalogs of spare parts that associated with the presence in the private collection of the same slicers and long experience leads us to properly check every little detail of every proper slicer.