I am reasonably new to smoking meats and am seriously considering buying a slicer. I do not want to break the bank, but would like something that will hold up to a brisket/pastrami, bacon. or other meats/cheeses for home use. I can probably get my uncle to use his ancient yellowed plastic slicer a time or two, but am just as hooked on smoking as I am on brewing so want one for myself. What would you all suggest for an entry level slicer? Any brands I should avoid like the plague? Any that will last me a couple (3-5) years before I truly decide if I want to buy something that is bulletproof? Is there any maintenance (blade care, oiling, etc) or other advice you can provide that I should consider or know before investing in one?
If it helps I like my bacon thicker cut, but for pastrami and other lunch meats thin is the way to go. Let me know what you all think. I know I get good advice all around from this site so know you will not steer me wrong.