Thanks Sarge, I suspect the error is in the 0.5 amps. That's a very low current draw for such a powerful machine. Most electric motor small appliances (blenders, food processors, paper shredders) are in the 200 - 600W range. The 10" slicer I mentioned is rated at 240W. I'm guessing the 0.5 amp rating is for the motor running at lowest speed with no load (nothing being sliced). Probably draws 1.5 amps or better under load. So wattage rating is probably for load while motor amps are for no load. Just guessing.