I simply got tired of my old CC slicer bogging down and getting hot. I spent more time waiting for it to cool down then I did actually slicing bacon. I used to fold the bellies to be able to cut full slices with the old slicer. Now I roll the belly with the fat side on the inside of the roll. The new slicer runs right through them. I give it rest between bellies simply because I get tired of standing there running it. I get what the guy is saying about bacon and BLT's. Some us like the full slices because we use it wrap things in. I am going to be doing a smoked meat loaf wrapped in bacon this weekend.