Is my LEM a LEMON???

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by dirtsailor2003, Jan 30, 2015.

  1. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I spent a bunch of time researching here and other places, over two years of time, prior to purchasing my stuffer. I own ither LEM products and have never had any issues.

    First issue I mentioned after my first use, the metal shavings at the gear assembly. Tried again today and it's getting worse.

    One of the main selling points for me was the stainless tubes. Got done today and started to clean. Thought I wasn't getting a good scrub. Nope inside of the large tube is rusting. After first use I hand washed and dried immediately after. Stored dry in original box.

    Right now I'm not happy with this LEMon. Customer service will be getting a call.

  2. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Major bummer! Hope it gets worked out...
  3. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    DS, looks like the Chinese had a bad day when that one was made.[​IMG]
  4. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Pardon my French, but DAMN!! I feel bad for you man. I've had the Lem 5lber on my short list for a while, sorry to hear it's not working out for you. How the heck to they get stainless to rust? I'd say give them a call, send them pictures and a link to this thread and let them decide whether this turns out to be a customer service success story or a nightmare. For them.
  5. I've had their plates rust and metal in the grinder auger stud that I mentioned in another thread was so crappy that it was rubbing away....easily rubbed a groove in the stud.
    I won't buy from LEM again!
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2015
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That Just Aint Right Case!!!

    I was gonna get the LEM because it had the metal gears, and the Northern didn't.

    Then Paul "BeerBQ" told me get the Northern, and if the plastic gears break or wear, you can replace them with steel gears, and it's still cheaper.

    I got the Northern for under $100 & the plastic gears have been fine so far. We don't use it as much as some of you guys.

    I would think LEM would make up for it with you!!!!

  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member




    I have ran less than 20 pounds through this so far. That is what the brass washer loos like.

    Smoke away!!!
  8. Well, there you go.
    I don't like the LEM 5 lb. stuffer, but I haven't mentioned that here because so many folks seem to like it. I absolutely HATE it!!!!!
    The Grizzly was a better stuffer..except for the plastic gears.
    I regret selling it.
    I may buy another Grizzly and add metal gears.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2015
  9. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Where could one buy steel gears for Northern? I don't see them breaking anytime soon (and I got a spare set) but ...just in case.
  10. Something isn't right, shouldn't be eating up the brass washer like that, I call and email pictures and tell you post on this forum, I'll be they make it right

  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If there was a grizzly store here inwould've Walke din and bought one! I have never had any issues with any of their eood working equipment.

    I eomt be buying the LEM grinder I can tell you that much.
  12. chopsaw

    chopsaw Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I have the same one , no trouble here , works great so far . I went and looked at mine to see the location of the brass washer . I would guess that the lash of the gear on the threaded rod is incorrect , and as you crank the handle it tightens up on itself . Call them , I bet They make good on it , Might be a known problem that was fixed in a newer model , and you have a new old stock item . 

  13. Good luck with that!
    I had to literally fight with them to make good on an issue with one of their shitty grinders.
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't remember. That was a long time ago. I'm not even sure they were actually from Northern. They just fit in that particular stuffer.

    I left it go in my mind because mine is still like new. As long as you don't go nuts when you bottom out, the plastic gears seem to hold up.

  15. chewmeister

    chewmeister Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    DS, sorry to hear about your problems with the LEM. I have both a grinder and stuffer from them and so far have had no issues. Hope you get it resolved soon.
  16. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I have the 15 lb gander mountain stuffer....Great price $219...... No problems... I'm hard on it too... havent even lubed it.....

  17. Yep, I have that one is a good stuffer.
  18. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    As for steel gears for the Northern Tool stuffer... Northern Tool doesn't offer any (don't know about any aftermarket parts).. I just bought some replacement gears (plastic) for mine... The lady said she wished they did offer steel.. as it would make it easier on her (not so many calls)...
  19. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yeah, I didn't think the steel gears were from Northern. Paul had said he got them & they fit, but I don't remember where he got them. That was a long time ago, and we lost Paul since. RIP "BeerBQ"

  20. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    RIP Paul.. You are dearly missed


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