The Stuffer thread

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by rio_grande, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. rio_grande

    rio_grande Smoking Fanatic

    Well while we are talking grinders,, why not discuss stuffers??

    What do ya have and what do you like/dislike about them??

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  2. rtom

    rtom Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I have a northern tool 15 lb SS vertical stuffer and I have had no problems so far. Almost the same as LEM but a lot cheaper
  3. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use to have a 4 quart and a 8 quart Enterprise stuffers (Good ole stuffers); a year or so ago I picked up a 25 lb. The Sausage Maker stuffer off eBay for just shy of $180 with shipping (seller forgot to list in the title it was a stuffer). Love the capacity, clean up of stainless and it has 2 speeds which makes reloading the stuffer easier. It is an option to motorize it but haven't went there (yet).

    Recently my mother in law purchased a patty maker to use with it and it works flawlessly. Will post pics with a product reveiw of that option nexttime we patty up buffalo burgers.

  4. rio_grande

    rio_grande Smoking Fanatic

    That thing is sexy
  5. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    For the last year I've been using a 5lb horn type manual stuffer. Someone got it for me for Christmas and while it stuffs well it is pain to use as I don't really have anywhere to bolt it down. So I've decide to go with a 5lb LEM vertical. Seems for the price it's about the best deal I've seen.
  6. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have the same as rtom. Changed over from stuffing with my grinder. Will never look back!!
  7. Here is mine it's a 5# power fist stainless steel I got for my birthday 2 years ago
  8. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've got an F Dick 30#. Bought used and I refurbished. They are the Cadillac of manual stuffers. Gears like a differential on a 3/4T pickup. Heavy 1" side rods, heavy cylinder. These things are built for work. Nothing flexes or ever gives up on them. The only downsides are it's heavy (thats a plus in my book), and cost. They are little tough to clean. We've got a removable nozzle on the kitchen sink, and that makes it a lot easier.
  9. mgwerks

    mgwerks Smoking Fanatic

    Its a long story, but I was talking to my son the other day about how I wasn't so hot on stufding with a grinder, and I was describing a vertical stuffer to him. He said he remembers seeing one in the old shop out at his mom's place.
    He called me back a couple of hours later and said he cleaned it all up. It is an old cast iron Chop-Rite, and he says it's in great condition. It's mine on permanent loan. Now all I have to do is get it here, ann buy some stuffing tubes (he can't find them). Didn't know they were so pricy (like $25 each), but hey, the stuffer looks to be the right price!

  10. daboys

    daboys Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've got the LEM 5# and love it. But, sometimes I wish I would have gone bigger. Oh well.
  11. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Got the 15lb. Northern Tool SS stuffer also; it's a great piece of equipment and just the right size for what I make, usually 5-10lbs. of product at a time. All metal gears, stainless steel body and canister, easy to clean up, very little residual product left in it (about ½lb., including what's left in the stuffing horn). Just bought some oak dowels, one for each of 4 stuffing tubes as pushers to easily get the product left in the horns out. Construction is all heavy duty and solid. And, a lot cheaper than at any other place I've found too!

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  12. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Here's the pushers I made with their respective stuffing horns. I made sweet sausage yesterday, and after getting to the bottom of the stuffer, I disconnected the stuffing horn, leaving the product and casing still on, then simply pushed the rod into the horn and finished pushing out the rest of the product into the casing; neat, clean and simple! Only had 5oz of product total left from the stuffer (barely enough for a sample patty!).
  13. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great idea Pops!!
  14. hog warden

    hog warden Smoking Fanatic

    I'm new in town. Well.....recently back. You have a link to that grinder thread? I'm in the process of accumulating a bunch of hand grinders to do a test/review on them.
  15. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  16. jamesb

    jamesb Smoking Fanatic

    I've got the 5lb model from Northern Tool... Some folks are skeptical about the nylon gears but after a year of hard use, they are doing just fine. My only regret is that I didn't get the 15lb model.
  17. rio_grande

    rio_grande Smoking Fanatic

    I ordered the 15LB model last night after talking to several on here that recomend it, Can't find another stuffer for close to that capacity and cost. I will know latter in the week what I think.
  18. ol' smokey

    ol' smokey Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I bought a 5 lb. vertical from Grizzly last year and I just love it. Cheap too.
  19. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I saw somewhere you could get metal gears for the 5lb stuffer, was it on the LEM site maybe?
  20. rio_grande

    rio_grande Smoking Fanatic

    Well as it turns out the Stuffer is backorderd,,, Crap,,,, Well let the waiting begin

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