Time to replace my stuffer-NEED INPUT!!

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by stayhot, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. stayhot

    stayhot Smoking Fanatic

    I am finally done replacing the gears on my "sausage m---r" brand stuffer and I'm looking to upgrade. The shaft is now bent as well! I make primarily snack sticks so I realize there is a lot more force involved unlike making brats and summer sausage. I don't really want a 15# unit but price aside what stuffers are you guys using in the 5 - 6 1/2# range? Brands, comments and reviews would be much appreciated!
     
  2. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Cue Dirtsailor in 3...2...1...
     
  3. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    I dont Dirt hates LEM but mine is really great, +1.
     
  4. Oh ya he's got quite the tale to tell lol. Case is gonna need this :fire:
    Do you think that will be enough water?

    Here's my stuffer, super high tech and crazy expensive-


    I made these with it-


    I'm sure that's not what your looking for but it worked for 5lbs, probably wouldn't try 50 through there lol.
     
  5. stayhot

    stayhot Smoking Fanatic

    Trying making 16-22 mm hot sticks with that stuffer.....[​IMG]
     
  6. That's what I got a little funnel for, duh! :)

    It worked for me, and I worked harder for those summer sausages than most with the big fancy stuffers and they were DELICIOUS. So giggle all you want, where there's a will (and no money), there's a way!
     
  7. Oh yes, and I wish you luck on your stuffer quest. :)
     
  8. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    A stuffer with metal gears will be suffice...IMHO DS just got a lemon but they are still good stuffers. Gander Mountain and LEM would be where I would look to....
     
  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would recommend the Kitchener stuffer over the LEMon. I have worked in customer service my whole life and LEMS Customer service sucks! I will never buy another LEM product. Had they stood behind their product originally instead of running around in circles blaming me the consumer, I wouldn't have this opinion. The product was faulty and they did everything possible to not make it right. Once they did I had to make the repairs myself. Once I replaced the defective parts the stuffer ha worked perfectly. Quality control and imperfect machining were to blame, not me.
     
  10. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have a kitchner now but looking into a water stuffer
     
  11. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have a Kitchener 5lb also, but it has the nylon gears.  I've not had any problems with it and I also stuff a lot of snack sticks.  The trick is not to bottom it out hard.  I mark my screw with a sharpie to indicate on the screw where the bottom is.  Then I have a visual cue as I stuff and can be careful with the pressure as I approach the bottom of the stuffer barrel.

    I was going to buy the LEM metal gears for mine just to have them, but it appears they no longer sell them online (or at least I can't find them).
     
  12. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I was sooo happy to upgrade from the old family manual grinder/stuffer. I went with an LEM #5 stuffer which I like, but I have not had a problem. The #12, 3/4 hp grinder, well it is fun just to turn it on. But it was loud till I shock mounted the covers. Now it just purrs like a kitten, and I smile from ear to ear.

    I also had problems with the LEM customer service when asking about a 3/4" plate. They are not very customer orientated. But the equip I have works great.

    Make sure and remember to get some food grade lubricant and a tube brush whatever type you finally get.
     
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2015
  13. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    For snack sticks, you do not want to get a stuffer bigger than 5# capacity... Kitchener or Grizzly... I use the Grizzly... about $89.... nylon gears... works well...... I even modified a 1/2" OD brass tube to do 21mm snack sticks... it has a 0.47 ID or something like that... pushes meat really easily....

    . ..
     
  14. doctord1955

    doctord1955 Smoking Fanatic

    I have a Lems works great! Have a 5# and a 15# trick is lube the o ring or seal well and like was mentioned earlier know where bottom of canister is!  Have also lubed tube!
     
  15. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I do ALOT of snack sticks and I have the lem 5 no problems here - good luck on your choice and let us know 


    The above pic was a set up for s/s which I do alot of also, 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker 

    DS 
     
  16. stayhot

    stayhot Smoking Fanatic

    Just got a Gander Mountain flyer today and there 5# with metal gears will be on sale starting 9/8 for $79 and the 15# for $179....
     
  17. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Those are good prices right there for a 5 pounder.  Reinhard
     
  18. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the tip Stayhot, I'm looking at the 15 pounder but the website says $199 .......still a good price.
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2015
  19. mrbeef

    mrbeef Smoke Blower

    Love the funnel!
     
  20. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    I used my LEM again this weekend.  With the clamps, its easy to solo the process.  Another +1 for the LEM 5lb.  If only I could get my casings less chewy!!
     

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