Pros: no meat leaks, easy clean up, works amazingly well
I went to a local Cabella's store to buy a new sausage stuffer. I had an old fashioned cast iron stuffer, that just didn't work worth a darn. My electric grinder just wasn't cutting it either. Wal-mart didn't carry any sausage stuffers. initially I purchased an upgraded cast iron one, with a rubber flange to keep meat from squishing past the push plate. Even the 70 dollar one worked terrible. I returned it. I had about 150 feet of meat sticks to get ready for smoking too.
So, I went back and bought this thing. I was initially very hesitant about the almost 400 dollar price tag. That is very steep. After getting it home and opening the box, the set up for it was very easy. It holds a ton of meat. Enough for about 30 feet of 5/8" sticks at a time. To my surprise, it shot out meat from the funnel spout so amazingly fast, initially I was ripping apart casings because of how quickly it would come out. I had to learn to slow down, It requires almost no effort at all to crank. Not a single bit of meat leaked past the push plate through the entire evening of use.
The work that used to take me 7-8 hours, was done in about 20 minutes. None the less, I am very happy with the purchase. Even though it cost a lot, after using it for a while the saved time will more then make up for the high cost.
When I was all done, it came apart and cleaned up incredibly easy. This stuffer was no where near the amount of work that was put in before, cleaning up one of the old fashioned cast iron stuffers.
Hands down, this is a great piece of equipment!!
I have since invited all my friends to come over with their wild game they have processed themselves to use it.
(I have since learned I can buy the same machine online for about half the price. - $170 So it is totally worth that cost)