Ok first off I have to appoligize for not getting to this sooner! SORRY To many irons in the fire! Myself and the 2 other meatcutters at work have had a chance to use this mixer and we all give it a big thumbs up! Several 25 pound batches have gone through it and it gets faster and easier every time. Heres some pics of the first batch.
Heres our seasoning packet we use for our basic country style bulk sausage
25 pounds of fresh ground pork
The lid just sets on the top...easily removed.
We add the seasoning to 28 ounces of water to help it distribute evenly
Here is the 25 pounds loaded in the mixer...even a little room to spare.
We add the mix and start cranking...
After 30 cranks one direction and 30 cranks the other direction.
Here is a pic of the tilting lock mechanisim...just pull the knob and tilt it to the next locking position.
sorry the shot is blurry... tilted and ready to remove.
With a container beneath just a few cranks of the handle and the sausage tumbles out.
there is still some in the mixer tank but only a small amount to scrape out by hand.
after pulling the mixer paddles out it requires alittle cleaning but not much.
I would have to say if you make alot of sausage and would like to keep from freezing your hands this unit does a fine job.
The tilting feature is really nice especially if you are not a big person and able to lift the mixer to move it to the sink for cleaning.
Holly is one of our meat cutters, and she has no problem using, disasembling, and cleaning it. When loading the mixer if you layer the ingrediants it helps to shorten the amount of cranking it takes to mix it thoroughly. We pushed it to the max one day and made a Beer and Kraut sausage with 25 pounds of sausage, seasoning, 6 pounds of sauerkraut, and 2 beers! It was full full but it still did a good job. The unit cranks super easy...the 60 times I cranked it for this batch took less than 2 mins to do. I dont really see any reason to hook it to a grinder. One thing I should point out is the handle is long and you have to have it hanging over the edge of a table to use it. The tank removes easily by loosening 2 wing nuts, removing 2 hold down straps, lining up the handle, and lifting it straight up.
This was a good piece of equipment and would have to say if you are thinking about buying one to go ahead and spend the extra money to get the one with the tilting and removable tank.