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Meat Grinder: Kitchener (Northern Tool) vs Cabelas or LEM

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I've read a bunch of the comments about meat grinders on this forum. The Kitchener #12 1/2hp is on sale for $99. Can someone convince me that I should spend the money to get a LEM or a Cabelas? Other than complaints about the noise the review of the Kitchener seem pretty good. Right now I don't see myself doing huge batches. I probably won't be doing any deer and will mostly be using it to do pork shoulder for sausage - probably in 10-20lb batches.

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 14

You got my attention.. very interested to see the responses.

post #3 of 14

Only thing to watch for is the gears. I worked for Cabelas, the processing area was mine. The HD & Pro Series have plastic gears. Nothing wrong with them if you dont force the meat thru the grinder throught.

 

I opted for the Cabelas 1hp as i grind allot. The LEM has metal gears also.

 

With smaller batches i think your purchase is a good $99 well spent

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We use the cabelas 1Hp grinder to make sausage, and it is almost effortless. We had a cheaper one a while back and it was a workout to process meat.
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Originally Posted by nepas View Post

Only thing to watch for is the gears. I worked for Cabelas, the processing area was mine. The HD & Pro Series have plastic gears. Nothing wrong with them if you dont force the meat thru the grinder throught.

 

I opted for the Cabelas 1hp as i grind allot. The LEM has metal gears also.

 

With smaller batches i think your purchase is a good $99 well spent

I agree with Rick...if you arent gonna use it much it should last.

 

 

I make a good bit of sausage..

 

I started out with the KA route..

 

Got the Cabelas 1/2 hp commercial grade. 

 

It grinds meat faster than I can put it in....and does a great job..

post #6 of 14
The Kitchener grinder is a great jumping off point. I have had mine for 3 years now and have run close to 5 tons of meat through it without any problems. Mine is branded Northern Tool, but it is the exact same unit.
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The spec sheet for the Kitchener says that all the internal parts are metal http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200451267_200451267. For $99 it's probably not particularly high quality metal. Regardless, it definitely sounds better to have metal gears.

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Originally Posted by solaryellow View Post

The Kitchener grinder is a great jumping off point. I have had mine for 3 years now and have run close to 5 tons of meat through it without any problems. Mine is branded Northern Tool, but it is the exact same unit.

I have the same one and got it on sale from NT.. It works for me !!!

post #9 of 14

If you are limited to funds for your processing needs, if you get the Kitchener, you can get a vertical stuffer with what's left over... That should get you through the first 5-10 years of grinding and stuffing....  

post #10 of 14

You might want to check this one out 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/128779/grinders

post #11 of 14

They usually send out mailers with coupons for $20 off $100 or more for Northern also. Just buy a $2 pack of washers to get over $100.  I think I got my coupon book last week and seem to get another as fast as the old one expires.  If you have one of those you can bring it down to $80.  If you have a neighbor who also got the coupon book and does not need it, use one for the grinder and the other for the vertical stuffer and get them both for $160 total for a starter setup (might have to make two trips through the line though).

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I agree with the others, if you don't do much grinding, then it's fine.  I don't grind often, but grind a lot when I do.  I bought either the 3/4 or 1hp cabela's commercial when I saw it on the forums on sale.  It is far more than I need, but I've learned through the years the meaning of "training appliance" and I find I'm usually much happier if I just buy something built to last the first time.  It does grind so fast that I keep looking for more meat to put in it, but with it's stuffer attachment and speed, I've powered through everything from snack sticks to old-fashioned bologna.

 

I'll give you one warning though, it is very heavy, and very large.  So a smaller lighter duty grinder may just be the perfect thing for you.

post #13 of 14
I make sausage in ~10lbs batches 6-10 times a year and my Cabelas pro grinder has held up fine for the past 8 years. I would love one of the 1hp commercial grinders, but then again I don't do a high volume on a weekly basis. Depends on your usage.
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Originally Posted by solaryellow View Post

The Kitchener grinder is a great jumping off point. I have had mine for 3 years now and have run close to 5 tons of meat through it without any problems. Mine is branded Northern Tool, but it is the exact same unit.


x2 and still going strong.

I bought some SS plates because I got tired of the rust on the carbon steel that comes with em.

http://www.sausagemaker.com/10grinderaccessories.aspx

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