OK, Can you believe Its ben nearly 2 weeks and I finially ground somthing up today?
I boned out 2 butts, Terrible butts no wonder they were on sale. In the past I have spent one evening boning then grinding with the old 4th generation Enterprize manual grinder. Normally Grind tonight, stuff tomorrow, and smoke the next day, and on the 4th day he rested and said all was good.
OMG This is totally unbelieveable! It took twice as long to clean the grinder than it took to grind the meat!!
Big chunks, No Problem!, warm meat, No Problem! It could be true love!!
Look how big those chucks are! The feeder tray holds a WHOLE butt at a ttime!
Not once, NOT ONCE, did I need the meat stomper! Just drop it in and this unit doesn't even go grrrrrrr...... while grinding! Even I went Grrrrrr during grinding. LOL
The bad news, I outsmarted myself. Some of you know I bought the 12 so I could use a 3/4" plate. I already have a 3/4" plate because thats what we have always used for chili meat (I did mention the 4th generation manual #12). Well a #12 is supposed to work on a #12, the old plate is thiner but has the proper alignment hole. When you look the center shaft pivot hole appears to be the same. Actually is like 1/100,000th of an inch off!
1. Easiest would be to just buy an LEM #12 3/4" plate. They don't offer them.
2. I could go on line and find that my old Enterprize is now a Lehman's which no longer offers the #12 3/4" plate.
3. I could go online and try buying a #12 3/4" no name plate and hope it will fit my #12.
4. Find a local machine shop and try bribery with andouille.
Its either #3 or #4.
BTW LEM's largest plate is a 1/2"
And the apparent difference in the center bore size...............its an optical illusion. You can't see a difference when stacked.
I love this grinder...... now to make it mine!