Originally Posted by PipelineGypsy
OK so I was looking at the LEM grinders. Would the only difference in the #8 and #12 be speed because of the greater horsepower? And would the extra speed be worth the extra $125? I am thinking I would rather put that towards a mixer. Oh yeah, and am I understanding correctly that the grinder is what powers the mixers? Man oh man do I love new toys haha.
The #12 would be a bigger grinder and would have a wider feed entrance and bigger grinding plates, why this matters to some is it determines how big the chunks of meat can be to feed into the grinder. The bigger the number the bigger the neck (feed hole the meat goes in) and grinder plate, the bigger the plates the bigger the motor normally.
The mixer attachment, along with other attachments to go onto the main unit unless you get a dedicated meat mixer which would have it's own. If your wanting a mixer be sure the grinder will handle one that it will attach and that the motor is big enough to power it.
There are many grinders out there and personally I think it depends on how much and how often you are going to use it as to what to buy. I own an older LEM 1.5 hp #32 grinder but it's big and it's heavy. If I were going to buy one today it would more than likely be a Cabelas 3/4 or 1 hp because I don't grind as much or as often as I used to but it would handle a number of different attachments