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Anyone ever built a sausage mixer?

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I was trying to look through the forums to see if there were any previous threads on this but I didn't find anything. Has anyone ever built their own sausage mixer? After mixing 300lbs of sausage last weekend I have come to the conclusion and I need to get a mixer for next year. I would like to ger one that will mix 100lbs worth of meat.
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Mixing large volumes of sausage has always been troublesome, for the home DIY sausage maker. I broke down and bought one of the large mixers, from Cabela's. They say it holds 44 pounds of meat. Yeah, right PDT_Armataz_01_20.gif
It will hold 44#, but it won't mix it very good. 25# is a good size for it, and mixes it nicely. Even 35# was almost too much for it.

I have always been on the lookout for mixers. We had a nice 100# mixer, when I worked at the grocery store, 20+ years ago. The only ones I see now, cost $2000 PDT_Armataz_01_23.gif, and go up from there. I wish I would have had my head screwed on right, back when my father closed the store. I should have "acquired" the mixer, and a few other items from the sausage/meat dept..

As far as making one, I guess you could do it. I would try to find a stainless steel 35 gallon drum, to start with. Then you would have to get a motor, a center shaft (S.S. also) and some other S.S. plates, to make the mixing paddles, and deflectors. Then you would need to TIG weld them together, and inside the drum base, so they wouldn't hit each other, but be placed so when the inner shaft turned, it would push the meat around and mix it.

No wonder they are so expensive.
post #3 of 4
Unless you could find a deal on a mixer of the size that you are speaking of, for a once a year job, I would just mix it by hand. I have made a lot of sausage that way.
post #4 of 4
Wowser! 300 lbs of sausage - Who are you cooking for? the US Army?

I'm used to smaller batches but have looked at mixers - try

they have three models - a 20Lb, 50 lb, and a 110 lb

Certainly cheaper than you could build one out of stainless - When I was pricing stainless drums for winemaking the cheapest I found for a 55 gallon drum was about $850.00 - and working with stainless steel is a pain in the neck - that stuff is harder than Chinese Arithmetic

Have fun!

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