Grinder question

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by davidhef88, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ok guys I need a little help. Wife told me to order myself a grinder for Father's Day. I'm not going to be doing a ton of meat. Mostly just a couple butts at a time for some sausage. Well that's what I'm planning until the sausage addiction starts. Right now I'm looking at the Kitchener#12 1/2 hp at northern, the sausage makers#10, and the LEM 8. HELP!!!!!
     
  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  3.  What is your price range?
     
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  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    The $99 LEM #8 has plastic auger drive gears. I read some where that LEM automatically sends a spare set with every order because they break easily. It is only the $200 and up LEM Grinders that are all Stainless Steel, etc. I researched this pretty hard. In the $99 range only the Kitchener #12 (Chinese sold under a few labels) including the Sausage Maker #10 (same manufacturer) have Metal drive gears. Sausage Maker is $30 more, Northern charges shipping and Amazon has them for the same price, $99 with free shipping. There are quite a few members that own them and are happy...JJ 
     
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  5. I have had the northern for more than 10 years. It has worked great for me. The largest grind I have done at one time is a little over 30pounds.

    I would buy the same one again if this one were to fail.

    let us know which one you chose and why.

    Happy Fathers Day.

    David
     
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  6. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

  7. I would get one that will last a very long time. I'm very down on grinders with an aluminum barrel, which includes all the ones that you listed. However the one that SausageMaker sells is the best of the bunch and you can get it for less, it's actually a Sunmile grinder.
    The top-of-the-line LEM #8 is what I would go with, it's plenty big enough for what you're doing and should last a lifetime.

    http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/s...353_-1__?N=903862932&Ntt=meat+grinder&Ntk=All

    ~Martin
     
  8. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks for the input. The one at SM appears to be a sunmile not a Kitchener. Sunmile just changed the design and started putting plastic gears in it. I'm sure I can get the old model from SM. I am leaning toward the Kitchener. I think it will be more than enough for what I will need.
     
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet...Sunmile, Kitchener and a couple others are all made by the same Chinese manufacturer. Some times they have Round Controls and some have Square Buttons, the rest is the same... I have to agree with Martin. If you have the extra cash the LEM Big Bite #8 or #12 are some sweet Grinders that will last longer than I will...JJ
     
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  10. badbob

    badbob Smoke Blower

    I have the Lem Big Bite #8. No regrets! I love it!
     
  11. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    New model sunmile
     
  12. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    WOW, that sucks! Better jump on the Kitchener before they go Plastic as well...JJ
     
  13. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Just did. Lol. Hopefully it will be here in time to play with next weekend. Now I have a great excuse to build my smokehouse next summer. Thanks everyone for your input. My head is spinning from all the reading and comparing. I'll hopefully get a few good years out of it.
     
  14. Why do you have to wait till next summer? Oh that's right summer starts June 21st.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  15. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Lol it's 68* and raining again today. I have to wait till next year because I have a lot of work to do around the house this summer. Hope to get it all done this summer so I can have a little extra time next summer.
     
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  17. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Yeah I saw that. I like the Black Case but I could not find it for sale anywhere...JJ
     
  18. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    This is the one with the plastic
     
  19. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Wish it was 68 here. 95 in the shade.
     

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