Discussion in 'Sausage' started by countrykat, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. countrykat

    countrykat Fire Starter

    I was considering getting a tsm manual stuffer. Before I do this I would like to know what advantages there are vs using a stuffing plate with a mixer.
  2. Yes, get a dedicated stuffer. Which one are you planning on getting?

    If you are referring to the KA Mixer attachment, be prepared to cuss, throw and be very unhappy when it takes you 1 hour to stuff 1 pound.
  3. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      If you plan to make sausage more than once a year, get a dedicated stuffer! It can be done with a grinder, but is a real PITA to do more than a small amount.

  4. countrykat

    countrykat Fire Starter

    I will be getting the TSM 20 lb unit.
  5. That stuffer is $999.99 on their web site  WOW!
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2013
  6. mickey jay

    mickey jay Meat Mopper

    TSM seems expensive. Are they just trying to capitalize on their being a specialty shop or is their gear really worth worth the extra cost? FWIW, I'm pretty happy with my Northern Tooland Grizzly purchases.
  7. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    That's a big jump, from a KA stuffer attachment to a $1000 stuffer that can crank out hundreds of pounds at a time.
    I hope you aren't planning on doing and snack sticks, I don't think you will be able to turn it. We did 30 pounds of sticks at NFL with a 3/8" tube on an 11 pound stuffer and we could barely turn it. I can crank them out on my little 5 pound with ease.
  8. shannon127

    shannon127 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    TSM is a great stuffer.  I have a 24lb pounder that is about 10 years old.  It works like a dream.  With that said I use my 5lb TSM more often than the 24 pounder.  It is much easer to clean and not such a hassle to drag around.  If I am making more than 20lbs then I use one of the bigger stuffers.  If you buy it, you will not be disappointed as they are quality and will last forever if you take care of it.  I have used both the Grizzly and Northern tool stuffers, while they are good little stuffers, there is a big difference between them and a 5lb TSM.  The resin gears work so much smother than the pastic gears on the Grizzly or Northern Tool and even the metal gears on the LEM.  Everyone will have a different opinion, so I offer mine.

    Here are my stuffers.  2 TSM 5lbs in the front, and 1 F Dick 24lb and 1 F Dick 30lb in the back.  My TSM 24lb is barely visable in the top left corner
  9. countrykat

    countrykat Fire Starter

    Thanks for the replies. I have the LEM #22 grinder and with the stuffing plate installed I use a 2" barrel to fill the 1 and 2lb bulk bags. It only takes a couple seconds to fill them. I have the foot switch for the grinder which makes it a lot easier to use, but I think it would be to much off and on for the grinder to try and stuff  the casings. That is one of the main reasons I am thinking about the stuffer. Am I right thinking that way? I have also read several times on the board about the big stuffers not working to good while doing snack sticks so I am thinking of getting a 5 lb stuffer too. Just haven't  told the wife about that idea yet.

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