Vivo sausage stuffer

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by cal1956, Jun 11, 2015.

  1. cal1956

    cal1956 Smoking Fanatic

    i took these close up so everyone could see how this thing is made ,




     
  2. cal1956

    cal1956 Smoking Fanatic

    as you can see it has a solid  aluminum piston with a Teflon o ring,  that makes a tight seal in the cylinder and there was 0 meat blow by ,

    .the gears are industrial grade cast steel ,   

    the gears are dry and make a tiny bit of noise when cranked ( I plan on buying a food grade grease to lube  them . then they should be quiet and smooth as silk )

    , everything comes apart , making clean up a breeze ,

    the ONLY thing I would be concerned about would be the Teflon O ring   ( I am going to order a couple of extras just in case I break one while taking it off to clean it and the groove , that's the only weak point I have found . and I think that could be replaced with a rubber  O ring  if you wanted to so its really not a biggie

    let me know what you think
     
  3. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice job, that rubber "O" Ring just every time you stuff put some pam or food grade grease around it and you will be amazed how much smoother it will go. 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker

    DS
     
     
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have found that a wood chopstick works good for getting the o ring off for cleaning. I use food grade silicone to lube the gears and the o ring.
     
  5. cal1956

    cal1956 Smoking Fanatic

    good ideas , the piston goes down very easy  the only thing that I would worry a bit about is breaking it taking it off to clean it
     
  6. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Cal, Nice looking stuffer !
     
  7. I use a butter knife to roll the O ring off the piston . Looks like a well made stuffer with a good price .
     
  8. cal1956

    cal1956 Smoking Fanatic

    i was just surprised how well this thing is built , didn't expect it to be so heavy and solid ,  hell you can never wear one of these things out ...lol
     
  9. ssbaldy

    ssbaldy Fire Starter

    I bought a 7LB. one through Amazon. I have been so happy with it. I was surprised as to how well it was built; "like a tank' is a good description. I have had no problems with the silicon gasket (use a butter knife to remove it). As per a suggestion, I marked where it bottomed out so that I don't put any pressure on the plunger or screw threads. It made sausage stuffing fun! I am a 'little' lazy and after having to crank it up all the way from the bottom, I had to come up with a better way of doing it. I found that I could use my cordless drill if I was careful, and it cut down on the stress on my arms and the time it took to reset for the next batch. Clean up is fairly easy too. I can't really say just how  this has changed how much I enjoy making sausage, now. Go big red!
     
  10. cal1956

    cal1956 Smoking Fanatic

    i just used one finger to spin the handle on the return trip out , glad to know someone else owns a Vivo , it seems they are a bit unknown here on the forum and thus underrated
     
  11. tbern

    tbern Fire Starter

    It's been about 7 months since the last post, would love to hear your opinions on how your Vivo stuffers are working out. Thanks.
     
  12. mowin

    mowin Master of the Pit

    My cousin has a 5lb Vivo. We've put some serious amount of sausage through that thing. Great stuffer.
     
  13. I have a 5lb vivo,have put a lot of meat through it without any problems
     
  14. tbern

    tbern Fire Starter

    Thanks for the replies, does this machine leave a lot of meat in the base or tube that doesn't press out?
     
  15. mowin

    mowin Master of the Pit

    Every stuffer will have meat in the tube, but there's none in the barrel of the stuffer.
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2016
  16. tbern

    tbern Fire Starter

    Good to know that the barrel empties out.
     
  17. tbern

    tbern Fire Starter

    I see that the 5 to 7lb and the 11lb models come with the same 4 tubes. Does anyone have the 11lb model and have used the small 10mm tube to make meat snack sticks? Reading on this site that most advise not to try and do the sticks with stuffers larger than 5lb size. Just wondering if the bigger model would be ok or if a person ever wanted to do the sticks, the smaller model would be better.
     
  18. Ordered a 5 ponder this morning. Can't wait to get it. Went to Cabellas last night o pick a stuffer up - 1 hr drive. Outta stock. :devil:. So I ordered the Vivo.
    Have my 1st 10 lbs of kielbasa ground, cured, seasoned, in the garage fridge...Cant wait til it arrives...More info to be provided shortly.
     
  19. mowin

    mowin Master of the Pit

    Congrats. You'll like it. I used my cousins the other day for SS. So easy.
     
  20. I have the same one. I love it. Built quite well.
     

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