Another "please help with grinder choice" thread

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by gomez93, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. gomez93

    gomez93 Meat Mopper

    I will have some Gander money to spend, hopefully tomorrow. Yes, Gander so Cabela's and LEM are out of the equation for now.
    My first thought for a grinder was this one:
    or the same model in a #8 size. Then I got to thinking, for 1 or 2 deer a year and grinding 20# or so a month of rib trimmings during competition season, would this one work as well?;
    It looks to be the same grinder sold by Northern Tools that gets decent reviews, plus the price difference would let me get a 5# stuffer as well.
    I'm leaning towards the cheaper grinder and stuffer for the amount of meat I'll be doing but wanted to get some more knowledeable opinions.
  2. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    IMHO I would go with the commercial 3/4 hp grinder and save up to get the stuffer for later.. Their both good units but the commercial grinder will blow the professional unit out of the water.....
  3. captsly

    captsly StickBurners

    I have the northern tool #12 grinder and it works great. I grind 12 to 14 pounds of pork butts at a time and it never misses a beat. I do partially freeze the chunks before grinding though.  I also have the northern tool 5 lb stuffer. It works good as well. Some people don't like it because of the nylon gears but I have had 0 issues with it. That one in your link is the exact same one.
  4. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    I have to agree with boykjo..........get the commercial one and never look back. I now own 3 grinders because I thought "well, I'm only going to do this little amount".........  The more you get into grinding meat and making sausage, the more you want to do.

  5. gomez93

    gomez93 Meat Mopper

    Is there much practical difference between a #8 and #12 given the amount of meat we're talking about? I'm sure I'll have a better feel for them once I see them side by side. I've tried to research the difference but having had any luck.
    Thanks again
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    The #8 would be a good compromise for the volume you do. Do you have the additional $45 cash to make up the difference and get the 5# Stuffer? The only consideration I would look at is, " Am I going to get so hooked on this fresh ground meat and sausage thing that my volume will greatly increase in the next year or two? "...JJ
  7. gomez93

    gomez93 Meat Mopper

    I really don't see the volume increasing much at all, there is just the 2 of us at home and we can only eat so much. :)
  8. One thing I've learned over the years when it comes to various products, get the best you can afford.  Grinders is one of those items.

    Another thing I've learned, depending on the item, is get it one or two sizes bigger than what you think will work.  Again, grinders fall into this area.
  9. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG] Once you taste your fresh sausage you'll be thinking more is better. Grinding your own fresh hamburger gets you a higher quality burger at a better price. Its nice to have some bulk Italian sausage in the freezer for pizza's, etc, etc!
  10. I have no complaints about my $100 northern tool grinder. It's works great.
  11. I just bought the 90 dollar kitchner from northern. Have not used it yet, but that is what I figured I needed for now. My question is, why the importance on near frozen meat. Easier to grind?
  12. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I bought the Northern Tool Kitchener #12 in 2012 and love it.  Unless you are grinding a ton (and I mean a literal ton) of meat, it will handle 99% of the people out there just fine.  I've done up to 25 pounds at a pop with no problems (That is the largest load of meat I had on hand, not that the grinder could not handle any more - I ran out of meat).

    Northern has them on sale for $99 right now and there is a $20 off a $100 purchase code that would reduce the price to $79.  Not that this helps with your Gander Mountain bucks, but could you use the Gander bucks for a stuffer and just buy the Northern grinder?  Might be less expensive than both from Gander.

    Or Northern has their 5# stuffer for $99 and the same $20 off code would work (just buy a pack of screws or a candy bar to get it over $100). Same stuffer at Gander comes up $97 for me in a search and unless you have a discount code for Gander the Northern is $20 less.  (Hmmmm..... odd thing is I see the same stuffer under two product code numbers at Gander, one is $97 and the other is $90)

    I'm 99% sure the grinder and stuffer is the same at either Norther or Gander and just has different "brand" stickers on them.  So price would be your determining factor.
  13. gomez93

    gomez93 Meat Mopper

    Sounds just like smokers ;)

    The Gander think didn't work out like I had hoped, so now back to square one. The good part is, I'm in no great hurry as I can "get by" with my wife's KA attachment for now.
  14. gomez93

    gomez93 Meat Mopper

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  15. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Maybe the difference is because the Cabela's grinder has a 5 year Warranty compared to 1 year for Gander...JJ
  16. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

    I got a Buffalo Tools mod. MEGRINDUL  { GOOGLE it } 20 yrs. ago from Northern Tools. Can't kill it. Number 12 neck size. Grind an average 10 deer a year. Still get them on EBAY and some stores under $300.00
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2014
  17. gomez93

    gomez93 Meat Mopper

    OK, the decision has been reached.
  18. gomez93

    gomez93 Meat Mopper

    Thanks to all who replied! After reviewing all opinions and much soul searching, I went with the Cabela's

    I think it will outlast me and do more than I ever need it to, plus it has the 5 year warranty. I also considered the availability of parts and attachments.
    thanks again, can hardly wait for the weekend to try it out.
  19. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
  20. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Congrats on the new addition to the family..................[​IMG]

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