Grinder issues - Help

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dwaytkus, Dec 4, 2014.

  1. dwaytkus

    dwaytkus Smoke Blower

    I have a 1 Hp Commercial Cabelas Grinder and has always ran good.  Lately when running the meat through the small diameter plate the meat does not come through the die normally.  By normal I mean very slow and not through all holes and it is emulsified.  

    Question.  Could I need a new cutting blade?  Can the die plate also need to be changed?   Any suggestions or help would be appreciated.  


  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Cutting blade may be in backwards.... you won't have been the first to do that.... also, you can sharpen them....

  3. dwaytkus

    dwaytkus Smoke Blower

    Thanks Dave.  That is not the issue. 
  4. dwaytkus

    dwaytkus Smoke Blower

    I have a work sharp belt sharpener.  I have two cutting blades I am going to see if this will touch up the blade.  
  5. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    A couple things, 1, the blade may be dull.......and in need to be sharpened or changed out as stated....2, are you par-freezing your meat? this will make a bid difference on how the meat runs through your machine..... I have never sharpened a blade, but have replaced mine a couple times.........
    DaveOmark, what are you doing to sharpen the blades, just rubbing them on some fine grit sand paper ?

  6. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    One other thing to look for, sometimes depending upon the steel involved, a cutter can actually grind or lap itself to mirror match a plate. Meaning it may no longer be flat althought it matches a specific plate. When you chance the plate the knife can be slightly off. I know somefolks will buy a blade to use with a specific plate just to keep from having this problem

    Just a thought.
  7. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I find spending some extra time trimming the meat prior to grinding pays off big time no matter what grinder you are using. Like the others said very cold meat helps too. Also there are some aftermarket blades out there that might fit your grinder.
  8. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    One of the most common problems with grinders (and I have the exact same one as you) is that the threads on the ring and the threads on the head have miniscule debris in them. Try putting the ring on with no inner parts and carefully tighten and loosen with food grade silicon oil, cleaning the threads out. DO NOT tighten too much, you can get it on too far and lock the threads. Just work it in and out slowly. That increases the pressure you can put on the ring to bring the plate and knife in full contact, eliminating the problem. If that does not work, you may need to purchase a new set of a plate and knife. Koch Supplies has them to fit any grinder ( and are reasonable, or contact Cabela's. Koch will send you their catalog for free, too. I call it their toy catalog, lol!
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2014
  9. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes.... 320 or 400 grit wet/dry sanding paper... I add water and a few drops of dish washing soap to the paper.... The paper is on the glazed tile.... notice the reflection of the tube lights on the tile... that shows the tile is FLAT so there are no humps in it.... some tiles are WAVY... not good for trying to get a flat surface.... Glass can be used... and I run the plate over it also to keep it flat... plates will wear where the blade runs... causing a depression... maybe only a 0.001 or so but... I'm trying to keep it flat... do both sides of the plate..
  10. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A work sharp belt sander does not have a flat surface to properly dress the plate or the cutter... If I remember correctly... It can round the edge of the cutter....

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