So I am ready to get back into sausage making again. I made sausage about 6-7 years ago and used a small hand grinder(a universal food grinder, not really a meat grinder) and a 5 lb horn type stuffer. I stopped making sausage cause we lived about two blocks from a small smokehouse/butcher/sausage maker that made awesome stuff. Now I've moved far far away and there's nothing close by to get good sausage from...let alone great sausage! And I have a hankerin' for some good homemade, smoked kielbasa! I have a 400w KitchenAid with all metal gears, and have considered getting the grinder for it. I won't be using it to stuff with...just grind. But there's alot of plastic on it, and I'm wondering how well it will hold up? And what size plates come with it? I like my polish sausage ground on the coarse side. The grinder attachment is about $44 including shipping. I have also considered the grinder from NorthernTools....gets really good reviews. This grinder is up to $110 plus shipping. I will probably be doing 5 or 10 pound batches to start with and go from there. I'd likely be doing this a few times a year at least too...maybe more? And if I ever get a friggin deer next season....well I'd be grinding some of that up as well. I'll start off using the stuffer I already have and see how that works out. We need to buy a freezer as well....so I'll make do with the stuffer I have. I'd appreciate any input from anybody who's used the KA attachment.....do you still use it? Or did you upgrade? Thanks!