Meat Grinder

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by kadoka, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. kadoka

    kadoka Smoke Blower

    Hey Guys, Getting closer to sausage making. Got my Kitchener 15# stuffer the other day, looks like a nice piece of equipment. Now for the grinder. Budget is $350- $400 but lesser would be better ( lots of other things to buy ). I did get some input on LEMs, how about Weston, others ? Looking at maybe a size #8. Thanks in advance
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Kadoka, evening... I bought this grinder 6 mos. ago.....  Noisy but works well... If you wait, it seems it goes on sale for $99 every month or so...  Even has reverse.... 

    The throat of a #12 allows for larger chunks of meat to feed vs. #8... No big deal, just depends on how much meat you will grind and the size of the chunks you will have to cut to get it to feed.... I'm sure a #8 grinder grinds a finished product equal to a #12... 

    I previously used a Kitchen Aid mixer with a grinder attachment, until I broke brides mixer... then I bought the #12 and repaired brides mixer.... I still use the KA grinder for small batches of grinding...   Dave
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  3. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  4. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    +1 on the Cabela's Commercial-Grade grinders. Well-made; built like a tank; powerful, and come in a variety of sizes & power.

    The biggest ones are REAL monsters, but even the smaller ones are 'beastly'....[​IMG]


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  5. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I agree.. I just ordered the Cabelas 1/2 hp "Commercial Grade" should be here by end of the week
  6. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Cabela's is my vote. I have it and love it.
  7. I have the 1 HP Cabelas grinder and bought a foot control which enables me to do it by myself easily. Never been dissappointed yet with the grinder after 3 years and multiple deer ground. 
  8. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  on the foot control.
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  9. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    the foot pedal is great.
  10. onytay

    onytay Smoke Blower

    For a budget grinder the northern #12 is a good buy, that's what I run and it eats what I feed it no problem. A couple buddies at work run the #32 cabalas commercial and that thing is a beast! It can do some serious work in a very short time. It really depends on how much you plan on using it and how valuable your time is to you. Both grinders will do the job, one better than the other but it will cost you.
  11. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    One note on the Cabela's commercial grinders— they occasionally have 'refurbished' models available. These 'refurb' models are usually returns that may or may not have even been used.

    One can save a substantial amount of cash (>$150 or more) on these models.

    They're still not 'inexpensive'—but I expect mine to last quite a long time. I figured it was cheaper to bite the bullet upfront rather than outgrow a lesser-powered grinder that would need upgrading in the near future as my sausage production increases.

    My 3/4HP #12 model is more than enough for my needs now and I really dont expect to have to upgrade.

    It makes quick work of 15 pounds of meat.


    if you need BIG & POWERFUL, there's always this monster of a home-grinder:

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  12. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I have the Cabela's Pro series grinder. It's not as powerful as the commercial grinders, but it works just fine for me.
  13. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have owned the Cabela's # 8 for 4-5 years now and have been very pleased with it. I usually grind about 200-300 lbs. of meat a year, if you are going to be doing more than that you may want to look at a larger model, but if you are just going to grind ever now and then the # 8 is the way to go. I will say the foot peddle makes a world of difference, you don't want to allow the grinder to run without meat in it. It will allow them to rub together causing premature ware on your equipment and heat, causing your meat to be warmer than you want it to be for processing.  Another good investment is to buy a can or tube of food grade silicone, spray or wipe a small amount on your knife and plate, it will help protect the both of them.  Good Luck, take plenty of pictures and have fun!!!!!!! ShoneyBoy .....
  14. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    +1 on this stuff.

    Cabelas won't/can't ship it to California, so I had to venture into Nevada to pick up a couple cans of the spray. It does do a great job in keeping the parts protected & operating smoothly.

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  15. I have the LEM #8. Got it for a good price at Bass Pro and I'm quite satisfied with it. I don't grind huge amounts of meat, usually 10-15 lbs at a time but I can't feed it fast enough. 
  16. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    They also sell it as a paste, in a tube, like tooth paste, if that helps....I found it at my local restaurant supply house.
  17. kadoka

    kadoka Smoke Blower

    Thanks for all the feedback, it's been very helpful. Probable come down to Cabelas and Lems. Found the Lems #8 and #12 on sale at  . Quite a bit less money than Lems themselves. Decision pending by weekend.
  18. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    My brother got the LEM #8 almost 3 years back and has never had an issue with it.  We knock out good size batches (250 to 300) pounds 2 or 3 times a year and smaller ones 2 or 3 more times.  Everything from Italian sausage to snack sticks.  Never a problem.  Not real fast but easy to clean and reliable.  Got it for less than $300.  Anyway, it keeps me from having to buy one!!
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  19. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    You mind telling me which supply house? Got a kitchener # 12 grinder last week and LEM stuffer should be in today. Might as well start off right and lube the grinder b4 i ever use it.
  20. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Eman, I buy it at Ducote's restaurant supplies on Florida Blvd, down near Foster. If you are going west on Florida, it will be on the left about a block down next to an Auto Zone (I think) and an old hotel (don't remember the name of it). The tube, if I remember is less than $5.00; I like to wipe a little plate to prevent friction between blade and the plate. They may have it in a spray can, I have it too I kind of go a little over board with it, but before I use my machine I spray the auger and throat of the neck to help prevent the meat from sticking. I don’t really know how much of a difference it makes, it was just what we did in class and they said that it was good protection for the machine. The wife and kids bought me the spray can at BassPro for Christmas last year, I don’t know how much it cost, but I do remember it is a LEM product. Now that you have a new grinder I hope to see some pictures of that baby in use!!! Hope this helps my friend…..  ShoneyBoy……

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