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Sausage Stuffer and Cold Feet...

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by SonnyE, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So, after waiting 12 days I got antsy and started lookin around.
    I found a late model LEM 5 Pound Stuffer on Amazon for $119.95 and free shipping.
    So for the extree, I changed my mind, bought the late model LEM, and canceled one I had on Back Order.
    And it's going to be on it's way because it is in stock.

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  2. LEM stuffer's are the way to go, I upgraded to their 30lb electric model and wouldn't part with it for anything enjoy it!
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  3. 73saint

    73saint Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I had mine delivered this week, and I used it this morning for the first time. After stripping the gears on my Christmas gift/game winner from academy, I am much happier with this one. I think you’ll be happy.
    I sure am!
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  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Have not seen that model before. Looks really nice. I have to wonder why they added the cover to the gears. Seems like a fix for a problem that doesn't really exist. The LEM suggests the cover keeps metal shaving away from the meat, but any shavings that may come off the gears could not get past the plunger anyway. I would buy one if my stuffer ever dies...JJ
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  5. Now start looking for small 1/2 hp motor, bicycle wheel gear and sewing machine ON/OFF foot switch to automate this beauty....
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2019
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  6. TomKnollRFV

    TomKnollRFV Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Please don't give Sonny ideas on frankensteining the stuff! LOL! If he does it, then I'll want to do it!
  7. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice deal there. Now lets see some action out of it.

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  8. crazymoon

    crazymoon Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    SE, Looks good sir !
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  9. Winterrider

    Winterrider Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

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  10. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Holy Moly, No. I'm way beyond picking up a monster and clamping it on the counter.

    I don't due well with sitting on my thumbs waiting after I've decided on something.

    It's LEM's later design. Don't know why they are changing it, probably bought into a different factory/different design.
    I'm not afraid of shavings either.
    Maybe somebody got a finger in the original designs gears?

    No, No, No! The idea is to be able to move the meat both directions so it can be stopped and started easily by hand.

    Tom, we are peas in a pod.

    Definately going to be using it, Warren. I'm stockpiling meat already. I ran off a 1 pound Stuffing this morning of left-overs. Just itching to try out the Pork and Stew meat I got packaged up. Smoke it tomorrow.

    Thanks Crazymoon!

    I have one just like that. I tried it on the KitchenAid, but it wouldn't work. Didn't futz with it. Just unplugged it and went to hand running the KA's regular switch.

    I think a hand cranked stuffer will be the most practical way to do the job.
    The KA does fine grinding and mixing so far, for me and my easy goin ways. Low and Slow.
    Watching Disco do his helped guide me to using the KA. But I can see a lot of value in a hand cranked stuffer to run off a long rope of snack sticks, and hopefully later even Kielbasa.
    I made a 1 pound test batch today, smoke tomorrow. If the flavor hits right, I want to do a 5 pound batch when the stuffer hits town.
  11. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That is a good looking stuffer!
    I've had a LEM 5# for several years & it's still going strong.
    My gears are exposed though.
    Yours looks a lot cooler!
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  12. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the like SonnyE it is greatly appreciated.

  13. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Al,
    I was thinking about the one I ordered first, and how it is back ordered, and got to lookin.
    Looking lead me to this late model LEM, and I got to thinking about Warranty and Parts, and things like that. So for the $20 difference, it made sense to go with the LEM brand. :emoji_thinking: (I didn't want to spend ~$160. But my arm could be twisted for the $119.99.
    And how many like and use the LEM line.
    So I decided to go with what LEM is offering now, and roll the dice on them backing up the stuffer if the cast heads prove to be an Achilles Heal in actual use.
    I'm one who tends to have a "Torque Wrench Arm" and rarely break things. So I don't plan on trying to force the mechanics of a stuffer.
    That is my only reservation, cast parts, and pretty new design to have a proven track record, yet.

    The steel framed, open gear design is a proven, great machine. Which in fact, LEM still supports with parts for it.
  14. Braz

    Braz Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    That LEM stuffer looks identical to my Kitchener stuffer. Except for the label, that is. I think they all come out of the same factory in China.
  15. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Probably one mold does all as with a lot of things from China.

  16. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ohhh, Tommmm.... :emoji_imp:

    Guys are using their driver/drills with a 3/8" square driver and a 6 sided socket...
    The guy uses his driver/drill on a driver setting so it can slip if it gets tough to move the meat. So he doesn't break the stuffer, or his wrist.

    My plan remains to just hand operate.
    I'm retired, My time is worthless, so I can crank till my arm falls off. (Subject to change...):emoji_smiling_imp:
  17. TomKnollRFV

    TomKnollRFV Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I'm wa iting for SonnyE to make a Red Green style sausage stuffer now..
  18. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member