Stuffer?

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by twistertail, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. twistertail

    twistertail Smoking Fanatic

    What is better and why, vertical or horizontal? I want to get a sausage stuffer but not sure which is better. I'm looking on the Sausage Maker web site and the vertical one holds 5 pounds and the horizontal holds 3. The vertical one is $66 more and if the only difference is that it holds more I dont think it would be worth it cause I dont plan on making a bunch of sausage, just enough for me and my family.
     
  2. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    twistertail
    I have owned 3 vertical sausage stuffers, 4 qt. Enterprise, 8 qt. Enterprise and now have a 25 lb. Sausagemaker. While Sausagemaker is an excellent product, for what sounds like your quantity at a time and amount of use I would suggest looking at a LEM 5 lb. vertical for a hundred bucks. Chances are sprting goods stores in your area carry them, that or http://www.bargainoutfitters.com/cb/...8&kwtid=218158 , it is a quality made product with a brand name that should stand behind their product. Other than vertical, have have know experience with the hotizontal style stuffers.
     
  3. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have never used a horizontal, seems like a pain...but a 5 lb unit isn't that big. That's like 10 1 foot links. Not really practical making smaller batches I don't think, unless you are doing recipe development.
     
  4. bombo80

    bombo80 Smoke Blower

    most professional stuffers are vertical ones. I used to use a Zuber 100 pound water stuffer, when I made sausage professionally. They worked great. Too bad they don't make them any more.

    I have heard good things about the Dakota water stuffer. It is a horizontal unit. I don't have one, but like I said, I have heard good things about them. 10 pound capacity.

    I personally have a F. Dick vertical stuffer, with a 30 pound capacity. Found it on fleabay a few years ago, for $400. A new one today runs about $2000.

    ouch [​IMG]

    It basically comes down to what you want, what you need, how good you are at stuffing, how often you are going to use it, etc.

    Hope this helps

    Bombo
     
  5. twistertail

    twistertail Smoking Fanatic

    The thing is I dont know how much I'll use it so I dont want to spend a lot of money on something I dont know how much I'll use but I dont want a piece of junk either.
     
  6. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Get the vertical, and if it ends up being overkill, re-sell it. I think it's about right for a hobbiest application tho.
     
  7. twistertail

    twistertail Smoking Fanatic

    I'm going to look around and see if i can find the LEM 5lb vertical. Thanks guys.
     
  8. flattop

    flattop Smoke Blower

    I just recently purchased a Maverick meat grinder that comes with a sausage stuffing tube. This might be up your alley since you won't be doing a ton of sausage. I got it off e-bay for $109.00.
     
  9. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    twister.........i was at e-bay yesterday.......just type in sausage in the search area.........you will get a bunch of useless crap........but you will find several horizontals and verticles..........


    d88de
     
  10. twistertail

    twistertail Smoking Fanatic

    My dad has one of the attachments for his grinder and I tried it once and didnt have very good luck with it. Will check out ebay also, thanks.
     
  11. bombo80

    bombo80 Smoke Blower

    the grinder attached units can very tricky to use. One other thing, the black cast iron units, be careful. These have a bad tendency to rust. ask me how I know. [​IMG]
     
  12. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    eBay is a good place to find a deal; our 25 lb. Sausagemaker stuffer retails for $975 plus shipping and we paid $180 with shipping (needed a $10 o-ring).
     
  13. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have one... or a maverick "White egg" looking thing...the grinder/stuffers don't do so well, IMHO, Marty. they mash the heck out of the meat the second time thru.
     
  14. twistertail

    twistertail Smoking Fanatic

  15. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    From what I hear Grizzley is a good stuffer except the neoprene gears tend to break under pressure.
     
  16. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    looks good dude........AND it can be returned

    stainless steel.........its new.........but others know more bout stuffing sausages than me........but even shipping is affordable.........


    d88de
     
  17. navionjim

    navionjim Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have a 6qt Enterprise and a POS 8 lb stuffer from Northern tool. Don't waste your money on a horizontal or "half U" shaped POS. I did and I regret it. The vertical units are well worth the added expense. If your on a budget check out Northern tool supply on line. You can get a brand new 5 or 10 lb stuffer for less than $100. If you buy on Ebay you may get something someone else didn't like. JMHO.
    Jimbo
     
  18. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    nice spot of the plastic gears marty...........didn't see that..........

    wish i still had access to a machine shop.........i could just make metal gears............*sigh*


    d88de
     
  19. navionjim

    navionjim Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Walking Dude,
    I had one of those and yep, I stripped the plastic gears. But I think it was sausage maker who offers a set of metal gears as a replacement. If you do a web search you can probably find it, Hell I'll try to find it for you, but I know they are available.
    Jimbo
     
  20. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Twister -

    I have the Grizzly 5lber but with the nylon gears. I love it. So you have to fill it up a few times - beats the heck out of ole clamp on grinder I used to use. I would have loved to get the bigger one but for the price this works great for me!

    About 5 of us here bought them last fall at the same time (I'm going start changing a commission - I swear!) and you know mine takes a real beating! I'd buy it again!

    PS - Makes a pretty fair cheese press too!
     

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