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Vertical or Horizontal stuffers?


Joined Jul 9, 2016
I am giving up on using my KitchenAid for stuffing and have a question for everyone.

What are the advantages/disadvantages to vertical and horizontal stuffers? Seems vertical are far more popular, but there must be a reason both are made!

What are folks preferences?

(Specifically I am looking at the Hakka 11 lb, which comes in both variations at about the same price).

Thanks for you help!


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What took so long to abandon the KA as a stuffer ??  I tried mine once and quit making sausage until I joined this site...

Folks have mentioned they didn't particularly care for the amount of meat left in the elbow, tube and bottom of that stuffer design....

For my needs, the 5# verticals do very well...  pretty much very little meat remains after stuffing...  Most all are the same design..    I have many Grizzly products so I bought theirs...



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Joined Oct 4, 2012
If you have limited counter space the vertical stuffers are nice.

I have a LEMon. I can't recommend it even though it works good. Their customer service is horrible and you can get the same thing for less money by buying a grizzly or northern tool stuffer.


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I have both. My LEM has been in use for 15 years with 0 problems. I bought a 7lb Hakka horizontal and it works great for chubs. My LEM is good for sticks and chubs because the tube sits further down.

Got rid of 3 bottom elbow stuffers, to much meat left in the elbow.


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Joined Jan 8, 2015
I have found it inconvenient to use my horizontal because the handle has to clear my bench and to do that I first bolt a board to the bench and then clamp my stuffer to that. It seems like a vertical could be fastened to the bench and would have handle clearance no matter where it was attached. My horizontal works fine, but just seems more inconvenient.

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