Vivo stuffer WTH?????

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by lennyluminum, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. I just used my new 22lb vivo stuffer and it was the hardest thing I've ever done!! I mean really it takes 2 men and a boy to crank this thing!! Not to mention one of the teeth on the gears is broken off.

    Anyone else have any issues with it being really hard to crank with a vivo stuffer?


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  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I am only seeing a 7 and 11 pound model. Anyway, NO it should not be hard. Empty, the plunger should slide down with One Finger turning the crank and Full a Child should have little trouble turning the crank. My kids have been helping for years with my 5 pound Northern Tool Stuffer with Nylon Gears and never had a lick of problems. Did it ever go up and down with ease?...JJ
     
  3. I have the 11 pound model, love it, well built, smooth and easy to crank. Contact Vivo, they'll take care of it. Good customer service. Metal gears should not be broken. It's made to last a lifetime.
     
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  5. I have the vivo 5/7lb model and have put a couple hundred pounds through it so far. The smallest tube requires a little (very little) more effort but shouldn't be ruining the gears.
     
  6. I contacted vivo on there web site hopefully I'll hear from them today.

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  7. flagg

    flagg Fire Starter

    Interesting. Just looked at 7# on amazon. Let us know how it goes with customer service
     
  8. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sorry to hear about your stuffer problems.... It looks pretty serious. Hope they will correct it. Did you order it on line or bought it locally.
     
  9. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Yeah those gears look messed up.  Can you get a replacement?  My concern is that rust will take over the parts where the metal was shaved.
     
  10. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    So I had the same metal shaving problem with my LEMon. The frame that supports the rod assembly was messed up from the factory. It was shaving off the brass washer and creating a bind. Hopefully you have better customer service than what I got from LEMon.
     
  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  12. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Check out the Grizzly stuffer for $90...   I've been using mine for years...   I lube the cylinder and O-ring with Crisco, lube the gears, screws and bushings with Petrogel food grade grease....  

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    The Grizzly leaves little to no meat in the bottom of the cylinder...   I think it's a good tool....

    http://www.grizzly.com/products/5-lb-Sausage-Stuffer-Vertical/H6252
     
  13. Customer service was great unfortunately they don't make this stuffer any longer and don't offer parts for it. They gave me a full refund no problem.

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  14. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Sorry bud, really.  Seeing as though you already have cash sunk, you could look at the Grissly with plastic gears.  Otherwise the LEM with metal gears would be my first choice.  Mine works perfectly. 
     
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  15. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't know what you are looking for size wise, but these have good reviews:





    I would pick them over LEM any day. Customer Service is everything and LEM doesn't offer service of any sorts.
     
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  16. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

     
  17. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Crappy customer service doesn't sit well with me. LEM's is crap!
     
  18. I have the mid sized Vivo (11 pounder ),nice and smooth, it's the same diameter as the 5 pound model only taller.Holds plenty.
     
  19. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Keep pushing the crappy customer service you received from LEM.....  Members need to know which outfits they can trust if a product fails.....  

    Just like we promote Great Customer Service like Todd has.... 

    Mummel....  don't you think it's reasonable to promote CRAPPY customer service ???    If you got bit and had to fight for a month or longer to get "some sort" of satisfaction for a faulty product, we would hope you would let us know...... 

    Since we have new folks joining here on a daily basis, they NEED to know which outfits don't provide good customer service...
     
  20. bena

    bena Meat Mopper

    I think that picture is frickin awesome.   Agree Todd is great - ordered from him again yesterday .. shipped yesterday.  
     
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