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Meat grinder and stuffer

by , Posted to on 07/20/2013 12:52 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/07/2005
Location: ND
 I'm in the market for each. I want a grinder where I can throw big chunks in and not have to take a whole day to grind 100 lbs. I have a lot of cabelas cards/points so I will be purchasing from there. I'm looking at the cabelas commercial grade grinders. They go from 1/2 hp all the way up to 1 3/4 hp for $799. I want to go big or go home but is it necessary for me to spend 800 on a grinder that myself and a couple buddies will use one or two weekends in the winter?

Same with a stuffer. Do I need a 30 lb stuffer for $500?

Im new to making sausage but I want to get something I will be happy with the first time.  I've read all the reviews on grinders and they are all pretty much 5 star ratings on down to the 1/2 hp grinder. The 1 3/4 hp grinder can do 22 lbs/minute! 

Thoughts?

Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/20/2013 1:11 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/12/2003
Location: ND
Your looking at some descent quality grinders which should last your life time.

 

With a stuffer I would look at getting a 15 pound. I have a 25 lb and a 5 lb. The 5 lb is a nice size for doing meat sticks and breakfast sausage links as the larger the stuffer the more difficult it is to crank the stuffer. With the 25 lb it is great for large batches but cleaning it in a sink it is cumbersome. I think the 15 lb is the perfect size and still plan on getting one.

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Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/20/2013 3:45 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/03/2004
Location: ND
Cabelas 1hp is the smallest that has reverse (when I bought mine it was at least), I wouldnt want a grinder without reverse. I have the 1hp and it handles deer just fine.

If you want a stuffer, this is a decent one from the research I have done.
I will be buying one of these soon!
www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200425065_200425065
Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/20/2013 3:52 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/12/2003
Location: ND
This stuffer is on sale right now, but I have seen Gander have them on sale as low as $179 in the past. I should have gotten one then - http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Guide-Series-15-Lb-Vertical-Sausage-Stuffer&i=401088&str=sausage+stuffer&merchID=4005

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Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/20/2013 3:55 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/07/2005
Location: ND
 I actually have two $100 visa cards I can use anywhere. Is this one legit? I'm thinking I should "pull the trigger"
MossyMO Said:
This stuffer is on sale right now, but I have seen Gander have them on sale as low as $179 in the past. I should have gotten one then - http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Guide-Series-15-Lb-Vertical-Sausage-Stuffer&i=401088&str=sausage+stuffer&merchID=4005



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by on 07/20/2013 4:07 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/07/2005
Location: ND
 Mossymo,
What is your opinion on hp for grinder? 1 hp plenty to grind up a couple elk,deer and waterfowl?


Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/20/2013 4:08 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/07/2005
Location: ND
 
Lycanthrope Said:
Cabelas 1hp is the smallest that has reverse (when I bought mine it was at least), I wouldnt want a grinder without reverse. I have the 1hp and it handles deer just fine.

I like the sounds of this

Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/20/2013 4:23 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/12/2003
Location: ND
bowhunter_24 Said:
 Mossymo,
What is your opinion on hp for grinder? 1 hp plenty to grind up a couple elk,deer and waterfowl?


More than plenty of power, I have a home made 3/4 horse belted grinder working a #32 grinder I want to change into a direct drive, but I think a 1/2 horse motor would have been more than plenty.
 
In this thread there are some pictures of it - http://www.fishingbuddy.com/meat_grinder_3
 
 
Here are direction if you like that set up - http://www.sausagemania.com/grinder.html

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Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/20/2013 4:46 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/13/2004
Location: ND
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The 1 hp Cabelas grinder is more than you will ever need. I love mine. It is nice to have reverse, but have never needed it yet. It will take you longer to setup and clean than it will to grind whatever. I also got the 44 lb Weston mixer for mine. Found it on ebay brand new for $179 a few years ago. They make the Cabelas one. Great if making a lot of sausage, it will hold 50 lbs.
Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/20/2013 5:51 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/10/2010
Location: ND
 I have the LEM 3/4 HP, their lowest HP with metal gears. You cannot keep up with it. Been very happy with it.

I'm on my second grinder, remember that you will be grinding meat that is partially frozen and those with plastic gears will eventually wear out. Spend the extra money and buy quality or you'll regret the purchase after a few years. Yeah they are expensive but with the price of meat processing it pays for itself in the first year.

I have a 5 lbs stuffer and process 7 deer/year with it. It would be nice to have a 10-15 lbs stuffer but it only takes a couple minutes to refill. Don't break the bank on the stuffer, just buy quality and you'll be happy with it. 

I'm a fan of Capital City Restaurant Supply in Bismarck. They ship all over the country, their customer service is top notch and their prices are cheaper than Scheels and Cabela's.  They are also a local company....

http://www.capitalcityrestaurantsupply.com


Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/20/2013 6:32 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/27/2002
Location: ND
Try here and use the search feature.  There are some listed at some auctions.
http://www.midwestauctions.com/

Good source to look for various sporting goods listed or just look for a good auction to attend.



Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/20/2013 7:04 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 06/05/2009
Location: ND
The only thing that I would recomend watching out for is the stuffers that have the shaft and gears above where your meat is held.  My inlaws have one of them and they butcher their own beef along with grinding their own hamburger and stuffing it in bags.  Over the last couple years they have noticed some metal shavings coming off of the spindle which could potentially make it into the meat that you are stuffing.  I still like the old cast iron sausage stuffers, but I figured I would share about the only problem I have seen with that style of stuffer.
Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/20/2013 9:41 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/03/2004
Location: ND
Also if you get a good grinder, dont forget the foot control!
www.amazon.com/LEM-Products-Meat-Grinder-Switch/dp/B000SQCAIG
Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/20/2013 9:53 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/05/2008
Location: ND
I would get the largest, most powerful grinder/stuffer you can afford.  It never fails, when you start grinding meat, you wish for a little bigger opening or more power.
Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/20/2013 11:32 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/22/2005
Location: ND
     We have a Cabelas #32  and a #42 grinder, have never used the 42 bought it as backup. The 32 will grind 100 lbs. in just over 20 minutes. For all intents and purposes you might as well consider the 42 twice as big and therefore twice as fast as the 32.  We have run probably 8 to 10 tons of meat through the 32.  The only thing we have ever done to it is replace the knife and plate once, and had the shaft on the auger built up and turned down to fit the plate when it wore.   Also have Cabelas stuffers . 15 gets used the most just because it is the handiest.  Not sure if the big one is 25 or 30 Lb usually only use that if relatives are home hunting and we make more than 100 lbs of sausage in a day.  Would highly recommend getting the motor for the stuffer, makes it a lot easier on the guy stuffing plus frees up a man for more important stuff.  Somebody has to keep the drinks full!!!
Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/20/2013 11:55 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/07/2005
Location: ND
 This is what I'm trying to avoid. So you think 1 hp is not enough?
kdm Said:
I would get the largest, most powerful grinder/stuffer you can afford.  It never fails, when you start grinding meat, you wish for a little bigger opening or more power.



Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/21/2013 09:04 AM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/05/2008
Location: ND

If you are only going to use it for one or two weekends then any grinder will do.  You will just have to cut the chunks of meat smaller and go slower.  That's all.  I do lots of grinding and the smaller hp grinders take to much time to get the amount of meat that I want to do finished.  I've tried to run frozen meat through some smaller grinders and they stop.  For a deer or two per year, a 1/2 horse will get the job done and you will have time to drink a few more beers while your at it.   

Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/21/2013 09:16 AM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/24/2002
Location: ND
 I have a 1 hp cabelas and it works awesome ... I have a mixer for it and it cuts our time in half , at least. 

The one attachment I wish I had was the jerky slicer. I talked with a guy who has one and he said it just makes the jerky process that much faster.


Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/21/2013 11:10 AM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/19/2006
Location: ND
I know you have Cabelas points but I would really advise you to stay away from their stuffers. I bought the big one and was very unhappy with it. The second time we used it for sticks the gears broke a couple cogs off, and yes we had watered the meat down to about the consistency of soup and they still broke. I work in the meat business and firmly believe Cabelas stuffers are definitely not built strong enough in the gear box. They also have a weird bottom on the tank and when the piston, which is also to flimsy, bottoms out there is still a couple lbs of meat left in the stuffer. On the bright side a year after I bought the stuffer Cabelas took it back without question.
Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/21/2013 11:59 AM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/07/2005
Location: ND
 I appreciate all the info guys. Right now I am leaning towards a 1 hp cabelas grinder and the stuffer mossymo posted. 
Mudflap,
which stuffer do u have now?

Re: Meat grinder and stuffer
by on 07/21/2013 5:54 PM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/09/2009
Location: ND
I bought a Dakotah Water Stuffer and converted it to air, easy to do. No effort, easy to clean, and nothing to break. Just turn the ball valve, and it starts pushing sausage out. About $150.
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