Cabela's 1hp Grinder

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by jckdanls 07, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'm thinking the 1hp grinder is a little much for what little bit of grinding I will be doing. Maybe once every four or five months for now.;MMcat104798880;cat104364180

    I understand it has a feature or 2 the smaller ones don't but I also see that all the attachments will fit the smaller (1/2, and 3/4hp) ones. Then again if I get a smaller one I'll be kicking myself in the ass for not getting the 1hp...LOL

    (holds hands on ears and shakes head) "I'm sooooo confused"
  2. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    I have the Cabela's 3/4 HP commercial model. It has plenty of power, its fast and has been quite reliable.

    Since I rarely do loads larger than 15 pounds, it does the job quite nicely.

    Got a refurb. model from Cabelas & saved big $$.

    Last edited: Feb 1, 2012
  3. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I am right there with ya I got no advice for ya
  4. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Get the Big one. You'll will grow into it. [​IMG]
  5. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have the 1/2 hp one and its good. I would like the 1hp but i am not unhappy with the 1/2
  6. flipajig

    flipajig Newbie

    My first grinder was a 1200 watt I picked up off E Bay for $100.00. I used for several years and I did some heavy grinding after I bought it I never bought any Hambuger or breakfast sausage when it finely quit working I went ahead bought a Lem #22 Wich s just below a commercial grinder I'm able to grind 10lbs of meat in 1 min or less. I'm grinding more meat than ever before between 30 to 50 lbs each week.
    A smaller grinder will take you longer you just need to decide on how valuable your time is worth save a $100.00 for a extra 5 to 10 min of your time.
  7. gersus

    gersus Smoking Fanatic

    Are you kidding? I wouldn't want to lug a 1hp around to set it on the counter! I also wouldn't want to pay for one...

    I have the .35hp LEM and I've been using it almost once a week. I use it for sausage but I also use it to grind chicken for my dogs. We have our dogs on a raw diet and it's been awesome. So I grind up various chicken parts typically, bones and all. If a .35hp will do that I think it would satisfy the majority of people here. But hey, if you're loaded, get the big one and haul it home in you're new fancy truck. ;)
  8. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  9. fishwrestler

    fishwrestler Smoking Fanatic Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I just got the 1/2 hp and I am more than happy with it.

  10. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I have the 1/2 too and it works fine for me, but I usually only make 5 to 10 lbs. of sausage at a time. Maybe once a month.
  11. sam3

    sam3 Smoking Fanatic

    I bought the LEM #22 1 hp grinder. I usually process my own deer and the majority of that meat (other than backstraps) gets ground. I can blow through 25 lbs of meat in no time.

    I've been making sausage, keilbasa or snacks sticks lately, so it's getting a workout.

    Zero complaints.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2012
  12. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have the Cabelas 1/2 hp. I did 100 lbs of venison in 20 mins. Its a great grinder. The LEM Big Bites are nice to and i may get one being there are no Cabelas down here if i need a plate or blade.

    Either will serve you well.
  13. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    When i worked at Cabelas we had this lady come in every few months, She has the huge grinder 1 3/4hp and she would make her own dog food. She would buy extra blades because she was grinding the bones in with the meat.
  14. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    Did she also have a 'fancy new truck'? [​IMG]
  15. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You mean a flatbed with the forklift on the back

  16. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    HA HAAAA to funny... thinking I just may go with the 1/2 hp... thanks y'all.. I have to make up my mind tonight so I can turn in my order at work...
  17. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Unless you are processing a whole animal, you don't need all that power.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  18. When I was Cabelas I was looking at the 1hp and the 1/2hp, and the dude told me if I was grinding Venison I would want the 1hp cause it has reverse, I told him I wasn't planning on grinding anything backwards, he looked at me kinda funny, then he proceeded to tell me the venison tends to clog up grinders more because it is stringy, and that reverse makes it easier to unclog

    I do not ever grind venison so I don't know if this has any truth to it, but if it is, that may help your decision
  19. The venison will only clog if you don't clean the deer meat up very good, I tend to cut all that nasty tasting sinew off anyway so no clogging from my Tasin grinder (1200 watts) at all. You might want to check out Weston grinders as well, they also have the jerky slicer, cuber attachments and mixers available. I think the attachments can only be used on the 1 hp and 1.5hp units though, same as Cabelas.

    Weston Grinders -

    If in doubt it would be best to buy the larger grinder now if you can cuz you'll wish you had the larger one later IMO. Decisions Decisions....[​IMG]
  20. gersus

    gersus Smoking Fanatic

    lol Big Casino! But yeah, if you don't remove the tough silver skin it will tend to clog up. We remove as much as we can but haven't had ANY problem with what was left. 

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