Grinder advice

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bobrap, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. bobrap

    bobrap Smoke Blower

    Just bought the Cabelas Cabela's Pro-Series Grinder and now wonder if I made the right decision. I don't do a massive amount of grinding (mostly butts, some beef and a few deer hind quarters). My concern is should I have bought the commercial grade .5hp. Any advice would be appreciated as I'm wanting to do more sausage making. Thanks
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2016
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    You can't go wrong going bigger. But many have bought twice starting too small. My first batch of sausage was 5lb now 25 is the average. The longer you do this the more you find yourself making. The money's spent and you have a great grinder...JJ
  3. bobrap

    bobrap Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the reply.  I kind of had the same mind set.  Don't know if the money is justified.  Get a bigger grinder, next I'll have to get a bigger stuffer. [​IMG]   Just wondering also about the size.  #8 vs #12.  $60 difference between the .5 vs .75 hp models.  Do you think there is much difference in how well each grinder actually grinds the meat?  Thanks, again.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2016
  4. gnappi

    gnappi Fire Starter

    I don't even have the smoker yet (It's in a truck and on the way) and I've downloaded the manual and I have to read about making sausage? I never even thought of it! Thanks!
  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Depends on how you use it.

    If used correctly, you will be surprised how well the smaller units work.  If you do very large batches, you might want to move up.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Head size and HP really only makes a difference in large batches. Going ONE size bigger does not save a a lot. For 20Lb you are talking 10 minutes of time savings. You said you already bought it. If your going to suffer for spending $60 too much [​IMG], take it back. If just feeling a little guilty...You'll get over it the first time you use it.[​IMG]...JJ
  7. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have a nice 1950s Chop-Rite #10 grinder ... yes ... and the movers DID NOT PACK THE HANDLE IN THE SAME BOX so it's sitting on a shelf until I find the box with the handle and the plates.
  8. bobrap

    bobrap Smoke Blower

    Thamnks for the replies.  The $60 difference was between the #8 & #12.  It's about $160 between the one I already bought and the commercial grade .5hp.  Decisions...decisions [​IMG]
  9. Good advice, I knew I would be a light duty user, But I use mine more than i thought I would. My rule of thumb is go with the best you can afford.

  10. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

     Is your Mortgage or Rent going to be $160 short this month?  Does $160 mean the Kids go to school without Coats in the cold weather or you can't Feed them this month? Will the Heat/Electricity be turned Off for lack of a $160 payment? Buy once...Cry once! You already SPENT the money and got a GREAT GRINDER, just enjoy it...So what kind of Sausage you planning to make with the inaugural run?...JJ[​IMG][​IMG]  
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2016
  11. bobrap

    bobrap Smoke Blower

    Well, I went for the larger .5hp.  They gave me a pretty good deal.  Not sure which I'm going to make first.  I think a hot italian.  Where you from in Jersey?  I'm originally from Elizabeth.
  12. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Born and raised in Piscataway. Been to and through Elizabeth quite a few times. I dated a nice girl originally from there. Enjoy your grinder. A good grinder makes the job easy. I have ground meat by hand and with a Kitchen Aid attachment and they are both a PITA. I need to get a new grinder myself but the Mrs. is withholding funds...[​IMG]...JJ
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2016
  13. bobrap

    bobrap Smoke Blower

    Shame on her![​IMG]

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