I spent a bunch of time researching here and other places, over two years of time, prior to purchasing my stuffer. I own ither LEM products and have never had any issues. First issue I mentioned after my first use, the metal shavings at the gear assembly. Tried again today and it's getting worse. One of the main selling points for me was the stainless tubes. Got done today and started to clean. Thought I wasn't getting a good scrub. Nope inside of the large tube is rusting. After first use I hand washed and dried immediately after. Stored dry in original box. Right now I'm not happy with this LEMon. Customer service will be getting a call.