Meat Grinder: Kitchener (Northern Tool) vs Cabelas or LEM

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by xfitjay, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. xfitjay

    xfitjay Fire Starter

    I've read a bunch of the comments about meat grinders on this forum. The Kitchener #12 1/2hp is on sale for $99. Can someone convince me that I should spend the money to get a LEM or a Cabelas? Other than complaints about the noise the review of the Kitchener seem pretty good. Right now I don't see myself doing huge batches. I probably won't be doing any deer and will mostly be using it to do pork shoulder for sausage - probably in 10-20lb batches.

  2. diesel

    diesel Smoking Fanatic

    You got my attention.. very interested to see the responses.
  3. nepas

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

    Only thing to watch for is the gears. I worked for Cabelas, the processing area was mine. The HD & Pro Series have plastic gears. Nothing wrong with them if you dont force the meat thru the grinder throught.

    I opted for the Cabelas 1hp as i grind allot. The LEM has metal gears also.

    With smaller batches i think your purchase is a good $99 well spent
  4. We use the cabelas 1Hp grinder to make sausage, and it is almost effortless. We had a cheaper one a while back and it was a workout to process meat.
  5. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I agree with Rick...if you arent gonna use it much it should last.

    I make a good bit of sausage..

    I started out with the KA route..

    Got the Cabelas 1/2 hp commercial grade. 

    It grinds meat faster than I can put it in....and does a great job..
  6. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    The Kitchener grinder is a great jumping off point. I have had mine for 3 years now and have run close to 5 tons of meat through it without any problems. Mine is branded Northern Tool, but it is the exact same unit.
  7. xfitjay

    xfitjay Fire Starter

  8. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I have the same one and got it on sale from NT.. It works for me !!!
  9. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you are limited to funds for your processing needs, if you get the Kitchener, you can get a vertical stuffer with what's left over... That should get you through the first 5-10 years of grinding and stuffing....  
  10. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  11. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    They usually send out mailers with coupons for $20 off $100 or more for Northern also. Just buy a $2 pack of washers to get over $100.  I think I got my coupon book last week and seem to get another as fast as the old one expires.  If you have one of those you can bring it down to $80.  If you have a neighbor who also got the coupon book and does not need it, use one for the grinder and the other for the vertical stuffer and get them both for $160 total for a starter setup (might have to make two trips through the line though).
  12. catzcradle

    catzcradle ImpEx - Users Awaiting Email Confirmation

    I agree with the others, if you don't do much grinding, then it's fine.  I don't grind often, but grind a lot when I do.  I bought either the 3/4 or 1hp cabela's commercial when I saw it on the forums on sale.  It is far more than I need, but I've learned through the years the meaning of "training appliance" and I find I'm usually much happier if I just buy something built to last the first time.  It does grind so fast that I keep looking for more meat to put in it, but with it's stuffer attachment and speed, I've powered through everything from snack sticks to old-fashioned bologna.

    I'll give you one warning though, it is very heavy, and very large.  So a smaller lighter duty grinder may just be the perfect thing for you.
  13. zzerru

    zzerru Meat Mopper

    I make sausage in ~10lbs batches 6-10 times a year and my Cabelas pro grinder has held up fine for the past 8 years. I would love one of the 1hp commercial grinders, but then again I don't do a high volume on a weekly basis. Depends on your usage.
  14. x2 and still going strong.

    I bought some SS plates because I got tired of the rust on the carbon steel that comes with em.
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2012
  15. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Happy 4th to everyone!  I know this is an old thread, but whats the consensus for a new guy starting out with sausages?  I'm planning to get a LEM 5lb stuffer and probably wont grind more than 5lbs at a time (maybe a little more sometimes), a couple of times a year (5-8 cookouts?).  I may also trying making some salami at some point.

    What grinder would you guys recommend?
  16. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would skip the LEM stuffer.... so would others....

    The Grizzly Stuffer has parts available... I would get extra o-rings.... ...$85 ...$90

    I have this grinder and it works well for me.. .. $100
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2015
  17. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  18. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Dave I looked at the NT stuffer but I recall it not having the right size tubes to sheep casings (0.8 inches).  Can you confirm you've used sheep casings?
  19. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    LEM tubes will fit the 5# stuffers...

    I haven't used sheep casings... too expensive for me... and they blow out fairly easily, from what I have read....
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2015

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