Meat Grinder?

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by jalan43, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. jalan43

    jalan43 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Hey Jeff here. I am going to buy a new meat grinder to make sausage. I'm looking for at least a one hp. Anyone have any suggestions? I'm looking to spend $400 or less. There are plenty of new ones on Ebay, but I'm worried about quality more than anything. thanks for the help in advance.
     
  2. porked

    porked Smoking Fanatic

    I bought a Chef's Choice on sale for $350.00. One and a half HP and the thing rocks.
     
  3. jalan43

    jalan43 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I checked it out. Does it have a steel auger or a plastic one? Thanks for the input!
     
  4. smokinal

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

    Cabela's has some great grinders. I have one & it's very good.
     
  5. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  6. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Same with me, they are well built, tough, and dependable.  And I was a meat man for 30 yrs and know grinders well.  I bought the Cabela's 1 hp; would have bought the 1.5 had it only fit under my cupboards on the counter, lol!  Plus, their customer service is excellent, also!

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  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  8. jalan43

    jalan43 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Thanks for all the great advice!
     
  9. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have ran an unreal amount of pounds of deer, buffalo and elk through mine in the last 7 plus years not to mention when it has been borrowed out (and it is on the original belts yet). I'm guessing when I put it together I probably spent around $350 scrounging for good deals on the parts. The only part I have replaced is the power switch, that is the nicest part of putting one of these together... you can also fix it.

    Mine is a 3/4 horse motor and a #32 grinder, but other wise I followed the plans I found - http://www.sausagemania.com/grinder.html

    Here is the one I put together -
     
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  10. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have ran an unreal amount of pounds of deer, buffalo and elk through mine in the last 7 plus years not to mention when it has been borrowed out (and it is on the original belts yet). I'm guessing when I put it together I probably spent around $350 scrounging for good deals on the parts. The only part I have replaced is the power switch, that is the nicest part of putting one of these together... you can also fix it.

    Mine is a 3/4 horse motor and a #32 grinder, but other wise I followed the plans I found - http://www.sausagemania.com/grinder.html

    Here is the one I put together -
     
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  11. smokinal

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

    Nice job on the grinder build!
     
  12. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The amazing things we can see on this forum.  Thanks for the pics!

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  13. jalan43

    jalan43 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    That's a great grinder. Size is good and easy to fix if you need too!
     
  14. michiganman

    michiganman Newbie

    who makes the #32 in the picture???
     
  15. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I have no idea of the brand of the grinder, I picked it up off eBay; here is another listing for one right now - http://www.ebay.com/itm/150724507532

    One thing to make sure of when purchasing a grinder that is for it to have ball bearings and not a bushing if you are setting up the grinder to be motorized and belt/pulley driven. Bushings will wear out quite fast, where the ball bearings in mine are now many years old and showing no signs of wear after grinding at least a few thousand pounds of meat.
     
  16. michiganman

    michiganman Newbie

    im surprised you got that much wear out of it,as most of the grinders are made in china .I just sent back my #32 to place i bought it. the Model is from a main company here .It was very poorly made. Has a plastic bushing ,and slop from busing to shaft was 1/16? already.the plates after washing 3 times had major black tarnish color on them. Problem is it gets expensive sending/ buying with shipping cost so high .Glad your grinder is holding out,JIM
     

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