Newbie to the Kitchener #12 - am I doing this right?

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by sandyut, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. sandyut

    sandyut Smoke Blower

    hi guys,

    My kitchener #12 showed up today and I am excited.  I put it together and I am not sure if this is normal.  the grinding plate looks kinda high and when i firmly screw down the hand screw it seems to put a fair amount of resistance on the motor.

    the manual that came with it has a metal washer and a POM washer on the end of the feed screw.  

    The online manual doesn't show either.  

    am i tightening it too much?  is something missing?  does this look like the grinding plate it too high?  thanks!!

    Last edited: Jun 15, 2016
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks good to me...

    Pull the auger out.... there should be a very thin SS washer and a nylon bushing on the end of the shaft...  then the cutter blade and the disc...  The disc has a detent that fits over a dog on the housing so it doesn't spin....  

    Put lubricant on the washers on the shaft...  lube the shaft where it goes through the disc... 

    I don't recall if the SS washer goes on first or second....   there should be a picture in the booklet....

    Snug up the ring until you hear the motor start to load....  that keeps pressure on the cutter...   not too much pressure... 

    I use wet / dry sand paper to touch up the blade and discs each grinding session...
  3. sandyut

    sandyut Smoke Blower

    I think i was over tightening the hand screw.  its a personal my youth i stripped bolts left and right.  so just tight enough to hold everything in the right place, not very tight.  I will try this.

    Thank you for all your help Dave!!!  Gonna grind something this weekend.
  4. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Mine had the SS washer and Nylon bearing on the back of the auger

  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    FWIW, this is the food grade grease I use.....  Available at Amazon...

  6. sandyut

    sandyut Smoke Blower

    Just put a 3.3 lb chuck roast through it and man does it look amazing!  I used the 3/16 head and that was just right.  I can see grinding a lot!  looks so much better that the pink crap at the grocery store.  here are the pics.



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  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    ....[​IMG]....   You're hooked now.....  
  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Congrats on the new toy...My Kids got me a Kit' #12 for my B-day beginning of the month. I have not tried it yet but looking forward to playing...JJ
  9. magnus

    magnus Fire Starter

    Great pics.  I'm envious!
  10. sandyut

    sandyut Smoke Blower

    OMG!  the best burger I ever made!  I will grind my own from here on out!!  Cant wait to try blends of beef and making sausage!!!

    Super easy all around too.  I was a little nervous, but DaveOmak was great with my newbie questions.  Thanks Dave!!

    Magnus - I found a retailmenot (I think?  google northertool coupon) coupon for $20 off so I got the #12 for 80+13 to ship.  very good deal! 

    Chef Jimmy - I think you will find this a very nice addition!!!

    I bought a vacuum sealer too which will come in handy with the grinder.

    Be safe and smokem up!
  11. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Meat looks good,here is a nice little attachment to help keep the meat cooler.

    For the Kitchener #12 you need Cabelas #8 

    I was out at the store and bought the # 12 it was way to big,I drove out and exchanged for the #8 so I know 


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