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    This is my first visit to the Club, so if I am posting in the wrong area, tell me. Is there any place to go on this site or anyone with whom I can request information/recommendation on automatic (motorized) meat grinders? They seem on the expensive side and obviously require considerable care cleaning properly. The Sausage Maker out of Buffalo sells grinders but I can't figure which is the best for the money and why. Any thoughts?

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      It really depends on how you plan using it. If you just need something that can grind a couple pounds of chuck roast for burgers once in awhile, a kitchenmaid mixer with a meat grinding attachment will work just fine. If you are looking to grind 30 lbs of pork butts for sausage, you're going to want a larger one like those sold at Sausage Makers. Basically, the larger the h/p, the more pounds of meat per minute you can grind. I have one that I bought from Cabelas. I bought it from Cabelas because I live about 90 miles from their home base in Sidney, NE, so if I have problems it should be an easy process. I have both the stand mixer and a stand alone and use both as needed.

      Here's a link to an article that mainly talks about a grinder attachment for a stand mixer, but good info on maintenance and sausage grinding.

      Last edited by Dr ROK; October 27, 2015, 08:27 PM.


        Welcome to the Pit! pncboy85, I think you are getting some good advice here! The only thing I might suggest that what ever you buy uses standard disks and knife! Generally you want three disks; Fine, Medium, and Coarse and should be available at your local Hardware Store. 👍👍🍀👍👍 Luck,


        • Dr ROK
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          Great point. That's exactly why I went with Cabelas. Hopefully, they'll be around a lot longer than I will be, so if I need new blades or disks, I know where to get them.

        Bottom line: I was given a "Cabela's" grinder for my birthday. It is a serious machine: coolant in the grinder housing .75hp motor and 60lbs. Only problem, it is too darn heavy. I won't have any difficuty chewing through the bones. I know, don't eat the bones.


        • Jerod Broussard
          Jerod Broussard commented
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          I have the 1/2 horsepower with #8 throat and was glad I didn't get anything bigger.

          You gonna grind some major stuff with that dude!!!

        That is a serious machine! I have had a LEM 1/3 horse using #8 plates for about 7 years now. I mainly use it to grind venison and tube sausage. I hunt and process all of my own meat, usually 4 or 5 deer a year. I will grind 75 to 80% of a deer into burger saving the back strap, inside loin and some roast from hind quarters. My LEM does a great job and would recommend it to anyone.


          If you have a kitchen aid mixer the meat grinding attachment works very well.


            I've bought a lot of stuff from this company over the years and always been happy with their service.


            For good ground product, do a breaking grind with a large diameter plate, then grind again with a smaller plate.

            Keep your plates and blades matched, don't mix them up. They will then wear evenly and you won't get metal shards in your meat.

            I don't think grinders make good sausage stuffers, so even if you do get one with the sausage stuffing attachments, you'll get better sausages if you buy a stuffer separately.

            Don't stick you weenie in the grinder, or any other appendage for that matter.



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