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Grinder - How Big? #6809614 07/01/17 04:03 PM
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Going to buy a new grinder.

Have $350 in credit at Cabela's, so would prefer to buy there. Willing to add to the credit if and as needed.

Any feedback on their models and size recommendation?

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I paid around $100 for mine. It does fine for chili meat.


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How much are you going to use it will have the greatest impact on size and model....occasional to rare lite use a model like Bills is fine. If you will be processing several animals a year plus making sausage then something more robust would be in order. Need more info....2cents


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Re: Grinder - How Big? [Re: jeffbird] #6809633 07/01/17 04:33 PM
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We typically go through 250# - 300# of ground meat/sausage a year by the time the extended family asks for some.

Re: Grinder - How Big? [Re: jeffbird] #6809644 07/01/17 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted By: jeffbird
We typically go through 250# - 300# of ground meat/sausage a year by the time the extended family asks for some.


Mine won't do that.


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Get a #22, 1 hp at least. We have a Cabelas #22 and it works great for us. You can also stuff with it, it has enough power to stuff even summer sausage cases.
Get a foot pedal also. The larger grinders also have a reverse gear that comes in handy sometimes. Buy a solid stomper for it so you don't grind a hole in a hollow one and get stuff stuck in there.
Had our Cabelas for a few years now and no problems at all.

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Very helpful info Wytex, thank you.

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I agree with Wytex....my BIL has a 1 hp and we do several animals a year between us. I wouldn't do less than 1 hp. Ditto on the solid stomper. Suggest going all stainless for easy cleaning.....


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Looks like a consensus developing.

Thanks for the feedback guys.

Re: Grinder - How Big? [Re: jeffbird] #6809726 07/01/17 06:06 PM
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I have a LEM .75 hp with foot pedal do 200#/300# a year and love it. Foot pedal is a great Feature. This year will be the seventh year I've had it.

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The 1 hp #22 from Cabela's has been a workhorse for me. It will eat as fast as you can feed it. I've had mine for about 10 years and do several hundred pounds of meat every year.

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Yep I have the cabelas model 22 with 1 hp motor. Great grinder and with $350 to spend at cabelas I think its a no brainier. I'll add though...although you can stuff alot of meat in it its best to have smaller cubes of meat cut up and feed it at a moderate pace. If you just stuff large chunks of meat in it at a fast pace its going to clog up some....at least mine will.

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Dang, your guys are hard core, I have a #8 and just for the 2 of us it really gets the job done. Can't imagine what a #22 would do.

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Originally Posted By: Red Bone 936
I have a LEM .75 hp with foot pedal do 200#/300# a year and love it. Foot pedal is a great Feature. This year will be the seventh year I've had it.

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Grinders can stuff, but not well. If you plan on making sausage, a dedicated stuffer is a must.


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This too.^

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Originally Posted By: Red Bone 936
I have a LEM .75 hp with foot pedal do 200#/300# a year and love it. Foot pedal is a great Feature. This year will be the seventh year I've had it.


I have that one, and it's stout. But if I was doing 300# I'd step up to the 1hp models, or maybe even higher.


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look at the biggest one you can afford, then buy the next biggest one.


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Originally Posted By: Buzzsaw
look at the biggest one you can afford, then buy the next biggest one.

That's how I buy tools and computers.....then make them last longer than they should by taking very good care of them....


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I have a Cabelas 1 hp and love the thing. We do 5 or 6 deer and at least that many hogs or more. It will grind faster than you can put the meat in. They have cold packs you put around the neck of the grinder to keep the meat cold. It works great. I had a little one and did a couple of deer with it and it wore me out.

Spend the money and get a good one. You will be glad you did


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Originally Posted By: Old Rabbit
Dang, your guys are hard core, I have a #8 and just for the 2 of us it really gets the job done. Can't imagine what a #22 would do.

Same here. I have had mine for 5 years, I think. I do about 6 deer a year, no problem.

My brother has a Cabelas #42, what a beast. We did 16 deer one day back in January. That thing never even got warmed up.


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