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Contemplating A Meat Grinder and Looking for Educated Input

UncleKeithUncleKeith Posts: 19
edited January 13 in EggHead Forum
So, I’m all fired up to buy a meat grinder. I’ve seen some discussions on other forums and it seems that there are some different options out there.

Im pretty much thinking I only need a 1/2-3/4 hp unit because the most meat I anticipate processing at one time would be a whitetail deer. I don’t think the Kitchen Aid stand mixer types are an option in my world.

It seems I see LEM, Cabela’s, and MEAT! units mentioned a fair bit. What are the thoughts and evaluations around here?

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  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 8,503
    I have a LEM #12 and it’s perfect, my first grinder was from harbor freight, loved it as well and $50.00 price point 

    how much will you be using it, will you be grinding bones , how much meat will you be grinding at a time
    Visalia, Ca

    LGBE- Pit's by Klose Trailer -Stumps XL Stretch - Custom Santa Maria-Modified HD Offset Smoker Reverse Flow- FatStack Smoker FS120 coming soon FatStack 500- Blackstone 36 Blackstone 22 - Custom Cold Smoke House and a lonely Brinkman Vertical Smoker
  • GregWGregW Posts: 2,532
    edited January 13
    I bought a LEM 15. It proved to be a beast that was too big for the kitchen.

    The LEM 12 that lkapigan recommends may be a better choice. I kept the LEM for a few months and sold it at the beginning of hunting season.
    Birmingham, AL
  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 3,580
    I have an LEM #8 for casual grinding and I love it.
    NOLA
  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 4,832
    I started out with one from harbor freight as @lkapigian mentions above. My thought process was that it was cheap and I could see just how often I would use it and I could always upgrade later. I’ve had it for several years and still haven’t upgraded. I used it quite a bit for awhile but not very often anymore.

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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 8,150
    I started out with the Harbor Freight one to see if I would like it. It lasted a few years before it crapped out.

    Went to the LEM #8 and it works so much better. Couldn't be happier.

    Now you got me wanting to make sausage this weekend. 

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 39,118
    I have the mighty bite #8.  Plenty of power for me at a very good price.


    The aluminum is harder to clean than stainless tho.  You don't want to put the aluminum parts in the dishwasher because they get a black powdery patina.  the SS doesn't have this problem.

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  • kdinkkdink Posts: 327
    Went with the Weston #12, Model  33-1301-W, ordered from Costco, figured any issues easy to return.  Love it.  Thinks its like $150.00 now online its $229.00 on Westons website
    https://westonbrands.com/12-electric-meat-grinder-33-1301-w
    2 Xl's, MM and Forno Bello
    Pizza Oven in Bergen County, NJ
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 12,876
    edited January 14
    Buy once, cry once, just be forewarned it will not fit through a standard 80" doorway.

    32 lb Hobart MG2032-1 Meat Mixer and Grinder
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 28,604
    a friend of mine butchers a deer a year and grinds his own with a hand crank. i should say he feeds it, his wife turns the grinding handle. i wouldnt blink an eye grinding 1 deer with the ka.  i dont use it for grinding as much as i thought i would so would not upgrade to something larger
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  • RunamuckRunamuck Posts: 37
    I used a KA for years because I had one; it did the job, you just have to take it slow. I have owned several grinders over the years, and if I were to do it again, I would get a LEM or Weston #12- it's heavy enough to last doing regular processing without being too large to deal with. I currently have an LEM #32 that is an absolute beast, but it's big and expensive and big-time overkill at 17 lbs per min. If you will use it alot and bigger batches, maybe a #22. Have fun, this is an addictive journey! haha
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 4,974
    I’ve run a few deer through the ka. Not ideal but the attachment takes up little space
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 11,293
    Another vote for the Lem Big Bite.
    I have the 12 and can’t imagine you needing more for what you described above. It’s crazy strong.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 3,799
    What is the meaning of the # value?  grind size? pound per hour?

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  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 8,503
    edited January 15
    paqman said:
    What is the meaning of the # value?  grind size? pound per hour?
    HP and outlet size 
    Visalia, Ca

    LGBE- Pit's by Klose Trailer -Stumps XL Stretch - Custom Santa Maria-Modified HD Offset Smoker Reverse Flow- FatStack Smoker FS120 coming soon FatStack 500- Blackstone 36 Blackstone 22 - Custom Cold Smoke House and a lonely Brinkman Vertical Smoker
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 16,036
    I’ve run a few deer through the ka. Not ideal but the attachment takes up little space
    Grinding with the KA attachment(s) isn't the worst part. Stuffing is the nightmare. 

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  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 4,974
    I tried the stuffer and it was a pita, air pockets, up too high. I bought the lem gun and that works great but again not for large scale.
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • westernbbqwesternbbq Posts: 2,457
    LEM #12 is what I have.  I make sausage 3x per year in 30 to 50 lb batches at a time and grind hamburger 6 x per year.  This thing handles it all with ease
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