now that i'm on my second electric grinder in a month, i felt it was time to touch on this.
I bought (initially) a waring "pro" grinder at cabelas (49.99) - it was a refurb unit, and I noticed right away that the drive gear did not fully engage the auger shaft - but I thought maybe I was imagining things so i rolled with it. it would occasionally skip, but it ground my first deer up pretty well. today I started grinding my second deer, and it caught one piece of sinew and totally stripped out the drive train. called cabelas, and found myself on a short road trip.
Upgraded to the cabelas heavy duty model that normally runs 99.99 - which is the price it was marked in the store, but I saw it online for 69 just before I left. they price matched the internet, and i upgraded for 20 bucks.
big difference between the two as noted here -
the waring does not use standard size plates. the cabelas does
cabelas has a plastic (nylon) drive train with user replaceable parts. the Waring uses plastic gears with a metal junction between the drive train and the auger - with NO user replaceable parts. further, this metal was VERY soft, and not hardened tool steel - all metal is not always better. even more frustrating is that the Waring unit only engages about 1/8" of the drive shaft to the auger - this is not enough. The cabelas unit mates fully to the auger, and they have spare auger bushings in the box...just in case the first one buggers up. I don't see this happening with normal home use.
I ground almost 30 lbs of meat in under 10 mins including bagging time doing it in 4 lb lots with a 4 1.5lb bags too. My wife came in and asked "You're done already?" indicating her surprise too. the Cabelas unit is MUCH better than the waring pro unit. Be cautious. the Waring unit is sold under MANY names - and i've seen them in many places with many different badges. they are an unmistakable design, steer clear in all cases if you can. the design is flawed IMO. that said, it could be fixed with a piece of a nut driver but i'd rather just upgrade to something that takes normal spare parts too. Stainless plates and knife is in my future.
avoid these ones -
also avoid anything that uses the pictured method of joining the feed tube and auger assy to the drivetrain (note the knurled knob on the side) - this is not a positive locking junction and leaves room for play in the unit, reducing gear life.
The Waring MG800 is a more robust machine, which uses standard plates - but it is nearly 200 bucks and I have not fully examined this one, but fear that the drive train to auger junction will be the same as the MG100 series grinders. I would avoid these as well until I can confirm that this junction is suitable for long lasting use.
the cabelas heavy duty unit pictured here is the one I hope will last longer than the Waring MG100 i just returned (and killed after just 15 lbs of meat)
kudos again to Cabela's customer service. after I showed the product specialist at the store what exactly I felt was the cause of the failure, they are considering pulling them from sale until the problem can be resolved.