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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-08-2016, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Harbor Freight meat grinder

I'm about ready to buy a grinder, and I know there were a lot of positive posts about the Harbor Freight meat grinder.

It looks like it comes with three plates. The grinder I've borrowed currently has a much finer screen/plate (#8???) than what it seems to have on the pic for the HF unit. For those who have this grinder, where do/did you get additional plates?

And those who have it, you've been happy with it? I need to generally grind quite a bit of meat each year. We usually bring in 3+ deer.

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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-08-2016, 04:16 PM
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Re: Harbor Freight meat grinder

I don't have that grinder but I bought a few plates from ebay once you know diameter of your plates you can order online.
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Re: Harbor Freight meat grinder

I don't have that grinder either but I got a Waring MG105 meat grinder. Really works perfect!

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post #4 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-09-2016, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Harbor Freight meat grinder

I've been doing some digging and not feeling warm and fuzzy about the HF unit anymore.

I'll be doing 3, or more, deer per year on it. I have a borrowed ancient...and POWERFUL...grinder, and I love that it just mows through meat, but it's not mine and I can't keep it forever.

I'd thought of going the HF route for cost, but I'm thinking I may need to just buck up and get a fairly beefy one so I'm not buying it again down the road.
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Re: Harbor Freight meat grinder

I love HF for inexpensive tools but I think you made the right decision regarding the meat grinder. We bought ours years ago at a butchers resale shop - commercial 220V version that does like 3 pounds per minute. Huge overkill for deer but over 30 years later still runs like new.
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Re: Harbor Freight meat grinder

I do think I'll go to HF for a winch to put in my shed rafters (I have a pretty big shed, two story with a loft) to hoist deer, but I need a grinder more than a winch. I have a pulley up there now that lifted three deer for me last year, so it can do it again if need be. I need the grinder more.
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Re: Harbor Freight meat grinder

I bought the HF grinder about 2 years ago,with the 20% off coupon,I got it for a little over $40. So far I've put 3 deer and a hog through it with no problems. It's a little noisy but it does the job! If and when it breaks,I will buy another one. The way I see it,$40-$45 is still WAY cheaper than taking a deer to the butcher. I never bought extra plates for it,so I can't answer that question.
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Re: Harbor Freight meat grinder

What worries me a little about the HF unit is that I will usually do at least 3 deer per year.

What I prefer to do, however, is bone the meat out and save it as boned trimmings until the seasons end, then do it all in one session (rather than haul out the grinder, do a deer, make and clean up the mess, and then start over when I get the next one). That makes for a lot of work if the grinder is slow.

The deal breaker on the HF unit is if I can't get a plate to do a more fine grind, though. My wife loves the 3/16" plate grind that's very fine, and won't be happy with a more coarse grind.

Taken all together, I'm kind of thinking I should just buck up and get a more robust grinder and be done with it.
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Re: Harbor Freight meat grinder

And as an aside, as I read grinder reveiws/Q&A on the web, I have to wonder...why do I see SOMEONE ask on the Q&A for EVERY grinder if the grinder can grind up meat with bones in it???? Who the heck wants bones ground in their burger????
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The deal breaker on the HF unit is if I can't get a plate to do a more fine grind, though. My wife loves the 3/16" plate grind that's very fine, and won't be happy with a more coarse grind.
Won't double grinding it fix that problem?
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