Meat grinder - The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community
 18Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-23-2019, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
Part of the Community
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 168
Back To Top
Meat grinder

I'm going to buy an electric meat grinder and would appreciate any information you can provide. I butcher 5-6 deer a year and want to make bologna and sausages. Trying to decide what horsepower and size of grinder. Also best place to purchase. Thank you very much.
Bbutz is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-23-2019, 08:19 PM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,520
Back To Top
I'm in the same boat. I've been hand grinding all my deer for 10 years now and I am done with it. Getting too old for that baloney.

I'm specifically interested if the grinders in the 500-1000 watt range are sufficient to do a handful of deer a year, provided you get a good one with metal gears. The one I have my eye on right now is the LEM 1158.

What does the extra oomph get you if you go up to say a .5 or 1 HP model? Is it mostly speed, or does it greatly enhance your capability to power through silverskin without clogging up the blade? Does extra power render it irrelevant to partially freeze before you grind like I currently have to do with my hand crank grinder?

I am committed to getting a separate sausage stuffer so all I need is the grinding capability.
elk yinzer is offline  
post #3 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-23-2019, 08:27 PM
Diehard Outdoorsman
 
blackpowder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: blooming valley pa. in nw pa 1B
Posts: 4,012
Back To Top
I have a Lem #5, big bite, .35 hp. I have done 2 moose and several deer and it is all I need, It goes as fast as I want to go.
blackpowder is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-23-2019, 09:31 PM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: PA
Posts: 2,093
Back To Top
From my experience get one that is measured in horsepower not wattage. That might not go for all of them but the several Cabelas versions I've used are miserably slow. I don't waste my time with my them anymore. I pay the butcher $0.50/lb to grind and add beef fat for me.
Hunter8319 is offline  
post #5 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-23-2019, 09:51 PM
tdd
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
Posts: 7,731
Back To Top
As much as horsepower, you need to look at the chute size.

I have a #8 because it was available at a good price. I am ok with it and donít need to upgrade.

That said, were I buying brand new, Iíd go a minimum of a #12 and I would look hard for the pennies to go to a #22 or #32.

Overkill? Sure.

But nothing is better than doing the job quickly and well without a fight from your gear.

Go #8 minimum.

#12 is better.

More is icing on the cake.
little antlers and OAWC like this.
tdd is offline  
post #6 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-23-2019, 09:59 PM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,520
Back To Top
How does one get horsepower out of electricity anyway? What's the conversion to watts?
elk yinzer is offline  
post #7 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-23-2019, 10:16 PM
Frequent Contributor
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: pa
Posts: 701
Back To Top
746 watts = 1 horse power
JJ4D likes this.
jakesroost is offline  
post #8 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-23-2019, 10:20 PM
Part of the Community
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Allegheny County Pa.
Posts: 195
Back To Top
I have a Cabelas 1 3/4 HP with a #32. It will do anything I want it to do. I stuff the sausage with a stuffer not through the grinder.
johnny v. is offline  
post #9 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-23-2019, 10:22 PM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,520
Back To Top
So a 500 watt grinder would be more powerful than .5 HP?? Are they DC motors when given in hp and AC in watts? Does that make much of a difference? I guess in my mind torque matters way more than speed. I don't particularly care about speed at all, I just want reliability and a quality end product.

Last edited by elk yinzer; 12-23-2019 at 10:42 PM.
elk yinzer is offline  
post #10 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-23-2019, 11:21 PM
tdd
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
Posts: 7,731
Back To Top
I agree on using a dedicated stuffer instead of the attachment to the grinder. I bought a grinder attachment and used it once. Now I use a 5lb hand crank stuffer, and that's fine for my needs.
little antlers likes this.
tdd is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome