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.
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.
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.
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.