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So Im thinking that I would like to process my own deer this year and am in the market for a meat grinder and was looking at the cabelas route. All the reviews looked good for it but I was wondering if anyone knew of a better product for the money, Im also looking for a decent sausage maker, any how thanks in advance
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/readonly-item.jsp?id=517628&itemTemplate=wish-listdetails&cmCat=Readonly

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The smaller meat grinders are only good for small batches of meat. If you want to grind a large amount, like a whole deer or elk, you will need a larger more industrial sized one. We used to have a smaller one similar to one pictured, but it was too tedious to grind. This was a problem with deer and elk and we had to be careful and not put gristly meat through, or it would get bound up inside the grinder and stall the motor. It was a pain to trim up meat that we were grinding up.

To grind large quantities of meat and keep the grinder moving smoothly you should probably look at grinders that have at least a 1 hp motor.

We ended up purchasing a larger one. It has a large "hopper" and it does not require being attached to a table or counter top. Its free standing and very heavy (70+ lbs.).

We bought it several years ago, but I think its this one:
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_34058...
We purchased it from Northern Tool.
You will find that most grinders with 1 hp motors or larger are much more expensive. We've been pleased with ours, but we do not stuff sausage and it did not come with attachments.

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I bought this one a couple years ago and it works pretty well for what I use it for.
I usually grind up a couple deer each year. Cabela's had it on sale during X-mas back then for I think about $69. For the money it's been great Thumbs up

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/pod/standard-pod.jsp?_DARGS=...

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I've got the big Cabela's. Well had. My son seems to have inheridated it. It does everything I need. But I also had one of those smaller motor ones cowgirl is talking about and I would not do that again. I found that they were not very productive in that they just didn't take the meat fast enough and had a hard time with the grisel. I recall it was an Oster. One thing I did like about it was that it came with a sasuage stuffer.

The last several deer I ground up, I didn't stuff any sasuage, I made patty sasuage out of everything. Could be because I never really made that good of summer sasuage and I really like that stuff. I like the patty stuff really well.

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I have the big manual grinder from cabelas. Works really great for me. Processes meat pretty quickly and as difficult to use as one would think. Only thing is you need a good solid spot to mount it to otherwise it is a little difficult to control.

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red,
that is a smaller one than the one Im looking at but you havent had any problems with yours? I was looking at the larger ones, but Im a little unsure of where I would keep it, I have a lot of hobbies and the wife thinks i should slow down before I turn our house into a storage unit. So I am looking for a unit that could potentially do both the grinding and stuffing of sausage. thanks for the imput.

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I've had no problems. I do cut the chunks to manageable size and it has plenty of power. It's fairly new and has ground about 6 deer and i've had no problems with clogging or losing any power, and it didn't really take to long to grind up the amount of meat I put through it. Hope this helps, I'm still new at butchering my own also so I don't have the experience some of these guys and gals do, but so far I'm happy with what I have, especially for the amount of $ I spent on it.

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about how long does it take you to do a deer or do you do it in small incriments

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From start of grinding to cleanup would be less than 20 min. I cut out backstraps of course and cut steaks and make jerky out of most of the back quarters so that wouldn't be the time for a whole deer.

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thanks red I think I'll probably go with the cabelas one then, by the way have you got a chance to use your smoker yet?

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Oops! I planned on trying it out last weekend, but got caught up doing repairs and went hunting.
Hopefully this weekend Thumbs up

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