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    Recommend meat grinder

    wanting to get a meat grinder. from what i've read seems the way to go is either cabelas or lem for a good machine. looking at the lem #12 or the cabelas carnivore .75 hp model. any others that would be in this quality range/price range that you guys would recommend? if not any pros/cons to the 2 models mentioned?

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    There's a thread on this subject called: Best grinder for deer and hog processing. Just don't know how to link it to this one. Some good info.
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    I just got the Cabela's unit yesterday. They had a #12 with 1/2 HP motor on sale for $100 off.

    http://www.cabelas.com/product/CABEL...2.uts?slotId=2

    Has good reviews. We are making sausage next week with it.
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    Heck of a price on that Cabelas grinder. I just started myself and ground some deer burger and pork breakfast sausage. I'm addicted. Started using packaged seasoning and will move to my own recipes soon. Looking at smoke houses or building my own. I own a #8 LEM @ 0.5 hp. and just purchased a Hakker Bros. stuffer.
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    I bought the same Cabelas 1/2 HP grinder .. it will do all I need and More ..
    Brother has same grinder purchased about 3 years ago .. he said he's done at least 400 lbs of hog and deer thru it
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    The cabelas grinders have been really good in my experience. Just about as good as the older small Hobarts. It's just the plates and knives the sell with them where not the greatest the last time I looked. What ever size you buy order a real set of knife and plate from one of the packing house suppliers as soon as the factory start to dull. The product quality improvement will really surprise you.

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    3/4 hp LEM #12 has kept me very happy.
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    Thanks for the suggestions. Looks like LEM or Cabelas it is then.

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    We made 20 lbs of sausage with the Cabela’s grinder in my first post. We were pleased with the speed. Our first sausage was made with a grinding attachment on a Kitchen Aid mixer. World of difference.

    I have never used a commercial unit, but the Cabela’s machine will be sufficient for our needs.
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    Got an older 1 hp Cabelas....heavy...heavy....heavy....will grind anything and I love it!!!!! New ones have lifetime warranty I think!
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