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Old 12-29-2020, 12:10 PM   #1
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Default LEM vs Weston vs Cabela's Carnivore

ok, time for a new grinder.
Had a homemade one and it is not the safest thing in the world with the pully wheel next to the infeed. Motor went out on it.

Typically only do a max of 2 deer a year, make chili meat and smoked sausage.
Size 12 or 22?

And pros and cons of the LEM vs Weston vs Cabela's Carnivore?
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Old 12-29-2020, 12:12 PM   #2
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I love my LEM. Get the biggest they got, it's worth it.
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Old 12-29-2020, 01:16 PM   #3
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I am partial to the Cabelas 1HP but we do more meat than you do. I wouldn't go with anything less than the 3/4HP on any of them. When you get a nice grinder you find other things to grind or use it for.... There are several attachments that make it useful elsewhere. Nobody has ever said "my grinder is way too big. Wish I would have got smaller." Go big or go home.
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Old 12-29-2020, 01:17 PM   #4
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I have LEM #12, will grind as fast as you can feed it. I bought mine at Academy on clearance. Get the foot pedal on/off switch.
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Old 12-29-2020, 01:30 PM   #5
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Did you intentionally leave out Hobart? They are a big name in the restaurant business with all types and levels of food processing equipment.
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Old 12-29-2020, 01:34 PM   #6
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I have the cabelas #22 and itís a beast. Iíve never had it so much as whimper even feeding it as fast as I can.


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Old 12-29-2020, 01:40 PM   #7
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I was looking at the #8 .5hp cabelas carnivore. Is the 3/4hp #12 that much of an upgrade over the #8? For a home user doing 3, maybe 4 deer/year (burgers and sausage). Are they comparable for stuffing sausage? Im guessing a dedicated sausage stuffer is better, but that may be another bit before purchase. How about the cheaper tenderizers that you roll the meat through?
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Old 12-29-2020, 01:43 PM   #8
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I was looking at the #8 .5hp cabelas carnivore. Is the 3/4hp #12 that much of an upgrade over the #8? For a home user doing 3, maybe 4 deer/year (burgers and sausage). Are they comparable for stuffing sausage? Im guessing a dedicated sausage stuffer is better, but that may be another bit before purchase. How about the cheaper tenderizers that you roll the meat through?

For $50? Hell yes!



I stuff off of my 1HP Cabelas with the help of the plastic horn auger that comes with it. Sucker will move some meat through the casings without pulverizing....
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Old 12-29-2020, 02:58 PM   #9
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I can't speak to the Weston but prefer LEM over Cabelas. My Cabelas model was terrible. I think Smart and I have discussed it before, it could have been a lemon.....Never had an issue with the LEM.
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Old 12-29-2020, 03:00 PM   #10
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I bought a tiny little LEM about 15 years ago. Been wanting a bigger one for years but this little thing never quits, no telling how much we've ground from it but probably pushing triple digits. I have no experience with the other brands because this **** LEM won't quit. lol
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Old 12-29-2020, 08:09 PM   #11
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I got a deal on a new LEM #12 3/4 hp. I bought the Harbor Freight foot pedal to go with it. Ground up my last deer and made some sausage with it. I am sure the 1 hp would never bog down but I had no issues with the 3/4 hp.
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Old 12-29-2020, 08:16 PM   #12
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I bought my dad the $100 LEM several years ago. I grind about two deer a year with it. It does the job but is a bit slow mad can big down. I believe it's an 8#
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Old 12-30-2020, 08:18 AM   #13
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thanks for the thoughts all!
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Old 12-30-2020, 09:38 AM   #14
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I don’t own a commercial grinder but, for what it’s worth, here’s my personal philosophy on purchases such as is this;

Less is More when it comes to cologne, confessions, cocktails, and cannabis.

More is More when it comes to the purchase if equipment. More horsepower. More watts. More size. More features. More quality. There’s no such thing as too much.

Remember, it’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
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Old 12-30-2020, 10:09 AM   #15
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I donít own a commercial grinder but, for what itís worth, hereís my personal philosophy on purchases such as is this;

Less is More when it comes to cologne, confessions, cocktails, and cannabis.

More is More when it comes to the purchase if equipment. More horsepower. More watts. More size. More features. More quality. Thereís no such thing as too much.

Remember, itís better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.

I like the way you think!.

OP buy what you can afford.. or save more and afford more. You wonít be disappointed.... well until you run out of things to grind quickly until the next batch golf whatever comes around! . Doní forget your can grind brisket for hamburger
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Old 12-30-2020, 10:42 AM   #16
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I am partial to the Cabelas 1HP
This...it's a great grinder and at an affordable price.
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Old 12-30-2020, 02:28 PM   #17
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I have not had any experience with the Cabela's brand but have used LEM grinders and stuffers for years. One thing I like about them is you can go to their website and find a full array of replacement parts.
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Old 12-30-2020, 09:49 PM   #18
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I have the LEM #12 and it is well worth the money.
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Old 12-31-2020, 08:23 AM   #19
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From what I can decipher, the Carnivore was a great choice in the past, but maybe less so now,,,,
I am going with a LEM. No more than I do, or plan on doing, the 12 should work for me just fine.
Thanks all!
I am in the meat processing biz and am used to using bigger Hobart, Weiler, butcher boy, etc. with anywhere from 5" grinding plate in testing to 11" (over 1000 lbs a minute) in production but have not done much with these tiny table top models.
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Old 12-31-2020, 08:27 AM   #20
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Did you intentionally leave out Hobart? They are a big name in the restaurant business with all types and levels of food processing equipment.
No, have used Hobart at work, great equipment.
I have always associated them with the bigger, floor models that are bigger / more expensive than I need.
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Old 12-31-2020, 08:38 AM   #21
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I am partial to the Cabelas 1HP but we do more meat than you do. I wouldn't go with anything less than the 3/4HP on any of them. When you get a nice grinder you find other things to grind or use it for.... There are several attachments that make it useful elsewhere. Nobody has ever said "my grinder is way too big. Wish I would have got smaller." Go big or go home.
Agreed
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Old 12-31-2020, 11:06 AM   #22
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No, have used Hobart at work, great equipment.
I have always associated them with the bigger, floor models that are bigger / more expensive than I need.

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From what I can decipher, the Carnivore was a great choice in the past, but maybe less so now,,,,
I am going with a LEM. No more than I do, or plan on doing, the 12 should work for me just fine.
Thanks all!
I am in the meat processing biz and am used to using bigger Hobart, Weiler, butcher boy, etc. with anywhere from 5" grinding plate in testing to 11" (over 1000 lbs a minute) in production but have not done much with these tiny table top models.
Can you please give your impressions of the LEM?

thanks.
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Old 01-17-2021, 08:50 PM   #24
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Originally wanted the Cabelas Carnivore due to reviews. However, they have basically been unavailable due to the fact that they are made in China. Can not get them. So we settled on the LEM Big bite #8 and we absolutely love it. Have probably grinded about 100 lbs of meat with zero issues. Last week we grinded 30lbs of meat in 6.5 mins. No lie, true story. It’s a 0.5 Horsepower and we love it .
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Old 01-17-2021, 09:41 PM   #25
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I have used a 220V commercial grinder my entire life up until I bought a 1HP carnivore off the classifieds. It does a great job. I have not used the stuffing attachment yet but plan to do so soon.
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Old 01-18-2021, 02:05 PM   #26
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Can you please give your impressions of the LEM?

thanks.
will be making a couple hundred lbs of sausage this coming weekend. Will let you know after that,
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Old 01-18-2021, 02:11 PM   #27
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Old 01-18-2021, 02:11 PM   #28
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I love my LEM! ive done a couple Nilgai,Tons of hogs and deer ever year!!!! Get the foot pedal also!!!!!!!
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Old 01-18-2021, 02:36 PM   #29
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I have a Weston 1.5hp. No need to grind twice. It will do a 20 pound brisket in about 2 minutes. Clean up is easy. I think it grinds 520 pounds an hour. Paid $260 for it new. We have done 2 deer, 5 pigs and 3 briskets with it this year.
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Old 01-18-2021, 03:09 PM   #30
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I have the Cabela's .75hp and it's great, can't feed it fast enough. Use it way more than I anticipated we would. All are good options as is Made With Meat
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