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Cabelas Meat Grinder
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
KSJHawk 08-Nov-19
Fields 08-Nov-19
cnelk 08-Nov-19
Franklin 08-Nov-19
M.Pauls 08-Nov-19
Dusktildawn 08-Nov-19
cervus 08-Nov-19
Kevin Speicher 08-Nov-19
Bowman 08-Nov-19
jdbbowhunter 08-Nov-19
Treeline 08-Nov-19
txhunter58 08-Nov-19
plenty coups 08-Nov-19
ND String Puller 08-Nov-19
SixLomaz 08-Nov-19
Ucsdryder 08-Nov-19
Dirk Diggler 08-Nov-19
Adventurewriter 08-Nov-19
weekender21 09-Nov-19
JTV 09-Nov-19
Kurt 09-Nov-19
320 bull 11-Nov-19
Grubby 11-Nov-19
Tody 11-Nov-19
Trial153 11-Nov-19
KSJHawk 12-Nov-19
cnelk 12-Nov-19
cnelk 12-Nov-19
JL 12-Nov-19
Hunting5555 13-Nov-19
TD 13-Nov-19
Starvingpilgrim 17-Nov-19
Two Feathers 17-Nov-19
Bou'bound 17-Nov-19
From: KSJHawk
08-Nov-19
I am going to purchase either the Cabelas Carnivore 1.0 hp or 1.5 hp grinder. Question; is it worth the extra $150 for the 1.5 hp grinder? I will be grinding about 3 deer per year and will make it available for my neighbors to borrow, so may be used on a total of 6 - 8 deer per year. I may also butcher one of our hogs every fall, but right now I am sending those to the butcher.

For those who use the 1.0 hp grinder, has it been meeting your needs or has anyone regretted not getting the 1.5? I have always heard go bigger on grinders, but I guess with that mindset there is always a bigger grinder.

From: Fields
08-Nov-19
I have a 1 hp.... I have no complaints and its good for what I do, but id imagine the 1.5 might be stronger/faster... I only do 2 deer a year or so and not at one time......

From: cnelk
08-Nov-19

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I have an LEM 575watt #8 and it does everything I ask it to. Deer / elk / sausage. I did 35lbs of burger on Monday That 1hp would be good for what you described

From: Franklin
08-Nov-19
When it comes to "tools" always buy the more powerful one if you can afford it. Especially if you are lending it out....you have no control as to how they are going to use it.

Nothing worse than getting something back and hearing a "I`m sorry but....."

From: M.Pauls
08-Nov-19
What’s the smallest? 3/4hp? That’s what I have. I think the 1hp is plenty if you’re set on 1hp minimum. I butcher more than you in a year and I feel like I can barely feed mine fast enough. When we’re doing a whole moose, my wife is just feeding the grinder pretty well full time

From: Dusktildawn
08-Nov-19

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Bigger is better IMO. 1ho should do what you need but more power is less hassle. If you do a good job trimming meat that will also speed up the process. Too much silver skin on meat tends to clog up weaker models pretty quick. I can grind up 30lbs of scraps in less than 10 min with no clogs.

From: cervus
08-Nov-19
I've used the 1.0 on a number of steers, elk, and deer. The thing amazes me every time I use it how powerful it is. I can't imagine what the 1.5 is like.

I'm sure the 1.5 is another level, but knowing what I know I would buy another 1.0 if it was $150 difference. That's a 30% price increase over the 1.0.

08-Nov-19
I have the 1hp and it is more than enough to do what you have described.

From: Bowman
08-Nov-19
I have had the 1hp Cabela's for 10 years and it has been bullet proof, and I do about 5 deer every season. The one item that I have liked to most for mine is the foot pedal for turning on and off, would not go without it.

From: jdbbowhunter
08-Nov-19
I have a 3/4 hp cabelas. works fine for me. Probably grind about 4 deer worth of burger and never had a problem.

From: Treeline
08-Nov-19
I bought a 3/4 hp grinder from Cabelas over 20 years ago. It has been more than enough for me. Has ground up plenty of elk and deer as well as moose and bison.

I usually butcher a couple of elk and deer a year. Make sausage and burger. Over 100# a year thru it, easily.

1.5 hp would be hard to keep up with!

From: txhunter58
08-Nov-19
I also have the 1.0 commercial grade grinder, and can't imagine needed anything bigger.

From: plenty coups
08-Nov-19
I have the LEM #5 with the .35HP motor. It does everything a hunter could want. It has done deer elk and antelope. My friend (now on to the happy hunting grounds) had the Lem #22 1HP and was over kill really for doing 2 or 3 deer or an elk. If you are grinding once a week even a 1HP would be plenty. My wife and I watched some folks dogs while they went on vacation around the world. They fed them chicken thighs with there dry food a s a supplement. We were supposed to cook them and then debone them. I got out my grinder and ground the thighs bone and all and mixed that in their food. My grinder didn't slow at all running them through and grinding the bones up for that extra mineral normally wasted in the garbage for their pooches. A 1HP is all you'll need!

08-Nov-19
The 1.5hp is a huge #32 grinder and would be overkill you could feed that thing with a small dozer! My Dad used a #22 for years & It was a full time job keeping it fed. Probably a good choice though. I went with the .75 HP #12 LEM $399 and it is all I’ve ever needed or wanted. 3-4 Deer and 1 Elk per year if get lucky.

From: SixLomaz
08-Nov-19
Pay attention to the gears inside. Make sure they are metal and not plastic. Lower power grinders usually have plastic gears.

From: Ucsdryder
08-Nov-19
You’ll never wish you had a smaller one, but you might wish you had a bigger one. Buy the biggest you can afford. You’ll probably use it for the next 2/3/4 decades. The 150 amortized over 3 decades isn’t much.

From: Dirk Diggler
08-Nov-19
I'll speak to the otherside of the discussion. I've got an $80 warren I bought at ace hardware 10yrs ago. Most years I do an elk and a deer. Some years I do 2 elk, 2 deer, and 2 antelope. It's held up fine, takes little space to store. If I did loan it out and they broke it I'd be out $8 a year the past 10yrs, minus the fact its ground 30-40 animals for me over the past 10yrs. If I was to lay down $500+ on a grinder, it'd be because I was doin 20-30 head a year. Just a different opinion.

08-Nov-19
I have a horse and a half you guys are missing one point how MUCH friggin fun it is throw anything in a gnashing monster like that...elk shanks grrrrrr.... burp more please

From: weekender21
09-Nov-19
I have an older (before carnivore) Cabelas 3/4 horsepower grinder. I've used it to process 6-15 deer, pigs etc. every year for the last decade, works awesome. I can double grind 50 pounds of frozen meat in no time. But....you won't complain with the bigger grinder IMO. I'll probably buy a bigger one when this grinder eventually fails, assuming it does.

From: JTV
09-Nov-19
What about the 750 watt grinder from Cabelas ($129), considering I would only do 1 or two deer a year .... 40 yrs deer hunting and I still dont have a grinder and I'm tired of borrowing or taking to a processor...... ;0(

From: Kurt
09-Nov-19
My 10 year old 3/4 hp Cabelas grinder is awesome. Grinds quickly and is still ticking along. It replaced a great big old grinder that weighed 125#s that I used for 30 yrs in CO. It is a way better grinder than the big old unit was that was likely as old as me.

From: 320 bull
11-Nov-19
Bigger is only better until you have to store it or haul it. I have a monster and dislike dealing with it unless its running and I am feeding it. Everything else about it stinks

From: Grubby
11-Nov-19
I have a 1hp and it eats everything as fast as you can go

From: Tody
11-Nov-19
The 1hp grinder from Cabelas works great for me. The power is not why I picked it, its the #22 plate size. The smaller plates are too small, the #32 is giant, you really need to have a stack of meet to want to use a #32. Storing a 1.5 or larger beast can be a chore also. I have a small Kitchen-Aid attachment for grinding 5-10# and the 1hp comes out for larger batches. I grind about 6 deer a year and never had considered getting anything bigger. The bigger the grinder the heavier it is and the larger pieces are to clean. 3/4 -1hp is perfect. Spend the extra $ on a foot pedal, different size hole plates, a few nice meat tubs if you don't have some already, maybe a burger patty attachment. Last year I made 75 burger patties in about 40 min from 25# of meat. I find it takes longer to setup, break down and clean the equipment than to grind the meat with the 1hp. Good luck with your selection.

From: Trial153
11-Nov-19
22 neck is as big as I would go for a home set up. 1 hp is generally fine.

From: KSJHawk
12-Nov-19
I went with the 1.0 hp. I ground 45 lbs on Friday and the first grind went great, maybe 10 minutes with my kids helping (slowing me down). The second grind was a different story. I initially tried to grind from the medium plate directly into game bags. This method would have taken 30 minutes per pound. I ended up taking the tube off and grinding straight into my tub.

Saturday I watched a few videos and saw the corkscrew attachment used for sausage stuffing. I ran my meat through the grinder a third time without the grinding plate or knife and the corkscrew worked pretty good. Maybe 20 minutes to bag 45 one lb. bags.

In the end I like the grinder. I wasn't too crazy about running everything through three times. I think I will try and get a sausage stuffer down the road. If anyone has pointers on improving my system, I am all ears.

From: cnelk
12-Nov-19

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After the double grind, I put the burger meat into plastic bags - Weight typically 1lb or 2lb - remove all air, twist and then wrap with freezer paper.

I’ve had meat keep a couple years this way.

From: cnelk
12-Nov-19

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From: JL
12-Nov-19

JL's Link
Seeing as how we're talking grinders, this is a FWIW public service thought for those who might be interested about keeping your grinder blades and plates sharp/flush. I've done it the sandpaper way before but these sharpening wheels in the vid are pretty slick. I attached a link where you can get the correct size for your grinder. It goes without saying too much that sharp blades makes it easy on your grinder.

From: Hunting5555
13-Nov-19
The 1hp is plenty big. We have had the 1hp Cabela's grinder for several years now. We butcher 5 or 6 deer a year and that's usually at one time. Plus we make 125lbs of summer sausage once a year. The 1hp grinder will take it as fast as we can feed it.

2 years ago we purchased the big Cabela's mixer that can attach to it. That thing is awesome!!!!

From: TD
13-Nov-19
The 3/4 hp grinds about as fast as I can feed it. I think it weighs 30 or 40 lbs! Can't imagine what twice the power would do (or weigh).... I think it would take longer to clean it up than to grind with it.

Me personally..... once Coach green lighted the budget I'd take the money saved by not getting the 1.5 and pick up a good sized stuffer, burger press, etc. IMO that will get you farther down the DIY meat packing gig than an oversized grinder will....

17-Nov-19

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This is 1 hp! its works good, I would not go bigger if it needs to be stored, meaning moved around alot, it's pretty heavy

From: Two Feathers
17-Nov-19
I watched the video on sharpening stones and went to Fleet Farm to see if they had any. They did not but they did carry new plates and knives and will go that route. The grinder I have is old about 60 years old but it still works. My uncle used it in his restaurant to grind up hamburger.

From: Bou'bound
17-Nov-19
The pro series is half the price of carnivore but much better than the two lesser non-carnivore models. Really solid

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