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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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(
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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....
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.