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    Default Best buy on a grinder

    I have two caribou that I need to grind up but don't have the money for a good electric grinder. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good manual grinder and where to get it? I don't want to end up wasting money on a cheapo and replacing it in a year or two.

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    I picked up a big heavy duty hand grinder at sportsmans wharehouse a couple of years ago. I think it was around $100.

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    So far you have been happy with it?

    Nice boat by the way. I think I have its twin.

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    Well to be honest all I ever grind is herring for shrimp bait but I think it will hold up well. If your in the Anchorage area I'd be happy to let you borrow it, it's just sitting collecting dust now.

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    I've had an #32 cast iron hand grinder for about 10 years now. I bought it new off Ebay for $50, I think. I've lost count how many pounds of meat I've ran through that thing (well over 500 lbs). It's not as fast as the nice electric grinders but with some grit and proper care, it works great and will last a long long time.

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    i just got a stainless #22 grinder at alaska butcher supply.
    has the capability to stuff sausage tubes and is real beefy.
    wasn't cheap, though, and it would take quite a while to grind two caribou.
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    i just got a stainless #22 grinder at alaska butcher supply.
    has the capability to stuff sausage tubes and is real beefy.
    wasn't cheap, though, and it would take quite a while to grind two caribou.
    Why not just rent one a good one for a day or two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuJon View Post
    Why not just rent one a good one for a day or two?
    well, for one i don't live in anchorage, and no place in homer rents grinders.
    when i have an entire animal's worth of meat to grind i get it done locally and package it myself, still pretty cheap.
    and i got the grinder primarily so i could experiment with sausage making and that is only a few pounds at a time.
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    Sorry Dave, I was posting on my iPhone and accidently hit quote instead of quick reply. That was meant for the OP who has a couple caribou to grind. I have thought about getting a hand grinder and trying it for sausage as well. That could be a lot of fun durring the football season since I can't make it through a Saturday without a meat and cheese snack tray.

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    If your close to Anchorage, Alaska Butcher Supply rents a huge one they dubbed "The Moose-A-Matic" its a beast. I rent that, a sausage stuffer and Single Bag Commercial Vacuum Sealer for about 165.00 for the weekend. Pick it up Friday just before closure. Return it Monday when they open and get charged for one day. Get some hamburger Tubes (Cheap) they normally throw in the sealer with a few meat tubs and you can make go of it pretty quick. They are awesome folks. I think the grinder alone is like 45 bucks a day.

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    Default Rental Grinder

    I also agree with renting if you have a bunch to do, we rented one this year for a moose and that thing will grind faster than you can throw it in there.

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    I've got the Cabelas 3/4 HP and love it. I think I paid $399.00 but pays for it self in a hurry if you do the math. We did 3 moose this year with it, 1 last year 3 the year before that.

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    The 3/4 and 1 hp Cabelas Grinders are $50 off now: http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...set=ISO-8859-1

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