Brian J Ottaviano
هل كل ما تم الإعلان عنه للقيام به. اقترح أحد المراجعات السابقة أن المطحنة لا يمكنها طحن الخضار المطبوخة. أنا استخدامها حصرا تقريبا لطحن اللحوم المطبوخة والخضروات على البخار للأغذية الكلب. انها تعمل بشكل رائع وجعلت حياتي أسهل بكثير. إنني أسيء استخدامه في يوم طعام الكلاب وأركض حوالي 20 رطلاً من الأشياء مرة واحدة في الأسبوع وهو في الحقيقة يأكله. إنه على ما يرام مع اللحوم المطبوخة الناعمة والخضروات على البخار الناعمة. يخرج بشكل رائع. أنا لم أعطها 5 نجوم لأن الأجزاء الخارجية القابلة للغسل (الدرج ، أنبوب التغذية والغطاء) مصنوعة من معدن لامع كربي (ألومنيوم؟) يجب تنظيفه يدويًا. إذا قمت بوضعها في غسالة الصحون ، فإنها تلون على الفور وتتحول إلى اللون الرمادي. شخصيا ، لا يهمني ما هو لونها والراحة أمر بالغ الأهمية لذلك لدي أجزاء غسالة صحون مشوهة - لا يؤثر ذلك على الأداء! ولكن مهلا .. لا غسل اليدين والتجفيف الفوري بالنسبة لي. إذا كان 4.5 نجوم كان خيارًا لكان قد حصل على هذا التصنيف. سأشتري بالتأكيد من هذه الشركة مرة أخرى وعندما يحين الوقت قد أبحث عن المزيد من القوة. لا يمكن أن تنتظر لجعل مزيج برغر بلدي.
لقد اشتريت هذا الجهاز formy أبي وقد أحببته! إنها قوية للغاية وجهاز احترافي نعلم أنه يمكننا الاعتماد عليه. كل قطعة منه ذات جودة عالية. لقد صنعنا اللحم المفروم الطازج الخاص بنا والذي يمكنك تذوقه بصدق ، ويمكنك التأكد من أنك تعرف ما تضعه في جسمك. لقد استخدمناها أيضًا لصنع الفلافل محلي الصنع وهو الاستخدام المفضل لدينا حتى الآن. راض جدا مع المنتج.
Decent price. Bought to grind meat for my dog and cats raw diet. Works pretty fast and thoroughly grinds meat and bones. It comes covered in grease from the manufacturer so it needs washed thoroughly when it arrives but it is pretty easy to clean. It also comes in many pieces but there are instructions and took approximately 20 minutes to put together. It is loud and does liquidy meats pretty easy. I would recommend this grinder for the price.Picture shows 20 chicken thighs and livers grinded up
I can only use past experiences to explain just how wonderful this Meat Grinder is. I have been using a manual meat grinder for years now and usually just dread using it. Not because it is hard to use, but because it is heavy and is a nightmare to clean (and I mean a nightmare). I would usually lug the manual grinder out of the drawer, put it all together, clamp it down to the counter, practically freeze the meat to try to get a good grind and then spend another 30 minutes or longer cleaning and oiling it when done.NOT ANYMORE!!!The STX 3000 TF is awesome! I used it the first time today to grind 5 lbs of Chuck Roast for Chili. I first cut the roast into about 1" X 2" strips (give or take) and used the "Windmill" blade to chop it once, then I used the fine blade to make hamburger. (Double Grind see my picture above). I did not have to practically freeze the meat (it was at refrigerator temperature) and the end result was hamburger that looked as good (if not better) than the stuff you get at the Butcher Shop. I did this in about 30 minutes or so. Then, it took me about 15 minutes to clean the unit. Because this grinder actually empties pretty much the entire grinding tube there was little left to scrape out and throw away like my hand grinder (I usually could count on wasting about 8 oz of product whenever I used it). The STX 3000 bogged down just a little bit when I got a little bold and put a larger chunk of roast in, but it never once overheated. I am so looking forward to making other things with this grinder! It is well worth the money for home use and I expect it to last for many years. What a great product!
This grinder does great! I ground up approximately 25-30lbs of venison this past season and it never missed a beat. I cut the meat up into 1-3" chunks and quickly figured out that it would be best to cut up ALL the meat at once, and then feed it to this beast. If you don't, you'll have trouble keeping up with it! It's a little loud, but who cares...
We have been grinding meat with our Kitchen Aid for several years. It has become increasingly frustrating because it's so slow, and the meat ends up clogged and clumped. I decided to research an actual meat grinder and found the STX-3000-TF Turbo Force. All I can say is WOW! The reviews encouraged me to save it in my Wish List. When we finally had enough frustration with the Kitchen Aid, I decided to buy the STX-3000. It is SO amazing! It's so fast! We ground up 20 pounds of meat into hamburger in TEN MINUTES!!! SO easy to clean too. And the best part? It also has the sausage attachment! We haven't used the sausage attachment yet, but I can't wait to try it! One suggestion on this machine when you first use it: read the directions. My husband just put together what he thought would work, and it started out grinding like the Kitchen Aid, getting stopped up. He was getting frustrated, so I pulled out the directions, looked at the blade he was using, switched it out, and it went smooth as silk! My only regret is that we didn't purchase this sooner!
For me and for my wife, cooking is a kind of a hobby. Before buying a meat grinder, we analyzed several models. The first conclusion: the most important feature of a meat grinder is the motor power. This STX has a powerful 1,800 watts motor, more than enough to do all of the duties of a home kitchen (and maybe even of a small restaurant). Other meat grinders with smaller motors, such as 500W or 800W, will not fit for heavy duty (10 or more pounds at once), nor will be able to deal with some kinds of meat.After some research, we ordered it from Ecross. The delivery time was as promised. The machine was very well packed in a so protective box.Our first test of the product revealed that we made the right choice. Some points to highlight:1. Most parts are polished aluminum. So easy for cleaning, very nice appearance;2. The finishing is careful at every detail. It is clearly a good quality product;3. It works wonderfully. The powerful motor is far more than enough for regular meat;4. The ground meat texture results very similar to that from a supermarket grinder. I've seen other home meat grinders that produced a kind of a paste. This one, however, preserves the texture as it should be: perfect for hamburgers, tartar beef and so on;5. It is so easy to assemble/disassemble and to operate. Impossible to mistake;6. Despite we didn't use it yet, the sausage kit will be very helpful.In short, this is a 5 stars product, no doubts about that.But we had a problem: the aluminum parts are NOT dishwasher safe. We didn't notice that, and what went to the dishwasher was damaged: the shining was gone and those parts became some rough to touch. So, I contacted the seller (The Mercantile Station) and asked them the price of the replacing parts, since I would buy them. What a pleasant surprise: they promptly sent me an email asking for my address, and they kindly offered to send the parts for free (despite, I must stress, the damage was caused by me).What an elegant attitude! So, would Ecross allow it, the seller would deserve SIX stars.IMPORTANT NOTE: a few months after we bought our STX, the motor was improved to 2,000 watts, i.e, an increase of about 11%. I'd guess that, with this new and more powerful motor, the machine will able to perform an even heavier duty. My one is still working so fine, no complaints at all.AN ADDITIONAL NOTE AFTER ALMOST 2 YEARS OF USE: the machine is still perfect, as when it was new. No problems at all. I am really impressed with the superior quality. A great deal!
Fat seems to clog up the blade. Could be the user, me LOL.....Couple of moving parts and small learning curve. Watch Youtube is excellent tool to use/learn.Does not do bones, which is a non event to me.Meat should be very cold, not semi frozen as many suggest.Have done Turkey, Tri Tip, Chicken, Pork Shoulder into burgers, sausages, etc. WOW!! FANTASTIC!!!Once learning curve is establish, temp, set up properly, cutting meat to size properly, similar. FAST AND EFFICIENT.Biggest complaint on this product I read before buying was using skins/tubes for sausage make.I simply make sausage patties.Noticable flavor, texture difference in meats I grind. Tri Tip was 79c per lb. Made 5lbs of sausage. Jimmy Dean is about $3 per lb andflavor/meat texture is not comparable to my homemade. Ok, I love Jimmy Dean, the flavors are great LOL. But mysausage was beyond clean flavor, as were the turkey burgers, ham burgers and chicken sausage made so far.....!!!Cleans up easy, fast, no problems.
I use this to make South African style farmers sausage (boerewors). It works very well. The motor doesn't get bogged down and the meat is ground easily and uniformly. I also use it for sausage stuffing. In both cases I use the slow speed setting. Without much experience I could probably grind and stuff over 30 lbs of sausage an hour. However, to do a good job of sausage stuffing you really need to buy the accessory "beaner plate" that does not come with this unit - I had to buy one separately. I'm glad I went with this instead of the KitchenAid grinder attachment. It's also easy to clean.
I make my cat's food due to them having special health concerns. This grinder has taken a process that used to take me between 6 and 7 hours every two weeks, down to taking between 30 minutes and an hour and most of that time is meat prep work. The grinder is incredibly easy to clean, it's very easy to use, and it gets the job done. I haven't had any problems in the time that I've had it and even if there is a problem it has an amazing warranty of 3 years! I searched for grinders for a few months and I couldn't find any other company that offered a warranty even close to that. It is definitely worth the money. I would recommend this to anybody who needs a meat grinder!
LOVE THIS GRINDER! HIGHLY RECOMMENDI bought this to grind pork loin roast. I use ground pork for many recipes but I like it lean and that has been hard to find since Costco stopped packaging their pork chop trimmings. I bought a pork loin from Costco (since it is pretty lean with enough fat to make good ground meat), cut it in strips per the grinder instructions. Partially freezing the strips is essential as the firmer cold meat really does grind better. I used the larger hole plate for ground meat. I couldn't believe how easy and efficient it went. If the meat starts to get a little warmer and soft it will build up some but easy to prevent by keeping the meat chilled enough until ready to use it.Cleaning is time consuming, but would be the same for any grinder. After I washed the plate I used a hair dryer on it to get additional moisture out of the holes as I will be storing it for months between grindings.
I spent a lot of time searching for a meat grinder machine finally I bought this one and I do not regret it it is so easy to use, now I can have ground meat whenever I want and I feel so confident that the ground meat I use for cooking is of good quality . When you are grinding the meat, make sure you cut it in long pieces, but no wide pieces and the meat has to be really cold or a lttle frozen, not much. You have to use the coarse plate first an then grind it again on the median one or the fine one and the results are the same as the ground meat at the store, but make sure you put the blades according to the instructions you do not want to mess up the blades. I really reccomend this machine
This thing is an animal...we were able.to grind 200lbs of moose in just an evening. This thing ate thru frozen bacon, frozen pork fat and mostly frozen meat like it was going out of style. Sure it stalled a couple times but it's a counter top grinder. Run it in the low setting and it will never quit, run it on high and good luck keeping up with it. Wish it had a larger hopper. Got the model with the foot pedal which I imagine will be great when I use it to stuff sausage. A++++ product
Thomas G. May
I purchased this meat grinder as I was a little frustrated with my KitchenAid mixer attachment. I like that it comes with three cutting blades, which I paired up with it's own grinding plate and placed them in their own plastic containers with some cooking oil. I will not be using the sausage stuffing attachment as I find trying to stuff sausage mix into a meat grinder tiresome and I have a dedicated 5lb capacity s/s sausage stuffer.The motor is a little smaller than I had hoped and the whole unit feels a little on the light side, which is why it received 4 stars. However, it has so far performed well grinding a whole chuck and a pork shoulder, although it is certainly more noisy than my KitchenAid it's a small price to pay for the proficient mincing of semi-frozen meat. The meat pusher is nice and large and accommodates the sausage stuffing tubes, however I find filling it with water and freezing it along with the grinding head helps keep the meat cold during processing.
Now this is Grinder is a must for every home in America, especially if you like grinding your own meat. We bought ours to make our own hamburger from our deer hunting, and making homemade potato sausage. It works wonderful, our 9 year old grandson loves helping us when we use the grinder.It comes with alot of attachments also. So for all of my avid hunters or the housewife that loves to grind their own meat this is a must for you, it grinds potatoes, and onions and I promise you you will have it close at hand like I have mine.Debbie Peterson
We purchased this to replace another grinder. The problem we were having with our previous machine had to do with gristle accumulating on the grinding plate & clogging it. Since we primarily do venison, overcoming this obstacle was our main concern. The low price of this model was intimidating, but based on the reviews, we purchased it and hoped for the best.We got what we hoped for, not what we paid for, that is for certain. When I removed the product from the package, I could see that it was a much higher grade of equipment than what we had been using. The feed tube and where the meat comes out was larger, about the diameter of a soda can. It was lighter weight than I expected but looked durable and the buttons felt nice & sturdy.The first time we used it was on an older buck, which are generally tougher and have more gristle than younger deer and does. No worries with this machine, it never bogged down or seemed over-cumbered with the strips, we filled quart freezer bags in less than a minute each. My husband stopped worrying about trying to painstakingly remove the gristly fibers that characterize venison, as they passed through the machine so tremendously well that it made doing so completely unnecessary.We are both smitten and 100% satisfied with it. Well, okay, I'm 99% satisfied. My only disappointment is that it's not dishwasher safe, nor should it be bleached due to discoloration & eventual deterioration under continual use of bleach. I am really into kitchen sanitation, so washing an appliance that has been in contact with raw meat with just soap and water is a little disturbing to me, but it did appear to come clean, and quite easily I should add. I'm also not particularly fond of the fact that the tubes & tray are aluminum, but I can handle that too, in light of the surpassing performance and extraordinarily affordable price tag. I confidently recommend this appliance.
So far so good.I purchased this last week and it arrived two days ago; in the time since I have ground up over 100lbs of elk and 60lbs of deer. I have trimmed the meat from earlier this season and had it all frozen in gallon ziplocs; most of the silver skin was off of it but by no means had I gotten rid of all the gristle. All in all this is a good little grinder; it definitely worked hard to get through the load but as others state I was never waiting for it. It pretty much eats whatever you can stuff into it as fast as you can stuff it. I found that it worked best when I'd let the meat thaw a little bit such that it wasn't completely frozen.I'll probably let my buddies use it to grind up their elk while I'm within the 90day initial warranty period. I really do like the 3-year warranty idea as well. I was skeptical about buying a plastic-geared grinder but I prefer the idea of the gears failing first rather than the motor. This grinder stopped three times on me when I'd really loaded it up with some totally frozen gristly meat and I took it apart and checked all the gearing that night to find that there were no stress marks on any of the gearing at all, so I'm glad about that.Packaging was nice and tight and you can tell that this company gets its satisfaction rating for a reason. I'm glad they're there to stand by their product and am impressed with what it's done so far.
My hunting partner was much luckier than I was, so we used this grinder on the deer HE took, from large to medium sized ones - we put portions of 4 deer through this processor, with never a hitch. The motor WILL slow down under heavy loads, or tough pieces of meat or gristle, including bacon *ends & pieces* we used for added fat to burger and sausage. We cut the meat up first with the "wagon wheel" cutter, then switched to the 3/8" cutter for second grinding. We are VERY VERY Pleased with this machine. We saved more than the price of this machine, by doing our own, vs. having commercial processors do it. In our area, they charge anywhere from $60 to $100, depending on what you have made up.On occasion, we did have buildup on the cutter blade, from either deer tendon/ligament, or from the cheap bacon fat we used. For the most part, we only removed the major, heavy tendon bits, and just sliced the rest of the meat up across the grain, using the size recommended - 1/2" thick strips. Clean up is easy, with all parts easily cleaned of meat scrap. We kept the individual cutter blades and wheels in sets, separated in plastic bags and oiled after each use with food-grade vegetable oil.I would be happy with this machine, for even a higher price, but am most pleased that it cost what it did !!
I bought this primarily so that I could make Persian kobideh kebab, which require meat (usually lamb) to be ground a couple of times together with other ingredients. I contemplated the meat grinder attachemnt for a stand mixer, but two things put me off: 1. the reviews of the meat grinder attachement consistently mentioned durability problems, 2. I do not own a stand mixer. After exhaustive research, I chose this item, and it works well for my recipes. I hand wash the various items after use and they clean easily enough. There are quite a few pieces and I keep it in its packaging when not in use, because it is a rarely used item.
Make certain the meat is very cold, the firmer the better but not frozen, of course. That helps keep everything running smooth and gives the meat a proper texture as its ground. The machine works great. Plenty of power. We primarily use it to ground venison. We process all our own game, so the machine gets quite a workout. So far, we've had no issues. It cleans easy too which a huge plus.
Worked like a charm on its first deboned venison shoulders and hams. Used the wagon wheel, then fine grind. The white shell is plastic and the blades aren't stainless, making for a little higher maintenance. Price is right for someone processing one or two deer a year like me.
Jim in Florida
I bought this grinder primarily for making sausage and couldn't be more pleased with its performance, both grinding meat and stuffing sausage casings. The one comment I'd make is that the Turboforce model doesn't come with a sausage stuffing plate (beaner plate). The seller recommends using the large wagon-wheel grinding plate without the cutting blade when stuffing casings. Their Megaforce model comes with the beaner plate and may be worth considering if you plan to stuff sausage.I made my first several batches of sausage using the wagon-wheel plate to stuff them and it worked fine but I decided to order the beaner plate in order to stuff a bit faster with less danger of mushing the meat. It hasn't arrived yet but I'm certain I'll prefer using the beaner plate for stuffing my sausages. If you get into serious sausage making, you may want to consider buying a dedicated sausage stuffer but the sausage tubes and beaner plate (or even the wagon-wheel grinding plate) will work absolutely fine for small batches.
Chris n Jo
Excellent grinder. I've been getting into charcuterie lately and boy am I glad I purchased this grinder. It is very solid, has a strong motor, and does an excellent job grinding. It grinds the meat so easily that the meat stays cold through the entire process, in fact the grinder is cold as well. It's easy to use and I'm amazed at how much better home ground meats are. My wife and I made some meatloaf using ground pork and lamb. Hands down the best meat loaf ever and I might be crazy, but I think it was due to the fresh grind. I just can't say enough about how good this grinder is and how often I find myself using it. I purchased it about 4 months ago and have no issues with it. Because it feels like commercial grade and has a larger motor, I think this grinder is going to handle anything I throw at it for years to come.
Mark T Gale
With the multiple heads it's perfect for grinding up chicken thighs and drumsticks for pet food. I've not tried it yet on beef but i bet in makes awesome hamburgers or meatloaf. Grinding 10 lbs of chicken with bones...Chop the big drum stick joints off first and maybe give the machine a little head start by chopping up the thighs and it's perfect. Only clogged twice with bone matter blocking the ports going through 10 lbs ...easy to clean out (have a mallet handy to remove the head) and recover for more grinding...never tripped on overload when using the wagon wheel head before grinding down to hamburger consistency. (When chicken bone is in the grind, don't try to go straight to hamburger consistency, it will clog and trip on overload allot). Best part didn't have to spend $700 bucks for similar performance of my friends grinder he uses for making pet food with bones in.
I LOVE this machine. It is powerful, fast, and easy to use. I can set it up and be grinding in less than a minute, and it comes apart for cleaning just as quickly. It is also very simple to clean. I bought it initially because we bought a hog (pre-slaughter) and I wanted to try my hand at making sausage, but it worked some well for that purpose that I began using it regularly to grind beef and lamb, too. I now watch for chuck, rump and round roast on sale at the market, and buy 10-20 pounds of it at a time. The STX-3000-TF turns it into beautiful, fresh, consistent and very lean ground beef in just a few minutes per pound. The quality of the resulting ground beef is MUCH higher than 95% of what is sold as "ground beef" or "hamburger" in the markets, and I can adjust the fat content exactly how I want it, add spices if desired, and choose a fine or coarse grind. I also have a vacuum sealer, and two pounds of fresh ground meat fit perfectly in a standard quart bag, and keep well for up to six months in our chest freezer.
I LOVE this meat grinder. I feed my cats a raw diet and this little grinder is great. I grind about 9 lbs of chicken legs a week, bones and all (yeah, i know it says dont do that in the description but trust me, its fine - though occasionally i will cut bigger legs in half with a butcher knife)If youre planning on using this for a raw diet, it's a great little grinder. It is loud, but not so loud that my cats are afraid of it. A year strong with no issues.
I purchased the STX Turboforce 3000 series grinder to begin my adventures in sausage making. First off, let me say I am very pleased with how quickly the item arrived (6 days before promised date!), and the condition of the item from shipping. The instruction manual that came with the grinder is very clear and concise. It is a MUST read before use, especially if you are new to this stuff like I am. Follow the washing instructions to the letter! Also I think it's important to note that you should wash the grinding plates immediately after use. I left mine out for about an hour prior to washing and oxidation had already started. Silly me to think I could take a break after stuffing prior to cleanup.The grinder works like a charm. It is easy to assemble, and it's very easy to change the grinder plates. I personally liked the pictures that came in the manual to help me put everything in properly. We ground about 12 lb of pork shoulder without any issues. Some sinew was wrapped around the auger at the end, but it did not detract from the performance of the grinder during the operation. The meat came out with a consistent grind and texture.I debated buying a stuffer before this trial run. I thought I would give the grinder a try at it and see how it worked...BIG mistake. While it does stuff sausages, and admittedly it does stuff them well, let me warn you. You will receive quite a workout stuffing the meat through the auger tube. My buddy and I are both in pretty good shape and we got a good tricep workout pushing 10 lb of meat through this.Clean up - other than the previously mentioned mistake I made, cleanup wasn't too terrible on this unit. It comes apart easily. There are several areas that can be difficult to clean. The corner of the "horn" where the auger meets the hole coming in from the top - I spent some time making sure all the meat got out of there. Also, some of the meat made its way into the thread of the tightening piece that holds the grinder plate on it. Next time I might use a toothbrush to help with some of those areas.I like the attachments that come with the unit and am anxious to make some kibbeh - used to eat it a lot in the Dominican Republic when I lived there. Also I appreciate that it comes with three blades.In all this is a great unit. It is somewhat noisy, but not an issue considering it's grinding meat. I don't expect it to be whisper quiet. My only issues would be with the cleanup (would be nice to be able to detach that top tube from the horn) and the effort required to stuff. If you're planning on stuffing more than 3 lb of sausage at a time, get a stuffer.
Jerry D. Parrish
I did not know what I was getting but according to the reviews on this I went ahead and ordered it. I had previously bought two other meat grinder and both of them were total crap. This one ground up a buck deer in less than a half hour and didn't struggle a bit.We followed the instructions and put the meat in the freezer for 1 1/2 hours and it was perfect. The grinder chomped it right up with zero problems. This was a great buy!!!!!Also the directions were second to none. One has no doubts what they are to do to set it up and how to use it. So, please read the directions right after opening it.
* Keep in mind you can ruin the finish by letting it soak so don't soak this if you want to keep it pretty!I bought this grinder specifically to make raw cat food as my 9 year old cat has been raw fed to prevent UTIs which were chronic and life threatening until we discovered raw feeding. I've recently started preparing for my brother's 1.5 year old cat as well since it's convenient and combined funds makes for more variety. My review is based entirely on ability to produce cat food and I can't attest to the other abilities such as sausage making. I just know it grinds very well!The grinder works great! It tore through 15 pounds of chicken quarters (bones included), 4 pounds of pork chops (deboned), 4 pounds of liver, 2 pounds of sweetbreads, a pound of gizzards, a pound of tripe, a pound of fish, and a 2 pound rabbit with all bones included (be careful with rabbit as it tends to gum up if it's not SUPER cold/basically frozen). All without too much effort. I simply cut all the big chunks of meat into strips that could fit in the machine and let it do it's thing.It was able to handle entire chicken leg bones with the meat on them without any problems and flew through all of the organs and boneless meats. Make sure to use the largest plate to help the grinder not gum up if you put bones through it (or any larger pieces of meat - I used it for all of my grinder as it made it easier). It took longer to cut the meat than it took for the grinder to plow through it but it managed to make 30+ pounds of cat food with only a few completely user error based issues of gumming up. Overall a great grinder for making food for cats (or dogs, ferrets, etc). I can't speak for it's other abilities as I bought it specifically for cat food but I'm sure it'll work great for everything else it claims. Just make sure to use the right sized plates, chill your meat, and cut it into reasonably sized pieces and you're good to go.---Also, the first two grinders had some cosmetic issues or were missing pieces so I had them returned and a replacement sent out. Replacements shipped the same day hassle free at no extra cost and arrived promptly. Great service from the distributor!
We just got our new STX INTERNATIONAL STX-3000-TF Turboforce 3-Speed Electric Meat Grinder. This was the first time we used it, and it ROCKS! We've been using the Kitchen Aid grinder attachment for nearly 20 years, and needed to upgrade. We relied heavily on the Ecross reviews in making our decision. We wanted something reliable and that would hold up with heavy use. We ground 50 pounds of meat through it today - 20 # of pork butt, and 30# of beef chuck. This grinder comes with three cutting blades and three grinding plates. We did the coarse and the fine (so 100 lbs total). It literally took only one hour total to do it all (and it took me that long to cut it up and prep it first). It only took 15 minutes to run each of the 20 or 30 pounds through each time. With breaks and prep, clean up etc., we spent about 3.45 hours total, but could have done it in less time if needed. This thing is no toy -- it is a serious machine -- loud and powerful, but worth the $159 we paid. Easy clean up (after grinding) and lots of benefits over the other kitchen aid grinder. It's a monster! Features we like: #1: It stays cold while grinding. We chilled our meat after cutting it into strips, and the grinder stayed cold as well. With continuous grinding for long periods of time, the housing was warm to the touch, but not hot. #2: It is powerful. I cut up large strips of nearly frozen meat about 1"x1"x 8". The meat feeder is offset from where the auger is, so when you drop the meat in, it grabs it and pulls it right down. It bogs down a little, but never missed a beat. It just kept on taking the pieces as I dropped them in. #3: Clean up was OK. It took about 10 minutes (after grinding). We followed the instructions as written, as the parts can become discolored if not treated properly. #4: It is easy to use. We are very familiar with grinding meat, and the instructions were written for ease of understanding, with good tips. Anyone that posted that the machine didn't work, didn't do it right (blade in backwards). #5: 3 cutters, 3 die and 3 sausage stuffers, plus a Kubbe attachment, that we'll have to learn about. There was some history in the instructions, but no recipe. #6: Size. It isn't huge. The body is smaller than my kitchen aid, but the parts for grinding are much larger than the kitchen aid, making it able to work much much faster compared to the kitchen aid. #7: The aluminum parts make the meat go through quickly without getting all stuck, as it does with the plastic kitchen aid. Down sides: #1 We also made sausage. We did a 3# Summer sausage and 3# of snack sticks. The summer sausage went through OK, but the snack sticks took a long time and the meat kind of balled up inside the unit, and didn't process through like it should have. We did not have the meat as cold as when we ground it, so that could have been part of the problem. It could have been the stickiness of the meat due to the cure etc. We'll be contacting the company and looking for more clues to improve the process next time. Slow processing was one of the reasons we didn't do more sausage with the kitchen aid. If you are a serious sausage maker and will be doing more than a few pounds, you may want to look at a stand alone stuffer. #2: The instruction manual is not extensive. We understand what to do, because we have experience. If you are new to grinding and stuffing, you might want to put some dedication into learning about processing meat, buy a book, etc. This may be a little intimidating to someone that has no experience at all (but it is simple to use, so don't be turned off. #3: Cleaning the unit after stuffing sausage was pretty tough. I need to find a good bottle brush and some other utensils to get all of the meat and fat out of the unit when done. It was pretty sticky. It would be nice if the manufacturer would send some cleaning utensils with the unit. #4: It is loud, but we knew that when we bought it. It is powerful, and the noise is expected. The price and quality make up for the noise.If you are only going to do a few pounds of meat here and there, this machine is probably more than you need. If you are going to grind a lot of meat or grind frequently, then this machine should be very useful to you. The components feel high quality, there was thought put into the design, and it can put out a lot of ground meat in a very short period of time. Sausage stuffing? We are not done with that angle and need to see if it is us or the machine that caused it to be so labor intensive. Highly recommend this for the price! I will be buying large cuts of meat with this unit in mind.
Once you start grinding your own meat, you'll never go back. I asked one of the butchers at a decent grocery store in town what meat the ground beef comes from. He answered "either round roast or we put the scraps together" - -yeah, that's why the ground beef often doesn't look great...The only con to this appliance is the dearth of instructions -- but if you check You Tube there are several videos that will explain its use. Pretty straightforward too.
I bought mine in 2013 and it's still going strong. Just today I made 40 lbs of breakfast sausage. I've probably used it 20 time and average 10-20 lbs each time I use it.
We used the Kitchen Aid grinder/stuffer attachment a couple of times, which was a good way to find out if we wanted to make sausages on a regular basis. It was so slow and tedious that we stopped using it, though we still wanted to make sausage. We got this machine and couldn't be happier. We ground 12 pounds of meat in about 15 minutes. The machine pulled the meat right in, we hardly used the pusher at all. Cleanup was simple. We didn't use the sausage stuffing tubes since we also purchased a separate stuffer. We're totally happy with the power and quality of the unit and will certainly be using it on a regular basis.
Just A Buyer
I had bought a Heavy Duty Grinder #8 which I tried to use with a Patty Maker I have. Well it worked but SLOOOW and motor did get hot. Now this is with pre-ground chilled hamburger and using the sausage stuffer plate. I saw this unit (read the great reviews) and it didn't cost a lot more than the #8 by another company. When I got this one it was a lot quieter, ground meat twice as fast, didn't get hot, and ran the Patty Stuffer flawless. I now believe all those positive reviews. It is well made, and fit and finish is great. Extra grinding blades are a plus too. Just remember to wash the polished Aluminum parts in warm water with soap by hand (but that would be normal with any aluminum polished parts on grinders). Today to me Customer Service is important, since many companies forget who you are once you buy. So often getting parts is a problem. Not here though. I wanted a Beaner Plate for this unit so called James Seko. One of the nicest people I've ever dealt with and that Beaner Plate was sitting in my hand two days later. Would I recommend this unit for home use? YOU BET, and ahead of a lot of grinders costing much more.
Bought it to grind meat for in-home use. Nice piece of equipment. Has all the cutters you need and is VERY powerful. I can't even imagine needing the high speed setting. The entire device appears to be very sturdy. I have used it 6 times. I always update these reviews over time so stay tuned...12/2012Just did a marathon sausage making session with my wonderful wife. Three passes with 40 pounds of pork and beef. We ground together, course, then ground fine, then used the sausage casing horn to stuff the sausages. Wife, who was working very hard, wore out. The device did not. For both of us this was 4 hours of intense grinding. We ground at low and high speed. The sausage casings filled nicely into tumescent lengths...just the right size. Wife twisted the sausage as I pinched the length that we both could be satisfied with.Guys and girls, if making sausage together doesn't get your pulse pounding, you need to see your doctor.
So much fun to use on chicken, beef, pork and even seafood (gotta get the shrimp really cold and firm and get the super big ones). We now make our own ground beef (sirloin and chuck purchased direct from a rancher with a little fat added if needed), shrimp and/or lobster roll filling, spicy chicken meatballs, pork sausage (patties, can't bring myself to use the link skins). MUCH easier to clean than I thought it would be. Did I mention it's lots of fun?!
My husband just loves it. He said, it was processing the meat real fast and easy. We are having his home made sausage tonight that he made with rice. It was easy to clean too.
You will definitely want a stand alone stuffer. Sure it will get the job done. But it is tough and will take a load of time. Here is my lemon pepper wine garlic basil lavender garlic paprika salami in fermentation
We just butchered our first pig - well 3 pigs and used this to grind up meat for sausage. It works great! We didn't use the sausage stuffer attachment because this was our first time and we were processing so much meat and just did it for patties but it turned out great. We used the medium blade set first but switched to using the coarse and then regrinding it with the fine blades with the next pig and liked the texture better. Just make sure not to let the blades sit in water or they will rust, we stored ours with a little olive oil on it to keep them from rusting.Update!!This grinder is amazing. We have used it for 3 1/2 years and have processed many animals with it: 8 pigs, 4 sheep, an elk and deer and recently a large steer. It runs just as well as the day we bought it! Worth every little penny!
Did a little research and found this grinder. It had really great reviews (4.5 stars with over 350 reviews!). My last grinder crapped out while I still had 25 lbs of meat to grind! The main drive gear broke. Called the company to see about a replacement gear and they said they could not furnish one due to liability! BS!!! They wanted me to return it, pay $50-70 plus postage!! I told them to shove it and I definitely would not be buying any more of their products (DO NOT BUY OPEN COUNTRY PRODUCTS!!). Put this grinder to the test 30 minutes after it arrived (in less than 2 days!!) I ground through 25 Lbs of venison ground meat, 10 lbs of seasoned venison hamburger and 10 lbs of snack sticks. It handled it all with no problems! It's also quiter than my other machine (DO NOT BUY OPEN COUNTRY PRODUCTS!!) Also, replacement gears are available for this machine!! I would recommend this to anyone!!
Since there is no real regulation of the manufacture of commercial cat food I couldn't any longer in good conscience feed my felines even the high-end -meaning high-priced- cat food, so I started making it using the Turboforce 3000. Having never used any kind of food grinder before I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this machine was to operate and clean. It easily takes chicken bones as well as the semi-frozen chicken meat. The only drawback occurs when I'm making fish-based food and try to grind fish bones. They are of course much more flexible so the bones get caught up in the grinding mechanism and it has to be cleaned more often. This isn't a big problem, but it does slow the process down. I think I have solved it by using only the fish bones that are bigger and more rigid, such as the vertebra. Anyway, I am very glad to have purchased this machine, although I can't say how long the motor will last since I've only used it about 5 times. The changes in my cat's coats and their enthusiasm at meal time has convinced me it was the right choice. As a vegetarian I probably won't ever use the sausage making accessories, so I can't speak to their usability, but over all I'm very pleased with this grinder.
I make a lot of different kinds of home made sausage and grind a LOT of meat. I have used a small Oster electric grinder for maybe 20 years and it finally just wore out but still works. I replaced it with this grinder and I like it a lot. It is well made, has a good nylon/ steel thrust bearing and aluminum auger and housing. Several cutting blades and different size plates and it grinds great and fast. More than enough H.P. Love it!
Kenna L. Duerr
I never write reviews, but this machine definately deserves one and the 5 stars I gave it have been earned. This is not a "we bought it last month and really like it", review. We purchased the 1800 watt grinder almost 2 years ago, and use it to grind boneless chicken meat for our household of cats. We normally grind 4, forty pound boxes at time and the meat ranges from thawed to a bit frozen in the middle. This machine, with two people working at it, whips through 160 pounds of meat in about 2 hours, including set up and clean up. We separate it into 2 lb packages, one person grinds and the other weighs the bags and seals them. The sausage making tool works great allowing us to grind the meat straight into a ziplock baggie and the meat tray holds almost perfectly 2lbs of unground meat. Grinding all 160 lbs of meat and we have never had to stop and unclog the machine or in any way stop to deal with any machine issues.All together, in the last two years we have ground over 1200 lbs of meat. No problems, no issues, it is just a plain sweet machine and I would and do recommend it to friends and other Cattery owners. The one and only minor issue, and it really is minor, is the noise level, it is very loud but with so much power and working so well I would not frame that one issue as a complaint at all.While we have never tried using it to grind meat with bones in it, and I have noted in some reviews here that people have commented that it did not work if bones were in the meat. I really find that hard to believe, the meat we grind that is still partially frozen runs through this thing with no problem what so ever.
Grinds very well. Getting to eat burgers again since the local markets have too much water & fat in pre-ground meat. Quiet for a machine. Easy to use. Cleans up easily. Advise hand drying pieces rather than air drying. Put a bit of already ground meat back into hopper to push through the last piece of steak so it doesn't get stuck - push down with pusher.
Takes a bit of getting used to . Bought mainly to make raw dog food . Best if meat is partially frozen. Does only OK with chicken necks which was a bit disappointing because those are a pain to cut up. It seems like it labors too much to grind those so we have started cutting them again ourselves. It does grind other chicken pieces well . Its a nice looking machine and serves its purpose. Its way easier to have ground meat at times rather than chopping every day for four dogs!
Im a dog lover, I feed my English Bulldog raw food, I constantly have to cut up chicken or pork, I got tired of using a butcher knife so i ordered this, at first i worried it would be complicated to put together for the first time, boy was i wrong, everything was already pretty much assembled, just plug & play! It grinds through chicken/chicken bone like no other, at time it will get clogged and ill have to disassemble it and get all the chicken out of the way but its not a huge deal, it works better if your food is at a certain temperature or partially frozen. I highly recommend this meat grinder to anyone looking for a simple/ fair price grinder that works above average :)
After using my stand mixer's grinder attachments to grind meat for homemade sausage, I can tell you my Turboforce grinder is light years better than the mixer. What was taking me an hour to grind only takes a few minutes. It is differently worth buying. It just under a couple weeks I have used it 3 times because it makes grinding so much easier. I highly recommend it for any one who wants to make their own sausage or hamburger and control what gets put in their food. Unlike the mixer, all the important parts are metal and well constructed.
Paul A. Dietrich
For way too many years, I've used my Kitchen Aid mixer's meat-grinding accessory, which works, but takes time and effort. I purchased this grinder for making pet food, using two whole chickens, brown rice and frozen mixed veggies. . This grinder is amazing! It is so fast and complete that it takes longer to clean it than to use it for any purpose. It takes maybe 30 seconds to grind a pound of hamburger. It comes with three cutters and 3 different dies, from fine to quite coarse. Just don't put the metal parts in the dishwasher - they will lose all their polish and shine immediately. Cleaning by hand is a simple and quick process. It is reasonably priced, and of good quality and appearance. Yikes, guys!
We have a cat. We make our own cat food (really easy, plenty of recipes online, healthier for the cat, cheaper, and best of all her poop doesn't smell).Been using this for about a year now. It grinds small bones relatively well with the biggest hole die. It gets clogged sometimes but we just reverse it and keep grinding.So far the motor is ok and blades are holding up.Good grinder for our purposes.
I have been through several grinders and was never satisfied. They clogged, stopped, failed and even at best wasted a lot of material.When I unpacked this grinder I must say I was skeptical - the unit seemed very cheap/light and material was thin - but I was pleasantly surprised.I have concluded that this manufacturer skimped on cosmetics in order to put real quality in the key part - the drive gear - it works great and so far (after grinding 4 loads of pet meaty bones) it has performed perfectly. On top of that it includes three sets of grinders with matching blades - that's 3 times as many as other grinders. And last but not least - short and clear instructions WHICH YOU MUST FOLLOW to get good results.Highly recommended.
This is an outstanding grinder. It is well built and works as advertised. I ground 20 pounds of venison and pork without any issues. While the instruction booklet is not detailed, the machine is intuitive and simple to use. Make sure you keep the blades matched to the extruder dies once you start using them. This grinder, as with most, works best if the meat is very cold. I ground a batch of meat and then put it back in the freezer before grinding the next. I alternated this way throughout the entire process and did not have any issues.
I've bought this grinder just because of good reviews it had, and I'm totally satisfied with it. It is super fast - I can mince 2lb per 30 seconds probably !I'm happy that I've chosen this one ! Would definitely recommend it to a friend ![UPDATE] After couple of years of usage the metal parts started to get rusty. It was always hand washed, but still - got rusty parts. I'm now planning to replace it. I won't recommend this to a friend as I was expecting this thing would serve me decades. The motor is powerful for sure, but it's not only about the motor.
Robert D. Paulus
Bought this becuase of the good reviews after returning a Cabela's hand-powered grinder that was a collection of unmatched parts that was terrible. Sure happy with this one. It ground ten pounds of venison and pork for breakfast link-sausage and suffed the casing without a hitch of any kind. It cut the meat at the plate so well I didn't even have to clean the cutter or plate during the process. Another good feature is that it is a full-size machine, very nicely finished and easy to clean. A five star in my house.
Having read several reviews on meat grinders I made a list of criteria such as construction, power, ease of assembly, price point and manufactures warranty. Based on this I chose the STX 3000 Turbocharger. Like others that shop on line and read customer reviews I have a certain amount of skepticism as to ones opinion. However, I can tell you wether you need a meat grinder for little or a lot of grinding you won't be disappointed with the STX 3000, unless you have to have a grinder with components that are dish washer safe. Personally, that wasn't a deal breaker for me, I would recommend this product because of its' functional design, three sets of grinding plates and blades, three speed motor and price.
Wow, I enjoyed reading the reviews on this product! "Chicken bones?!!"My wife thinks this unit is as good as it gets. It is super fast, easy to clean, and easy to assemble. For a 3000 watt unit, it isn't loud at all. She feels really confident this unit can handle sausages, ground beef, and (hopefully this year some) venison.Initially I bought my wife a KitchenAid attachment accessory set for her 6 Qt stand mixer. She used it once and it began to leak black lubricant into the ground meat... Contacted KitchenAid they said it was edible oil... and to clean the worm screw better. We boxed the unit up and returned it to the store.
Ken DISCUSSED from Fl.
I have ground 5 lbs. of fresh pork several days after receiving grinder and I thought I removed all bone and cartilage until I ground it up, It went though that meat and bone and cartilage like Grant through Richmond. I felt the unit with my hand to see if the grinder was warm after grinding all the meat, It was not. how can you go wrong with (Motor Wattage of 3000 Watts of Peak Output) 3 Speed also Include a 1 year - 100% - Fix or Replace Guarantee, Parts and Labor Included.I say you get what you pay for especially when you do some up front research.Satisfied in Florida. (KGW)
When all the hype about "pink slime" came out in the news, I swore I would never buy a burger in a restaurant or buy hamburger from the store again. so went about shopping for a meat grinder. Tried another brand, and took it back to the store as it only worked once. Found the Turboforce 3000 on Ecross, read the reviews which really impressed me. So I ordered one. I just love it!! I make my own hamburger now, I buy chuck roast when they are on sale, grind a little bit of beef fat in with it, and it makes the best burger you would ever want to eat! If you put it through the grinder twice, it melts in your mouth! this is good for spaghetti sauces and sloppy joes! I make ham salad and chicken salad with it also, the grinder is so fast works like a charm every time! I'm very pleased with this machine!!
Had this for a year or two now and really glad I got it. After you cut into long strips and partially "freeze" meat, it can grind 10 or 15 lbs in minutes and it's easy to disassemble and clean unlike some others that allow ground meat into the motor guts. Just be sure to separately clean and dry (immediately) the carbon steel parts. Would never go back to hand crank. We make good Italian sausage and need it done our way. With a grinder, you chose the meat, later the seasoning, and do it your way.
This machine is wonderful, I've used it twice so far, and I really am satisfied with the job it does, I made kebbeh using it and all parts and attachment work great, easy to clean too, and it was shipped right after I've ordered it, I can give it 10 stars. Thank you seller
I am pleased with the grinding that this machine provides. I do wish a sausage stuffing disc had been provided or made available.My only real complaint is that the grinding plates are not compatible with any aftermarket plates I have found. All I have seen have notches in the plate for seating, where the STX 3000TF has the notch in the housing and a "tenon" to fit the notch on the plate.It rates 4 stars for its power and output in grinding.PS If I find a source for plates, I'll come back and give it 5 stars.
I'm a hunter and usually process 1 to 2 deer a year. I like to do it myself rather than take it to a butcher. I bought a cheap grinder 10 years ago and the thing was basically useless. It wouldn't cut through the meat and tended to get bogged down every minute. I since quit using it and have gone to renting a large grinder from the rental shop at $25 for a half-day or $40 for all day. I had done alot of looking at buying a meat grinder but for what I wanted it looked like I was going to have to pay $400 or $500. I found this meat grinder and after reading the reviews decided to purchase it. I thought because of the cheaper costs it was worth the risk of it not working. The company also had a 30 day return policy. When I received it and opened the box I was concerned. It looked smaller and frailer than the cheapo I had bought 10 years ago. However, when I started grinding the venision I was shocked. The thing ground better than the commercial one I had been renting! My wife couldn't believe it either. We couldn't bogg it down, it just chewed through everything. I ran the venison through the larger holes first, then mixed it with 50% beef 80/20 and ran it again through the smaller holes. The venision was slightly frozen, the beef was thawed. No issues! We did 30lbs in probably 45 minutes and didn't have to clean it out or anything. I recommend this product based on the: 1. Costs compared to others (great deal-as productive for my needs as those $300 or $400 machines), 2. Excellent torque and power (grinds through everything we put it in). 3. Ease of use (very simple, straight forward and small for storage).
Jeannette M Wheeler
Design, functionality, multiple pieces are nice. Motor could be better. Plunger should be made out of harder plastic or different material that will hold up and not bend. Clean-up is challenging and pieces get discolored easily even after following all directions.
I was afraid this was going to be a bugger to put together and use, but I was wrong. It's simple to put together, simple to use and not really bad to clean up. I have only ground up a 5 lb roast and it took me longer to cut the meat into pieces than it did to grind it. If I were doing a large animal it would probably take two people to cut the meat up fast enough for one person to feed it and then take another to wrap it. I will be able to go to the local slaughter/butcher, buy meat that has only been handled there and bring home to grind. I believe this is a purchase that will pay for itself.
Very easy to use meat grinder for the kitchen. I bought this grinder to grind Turkey Thighs and Pork primarily. I was tired of substandard ground turkey and pork that I was buying at the grocery store. I usually grind 1-2 pounds of meat at a time - just enough for the meal I am making that day. Very simple to setup, use and clean. I love the fact that the grinder comes with 3 blades to go with the 3 extrusion plates.You do need to clean the unit immediately after use to make sure the metal parts don't discolor.
I ground up about 25# of venison with no problems. The instructions say to cut the meat in 1" cubes or strips. I did not do that. I had the setting on low speed and it was grinding up everything. I had a really big chunk that I put in. It did slow down some, however, it did grind the meat. Some of the smaller pieces I did grind on high speed. This thing was grinding as fast as I could put the meat in.I was using the course plate for grinding. And the meat was fairly cold, not freezing but getting crunchy or crispy. On the second grind I had the setting on fast. I would not hesitate to buy this product.
Our old electric grinder quit & I was in no mood to use our hand grinder. So I went on-line to check out what was availabe & what they cost. This grinder seemed to have the best deal & after reading all the positive reviews I decided to try it. It was the best decision I've made in a long time. Except for a few pickel pieces at the end that did not grind completely it works like a dream. The only problem I have is keeping up with it. Every thing has to be cut up and ready to go & it still goes too fast. I have no problem with the noise, I don't understand why anyone would complain about it.
We use this at least once a week. Cleaning it is very easy. Freshly-ground meat is *so* much better than the stuff you get at the store - this'd be a great wedding gift - start your friends off right!Our only shock came when it arrived, and was *lavender.* Lavender! Who makes appliances in lavender?!?!?But that's a minor quibble for an appliance that spends most of its time on top of the fridge. It looks like K9 from the old Dr Who, so I'm going to make it a cover.
I struggled for months trying to figure out "how much grinder" I really needed. I even ordered one from Kohl's only to wait two weeks and then figure out the order I had been cancelled. The STX 3000 seemed to have great reviews and a lot of power soI finally settled on it. So far it has lived up to all my expectations. I was so impressed about my purchased and how well it ground through my venison roasts to make burgers that I had to post it on facebook.The positives about the machine:It seems very powerful although I am not sure I have really challenged it yet. That day will come late November during WI gun season.It came with 3 blades...the one thing my dad told me is "make sure you get extra blades"It is so easy to use AND clean. It comes apart easy and the parts wipe off easy in the sink.I paid a little more than I had wanted to but I think every dollar was worth it. Great machine.
I purchased this STX 3000 and it does wonderful for grinding meat but does NOT grind bones. STX International was very helpful and let me pay the difference and helped me with shipping to get the STX II. So now it takes me thirty minutes to make 10-15 pounds of cat food because I do not have to debone my chicken thighs. STX International will get all my business from now on. Also, DO NOT PUT GRINDER PARTS IN THE DISHWASHER, they will tarnish and you cannot get it off!
I bought this to grind my own deer meat instead of either paying a butcher, or doing it by hand (that got OLD after 2 years LOL). This thing works GREAT for what I use it for. I also grind the pork to mix in for sausage. I found that the pork needs to be double-ground, but not the venison, I grind the pork once, then put it back in along with the cubed venison to start the mixing process (it then gets mixed again with a meat mixer and the spices). The meat does need to be just slightly frozen first, especially the pork. This thing grinds the meat as fast as I can feed it.
I love this machine. It made processing the meat really quick and easy. No more working all day. Now it is done in just minutes.
Excellent grinder. I wouldn't buy it for commercial service cycles, but it's not sold for that. Does a really nice job of delivering uniformly ground meats with a minimum of effort on my part. Our venison sausage (4# deer meat to 1# Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage) was perfectly ground and mixed ant the best we've ever made. I'd definitely recommend this unit to anyone who is not grinding tons of meat but needs a good quality grinder for household use. I think I got an excellent buy on it.
For a home meat grinder this one is great. Make my own ground turkey and chicken for hamburgers. Great item, definitely recommend.
I am really glad that I purchased this meat grinder. I immediately ground chuck roasts and made 25# of good tasting hamburger. There is a sale on sirloin steak so I'm about to purchase 15# and make more hamberget to freeze. This grinder works like a a little champ. It was very easy to use and easy to figure out. I also believe that the company is reliable and stands behind their product so I bought with perfect confidence. The most important advantage for me was I know there is no pink slime etc in my meat and I know how clean my work area is clean. Works for me. A+ product.
I love my new meat grinder, its very sturdy,strong, and has beautiful appearance! I have been looking for a while to find a good meat grinder to be able to grind my own meat to make meatballs, and burgers, like my mother. So far I have used it only once and truly think it is a great product, and most likely will update later as I use it more. Warning! Do not soak it in the water or put it in the dishwasher, if you want your grinder to stay as beautiful as it is. The soaking or dishwasher will turn it to black!
This is one impressive grinder. We have used it to process deer. It does a great job, clean up is easy, and small enough not to need a large storage space.
Bought this from Ecross after researching, lesson - go for POWER. Arrived promptly in a good box in which I now store it in when not in use. Used it to grind wild boar meat to make pate, i.e. need to grind real fine for this. Worked perfectly - the meat was cut up and chilled as recommended. I found you need a bit of patience to let the last little bits get pushed through. Sure it made some noise but come on folks, it is a meat grinder, not an electric clock. The noise was certainly no more than I expected. Also ground up some venison for burger and that was really quick as I didn't need to fine grind it. Previously, I used to do this by hand crank but that was a pain and this was quick and efficient. I found I could label the cutting blades and plates using an Sharpie oil based paint marker I can keep them paired up simply by looking at the numbers (on the side of the plate and on the inside of the blades). The real challenge will come when I have to process a whole wild hog and the wife is going hunting for one in a couple of weeks.... Will also then try the sausage attachment so that remains an unknown to me. Obviously it is too early to know if this will stand the test of time and use.
Cleaning, is a job, you have to take it completely apart and use a toothbrush to clean it throughout
I have only used it for a few weeks and its performed well. I've made chicken brats with the sausage stuffing attachment. I did have a problem when I went to slide the hog casings onto the nozzle. It kept loosening up until I loaded the machine with the ground meat which put some pressure on the stuffer. Once that happened I was able to slide the casings on and begin making brats. All good so far!
This is the third meat grinder we have purchased in the past 20 years. It performs well for our needs.
I'm very impressed with the meat grinder!! Good quality and does all I expected it to do for me! I would definitely recommend this Meat Grinder to anyone needing it for home use!
I use this to process my harvest and it is awesome! Zero problems! Great product for the price!
My first grinder and I am glad that I paid a little more.Easy to use and it does the job.
Once you figure out what goes where, this thing is awesome. I would set up a bunch of meats to do at once as it is a bit tedious to assemble and take apart.
Powerful little machine, I use this at my resturant to grind beef and works smoothly without over heating the motor, no meat gets stuck. Overall im happy with my purchase!
I have used it twice and it grinds great. The cleaning of it is not hard, just have to use a small brush for cleaning plate. And a bigger brush for the unit.
After doing my research and reading many reviews on many meat grinders , I chose this STX-3000 . I have nothing but good things to say about it ! The machine is a breeze to assemble and break downs easy to clean. I highly recommend cutting up your meat ahead of time, you will never keep up with it while it is grinding. It chomps down meat with crazy speed and spits it out with nice consistency. I keep my blades and cutters wrapped in paper towel soaked in veggie oil and stowed in a small plastic container. This is definitely the machine to process venison.
This is without a doubt a great meat grinder and I'm glad I finally made the decision to purchase one. I had done a lot of research on meat grinders and this one was highly recommended to me by more then one person. I just happened to catch it on sale and decided that now was the time to buy it. After having it, I can honestly say it's worth the price even when not on sale. Very well built with plenty of power to handle your "at home" tasks. We process our own venison at home and this is the perfect tool to help get that done. Looking for a meat grinder?? You won't be disappointed if you purchase one of these ones!!
Boneless round roasts around here cyclically sell for $1 less per pound than 85% lean hamburger. Of course, the roasts are lower "quality", i.e., totally lean with no marbling to speak of, so the freshly ground meat I get is more comparable in "value" to the $2 difference in the 90% lean hamburger price. Regardless, whichever price differential you pick, the machine pays for itself. Easy to setup, breakdown, and clean.
Only used this product about 5 times for meat grinding and have found product to be very solid. Has enough power to make quick work of meat grinding, cleans up easily and I have had no problems whatsoever! Would certainly recommend this product!
I purchased this machine because I feed my cats and dog a primarily raw diet. This grinder quickly produces the exact texture I look for in ground beef, chicken or lamb. It can grind chicken wing and thigh bones, although you may need to re-grind the batch containing bones to reduce them to a safe size for cats. I have not tried to process rabbit bones, but I suspect the machine may have trouble with them because they are so hard. Notwithstanding the bone issue, I am very happy with the machine. I think that it does an excellent job for a non-commercial machine and at a reasonable price.
Hi Jim,I want to thank you so very much for my new Magnum 1800 meat grinder. I have thick and heavy bones to grind down to make raw food for my Asian Leopard Bengal Cats and I was in need for a really good meat grinder. I'm very happy with how wonderful my new magnum 1800 meat grinder worked, cutting right through half frozen chicken legs and breast with no problems. It was very easy to put together and not messy at all. I have tried other grinders that would break down in the middle of my grinding and it was a hassle and an inconvenience to have to take it apart every 3 minutes to clean out the bones that would get stuck in the shaft. It was also so messy with juice dripping out the sides. But not this one, I love my new grinder.Thank you again!!Carrie Donahue of Newport Coast CA.
This works great, just as promised. Just a note: If you partially freeze the meat it works much better and you end up with a better product, not unlike the rib roast I cooked last night.
Brian S. Finley
This grinder has made processing deer SO easy! Before we got this we were processing whole deer using a cutting board, knife, and a hand crank grinder. This thing is amazing. We have done 5 deer so far, grinding a lot of it. We also made breakfast sausage, and bratwurst using the attachments. Very pleased!
We bought this grinder on line one year ago from Ecross.com based on reading its online reviews. We needed a sturdy multipurpose grinder but not a very expensive one.. We are from the middle east and we like to prpare Kube, Falafel, and grind our Beef at home. Every trial with this machine was satisfactory and gave us excellent results. We use lots of ground beef so we buy a big piece of Beef, the cut that we like with very little fat for our monthly supply of Kufta, burgers, stuffing for chicken, Zuchuni, eggplants. this machine grindes it so easily at the size you like as it has three sized holes cylinders. We love home made Kube, and the Kube attachment is amazing, I wash the Burgul, strain excess water and let it soak for half an hour and then grind it with onions and beef. The resutls are amazing especially if you grind the mix a second time. We grind Chick Peas after soaking them 24 hours for Falafel with Celanro, onions and the result is great falafel mix. Its fast, easy to use, just press the bottom after filling it, easy to assemble and clean. The steel/metal core does not rust or stain when grinding green leaves and its very durable. If you love to grind stuff at home,I highly recomend it. Just make sure you have space for it as the real size is little bulkier than the picture, but its really worth it.
Although I've only had a chance to use it a couple of time so far, it seems to go through meat with no problems. When it comes to bone you have to disassemble and clean out more often, as when a piece gets shaved down to a shape that doesn't want to go through it keeps the meat from going through as well. Not problem....remove the piece of bone and keep going. With cleaned meat however, its just about as fast as you can feed it.
WOW !!!! I am SO impressed with this machine! It has handled everything I've shoved into it with absolutely no problem, and gives me a perfect grind every time. It's easy to assemble and easy to clean. Too bad it doesn't come with a case to hold all the nice attachments, but I found a great plastic bin that holds everything perfectly, so no complaints. Very well made and extremely easy to use. Love this thing!
Bought this to grind raw, bone-in chicken for our special needs kitty. Ended up using it for that (goes through the bones with no hesitation) and for making my own custom flavored ground meats (maple ginger pork sausage is our current favorite!) as it allows me to control the amount of fat included. Be sure to cool the meats as instructed. Would recommend without hesitation.
Purchased this on a recommendation of a friend. Very easy to operate, just remember to have your (cut up )meat at a semi-frozen state.I love,love,love this machine.My first time I did 50 lbs of boneless chuck as fast as I could feed it to the machine.The next time I did pork into breakfast sausage and Italian sausage about 40lbs combined.My meatball grind(40lbs) came next with pork,veal and beef,just alternated the meats and it came out mixed. One tip, run some bread at the end of your grind and it will be easier to clean your blade and disk.I will always know what is in my ground meats from now on.
Took it out of the box and almost immediately started packaging it back up. It has a sticker that specifically says "No Bones". I bought this grinder for the purpose of making raw cat food with bones. There's several people that have had really good luck with it and others not so much. Not wanting to take that gamble. It's going back.