thanks for all of the advice, links, and info everyone.
the more i read up on it, the more the $$$ goes up.
i'm thinking about the cabelas pro series
(a little different than the pro), or for more dinero, the lem #8 all stainless steel .35 hp grinder.
the lem is twice the price, but has metal gears instead of the vinyl ones in the cabelas. i'm just concerned that .35hp won't be enough.
then there's the lem #12 ss grinder at .75hp, for another $100+.
spending $450 dollars for a kitchen toy with which i have no experience might be a tough sell to the mrs..
unless i add up everything she spent on qvc crap over the last 6 or 8 months and it's equal or more. that might be a plan.
thanks again, folks. i'll post when i decide on one.
man, this went from $30 to $450 in one thread. and that's before the tenderizer attachment, and separate sausage stuffer.