Originally Posted by Zagut
Something's not right here.
Were you grinding a lot of sinew and silver skin?
Shouldn't have clogged that easily.
I've put a lot of meat through my grinder and have never had it clog.
Did you have the blade installed correctly? (Flat side towards the plate?) I could see it having a hard time if it was backwards.
And after only 20 lbs. you shouldn't need new blades or plates.
You can easily sharpen the blades and flatten the plates when needed.
And you really shouldn't need to after only 20 lbs.
The reason for different plates is for different size grinds. and the plates really should last a very long time before they need replacement.
Now a #5 plate is a smaller size but that shouldn't effect the behavior of your grinder in the way you've described. It should only mean it will take you a few minutes longer to grind.
And if you do use your grinder to stuff sausage casings be sure to use a stuffing plate. It's essentially a plate with giant holes to let your sausage mixture pass easily without grinding it again.
Good luck on the shoulder but make sure your set up is correct.
Thank you very much for the help here. I do appreciate it.Things like this that one learns from another such as the case here is priceless.
What happened was on me.Not the LEM.I had when putting the auger in forgot to slip on the washer of all things.No wonder we had so much play before it clogged.Tested it again tonight.Sure thing it was me.Everything else was just fine.I've learned also to watch how thick the fat pieces are.Alternating the two at times.And you were right we did have silver skin problem.
I know, see a "LEM-atologist" about that.It's cureable.
We just made close to 12Lbs of breakfast sausage that would have cost me about $80.00.Had I bought it already made.
The reason I thought it was the knife and plates was because we bought it used.I don't know what they've put it through.It was fully assembled when I got it.All I had was the use and maintenance form.
What I needed was a LEM for Dummies book.
Another exhausting learning day here.All's well.Thank you for the help.
Thinking about naming it "MEL"