I bought the #8 .35 HP Grinder a few years ago and have ground up a steer, 6 deer, and 10 bushels of apples, including cores and stems (making mash to press into cider). The blade is showing no signs of wear or dulling at all. I'm ordering another, just as a backup. I'm sure the first one won't last forever!
I did not buy the real expensive knives just the stainless, but I have a specific knife for each of my plates so the wearing matches. I have ground up two cows, and four boar and I am still going strong with the same knife. I think I need to buy a standby just in case. Now I need a bigger grinder than my #8 .35
just bought a lem grinder, which worked great until the knife became dull. dull after grinding the meat off of just 2 deer. will order and try one of the expensive ones and hope that solves the problem.
We LOVE the #8 LEM grinder! The knife has lasted through 14 deer (several hundred pounds of meat), and is still going strong. We plan to order another knife just to have one on hand in case this one does finally give out.
Though I was following instructions which came with the grinder, I was only able to process about 20lbs of gound meat before the knife gave out. Not a good quality knife on the brand new and expensive .35hp grinders...