Good but not great
grinds meat no problem but when you add seasoning to your meat it gums up and not push through the disk. also real cold meat it bogs down when you enter fat and stops cold and with out reverse you have to tare it apart.
#8 Big Bite
Used the LEM #8 for the first time today. I ground up a large beef roast into hamburger and broke it down into 1 pound packages and froze them. After a quick and effortless cleaning, ground up a pork shoulder for use in lumpia and wantons. The machine, besides being quick, was very quiet and the grind was great. Didn't even need to use the tamper. I am just as impressed with this grinder as I am with my MaxVac. Both are solid quality.
Good workhorse for grinding meat. Easily chewed through 500lbs of pork.
We really like the efficient, quiet, smooth and fast operation of the #8 Big Bite Grinder we purchased. It is heavy duty but also light enough to handle fairly easily.
Great little grinder.
This is a well constructed grinder. I have ground thousands of pounds of deer and pork for deer sausage. However, unless you have your meat prepared in long thin strips you will never do 7# a minute as advertised.
Big Bite #8 Grinder
This LEM product is very well made. All components are constructed of highly polished stainless steel which makes cleanup easier. The grinder performs very well and has enough power to handle even the toughest meat without straining.
Waited to long before getting one
I had spent hours removing the silverskin, tendons and cubing our venison into 1" pieces preparing to use my countertop grinder as in years past when I got a sale offer on the big bite grinder. I decided it was time and ordered the #8. I had the butcher cut the whole pork butt I bought into 2" slabs then I cut into strips and put in freezer prior to grinding. With the venison and pork very firm I couldn't feed it as fast as it would grind even using the foot switch. I coarse ground 40 pounds in minutes , rarely using the stomper and I didn't have to stop to clean the knife and plate as I was used too with the small grinder. It never hesitated or seemed to bog one bit. I waited way to long to get one and it will literally save me hours of tedious trimming on the game I process.
# 8 big bite grinder
On my third year with the # 8 big bite...it is under powered and easy to stop. process on average two deer a year. I do not try to over stuff it, but if you drop something in the big bite will take it. Needs a reverse. When it stops you have to struggle to get the ring off to clean out and start over. I have the .35 hp grinder, which now is .5 hp
My husband and son love it. Makes processing of their wild game quicker and easier. We are enjoying jerkey and deer sticks as well as deer burger.
Best Grinder I Ever Used
This is the best Grinder I have ever used. It never binds up on me and it doesn't over heat.
Ray Palacios III
Big Brute 8 meat grinder
this is an awesome grinder well made easy to use and clean does a great job worth the price would recommend!!!
.35 hp lem grinder devours meat!
My friends and family processed a 1,800 pound bull, and over a period of 14 hours during the week,ran this grinder. We used the large plate that came with unit and it chewed up every piece of meat we threw at it! I am a butcher in a grocery store,and used to large equipment, and for such a small grinder, it did wonderfully! I plan on making sausage next. Great job LEM, Keep up the good work.
Wow! This grinder so easy to use and clean. After struggling with my previous grinder this brand and model is light years better. Butchering and grinding is now easy and efficient. Will order more plates for variety of grind. Jerky, chili, burgers are on the menu. 4 venison critters completely processed, the "waste" ground for dog food. Really impressed with this grinder.
NOT AS ADVERTISED
Just bought this through Amazon....This is the 4th meat grinder I have purchased. While it is the nicest one and I finally believe I found one I will keep I AM EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED THAT THE BLADE AND PLATES ARE NOT STAINLESS STEEL AS ADVERTISED. I think you should send me a set of stainless steel knives and cutter plates...... Just a hint...if it is stainless a magnet will barely be attracted to it. My background is mechanical engineering with extensive experience in metalurgy. Stop claiming it is stainless if it isn't.
Owner Response: Our Grinder Blades and Plates are 420 stainless steel. 420 stainless steel consists of a high carbon level as it's made to be a very strong stainless steel. Because of the carbon content, it is more magnetic than with a lesser content. There are different types of stainless steel with different combinations of carbon and nickel.
Freakin do it!
My first batch of sausage took 5 hours to stuff in the beginning. I had a $100.00 grinder that was the stuffer as well. I improved on that time by purchasing a stuffer by 2 hours. Mixing the meat was a pain, so I bought a meat mixer, saving another 30 minutes and a big mess. I still had to cube the meat in 1 inch cubes, That took a while, after processing. Say 30 minutes. Now, I cut the meat into 2.5 inch strips as long as I want, and this animal gobbles 'em up! 15 pounds of meat in two or so minutes. Clean up is a breeze and you're not in the kitchen all day, do it!
It works great
Bought this #8 from LEM on line first part of April. Yesterday my wife and I were out and mentioned that we needed hamburger. Decided to buy a brisket and grind our own. I separated most of the fat to see what the percentage was going to be and we actually had about 85-15 so cut the brisket into strips and into the freezer for about and hour. When starting to grind on the course grind I couldn't drop the meat in fast enough. I ground a 7.6 lb brisket in no time. The grinder worked flawlessly.
Big Bite Grinder
Ordered this grinder and could not believe how sturdy it is. I process 2-3 deer and a wild hog each year and this grinder looks to be an excellent choice. Definitely heavy duty enough for the job. Haven't had a chance to use it yet but will be looking forward to it this fall. Gave the grinder I was using away when I received this one.
Best grinder I have ever owned
This is by far the best grinder I have ever owned. I have processed out own deer for over 30 years with various grinder and this one makes them all look like a joke. What an awesome time saving machine! Don't forget to get the jerky cutting attachment! You will never do very without it again!
Carolyn Sue Hall
Really appreciate the grinder, more and better than I expected. So easy to use, so quiet. So glad I bought it. Thank you.
After much looking and researching I decided to buy this grinder. All I can say is WOW! I typically process 4-6 deer/antelope a year and was looking for something that wouldn't break the bank but could handle the job. I found what I was looking for in this machine. You cannot feed this quick enough it spits out ground meat like a crazy. As one final test I ran some shank with minimal silver skin trimmed off and it chewed through it and never missed a beat. It turned inedible shank meat into perfectly ground product. I would recommend this grinder to anyone that is looking to process their own wild game. Wish I would have bought this years ago!
Wow - What a beast!
Just received mine - have not used it yet - but you can tell this is top quality in every respect. Burgers and Sausage on the way this weekend. Nicely done.
I pick up fresh kill deer along the road and I grind it up for dog food also use fresh fruits and vegetables from the grocery store when you get ready to throw them away and I send it through this grinder and it works great celery and carrots get caught up a little bit long with cabbage leaf but iPhone 5 send them through a process your first like a ninja type blender processor and then send them to the grinder and it works excellent I even put rice and oatmeal through it to help mix them all up this grinder couldn't be any better I also use it for my own sausage sausage sticks and anything else I like to eat .
I got the 779a for Christmas after grousing about how long (2 hours!) it took me to grind 10lbs of meat with my Kitchen-Aid. THIS thing coarse ground 27lbs of beef in less than 3 minutes. I couldn't keep up with adding meat, it was processing it so fast. The performance of this machine is breathtaking. This is worth every penny. The time you save alone makes this machine worth its weight in gold. (and yeah... it's a heavy machine.) Speaking of heavy machine, the parts are quality parts - no chewed up metal sides, no plastic gears, and the auger and housing assembly is precision-machined. There's weight to the grinder, but, the thing grinds meat like a boss.
Awesome Products and Customer Service
Purchased the # 8 SS Big Bite Grinder a few months ago after using a friends to process my deer. Couldn't be happier with the quality of the machine. Works great ! Keep up the good work LEM! You have a customer for life!
Wow! I bought this grinder the other day for home processing of deer and bear. I absolutely recommend it to anyone that wishes to do the same. I couldn't feed the meat into this grinder fast enough, it is super quiet compared to my old one, it never clogged, and the meat came out looking like it was professionally ground. Great Product!!!
My first grinder and is much better than I thought it would be. Past experience with LEM I knew it would be great
This machine is a meat eating beast. I just finished grinding a mule deer with it, I should have purchased one years ago. It sure beats using my #32 hand grinder...I didn't even work up a sweat. Thank you LEM for a great product.
#8 Big Bite Grinder
Bought this grinder when my 1 1/2 year old waring stripped the plastic gears while I was grinding my deer. I couldn't keep up with it , didn't need to use the stomper. once the meat went down the tube it came out freshly ground , and fast. Did my last 13 lbs of burger with a regrind in 10 min. great machine , love the fact it has metal gears and is QUIET. also like that all parts including gears are listed in the owners manual if you ever need to replace anything , hopefully wont but they are available.
# 8 Meat Grinder
I have had this grinder about a month and I am very pleased with it. It is fast and grinds the meat much better than the old kitchen grinder I used in the past. It takes only minutes to grind a complete deer and mix in the fat with the deer. So far I have done three deer. I wish I had bought one of these a long time ago.
#8 Big Bite Grinder
So much better than what I had, I am still amazed at how fast it cuts and the quality is outstanding.
#8 .35 grinder big bite
Used once so far and I expected good things, It delivered far better than just good!!!