|Purred: Sun Apr 1, '12 2:42pm PST |
|I actually have experience with both because we just switched from a manual to electric grinder.
We've only made 1 batch of food so far with the electric, but as far as I can tell, the quality of product is the same, it's just faster and easier.
For the manual we had the LEM Products #10 Stainless Steel Clamp-on Hand Grinder (bought from Mad Cow Cutlery - paid $79.95 with free shipping) and switched to the Tasin TS-108 Electric Meat Grinder (bought from One Stop Jerky Shop - paid $156.96 shipped). Our primary reason for switching was because we moved and our new kitchen counters were too thick to clamp the manual grinder to. Figured it was cheaper to replace the grinder than the counters.
The manual was definitely a workout to grind up bone. My husband generally tightened it to the counter with vice grips and even then the plastic protectors for the clamp got kind of warped from the force. Then he would cut up and feed the meat while I turned the crank - it was definitely a 2-person job.
For the electric, it seems like we have have to cut up the pieces a bit smaller than with the manual to get them through the grinder, but it seemed to gobble everything up just fine. Just drop in pieces and use the plunger as needed if they are not feeding though. (And don't forget the blade like we did at first - oops! )
The Tasin is LOUD (1200 watt motor - sounds like a jet engine) but much faster than manual. It came with 3 plates (we used the largest with the holes that look like slices of pie, which seemed to work great) and some other accessories.
One thing we have been very impressed with on the Tasin is that it is made in Taiwan versus the LEM which was made in China. The difference in quality of the blades and unit is apparent and seems to make a big difference in functioning. Also, with the LEM, I also found that after about a year of use, the varnish on the wooden crank handle was starting to get worn down from the moisture/friction.
The Tasin is significantly bigger than the LEM and somewhat harder to clean since you can't submerge the whole thing, but most of the parts detach for cleaning.
Overall, I would definitely recommend the Tasin over the LEM. Wish we'd gotten it in the first place!
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