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I love my Cabela's grinder. I first used one that is very popular on dog lists, b/c of the costs and is reputed to do chicken bones. Well, it did. BUT, it took off the coating on the inside of the metal parts b/c it wasn't the heavy duty stainless steel grade. I couldn't bear the thought of the metal coating getting in the food.
I couldn't decide between the 3/4 hp and the 1 hp. I liked the 3/4 b/c it would be light enough for me to carry; whereas the 1 hp is definately heavier. At the time, tho, the 1 hp was on sale and only a few more dollars, so I ended up with the heavy 1 hp.
The 1 hp grinds F-A-S-T !!!! It grinds so fast that one person really has a hard time putting the meat in and trying to get the ground meat into a freezer baggie at the same time. It takes two people and the person doing the bagging has to work fast (and you can't seal the bags as you go, but have to wait till the end). You can also get 'meat tubs' to grind the meat into, then do the baggiing. This is probably less stressful as this machine really grinds fast. It does slow down a little bit if you are doing bones. Also, I usually don't use the smallest hole size, so that makes it go faster to. So, from the standpoint of it being almost too fast, I think I might like the 3/4 hp better. But, without comparing, I don't know if the 3/4 hp would grind the bones as well as the 1 hp.
Note: Get a seperate blade for EACH hole size, and mark which SIDE you are using of the piece with the holes. Use the same blade to the same side of the grinder hole piece. This makes the blade last longer. I keep them in packed together in the same baggie so that I won't mix up the blades.
BUT, I think I would still prefer the 1 hp, despite the weight and fastness (yes, this is usually a good thing with grinders). One BIG reason I like the 1 hp better is because the throat is larger than on the 3/4 hp. This is a BIG deal. Lets say I buy pork tenderloin to grind (low fat diet). Well, it will be too wide to fit into the throat, so you do have to cut the meat up (this is the BIGGEST pain of all the grinding chores). I must buy me a meat saw to do this with b/c I don't have anything at home that doesn't wear me out since I grind a lot of meat at once. Clean-up must be immediate and takes a good 15 minutes, so I grind alot at once. If the throat size is smaller, then I have to do alot more cutting than with a bigger throat. So, for me, this alone wins the game -- bigger motor = bigger throat = less meat cutting.
So in the end, b/c of throat size, I prefer the 1 hp. And Cabela's is good quality. (just look for a sale!)
Hope this helps a little,
Last edited by Chasza; 10-18-2009 at 08:53 AM.