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Air-Powered Meat Stuffer
"I thought the sausage stuffer attachment we were using with our meat grinder worked too slow. So one day while I was using it I came up with a better idea," says Floyd Plank of Mt. Ayr, Iowa.
  He started with a 4-in. dia., 4-ft. long pvc pipe with a threaded coupler and threaded plug at each end. He drilled a 3/4-in. dia. hole in the square part of both plugs and screwed a 3/4 by 2-in. nipple into the holes, letting the nipples cut their own threads. At one end he installed a ball valve and a quick coupler air hose male nipple to fit his air hose. At the other end he installed an 8-in. long clear rubber hose.
  He cut four 12-in. long 2 by 6's, making notches in them to fit the pipe, and screwed them together around the pipe. Then he screwed two 4-ft. long 1 by 6's on the bottom to keep the unit from rolling. "To operate the meat stuffer, I unscrew the end of the pipe with the air hose fitting and stand it on end, then drop the ground meat in. Then I put a 3-in. dia. pvc cap in (with round end down), screw the end of the pipe back on, connect an air hose to it and let one of my kids operate the valve while I fill the bags or jars, etc., with meat. Then I unhook the air hose, relieve the pressure, unscrew the other end of the pipe, add a little air again to push the 3-in. plug out, and start over.
  "It'll hold about 20 lbs. of meat. The first time we used it we ran about 150 lbs. of baloney through it in only about one hour," says Plank.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Floyd Plank, 1953 310th St., Mt. Ayr, Iowa 50854.

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2007 - Volume #31, Issue #2