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Powered Sausage Stuffer
Gene Geiss and his family stuffed 100 lbs. of sausage in 2 1/2 hrs. thanks to Gene's idea of using a powered pipe threader to drive his hand-cranked Chop-Rite sausage stuffer.
"It's geared down just right," says Geiss.
All he needed was an adapter to fit over the square crankshaft on the stuffer. Geiss cut a round blank out of flat steel bar and cut a keyway to fit the pipe threader throat. However, he didn't have the right tool to make a square hole in the center to match the shaft. Instead, he drilled out a hole in the center and welded a piece of square steel tube in place. He then filled in around it.
"It works great," says Geiss. "I just slip the adapter on and then tighten the driver over it. I rest the driver against a block of wood, and the torque produced holds the stuffer in place. We don't even have to clamp it down anymore."
Geiss operates a machine shop and sees other uses for his power pipe threader. He plans to make a second adapter plate to fit his hand crank metal bending roll.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Geiss Metal Products, Inc., 21840 S.E 364th St., Enumclaw, Wash. 98022 (ph 253 833-6607).

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #3