2022 - Volume #46, Issue #2, Page #18[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Battery-Powered Meat Grinder
“The manual grinder is off the shelf, as are the batteries,” says Ervin Schmucker, Schmucker’s Country Sales. “I modified it to run on DeWalt FlexVolt batteries.”
Schmucker removed the original hand crank handle and made an adapter to connect the grinder’s driveshaft to a corner gearbox with a 10:1 ratio. He mounted a belt drive DC motor to the corner gear and connected it to a power plate from a DeWalt tool.
“The corner gearbox slows the motor down and adds torque,” says Schmucker. “I also replaced the original knife with a carbide knife for a longer-lasting edge.”
Schmucker has used the battery-powered grinder on pork and beef. He reports that while beef is often harder to grind than pork, he ground 51 lbs. of tough beef with lots of ligaments in half an hour with two 9 aH batteries.
“I can grind 200 lbs. of pork for sausage on two batteries and feed it faster than I could the beef,” he says.
Schmucker developed the battery-powered grinder to make life easier for women in the Amish community. However, he sees it having a place in hunting camps and other off-grid sites.
“I hoped to price them for under $1,000, but with the different components, they retail for $1,499,” says Schmucker. “I use high-quality components like the carbide knife. The goal is that it is a lifelong product.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Schmucker’s Country Sales, 594 Boone Rd., Quincy, Mich. 49082 (ph 616-780-2985).
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