Hello, I'm a production manager at restaurant in New York City and recently our meat grinder's motor blew out and we are looking to purchase a new one. I have absolutely no knowledge about meat grinders and so far google has taught me that LEM and Weston seem to be the popular brands. I had my eyes set on the Weston #32 1.5 HP grinder but it turns out it has been discontinued and I am having a hard time finding it in stock. The LEM seems to be the next recommendation but I hesitate due to it lacking a reverse function. Any sort of information from personal experience would be appreciated.
Some more information:
We don't go thru a ton of meat in a day, maybe one or two 15L buckets of ground meat at most. My boss wants a heavy duty 1.5 HP unit because of the conditions we are running it under, rather than the quantity of meat.
Basically our kitchen is extremely hot, and that is what we are attributing to our old unit's motor blowing out. Every meat grinder I have come across measures its capacity in lbs/hour so I assume running a meat grinder for 1 hour consecutively is pretty standard, but our old unit would only run for about 20 min before it began to slow down, jam, and stop.
Basically the most important factor for this new grinder wold be heat resistance and durability. My boss thinks this means higher HP, which I am skeptical about but like I mentioned I have no knowledge.
Some units I have looked out are:
The LEM and Weston #22 and #32 units.
The Vollrath #12 and #22 units
I hesitated on the cabela's because their gears didn't look like they were made entirely of metal, which I thought might affect heat resistance. The Vollrath just seemed overpriced despite offering basically the same thing as other units. The LEMs don't have a reverse switch and the Weston is sold out everywhere. Please, any help is appreciated.