FAQ about Grinder Plates and Blades
What is my grinder size?
If you don't
know the size of your grinder, simply measure the distance across the
center of the grinder plate as shown below to determine the diameter, then use our chart to determine your meat grinder size. Measuring the plate
not the knife is the correct way to size a meat grinder but we have provided the approximate Cutting Blade Size as well. Note: One Stop Jerky Shop no longer sells #5 plates and blades.
|Measure as shown||Grinder Size||Plate Diameter||Cutting Blade Diameter||Cutting Blade Hole Size|
|#5||2 1/8"||1 7/8"||1/4"|
|#8||2 1/2"||2 1/8"||3/8"|
|#10 / #12||2 3/4"||2 3/8"||7/16"|
|#20 / #22||3 1/4"||2 7/8"||1/2"|
|#32||3 7/8"||3 1/2"||5/8"|
|#42||5 1/16"||4 5/8"||7/8"|
What hole sizes do plates come in and what are their uses?
|Plate Hole Size||Suggested use|
|1/8"||Fine grind - Bologna, Franks, Force meats, Hamburger & Beef Jerky|
|3/16"||Medium grind - Breakfast Sausage, Hamburger, Polish & Italian Sausage|
|1/4" & 5/16"||Coarse grind - Hamburger, Salami, Summer Sausage, Pepperoni & Bratwurst|
|3/8"||Coarse grind - First grind, Chili meat & Chorizo|
|1/2"||Very Coarse - First grind, Chili meat, Stew meat & Vegetables|
|3/4"||Very Coarse - First grind or Chunking meat|
The number of holes in my plate doesn't match the photo shown?
The number of holes in the grinder plate will vary by the diameter of the plate, so basically the larger the plate the more holes the plate can have. Example: 3/4" plate for a #10/12 grinder may have 5 holes while a #22 grinder plate may have 6 holes.
Is Stainless Steel better the Carbon Steel?
Stainless Steel Plates and Blades will usually last up to three times longer then carbon steel. Stainless parts are still not dishwasher safe and can get surface rust since they contain steel.
What is the benefit to using a hub-less plate?
A Hub-less Plate can be used on both sides. A meat grinder plate with a hub is easier to remove but can only be used on one side.
My meat is "mushing" and not coming through the plates correctly anymore, what is wrong?
Chances are the blade, plate or both are dull. Make sure your meat is very cold or partially frozen for a better grind. You could also have the grinder assembled incorrectly, make sure all parts fit where they should and pay particular attention to the cutting blade fitting onto the auger all the way.
I need to change my cutting blade, do I need to change the plate?
It is recommended to change them both together. If your hub-less plate has an unused side you can use a new Cutting Blade with it. It is always best to keep a cutting blade matched up to one side of a plate, then when it stops cutting as efficiently you simply flip the plate over and use a NEW Cutting Blade on that side.