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It's what's inside that matters
on 5 November 2012
I bought this grinder, it worked badly, but I was stuck for economical alternatives.
Encouraged by the generally positive reviews, I decided that my grinder must be faulty, and threw the dice again - I ordered the "exact" same model, but this one so happened to be from a different seller.
That second one works a dream.
The difference? The second one looks the same on the outside, but look inside and it has a white plastic ring where the spinning component meets the casing. This means that it's metal grinding on plastic instead of metal on metal.
So, the first one I bought used to produce loads of horrible oil, presumably emmitted by the machine to (ineffectually) lubricate the metal-on-metal. The instructions said that would only happen for the first use or two, but instead the problem got worse with time, with lots of meat being ruined by the grey oily goo.
The second one I bought never had that problem, and has worked well since opening.
In one instance, making burgers for a huge party, I have used it to grind 28 pounds of beef chuck in one sitting, which it did without batting an eyelid. Yes, that's 2 stone or 14 kilos worth of beef. It's brilliant.
If you buy this, look inside, and if you see no white plastic ring, expect it to fail. Give it a go, and if it does fail, send it back and buy another.
Amazon, please check with Kenwood, and make sure you are stocking the one with the plastic part. It's brilliant.