The STX 3000 TF uses three cutting blades, sausage stuffing tubes and a three speed 3000 Watt engine to give you the versatility you need when grinding your own meat. This unit combines power and style into a machine that outperforms all other similarly priced grinders on the market. The outside of this unit is made from cast aluminum, so it’ll never crack and break due to normal usage like a cheaper coated unit will; this unit is very durable, and you really have to rough it up to break it.
This meat grinder is perfect for beginners and experts alike; it’s easy to use right out of the box, and it comes with accessories like three tempered steel grinding plates, three cutting blades, three sausage stuffing tubes and a Kubbe attachment for people who need more than a basic grinding. The Size #12 grinding head gives you plenty of room, so the unit doesn’t clog up like other grinders that use smaller sizes to save money on manufacturing costs.
Durability is important when buying a new grinder. If you get a model that isn’t durable, you’re going to end up having to replace it quickly, and these costs add up. The STX is fitted with hardened carbon steel gears inside of the unit. These gears will almost never wear out, and the manufacturer knows this, so they offer you a one-year repair and replace warranty. This warranty is one of the best in the business, and you know that the manufacturer can only offer a warranty like this for a product that they truly believe in.
This unit is heavy-duty when it comes to grinding, but it only weighs in at about 12 pounds, so you can easily store and move it when it isn’t in use. Other grinders that have this kind of power usually weigh about 50 pounds, and they are a lot clunkier than the STX 3000’s 16.5 x 6.5 x 14.5 inch frame. If you need variety, power and quick grinding in a unit that looks great, then this machine is right up your alley.
Much like other electric grinders, the STX 3000 doesn’t have parts that are safe to put in the dishwasher. This means that you’re going to have to hand wash each piece after you are done grinding. It breaks down into six pieces, and they can be washed quickly, but most people don’t initially realize that they can’t wash the pieces in their dishwasher.
STX 3000 TF Features
- 3000 Watt peak output power
- Three speed engine
- Large Size #12 grinding plate; large plates are unlikely to get clogged
- Only weighs 12 pounds
- Three grinding plates; fine, medium and coarse
- Three cutting blades
- Three sausage tube attachments
- One-year fix or replace warranty
What Conditions Is This Grinder Suitable For?
According to the manufacturer, the STX 3000 can grind anywhere between 175 to 225 pounds of meat in an hour when on its highest setting. Basically, this means that the grinder will be able to process almost any job that you have for it. The grinder is able to power through meat quickly, but if you’re going to be grinding hundreds of pounds continually, you’re going to have to pay attention to the grinder; let it cool down when it starts getting hot. This will happen after an hour or so, but most people never grind that much meat in a sitting, so it doesn’t pertain to the average user.
How Do You Use This Grinder?
The STX 3000 is very simple to put together and use, many people say that it’s so simple that it’s almost foolproof. Once you attach your cutting plates, you simply choose what speed you want to grind your meat at, and then you put your food into the hopper. If you overload or clog it, you can run the engine in reverse; this prevents you from having to open up the unit while you are in the process of grinding.
Most people like to throw their meat into the freezer for about half an hour before they grind it. Doing this prevents the grinder from turning the meat into mush; freezing it will make your meat grind better. If possible, try not to put too much fat and gristle through the grinder. Trimming your meat before grinding it will produce a better textured product. Sausage is done in the same way, but you need to switch to the sausage attachment.
This grinder has a powerful engine, so you’re going to be producing meat that is similar to what you would get at a grocery store. Cheaper models produce more of an unappetizing paste. If you freeze your meat before throwing it in this grinder, it will preserve its texture, and it’s perfect for burgers, tartar and other recipes.
How Do You Care For The STX 3000?
When washing this unit, make sure to keep all of its pieces out of the dishwasher. The aluminum on the pieces oxidizes if you use harsh chemicals on them, and this causes them to look sooty and old, so you are going to have to wash the pieces by hand. Most people have the best luck with a scrub brush, but a sponge and warm soapy water will work as well.
Try to wash or soak the unit right after you use it; if you do this, you prevent germs and bacteria from building up.
If you need a high quality grinder at an affordable price, then you definitely should consider this unit. It comes with an array of attachments and blades, and its adjustable motor guarantees that you can quickly get through large cuts of meat without a problem. We really like that this grinder only weighs 12 pounds, but it still delivers the strength and speed of a bigger industrial unit.