If you love sausage, a high quality sausage stuffer is one of the sausage supplies you’ll need to fill the sausage casings neatly and without waste.
Some sausage stuffer units have limitations, so you need to select a stuffer based on your particular needs. For instance, a stuffer with a 5” diameter cylinder will make snack sticks with a 3/8” nozzle all day. The stuffers with an 8” cylinder will not.
The surface area of an 8” cylinder is over 2.5 times that of the 5” cylinder, and the force required to push meat through a 3/8” tube with that kind of surface area is enormous. Physically, you just can’t do it.
On the other hand if you’re making 50 lbs. of summer sausage with the 1 1/4“ tube, it is silly to select a stuffer with a 5” cylinder. Either cylinder size will work fine for stuffing things like hog casings.
Your price range will depend on what kind and how much sausage you make or how quickly you want to get the job done. Larger sausage stuffer units may save time, but cost more so if you’re really not in any hurry, you can save a lot of money by going for a lower end model.
There are also models with stainless tubes and some with plastic tubes. If you’re looking at stainless tube models, make sure that the tubes are molded one piece or the welds have been ground smooth. Many stainless tubes have a “lip” on the inside where the tube is welded to the flange.
Meat can catch up on these little “lips” and they’re almost impossible to clean. So you want to make sure the steel is smooth to avoid waste and to keep your sausage stuffer clean.