Below is the original review on the Tasin TS-108 Meat Grinder which is essentially the same thing as the STX Inernational STX-3000-TF Turboforce which is now only $149.80 on Amazon.
Sometimes I get so excited about a product that I have to review it before I even try it. After some exhaustive research on electric meat grinders, I just ordered the Tasin TS-108.
I am looking forward to this as much as a kid looks forward to a Playstation 3 for Christmas. One of the top reasons I chose this particular electric meat grinder over all the others is that it seemed to the very favorite of those who are actually using it for my very same purpose: Making homemade, raw cat food or dog food. I viewed a very detailed video demonstration of how this meat grinder could be used to make a raw cat food recipe with the same ingredients I wished to use. (You can view this You Tube Video of the TS-108 in action at the bottom of the page). As demonstrated by the video, this electric meat grinder makes quick work of whole cuts of meat and bones. This Tasin meat grinder easily handles and grinds-up the bones in raw meat like turkey, chicken, hen and other poultry products. This is perfect for making a delicious raw food recipe for cats or dogs. Dogs and cats need the nutrients from the bones and skin on raw meet. We tried buying our own raw cat food in a brand called, Rad Cat. This is an excellent product, but shipping, handling and the middle men who bring it to the pet stores make it cost prohibitive as a long term solution for feeding our two cats. I knew there was a better way, but it would require a high quality electric meat grinder to make it possible. Of all of my research, this is the one that comes out on top for a few reasons:
Benefits of the Tasin TS-108 Electric Meat Grinder
Meat and Bone Grinding Horsepower
The Tasin has a 1200 watts motor. This is 3-times as much as some of the other brands that our selling for under $100 at Walmart, Amazon and other retailers. The meat grinder is built with the quality you’d expect from electric meat grinder. I didn’t want to go with an under-powered, cheap home-style meat grinder. The strong motor is what sold me first on the TS-108 model.
Quality Materials Workmanship and Properties
Unlike other other electric meat grinders, the parts are not all cheap plastic. The Feed Pans are made from aluminum alloy and the mesh plates and blades are made from sturdy carbon steel. More importantly, the internal gears are made from metal rather than plastic on some of the other electric meat grinders, which will eventually wear out. The body and functions of the Tasin is made from heat-resistant ABs Plastic, so you shouldn’t have to worry about any cheap plastic parts cracking or breaking off. The TS-108 weights 16 lbs and comes with #12 sized Grinder and a 2.5″ diameter mouth. Having compared other models, the #12 and 2.5″ diameter mouth seems to be the perfect size for an electric meat grinder.
Features and Accessories
There is not a whole lot of room for bells, whistles and technological gadgetry on an electric meat grinder. The TS-108 unit is equipped with an on/off switch as well as a reverse setting for un-jamming. One nice little touch is an internal storage compartment for extra plates and cords. The TS-108 does come equipped a kubbe, sausage stuffer and a plunger. I’m not sure what either the kubbe or plunger are, but I will definitely be looking up some sausage recipes. For the reasonable price of $150, I also got an extra, stainless-steel blade which is reportedly worth $15.00. I did not one small complaint about the Tasin TS-108. The parts are not dishwasher safe, though they advertise the detachable cap, worm and head as hand-washable for easy cleaning. The motor is CE certified and comes with a circuit breaker to prevent damage to the motor. The unit comes with a 1 year warranty. I paid $158.00 and some change for the Tasin TS-108 Electric meat grinder. For what I spend on raw cat food, I expect the Tasin TS-108 to pay for itself well within the 1-year warranty. While, the solid construction and features of the Tasin TS-108 seem impressive enough, how does it all operate?
Tasin TS-108 Electric Meat Grinder in Action
Here is an impressive video demonstration of how easily meat and bones are ground up through the Tasin TS-108 Meat grinder.