Walton’s has 3 Sausage Stuffer models, the 7 lb single speed, which operates on a horizontal gear with a threaded rack that is raised or lowered by turning the handle that is attached to the gear; two Electric Stuffers, which have a 20 and 30 lb capacity, and we have 4 different sizes of dual-speed stuffers. We have the 7 and 11 lb for smaller batches and then the 26 and 33 lb stuffers for larger batch processing. The only difference in the dual-speed stuffers, apart from the size, is that the 26 and 33 lb stuffers have a handle on the front of the cylinder to help with loading and moving the cylinder.
Walton’s dual-speed sausage stuffers have stainless steel frames, cylinders, and stuffing tubes, which are the 3 main portions of the stuffer. The cylinder locks into the frames in 4 places which keeps it securely in place during the stuffing process. The stuffing tubes are easy to switch out; simply unscrew the trefoil nut, place a stuffing tube up against the machine and screw the nut back on.Top & Bottom Gear Gasket Orientation Gear Box Gear Box Gears
Walton’s stuffers have 2 gears on the side that you can hook the handle up to for moving the piston. The top one is a high-speed gear and should only be used when backing the piston out of the cylinder. The bottom gear is the one you should be using to stuff sausage off of. The gearbox is aluminum with zinc-plated gear steel gears, and when you turn the crank, it moves the gear and pushes the rack down through the canister.Piston & Gasket
Now, the rack lines up with the gears in the box, so it moves up and down as you turn the crank; at the bottom of the rack, it has a screw that allows you to attach the piston. The piston is aluminum with a durable plastic gasket that goes around the outside to prevent the meat from escaping back up into the cylinder, and it also has an adjustable air release valve to allow air to escape the cylinder and not be pushed down into the sausage. As the piston goes down, it will push your meat through the opening at the bottom into the stuffing tube and then into your casing. There was a change at some point in how you orientate the gasket, so now, instead of the outermost part going at the bottom of the piston, it goes at the top. I have done a lot of testing, and if you put the gasket in upside down, it will still work; you just might get a little more of the meat escaping around the edges of the piston.Stuffing Tube Sizes
The Walton’s Dual-Speed Sausage Stuffers come with 4 sizes of stuffing tubes, a 12mm for snack sticks and breakfast sausage, a 16mm for hot dog-sized sausage, a 22mm for bratwurst and smoked sausage, and a 38mm for large summer sausage and for stuffing into bulk bags.Sausage Stuffing Tips
A few tips on using a sausage stuffer. A wood clamp can be a huge help, especially when processing alone, as it can prevent the stuffer from rocking back and forth during cranking. You could also remove the frame from the base and screw it into a table if you have a spare table that you can easily sanitize. While we are talking about cranking, if you are cranking and the handle is having a really hard time moving, you need to back it out and make some adjustments to your batch. The first thing I would do is adjust the air release valve, and if that doesn’t do it, then I would put the entire canister in the freezer and cool it down for a while; very cold meat will stuff much easier as the fat will be less sticky. Finally, if those don’t work, you might need to add some water to your batch. If you try to keep cranking, you could be building up pressure, and when you let go of the handle, it might spin rapidly in the opposite direction and could injure someone.
If you are trying to determine which size sausage stuffer will work best for you, you should take a few things into account. The first is obviously batch size; if you are making mostly 5-10 batches, then the 7-11 lb stuffers would be a better option. If you make large batches, then the 26 or 33 lb stuffers will end up saving you a lot of time. Another thing to take into account is strength and effort. The piston on a 26 lb and 33 lb stuffer is far bigger than the 7 lb and 11 lb models; this means that they will require more effort to turn the crank as there is more surface area and more meat to be pushed down through the cylinder.Electric Sausage Stuffers
Finally, you might also want to look at our new 20 lb and 30 lb electric sausage stuffers! These stuffers take almost all of the effort out of stuffing sausage. It has a built-in circuit protector, piston markings to show the remaining amount in the canister, and a foot pedal to operate the motor. It also has sensors in the gearbox, so it knows when the piston is either all the way down or all the way up, so it will either stop or reverse directions in order to protect the motor. This would be a good stuffer for someone who does a lot of stuffing by themselves or for someone looking to make the process of sausage stuffing easier.Shop waltonsinc.com for Stuffers Shop waltonsinc.com for Stuffing Tubes