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Weston #5 Electric Meat Grinder (82-0301-W) FAQs
Last Updated: 11/04/2013

How long can I continuously operate my #5 Electric Meat Grinder?

To prevent overheating, do not operate the grinder for more than 15 minutes at a time. You must allow the grinder to cool periodically.

How do I assemble this grinder to make sausage?

  • Remove the Ring Nut, Grinding Plate, Knife and Auger from the Grinder Head before installing the Grinder Head to the Main Body.
  • Align the notches in the Grinder Head with the tabs on the Main Body.
  • Press the Grinder Head against the Motor and rotate it counterclockwise until it locks into place
  • Insert the Auger into the Grinder Head, Auger Driver end first.
  • Place the Grinder Knife onto the square portion of the Auger Pin. The cutting edges (flat side) of the Knife should be facing out.
  • Place the Grinding Plate of your choice onto the Auger Pin. Make sure the notch of the Grinder Plate fits into the positioning pin of the Grinder Head.
  • Insert the Stuffing Funnel through the Ring Nut and then onto the Grinder Head.
  • Turn the Ring Nut clockwise onto the threaded end of the Grinder Head until it touches the Stuffing Funnel. DO NOT over-tighten the Ring Nut.
  • Place the Tray on the upright part of the Grinder Head.

How do I make sausage with the sausage stuffing attachment?

  • Place seasoned ground sausage meat into the Tray.
  • Slide a sausage casing over the Stuffing Funnel.
  • Slide 4”-6” (10-15 cm) of casing from the end of the Stuffing Funnel and tie a knot in the end of the casing. If you are using large diameter fibrous casing, hold the closed end of the casing tightly against the end of the Stuffing Funnel.
  • Make sure the Grinder is in the “O” OFF position. Attach the Grinder to the power supply.
  • Make sure the Grinder is in the “FWD” position, by pressing the red FORWARD button.
  • Press the ON “I” Button.
  • Carefully start feeding ground meat into the Feed Chute.
  • Hold the casing in place with one hand while feeding the sausage mixture through the Grinder. As the meat fills the casing, gently lay it on a clean, dry surface. NOTE: When using natural casings, use a wet surface.
  • Do not fill the last 3”-4” (8-10 cm) of casing. After the entire length of casing has been stuffed, twist the open end to close, then tie off the ends of the casing tightly to close. Twist into links.
  • Whenever stuffing sausage, fill the casing slowly to avoid air pockets. If air pockets do appear in the sausage use a pin to prick the bubbles. The small holes will seal naturally.

My #5 Electric Meat Grinder overheated - what do I do?

  • Turn the Grinder “O” OFF and unplug the Power Cord.
  • Remove the Grinder Head from the Main Body.
  • Wait until the Grinder cools or about 1 hour. Keep meat refrigerated while the Grinder cools. Disassemble and remove meat from the Head if necessary.
  • Reassemble the Grinder and resume normal operation.
  • In the future, to prevent overheating, do not run the grinder for more than 15 minutes at a time.

Are the parts replaceable on Weston Meat Grinders?

  • Some parts may need replacing over time after repeated use (for example, the grinder plates and knife). Please refer to your instruction manual for a list of parts that are available.
  • Parts can be purchased on this site at, or by contacting our Customer Service Team directly at 800-814-4895.

How do I properly clean my Weston Meat Grinder?

  • Unscrew the Ring Nut and remove all parts from the Grinder Head.
  • To remove the Grinder Head, press the Head Release Button and turn the Grinder Head clockwise.
  • Wash all parts that come in contact with food in hot soapy water. Rinse with clear water. Dry immediately. The Grinder parts are not dishwasher safe. Do NOT use bleach.
  • Fully lubricate the Grinder Head, Grinding Plates and the Knife with food grade silicone spray before and after each use.
  • Clean the Main Body with a soft damp towel.
  • Dry immediately. DO NOT immerse the Main Body of the Grinder in water or other liquids.
  • Do not use steel wool, abrasive cleaners, or sharp utensils to clean.
  • Dry all parts thoroughly before reassembling.

I lost my product manual, do you offer them online?

We sure do. Simply click here, and select your Meat Grinder model to view a PDF version: Weston Product Manuals

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