If you don’t want to fuss around with a flimsy hand grinder, yet don’t want to turn your kitchen into a commercial butcher shop, then the STX Turboforce 3000 might be the sweet spot.
In our test, the Turboforce 3000 breezed through 4lb of trimmed brisket in 7:27 and was ready for more.
It also comes with useful accessories that go beyond what comes with other meat grinders in the same competitive landscape.
In this review, we’ll test out the STX Turboforce 3000 electric meat grinder to see how it performs through various grinding tasks.
STX Turboforce 3000 meat grinder overview and first impressions
Out of the box, the STX Turboforce 3000 is sturdy yet lightweight for its size.
The blades and plates are made of stainless steel and polished aluminum. The electric motor is strong and the rubber feet keep everything stable.
The advanced variable intake technology, or AVI, allows the grinder to safely and quickly accept large quantities of meat in short time spans. The grinder is a solid choice when you need to grind a lot of meat to make lots of burgers and sausage.
Besides the usual plates, blades and hopper, you also get three sizes of sausage stuffing tubes, two meat shredder claws perfect for pulling pork and a 3-in-1 burger and slider press for making consistently sized patties.
It also comes with a kubbe/kibbe making attachment which is fun to experiment with if you’re not familiar.
These packaged extras alongside the strong 1200W motor make this a great option for the home processor at a great value for the price point.
What we like:
- Excellent attachments – The STX Turboforce 3000 comes with few more attachments than what usually comes with grinders. It comes with three different sized sausage stuffing tubes, a meat pusher, a burger patty maker, and meat claws. There’s also a Kubbe/Kibbe-making attachment.
- Industrial construction quality – Internal components are made of either polished aluminum or stainless steel.
- Speed selection/circuit breaker – Offers high and low speed settings along with a reverse function. The addition of a circuit breaker makes this grinder a safer model to use than many other, cheaper kinds.
- Can take handle a lot of meat – This grinder features AVI or Advanced Variable Intake technology which allows for large quantities of meat in short periods.
What we don’t like:
- Loud – There’s no way around it, the STX Turboforce 3000 is loud.
- Auger pressure – Auger does not provide a perfectly tight seal, which can make filling sausage casing a bit of a challenge.
- Struggles with larger cuts – The motor can stall when processing larger chunks of meat so for best results, you should cut up your meat beforehand and make sure it is well trimmed.
Overall, the STX Turboforce 3000 is a great value for the price and performance. It does require extra prep time for thorough meat trimming beforehand. This ensures the grinder won’t get bogged down when grinding meat that has a lot of intramuscular connective tissue.
What’s in the box and specifications
The STX Turboforce 3000 meat grinder came well packaged in a branded box. The pieces are well fitted in styrofoam padding with no shifting during shipping.
Inside the box:
- Size #12 Polished Cast Aluminum Grinding Head & 3lb Meat Hopper
- 3 Tempered Steel Grinding Plates
- 1 Sausage Stuffing Plate
- 3 Each Stainless Steel Cutting Blades
- 1 Set of 3 Sausage Stuffing Tubes with Adapter
- 1 Kubbe/Kibbe Attachment
- 2 Meat Claws
- 1 Free Burger-Slider Patty Press
Every STX Turboforce 3000 comes with a three-year warranty.
STX Turboforce 3000 grinder specifications:
|Head Size||#12 – Food Grade aluminum|
|Dimensions mm||487 x 203 x 356|
|Dimensions inches||19 x 8 x 14|
|Grinds lbs per min||Roughly 3 pounds per minute|
|Pan Dimensions (in)||9.75 L x 7.25 W x 2.00 D|
|Includes||3 Stainless Steel Plates: 4mm, 10mm, Wagon Wheel Plate, and 3 Stainless Steel Knife|
|Stuffing Tube Sizes||3 plastic stuffing tubes (1/2″, 5/8″, and 3/4″)|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Other Features||2 speeds plus reverse function, advanced variable technology|
Using the STX Turboforce 3000 grinder
The grinder is easy to assemble out of the box and takes only a few minutes to put together.
Before you jump into grinding you’ll want to prepare a few things. Wash all the parts that will touch meat to remove any residual packaging or manufacturing grime. Then you’ll want to get the grinder parts as cold as possible before grinding.
The head parts, the blade, plates, tray and auger should all go in the freezer while you’re prepping the meat. 30 minutes should be all you need to get things cold.
Once prepared and assembled, the STX makes grinding easy. It is noted that the STX manual states not to grind silverskin or tendons, so you’ll want your meat to be very well trimmed or else risk jamming up the blades and slowing down the motor – which in turn will make everything hot and cause your grind experience to be a bad one.
I tested the speed of the grinder with a 4 lb brisket flat, fully trimmed. The meat was parfrozen for an easier grind, and the STX Turboforce ran through the meat in 7:27. Nothing too monumental, but steady output for sure. If you make the mistake of overloading the auger the AVI technology adjusts the intake speed so the blades don’t clog up.
The manual states that it can go through roughly 3 lbs of meat per minute and the brisket time did not quite reach that spec, but it performed solidly in terms of grinding the meat consistently and steadily without getting clogged.
The next test was a 6 lb pork butt, cubed and lightly trimmed. Pork butts have a lot of connective tissue between the muscles that is hard to fully trim off. This came back to haunt me as it took 30:14 to double grind the cubed meat.
Chalk this up to the blade and plates getting slowed down by that same connective tissue. I had to stop and clean them out to continue grinding.
Other stronger and commercial rated grinders can run through that tissue no problem, but the STX manual specifically states to grind well-trimmed meat or else face this exact issue.
The final product was still fine and made into bratwurst, but it took an inordinate amount of grinding to get there.
STX Turboforce 3000 Electric Meat Grinder Test Results:
|4 lb brisket flat single grind||7:27|
|6 lb pork butt double grind||30:14|
Long story short: Trim as much as you can before grinding with the STX Turboforce 3000.
The STX Turboforce 3000 is a great consumer grinder for casual meat processing at home. So long as you take extra care in preparing and trimming the meat, it’s a solid performer at its friendly price point.
It’s our top pick for the best meat grinder if you’re only going to grind a few times per year, but the extra accessories come in handy in the kitchen outside of just meat grinding.
If you have the STX Turboforce 3000 grinder or other brand, let us know your experience in the comments, and as always – thanks for reading.