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So my box of old and empty sprues has been upgraded dozens of times now and is ready to be upgraded again. But instead, I'm here with a question for those that may have an answer. I've heard many times now that a meat grinder should be used to grind them up to rubble pieces which is an idea I like. But what kind of grinder should I get? Does anyone have a link to one that would work and do the trick very well?
   
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I have tried this and the results were somewhat underwhelming. I have an old Sprong suction based mincer. It would twist and distort sprues rather then mincing them into wee rubble like pieces.

To be fair, I had no where to mount the grinder so that it was stable and wouldn't wobble as I cracked the handle. And the big rubber suction cup thingy on the bottom was utter gak, wouldn't hold to the bench at all.

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Yeah, that's kinda the impression of results I'm getting when I started looking at the meat grinders. I read you need an old cast iron one with all metal parts but the best place to look is eBay. I looked and see all different kinds and all of them are for making sausage and such, big exits and I just don't see them giving the results I would expect.

Be nice if I could find a nice electric grinder that I could just turn on, feed the sprues into and get nice rubble out of is. Google searching doesn't really help because all the results talk about grinding meat.

I don't really want to toss the sprues because my crafty mind sees use in them, but they are taking up a lot of space that can be better used for other things. Can't tell if they are recycleable or not. I've read they are and I've read they aren't so who knows.

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Third thought was: "Get clipping... surely must be easier....."
   
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You need one of the old hand crank cast metal ones.
One that looks like this:


You just need a grinding plate with large holes (or a single large hole. It needs to be there because it holds the auger part in place.


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I have seen an old blender/food processor used to do this. Dust and horrid smells are to be expected, though.
   
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stroller wrote:
My first thought was... Mission Objectives?

My second thought was: "Really? OK: different..." (checks tea for funny coloured leaves...)

Third thought was: "Get clipping... surely must be easier....."


The grinder is a lot more friendly on your hands and time-efficient. After your hundredth snip on your fourth piece of sprue you'll wish you had one.

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