Was totally impressed with the grinder attachment for processing deer, and wanted to try making sausage, too, so bought the sausage maker kit. I'm with the last reviewer -- I think the people with negative reviews must have been doing something wrong. I just made 5 lbs. of pepper sticks and it went very smoothly. Had none of the problems described below, with the exception of one or two air bubbles; even that was rare, and a pin hole solved it. The meat I used was ground fine beforehand, which I'm guessing makes a big difference. Trying to grind AND stuff simultaneously doesn't seem to work, which is probably why the instructions don't recommend that. I had a helper feeding the ground meat while I stuffed the casings, which definitely helped -- I think I could have done it single-handed, but it wouldn't have been as easy. All in all, the sausage maker worked fine, and I would definitely recommend it to a friend. I was skeptical when my wife wanted to buy one of the pricier KitchenAid mixers. But I've processed eight deer in the last two months with it, and I'm a believer. Hobart it ain't, but it's pretty darn good.