This meat grinder is okay if you're only using it once in a while. It does get very warm in the unit if running consistenly about 15-25 min. My asian dishes sometimes require the fresh frozen shrimp to be grinded. So I grinded about 2 lbs of shrimps & had to give the machine a break before finishing that batch. It does grind pretty good & faster comparing to making it by hand or the manual unit you have to turn by hand ( had bought one but very tiring to turn by hand & trying to put the food in the very shallow top feeder as the same time you turn the handle). I would buy a better unit next time but for now this will do for the price.