The #5 Big Bite grinds approximately 4 lbs. per minute and the meat pan includes a safety guard. It is constructed of an all brushed stainless steel motor housing, all metal gears with roller bearings and includes a heavy duty handle for easy moving. The motor has improved grease formulation to reduce motor noise, and a built in circuit breaker for added safety. This grinder is a compact version of LEM's 1.5 HP grinder and is great for smaller grinding projects.