A popular brand of stand mixer has an optional attachment that grinds meat. The output from the grinder is deposited several inches away from the main part of the mixer.
Does using the grinder attachment turn the whole mixer into a meat utensil, so that the mixer can no longer be used to prepare bread dough or other parve items?
From what I’ve seen, the attachment is a totally separate device, does not require the use of the mixer bowl or the device that mixes dough for break or cake or anything similar. It seems that it is just the engine of the mixer that is being used to turn the grinding device in the meat grinder. If this is all true, then I see no reason why the entire mixer itself would become fleishig, as it has absolutely no contact with meat.
Its entirely a matter of how careful the user is with “spillover” form any use from grinding meat (an inherently messy task) and the degree that she/he cleans and inspects the workspace to assure that no meat particles were somehow left near the motor/base/handle. We’ve always had two separate grinders/processors on opposite counters since we have the luxury of a large kitchen with lots of counter space. For a small apartment then using one grinder with great care might be an option.
Thanks for the responses.