A trimming machine takes the labor out of harvesting. They dramatically reduce the labor overhead costs of processing materials and offer a great way to quickly and consistently get product ready for customers.
Hand vs Machine Trimming
Hand trimming methods will always yield the best results. You can get the trim exactly like you want it and preserve cuttings easily. This method also has the advantages of preserving the most amount of flower quality, pollen, and resins on the plant. Machine trimming varies with machine to machine. Trimmers can broadly be categorized as manual, mechanical tumble, air tumble, and gravity fed. They can also be further divided by those that can trim "wet" and those that trim "dry". Wet trimming generally produces a better trim with less quality loss in the product.
Machine Trimming Pros & Cons
- Saves on labor costs ("Machines don't need lunch" -Twister)
- High throughput of product
- Standardizes quality
- Easy to clean
- Easy to use
- May require additional processing for higher quality thresholds
- More noise
- Higher upfront cost
- Requires a power source or 220v generator for field work when using non-manual machines
Cleaning & Maintenance
It doesn't matter if you are hand trimming or using a machine. You need to keep your equipment clean and maintained. This not only improves the end quality of the product but saves wear and tear on your trimming machine or hand tools. It also prevents contamination from grow cycle to grow cycle. All trimming machines should be cleaned before being stored and, in some cases, should be cleaned and adjusted periodically throughout the harvest. Consult your owners manual for specifics. Trimming machines, such as the Twister T4 and Twister T2 require very precise alignment in order to achieve optimal performance. It is critical that blades are properly cleaned and sharpened and that the tumbler is carefully cleaned and stored. If a tumbler is dropped it can severely damage the machine if allowed back in operation. This is also true for other automatic and manual trimming machines. Scissors, pruners, and other hand tools also need to be properly cleaned between growing cycles and before being stored. Plant material that is left on these tools will decay and introduce contamination the next time these tools are used to prune or harvest your crop.
Small and medium trimmers offer a great way for larger growers to save time and money on trimming. These machines can be divided by a few main characteristics. Manually operated trimmers allow users to work off the grid at the pace they wish. Batch trimmers like the Trimpro Rotor process materials in a set quantity per cycle much like a washing machine or dryer would.
Workstation trimmers, such as the Trimpro Original, offer a continuous cutting platform that workers can move product over without having to wait for batches to finish.
Commercial trimmers are the only solution for commercial growers to process product effeciently and quickly. We highly recommend the Twister T4 and T2 trimming machines.
Both can process product wet or dry and can be operated in combination with other units to speed processing quantities per hour, see Table 1 for a comparison.
NOTE: These estimates will vary by plant type, flower size, and the angle the trimmer is positioned in. These are only estimates, your experience may vary.
Feed conveyors, quality control conveyors, and rails dramatically increase productivity and process more product faster. They make it easier to align multiple machines for precision control and ease of product processing.
Twister also offers extended warranty's on all of their trimmers and conveyors. The warranty offers an additional 2 years of coverage for all manufacturer defects of material and workmanship. Defective parts will be repaired or replaced and returned at no charge.
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