As harvest approaches, many growers are wondering what the best trimming machine of 2023 is.
There isn't necessarily a "best" trimmer, because the answer to this depends on the size of your grow, how you'll be trimming, and your budget.
This may be your first introduction to trimming machines, so let's give you a bit of background info on these valuable, profit-boosting pieces of equipment.
Can all growers benefit from a trimming machine?
As technologies evolve, trimming machines have become less of a niche and more of a necessity when it comes to a productive harvest.
Of course, there will always be those who strictly stick to hand trimming. If you have just a few plants in your closet, it probably doesn't make sense for you to invest in a trimming machine.
However, more small-scale commercial and even hobby growers are introducing trimming machines into their facilities and homes.
Even if you are hand trimming your A grade boutique buds, the quality of the machines available today makes it hard to tell which end product is hand trimmed and which is machine trimmed.
Anyone who has a few harvests under their belt knows that trimming is the least desirable part of the cycle.
A trimmer doesn't just help maximize your production level and minimize your harvest time frame. It offers a consistent end product with minimal human handling.
No more strangers in your house or farm, no more unnecessary liabilities.
What is the best trimming machine for my grow in 2023?
Trimming doesn't have to suck. There are many options for automated and nonautomated machines to increase the productivity of your operation.
We have sorted out what we believe to be the best trimming machines of 2023 into categories based on production capacity.
There really is a trimmer for everyone and depending on who you talk to, you may get a completely different answer on which machine is best.
There are unique qualities that are featured with each of these machines and we hope to help narrow down your options!
Best Trimming Machine For Hobby Growers And Small Commercial Grows
In the past, you may have thought that trimming machines were only a good investment for large commercial growers.
But, even serious hobbyists with 6+ plants may be able to justify a machine trimmer these days. There are all kinds of options that fit your budget and needs.
CenturionPro Dry Batch Trimming Machines
Dry Trimming At Its Best - Hand Quality Trim With Zero Waste. Quiet, Gentle, and No Lubricants.
Available in 6 models, the DBT line of Trimmers expand on CenturionPro’s vision of a trimmer for every harvest. From home grower to large commercial grows, there is a DBT machine that’s right for you.
Featuring soft tumble technology and *speed control for enhanced versatility, the CenturionPro Dry Batch Trimmers apply the perfect cut every time regardless of flower size, shape or density. You can also upgrade DBT Models 0-3 to include a Kief Filter Screen to provide zero waste and optimize the profitability of your harvest.
- Multiple models ranging from 7 lbs/hr to 216 lbs/hr throughput capacity!
- Featuring CenturionPro’s Soft Tumble Technology
- Speed Control comes included on DBT Models 2 to 5
- Waste nothing with Kief Filter Screens – Available for all DBT Models
- Timer Dial included on DBT Model 4 and 5 so you can “set it and forget it”
- Adjustable angle stand comes standard with DBT Models 3 to 5 and makes loading and emptying a breeze.
- Trim bin included with all DBT Models
Twister T6 Trimming Machine
The Twister T6 is a revolution in small batch trimming and automation. The radical new small-capacity tabletop design allows for quality, hand trim-finished trimming speeds of up to 2 lbs/hr dry and 7 lbs/hr wet, right from the comfort of your own home!
The Twister T6 is designed and engineered with the highest grade materials available, including high-performance ballistic-grade plastics, high-grade anodized alloy aluminum, and 304 stainless steel used throughout. The result is quite possibly the highest grade, most durable, easiest to use, easiest to clean, small-capacity trimmers ever made!
The T6 is capable of trimming a broad range of flower moisture contents, from 8% dry to fully hydrated, both using the new T6 Extreme Tumbler.
When you buy a Twister, you’re investing in a brand with a decade of research and development behind it. You’re buying the most advanced and maintenance-free trimming system on the planet.
Triminator Dry Trimming Machine
Many growers prefer a dry trim over wet. Triminator Dry is an excellent choice for just this. Designed for premium flower; the Triminator Dry trimmer is a fast, quiet, and user-friendly dry bud trimming machine for small to mid-sized grows.
It is capable of trimming up to 20 lbs an hour. At just over 70 pounds on casters, you can wheel this machine to wherever your harvest takes you, as long as you have a 120v, 20A outlet.
What makes this trimmer unique is that you can add on a Pollen Kit, turning your trimmer into an all in one Pollen Collector. The switch out takes just seconds with no adjustments needed. You have the option of a 100 or 150 micron screen drum.
The Dry Trimming Machine doesn't require lubricants and you can easily pressure wash the machine. Unlike the T6 and Tabletop, the Triminator Dry is a batch style.
Triminator Mini Dry Trimming Machine
The Triminator Mini Dry Trimming Machine is a great option for small scale growers looking to automate their harvest.
Portable, versatile, and easy to use tumbler machine. Trim anywhere your harvest takes you with Triminator Mini Dry. This award winning portable bud trimmer offers commercial grade quality, an excellent trim and it’s built to last. Trims up to 8 pounds an hour and offers optional kief tumbler kit to maximize productivity.
Its a batch feed style trimmer, so you can just load the tumbler up and let it work while you await the next batch.
Its a very user friendly design, making it easy to take from field to warehosue, or wherever your grow takes you. At just 32 pounds, anyone can carry this alone or with a friend.
Cleaning and maintaining the machine. is also very easy, as you can completely disassemble the unit without tools in under 15 seconds.
From a trim quality standpoint, this machine does the job. The long, narrow tumbler creates a large cutting surface, which works at the perfect speed for a tight trim that doesn't damage or degrade your flower.
CenturionPro Tabletop with Quantanium Tumbler
Another Canadian born design is the Tabletop from Centurion! This machine will process wet or dry material and is the lightest of the bunch, weighing in at 35 pounds.
The CenturionPro Tabletop is capable of processing up to 3 lbs/hr dry and 15 lbs/hr wet, and works as a continuous feed.
Centurion is the only brand that features Quantanium coated non-stick tumblers. These tumblers result in 40% trichome preservation and maintains the overall appearance of the flower.
The machine cleans up easily, but make sure never to powerwash the tumblers.
Over time, the Quantanium can chip off. If you are switching the tumblers out you will need a few tools and will need to do some blade alignment to make sure everything runs smoothly.
The CenturionPro Tabletop has an awesome 5 year warranty.
The Trimpro Original is a perfect option for small- medium sized grows with wet trimming needs.
This unique trimmer is an effective way to get a close cut while preserving your delicate flower.
Since it’s not tumbling or going into any machine like the T6 or Dry Trimmer, you really have a lot of control over your cut and it will speed up your process in comparison to hand trimming substantially!
Trimpro was the first company on the scene making automated trimming possible and this model in particular, has been one of their more popular models for the last 15 years!
It’s easy to use, easy to clean and replacing any parts is extremely simple. Typically you will be able to accomplish 1-2 lbs an hour.
The legs are adjustable so you can trim while sitting or standing. The Trimpro Original is only 22 lbs and can go anywhere you need it to!
The Trimpro Orginal has a 1 year Warranty.
Best Trimming Machine For Medium To Large Scale Commercial Grows
There is certainly a gap between the small trimming machines we just mentioned and solutions like the Twister T-Zero, or CenturionPro XL 10.0.
So, we are now going to cover the best trimming machines geared toward medium to large-scale commercial growers.
Mobius M108S Trimming Machine
The Mobius M108S Trimming Machine is a new addition to our catalog this year, and is one of the most impressive pieces of equipment we've had the pleasure of selling.
This beast offers more automation than any other machine on the market, with some of the most advanced technology you'll find at this price point.
From an output perspective, it delivers as well. It can trim up to 60 lbs/hr Dry and 120 lbs/hr Wet. For those with even higher production needs, you can optimize your system by running two M108S trimmers in tandem, while adding in conveyors for the ultimate efficiency.
The Mobius M108S is designed for growers who demand that hand-trimmed appearance without sacrificing production volume or speed. Here are a few components that truly separate this product from the competition:
- AirThread Tension Tumbler - Gentle on flower while resisting rust, dents, and degradation of the tumbler. Easy to clean, and 50% more cutting blade access for tight trim.
- TriFlex Blade System - With 3 self-sharpening blades, product gets trimmed quicker with minimal impact damage.
- Integrated Separation System - While some trimmers have a separate trim saver, the Mobius M108S has integrated trim separator. This reduces the footprint of the trimmer, with less moving parts and components to clean or dispose of.
- Variable Function System - You have full control over your machine with this feature, granting the ability to optimize based on strain, end-product requirements, moisture content, density, etc.
Twister T4 Trimming Machine
Both the Twister T4 and T2 share the same build quality of the T6, but they are larger, process faster, and are meant for all day production.
The T4 processes 7 lbs/hr Dry or 23 lbs/hr Wet. The Soft Tumble Technology uses a smaller tumbler diameter paired with polished, non-stick stainless steel to shorten the tumble distance and limit the overall impact of the flower. No coating, no chipping, and a great quality cut time and time again.
If you are planning on using the discarded trim for concentrates, you will absolutely want to upgrade the Trim Saver package.
The Trim Saver vacuum is easy to install, and works by pulling the trim to bypass the impeller and will store it for further processing. The Cyclonic design is an industry first and aids in collecting 99% of your trim to up your extraction quality substantially.
What's new with the Twister T4?
Twister just recently added two awesome upgrades to their classic T4 model. You can now purchase a solid Stainless Steel model, and all T4's now include their Variable Speed Control (VSC) and Airflow Adjustment technology.
VSC allows you to control the speed of your tumbler and blades. This allows you to customize your production level based on your product. Slow down for a gentler cut, or speed up if you are quick trimming for extracts.
Twister T2S Trimming Machine
The T2S from Twister is, like the rest of their machines, beautifully designed and will take good care of your precious product!
It features nitraded blades, soft tumble technology, food grade safe, and more. All the features that make a perfectly designed machine are included in this beast.
Perpetual growers really need to look into this machine. If you are always in a state of harvest, you need a machine of this caliber to rely on.
Processing 11 lbs/hr Dry or 35 lbs/hr Wet, the T2S is built for production. It can be used without pause for all day use. Luckily, there is an auto shut off if the machine gets too hot.
What's new for the T2S? Just in time for harvest 2021, Twister released their new T2S model. It features all the power and efficiency of the original T2 with tons of new features.
The "S" in T2S stands for "Safety", and the folks at Twister were not kidding. Here is what's new for the T2S trimming machine:
- Full Stainless Steel Guarding for both Tumbler & Blades
- Includes 2 New Tumbler Guards & Upgraded Control Box
- Guards cover all Pinch Points, preventing access to the sides of the tumbler & rollers on the end plates
- Stainless Tumbler Guards clean with less effort & have 92% more open area than plastic guard
- Control Box is fitted with an emergency stop & tumbler guard includes an interlock to shut the machine down if lifted
CenturionPro Gladiator Trimming Machine
The Gladiator by CenturionPro is a beast, and one of the largest capacity trimmers on the market. The Gladiator will process Dry: 15 lbs/hr and Wet: 75 lbs/hr.
The double barrel Quantanium tumblers use the side-by-side technology to keep the overall time spent in the tumbler down to a minimum.
They believe this is more efficient than running machines in tandem. The included hopper makes this machine easy to feed, maximizing your production.
The Gladiator Trimmer has a finely tuned diverter, allowing you to customize the air flow.
This helps you get a closer and cleaner cut, for that hand-trimmed look. It also helps prevent smaller buds from getting sucked into the impeller.
Depending on the strain and overall density of the product, you can adjust the diverter accordingly. Of course, this will take some practice and fine tuning.
The Gladiator has a 10 year warranty.
Triminator Hybrid Trimming Machine
The Hybrid Trimming Machine You Have Been Waiting For Bridging the gap from wet-trimming to dry-trimming and everything in between, Hybrid is the nexus of price and performance.
Just as innovations from formula 1 racing make their way into production cars, the Triminator Hybrid has adopted key insights from Eteros technologies' Mobius Trimmer, resulting in unrivaled speed and trim quality.
The Triminator Hybrid represents the best of all worlds. Punching way above its weight class, the Hybrid delivers double the throughput as its nearest competitors yet, with a smaller price tag. With features only seen on high-end machinery, the all-in-one design, flexible bed knife, and tool-free assembly/disassembly & tandem/tridem coupling set the Hybrid apart from the rest of the pack. The Triminator Hybrid is the only continuous throughput-style trimmer on Earth to offer a stainless steel helical blade – and it comes standard. Triminator Hybrid, where price meets performance.
- Trims Up to Up to 15 lbs/hr dry or Up to 40 lbs/hr wet
Twister BatchOne & BatchOne Go Dry Trimming Machines
Another new trimmer on the scene this year with some incredible features and benefits is the Twister BatchOne Dry Trimming Machine.
This particular machine is geared towards commercial growers who only trim dry, as it is optimized for that type of flower.
Furthermore, this trimmer is optimized for those who prefer a batch style workflow. This machine offers industry leading throughput and quality, in a mobile unit with a small footprint.
The BatchOne can trim up to 88 lbs/hour dry, allowing maximum speed and efficiency of your harvest, getting you to the curing stage quicker. This gets your product to market as fast as possible, leading to a quicker ROI. For smaller growers, the BatchOne Go processes 5 lbs/hr dry!
It also features ultrafine saddle adjustments for maximum optimization of your specific harvest, and gives you the confidence to load your batch and walk away while the machine does the heavy lifting. You can rest assured it will get the job done.
Here are a few more features worth sharing:
- 40% larger batch capacity than the competition
- 5 position pivoting, with the ability to load and unload product from both sides of the machine
- Food-grade components, including stackable & nest-able trim bins (FDA compliant)
- Tighter trim, getting you commercial productivity with boutique quality
- Easy to clean, rated for pressure washer spraydown
- Mitigate stalling by up to 30% more than the competition
Triminator XL Dry Trimming Machine
The Triminator XL Dry Trimming Machine is a good option if you are looking for the capabilities of the BatchOne on a budget.
This machine has an impressive throughput for a dry trimmer too, coming in at 60 pounds an hour.
Part of the reason it is able blast through harvests so quickly is the large tumbler, which provides over 44" of cutting surface!
Furthermore, it has innovative angular shear band technology, leading to a sharp, precise trim every time.
This means that while your harvest will be done quickly, it won't show on your flower. You'll still enjoy a tight, clean quality trim for bag appeal.
The Triminator XL doesn't need any lubricants, keeping you flowers and trim pure and free of contaminants that could lower the value or prove harmful.
Like most of the trimmers on this list, it is easy to clean and maintain. All parts are pressure washable, and the industrial grade materials won't degrade over time.
The flat-free solid rubber tires make transporting this machine a breeze, with lock and level feature that allows you to setup up on uneven surfaces - no matter where your harvest takes you, the XL is up to the task.
The Original Resinator Multi-Use Trimmer & Extraction Machines
THE ULTIMATE BLADELESS TRIMMER FOR DRY, WET, OR FROZEN
The Original Resinator machines utilize liquid CO2 to flash freeze your material, which makes sugar leaves instantly brittle, which allows them to fracture and fall from the flower. The high quality trim then falls through the mesh drum screen to collect in the base of the Resinator chamber for collection and further refinement. Although many cultivators primarily need a dry trimmer, both the XL and OG models work equally well for wet trim as they do for dry or even frozen flowers.
No matter what type or strain you have on hand, these machines can take it to a hand-trimmed quality product faster and easier than using scissors. From the densest to the fluffiest buds, the bladeless trimming technology is extremely gentle on all bud types to ensure minimal loss compared to trimming by hand while being significantly more efficient.
So whats our favorite part of the Original Resinator Machines? They are not just trimming machines! They can also be sifting machines, they can create extractions, and more! Take a look below at the other kit options these multi-purpose machines come in.
The Classic Bundle Kit - is the All-In-One bundle that comes with everything you need to flash freeze the chamber for dry or live bladeless Cryo-Trim, dry or live sifting (Cryo-Sieve), and Ice Water Hash Washing.
Each Classic Bundle comes with everything you need plug-n-play right out of the box: 3 piece set of 200, 100, and 75 micron drum screens and Bubblebag™ resin collection bags (4 total), one 1/4" mesh trim screen, 6 piece set of anti-bacterial resin collection tools, all necessary hose/fittings for water and liquid CO2 operation, plus a digital scale, digital thermometer, digital timer and instructional USB stick with itemized SOP’s for each operational function of our equipment. 25, 50, 150, 400 and 600 micron screens as well as 1/2" trim screens are also available to purchase to take your material refinement to the next level.
The OG Cryo-Trim Kit - includes everything you need to start trimming immediately : 1/4″ mesh trim screen, thermometer, stopwatch, CO2 Hose with fittings, food grade leaf collection tool and brush.
The OG Cryo-Sieve Kit - includes everything you need to get started: Durable food grade 200 Micron screen, 3 pack food grade agitation balls, thermometer, stopwatch, CO2 Hose with fittings, kief scraper and brush.
The OG Ice Water Wash Kit - includes everything you need (except ice water) to get started: Durable food grade 200 micron drum screen, thermometer, stopwatch, and a high-flow drain kit with shutoff valve.
Best Trimming Machine For High Volume Commercial Growers
Now, we want to share our picks for the best trimming machine for commercial growers with the highest needs when it comes to output.
These pieces of equipment are as high-performance as it gets, and will be overkill for many growers.
But for the biggest companies out there, these are a necessary investment and can lead to unmatched profitability, productivity, and ROI.
Twister T4 and T2 Tandem Packages
These Ultimate Trimming Packages are available in both the T2 and T4. The T4 package comes with three machines in tandem and will process Wet: 51 lbs/hr (23 kg/hr) Dry: 16 lbs/hr (7 kg/hr).
These machines attach magnetically, and the feet are adjustable. This allows you to add a slant for efficiency.
The T2 tandem package comes with two machines. You have the option of upgrading to the Trimsaver bundle. This set up will process 25 lbs/hr Dry; 78 lbs/hr Wet.
Optimizing Your Ultimate Trimming System There are a number of add ons that can take your Ultimate Trimming System to the next level.
When running in tandem, you'll want the tandem rails. These allow you to adjust your desired slant for added speed and efficiency.
Whether you are running tandem or not, adding on the Quality Control Conveyor and Feed Conveyor Package is certainly a good idea to maximize your overall production.
These conveyors are height adjustable to perfectly match the adjusted height of your machines and will increase your load speed by 30%.
Time is money and when every second counts, you have to calculate your ROI to know what a lucrative investment a set up like this is.
Centurion Pro 3.0+ Trimming Machine
An Upgraded Version Of The 3.0 Trimmer - The 3.0+ The 3.0+ is backed by CenturionPro’s industry-leading 10-year warranty and comes all-inclusive with the largest hopper in the industry, an 8-horsepower leaf collector suction system, and our unique triple-bag kief filtration & trim collection system.
Composed of anodized aluminum and stainless steel, they are as rugged as they are powerful. CenturionPro machines are specially designed to trim both wet and dry material for unprecedented versatility and come standard with dual-purpose hybrid tumblers. As a bonus, the 3.0+ comes standard with Speed Control included.
Speed Control empowers growers to better trim a wider variety of strains, regardless of flower size, shape, or density. Increase velocity for a higher feed rate with wet or heavy resin-coated buds or slow it down to be extra gentle on dried flower.
The 3.0+ is built for large sized harvests with an hourly throughput rate of up to Dry: 25 lbs/hr, Wet: 125 lbs/hr for the Single Machine System. Additionally, CenturionPro machines are specially designed to use a dual-purpose hybrid tumbler to trim both wet and dry material for unprecedented versatility and value. Feel the improved power and performance of the new 3-Phase 8 hp suction system with an airflow capacity of 7108 CFM. *1-Phase 6 hp option is also available upon request.*
Twister T-Zero SE Trimming Machine
Protect Potency. Predict Product. Product Profits. Industrial sized throughput with proven hand trimmed quality.
Handlike accuracy in a fraction of the time. Engineered to replicate the action of 56,000 scissor cuts per minute and stacked with a 20 HP, 5000 CFM vacuum, the T-ZERO SE Trimming Machine makes easy work of the most leafy crops. Power through massive outdoor plants without compromising trim quality. Amazing 600 lbs/hour wet, 125 lbs/hour dry Capacity!
Don’t pull up in a minivan when you need a pick-up truck. Automate and accelerate production to ensure that you get your product to market promptly to maintain flower quality and freshness.
CenturionPro XL 10.0 Stainless Steel Industrial Trimming Machine
If you are looking for the best trimming machine from a pure output standpoint, look no further than the CenturionPro XL 10.0 Stainless Steel Industrial Trimming Machine.
This beast has jaw-dropping throughput, capable of processing up to 360lbs/hour dry or 1,800lbs/hour wet! This is just insane compared to the competition. Making over 84,000 cuts per minute, this machine gets you a tighter trim, faster than anyone else.
But, it isn't just raw power - it's also compliant with the most important health and safety authorities. It features food-grade stainless steel construction and meets HMP standards. It's as easy to clean as it is to run.
The XL 10.0 Trimming Machine offers all kinds of customization for the highest quality trim possible, as you can fine-tune the blades and motor to meet the needs of your specific product.
The CenturionPro XL 10.0 Stainless Steel Trimmer is available. If you are interested in learning more, head over to the product page or reach out to our sales team!
Best Economy Trimmers
If you are a hobby grower and can't justify dropping four figures on something you do for fun, we get it.
But, you don't have to keep trimming by hand. This is inefficient, painful, and just unnecessary!
We have some of the best trimming machines for those on a budget here at Hydrobuilder, starting as low as just $330!
TrimBag Dry Trimmer
The TrimBag is a patented trimmer that uses friction to effectively manicure your dry product.
Using three different motions: Lift, Spin and Sift, you can trim in batches and get through your harvest much faster than with scissors.
The key to this is not only the motions you create, but the moisture level of your flower.
You want it to be dry, where the outer leaves will flake off easily when gently rubbed.
Each batch can process about 2 pounds, and since the process takes only a few minutes the amount you can process in a day is up to you!
The awesome part about this trimmer is the second chamber. It captures the leaf, separating it from the flower during the last sifting motion.
Now you have you flower ready to be bagged up and your sift ready to be further processed if desire
The TrimBag is by far the best priced nonautomated trimmer on the market and is definitely a great investment for a home grower or a small operation.
It is compact, collapsible and you can take it anywhere that has some untrimmed product!
Cleaning is easy as vacuuming it out and rubbing it down with alcohol wipes. Any grower can use this machine as long as they can comfortably lift five pounds.
This trimmer has a 30 day warranty.
Whereas the TrimBag only processes dry product, Trimpro only processes wet product.
Manufactured in Canada, the Unplugged is the only nonmotorized machine from Trimpro.
Although it's not suitable for commercial use like the rest of the line, it's an awesome option for hobbyists who are sick and tired of trimming by hand.
You can go straight off the branch into this machine and then set the manicured product aside to dry and cure.
While processing capabilities may be fairly circumstantial, you can roughly trim about 3 lbs an hour.
The body is made of aluminum, the grate is made of steel and the whole machine is super easy to disassemble when you are hand cleaning.
The Trimpro Unplugged has a 1 year warranty.
Make this your best harvest yet with the top trimming machine
What's your strategy going into your next harvest?
Reach out to us at Hydrobuilder.com so we can help you calculate how investing in a trimming machine this season will save you time and money for years to come.
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