As harvest approaches, many growers are wondering what the best trimming machine of 2020 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 2020?
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 2020 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!
Twister T6 Trimming Machine
Introduced to the market from Canada in harvest 2017, the Twister T6 trimmer is a small machine that packs a big punch.
Weighing in at only 42 lbs, you can trim wherever your harvest takes you. Perfect for any hobbyist or small commercial grower, you can trim to up 4 lbs an hour dry and 20 lbs and hour wet .
What's new with the Twister T6 in 2020?
Twister recently updated this machine to only have one tumbler option. Whereas it used to have a dry and wet tumbler, it now includes their standard 1/4'' slot tumbler that can process both wet and dry.
No tools are required when switching out tumblers, and the exchange is quick and easy. Their newest upgrade features Nitrided Blades, which are high-carbon hardened steel and food grade safe.
If any blade adjustment needs to take place (everything is pre-adjusted and ready to go upon arrival but different strains and buds may need adjustments), Twister's QuickClick Technology makes this process fast, efficient and gives you total control of your finished product.
The craftsmanship on all Twister machines is remarkable, where no small detail goes unnoticed. 304 stainless steel, high-grade alloy aluminum and high-performance ballistic grade plastics will definitely give you the longevity you are expecting for a machine of this caliber.
Easy to clean (handwash, do not power wash), easy to use and extremely reliable. This trimmer does not have the Trimsaver option available like the T4 and T2, but if you are trimming on a small scale, you don't necessarily need one.
If you are planning on making concentrates, you may want to consider one of the larger machines that will care for the trim more delicately.
The T6 has earned a spot as one of the best trimming machines for small grows, and even has a 3 year warranty. Shop The Twister T6
Triminator Dry Trimming Machine
Many growers prefer a dry trim over wet. Triminator Dry is an excellent choice for just this. It is capable of trimming up to 8 pounds an hour. At 72 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.
Each run can take anywhere from 2-15 minutes and it's a good idea to check in every 2-5 minutes to make sure it's not in the machine any longer than necessary. This will minimize trichome disruption.
The Triminator Dry has a 2 year warranty. Shop The Triminator Dry Trimmer
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. Shop The Trimpro Original
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 7 lbs an hour dry and 35 lbs an hour 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. Shop The CenturionPro Tabletop
Twister T4 Trimming Machine
Both the T4 and T2 share the the same build quality of the T6 , but they are larger, process faster, and are meant for all day production.
The T4 processes 14 lbs an hour dry and 25 lbs an hour 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 in 2020?
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.
This is a plug and play machine with no assembly required and no tools required when disassembling to clean. You can easily pressure wash and or hand wash with isopropyl alcohol.
The T4 has a 3 year warranty and you can choose to upgrade to a 5 year warranty. Shop The Twister T4
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 16 lbs an hour dry and 45 lbs an hour 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 in 2020?
Just in time for harvest 2020, 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
What's really incredible is Twister made these safety updates and did not change the price of the machine. You get the same great T2 with extra peace of mind for yourself or your operators.
Like the T4, this machine is easily cleaned by pressure washing or hand washing with isopropyl.
The T2 has a 10 year warranty. Shop The Twister T2S
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 40 lbs an hour dry and 200 lbs an hour wet.
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. Shop The CenturionPro Gladiator
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 28-30 lbs an hour dry and 75-100 lbs an hour wet.
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 32-36 lbs an hour dry and 160-180 lbs an hour 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.
CenturionPro 3.0 Medical Grade Trimming System
When you can confidently refer to your trimming machine as a Trimming System, you know you are working with a high-grade industrial piece of equipment. The 3.0 Medical Grade Trimming System processes more pounds an hour than any other trimming machine. And with three tumblers, it the highest capacity trimmer in the world.
You can trim 60-70 lbs an hour dry and a whopping 300-350 lbs an hour wet. The 3.0 is a mammoth so it comes on caster wheels for easy accessibility.
Like Centurion's other models, this unit is made of medical grade anodized aluminum, 304 stainless steel and is completely food grade safe. The three Quantanium coated tumblers are massive, coming in at 35'' in length and 6.5'' in diameter.
Just like with the Gladiator, Centurion paired a food grade safe direct Feed Hopper to easily feed all three barrels at once. Their magnetic blade technology ensures that each of the 11 blades will stay sharp and offer the closest, smoothest cut.
The 3.0 comes with a 10 year warranty. Shop The CenturionPro 3.0 Medical
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. Shop The Trimbag
Whereas the TrimBag only processes dry product, Trimpro only processes wet product. Manufactured in Canada, the Unplugged is the only nonmotorized machine from Trimpro and 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. Shop The Trimpro Unplugged
Make this your best harvest yet
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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