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, but more Commercial and Hobby Growers are introducing trimming machines into their facilities/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 is in a constant state of harvest knows that trimming is the least desirable part of the cycle. Trimming does not have to suck and luckily there are many options for automated and nonautomated machines to help up the productivity of your operation. Not only does using a trimmer help maximize your production level and minimize your harvest time frame, but it offers a consistent end product with minimal human handling. No more strangers in your house for weeks or months, no more unnecessary liabilities.
We have sorted out what we believe to be the top trimmers of 2018-2019 into categories based on production size. 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 Hobby or Small to Medium Operation Trimmers
Introduced to the market out of Canada in harvest 2017, the Twister Trimmers T6 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 (or 6-8 lbs with two machines in tandem for dry and 40 lbs wet). Twister recently updated this machine to only have one tumbler option. Where it used to have a dry and wet tumbler, you now will get their Standard 1/4'' slot tumbler that can process both wet and dry. If you are switching tumblers out for cleaning purposes, no tools are required and it takes only seconds.
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 quality and strains may appreciate adjustments) their 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 recommend power washing), easy to use and extremely reliable. This trimmer does not have the Trimsaver option available as does the T4 and T2. So 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 a 3 year warranty. Shop the Twister T6.
There are many customers who prefer the quality of a dry trim over wet, and the Triminator Dry is an extremely efficient option that trims up to 8 lbs an hour. At 72 pounds on casters, you can wheel your harvest wherever you are summoned, as long as you have a 120v, 20A outlet. The unique part about this trimmer is that you can add on a Pollen Kit, turning your trimmer into an all in one Pollen Collector. The switch out takes seconds, no adjustments needed and you have the option of a 100 or 150 micron screen drum. No lubricants needed and you can easily pressure wash the military grade materials in between uses. Unlike the T6 and Centurion Tabletop that are both continuous feed machines, 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.
Just set the timer and let it do it's thing!
The Triminator Dry has a 2 year warranty. Shop the Triminator Dry.
The Trimpro Original is a perfect option for small- medium grows who are only wet trimming. These unique trimmers are an effective way to get a close cut while preserving the delicate flower. Since it’s not tumbling or going into any machine, 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 and 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 will process wet or dry material and is the lightest of the bunch, weighing in at 35 pounds. It 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 that results 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 as overtime 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 will run smoothly.
The CenturionPro Tabletop has an awesome 5 year warranty. Shop the CenturionPro Tabletop.
Best Commercial Trimmers
Both the T4 and T2 share the quality features of the T6 , but they are larger, process more per hour 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 extraction, 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.
Twister just recently added two awesome upgrades to their classic model. You can now purchase a solid Stainless Steel model or you can get their new Variable Speed Control and Airflow Adjustment model. Their Variable Speed Control model allows you to control the speed of your tumbler to customize your production level based on your product. Just slow it down when needing a gentler cut and speed it up if you are quick trimming for post harvest extracts. This control box is also sold separately so you can upgrade your T4 model at any time!
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.
The T2 from Twister is, like the rest of their line, a beautifully designed machine that will take good care of your precious product! Again, Nitraded Blades, Soft Tumble Technology, food grade safe, all the features that make perfectly designed machine one of best options for any large operation. Those grows who have their perpetual harvest game on lock really needs 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 T2 is built for production and can be used without pause for all day use. Luckily there is an auto shut off if the machine gets too hot. 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 T2.
The Gladiator is a beast and is one of the largest capacity trimmers on the market. The Gladiator will process 40 lbs an hour of dry product and 200 lbs an hour of wet product. 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 way is more efficient than running machines in tandem. The included hopper makes this machine easy to feed and to maximize your production.
This machine has a finely tuned diverter that allows you to customize the air flow. This does two things: helps you get a closer and cleaner cut, and helps to prevent your smaller buds from getting sucked up by 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, but once you have it dialed in per strain, it's
The Gladiator has a 10 year warranty. Shop the CenturionPro Gladiator!
Best High Volume Commercial Trimmers
Twister T4 and T2 Tandem Packages
These packages are available in both the T2 and T4. The T4 package comes with three machines in tandem (Trimsavers sold separately) and will process 28-30 lbs an hour dry and 75-100 lbs an hour wet. These machines to magnetically attach and the feet are adjustable to add a slant for efficiency.
The T2 tandem package comes with two machines and 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. When running in tandem, you will want to purchase the tandem rails so you can 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 processes more lbs an hour than any other trimming machine, and with three tumblers, it the highest capacity trimmer in the world. You are looking at 60-70 lbs an hour dry and a whopping 300-350 lbs an hour wet. The 3.0 is large and heavy so luckily 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 shape and offer the closest, smoothest cut.
The 3.0 comes with a 10 year warranty. Shop the CenturionPro 3.0 Medical.
Best Economy Trimmers
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 by hand. The key to this is not only the motions you create, but the moisture level of the product going into the TrimBag. You want it to be dry, where the outer leaves will flake of 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, which 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 with any amount of experience can use this machine as long as they can comfortably lift five pounds.
This trimmer has a 30 day warranty. Shop the Trimbag.
Whereas 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.
What's your strategy going into your next harvest? Visit us at Hydrobuilder.com so we can help you calculate how investing in a trimmer this season will save you time and money for years to come. Don't let the stigma dictate your decision, call our sales team at (888) 815-9763 and let us help maximize your productivity going into your next harvest.
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