It’s the one process no gardener looks forward to. Trimming and removing plant foliage during harvest is without a doubt arduous, incredibly time-consuming, and a profit killing nightmare for commercial growers. A trimming machine will reduce trimming time from days to hours, provide a safer work environment, and allow you to focus your attention on more important matters.
Whether you need a commercial size trimmer that can replace several people or a lightweight trimmer that you can easily take on the go, we have you covered with the best deals on top of the line trimming machines.
Harvest Trimming Machine Styles
There are a lot of different ways trimming machines work. You’ll have automatic and manual machines, along with different mechanisms the machines trim the plants with. This means they all come with their own pros and cons, so let’s find the one that will work best for you.
Tumbler Style Trimmers
Tumbler style trimmers are the most popular style of trimmer you will come across. They work by rotating the flowers around in a cylinder tube allowing for a close trim. We recommend the Twister Trimming machines because of the research and development the company has put into their machines. They are made for production and can scale by place multiple units inline and adding feed conveyors.
- Incredibly fast trimming - These machines can often handle over 10 pounds of plant material an hour.
- Models suitable for the hobby and commercial gardener
- The price of these machines tend to be on the higher end
Bowl Leaf Trimmers
Bowl leaf trimmers are usually manually operated with a hand crank that moves flowers around in a bowel allowing them to come in contact with blades. We do offer automatic versions for heavier trimming demands.
- Control speed - You control the speed with a hand crank.
- Very affordable - Bowl leaf trimmers provide a nice middle of the road option for both efficiency and cost.
- Close smooth cut - This may remove too much material for some.
- Recommended for dry flowers only - Visible stems must be removed, and if done before drying, the flowers may dry out too fast.
Stand Up Trimmers
Stand up trimmers are operated by manually slowly moving the flowers back and forth over a grate with a fan running underneath catching any material that passes through.
- Control speed - The blade with spin automatically, however you control the speed you move the plant over the blade.
- Gloves are recommended - Some may be uncomfortable with getting their hands so close to a moving blade as gloveless fingers can fit between the holes in the grate.
- Dry trimming only - When leaves are dried too much they curl into the flower making it hard for the fan to catch them.
Bag Leaf Trimmers
Bag leaf trimmers are operated by placing the flowers in the bag and rotating the bag in different directions.
- Control - Bags are always manually operated/spun.
- Lightweight and compact - These can easily be folded and condensed taking up little space.
- Affordable - Bag trimmers are very cost effective, but they still do a great job and are built to last.
- Flowers can break apart - All the shaking can break bigger flowers into smaller ones, however, they usually will not fit through the grate that separates the flowers from the trimmings.
- labor-intensive - You’re rotating a large bag around and this can feel a bit like an exercise.
Electric Handheld Trimmers
Electric handheld trimmers are great for removing a lot of plant material without smacking the flowers around, but it’s easy to get carried away and cut into the flowers. Electric trimmers are perfect when you don’t need a super close cut because they are fast and very affordable.
- Control - With some care, you will not lose any more pollen or plant material than you would with hand trimming.
- Faster than hand trimming - You jeopardize a close cut for speed, but many growers prefers these to remove 90% of the leaves and finish the rest off with a quick hand trim.
- Difficult - If you’re not careful you may end up taking off flowers or cutting them in half. It’s easy to go too fast.
Destemers & Plant Buckers
Destemers/Bucker trimmers are a super effective and a fast way to remove stems. They work by feeding the stems with the flowers attached, through a small hole that pulls the stems though while leaving the flowers behind.
- Fastest stem removal - It removes stems completely within a blink of an eye.
- Expensive and only removes stems - You will have to trim with another method and as such you usually only see large commercial operations using them.
Find The Trimmer That is The Perfect Size for You
Commercial & Large Scale Trimming Machines
Many commercial operations wouldn’t be caught dead without a trimming machine. While they come with a high initial cost, you will quickly make up the difference in cost through processing time and manpower needed. Hand trimming equals loss of profit and there is no way around it. Many of trimming machines we offer come with long warranties, can process both wet and dry flowers, and can trim several pounds of plant material in one hour.
For our commercial growers we offer two trimmer types: tumbler and bowel, and we have a nice selection of both batch and continuous feed machines.
Medium and Small Scale Trimmers
If you’re a gardener that harvests multiple plants at a time without any help, then trimming is a nightmare that’s constantly on your mind. It can be difficult to justify the cost of a trimming machine when you’re only growing for yourself, so that’s why we give you a lot of options that range from affordable trimmers to bigger guys when you want to up the ante and spread out your green thumb.
Here, you’ll find smaller handheld electric trimmers along with bowel/bag and tumbler styles as well.