Even if you are using a trimming machine and bucking machine, there are some essential trimming accessories to help you harvest your plants as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Whether you are trimming 5 plants or 50, the goal remains the same - getting it done fast, and getting it done right.
Harvesting fast isn’t that impressive if the trim quality is low. If you are a commercial grower, maintaining bag appeal is a huge priority.
These accessories and tools are a must have for hobbyists and commercial growers alike.
What Are The Most Essential Trimming Accessories?
The following products are must-haves this harvest season to make the job efficient and as pain-free as possible.
We are going to share some products at the end that commercial growers in particular can benefit from.
First and foremost, you’ll need a good pair of trimming scissors. If you are trimming by hand, this is obvious. But even if you use a machine trimmer, a pair of scissors is still a must.
This will allow you to manicure buds to perfection and get the highest bag appeal possible, even after they come out of the trimmer.
You should grab a few pairs. It’s inevitable that your scissors will get gunked up which cuts down on how fine you can trim, along with the actual mechanical ability of the scissors. To prevent downtime, you’ll want to be able to introduce a fresh pair into your process.
You’ll still need to clean your scissors, though. That’s where the next essential trimming accessory comes in.
You might think the tub or container you trim your buds over is getting the job done, and maybe it is.
But, using a trimming tray specifically engineered for this task will prove a worthy investment if you are trimming by hand.
This is because of the ergonomic hand/wrist rests that are integrated into tray, as you can see on the products below. These will really save you from cramps and muscle soreness if you’re trimming for hours per day.
Furthermore, certain trimming trays have screens that can collect your kief/sift, allowing you to use it for extraction. Some will filter out unwanted sizes and trim, keeping just your trimmed buds in the tray.
If you’ve ever spent a day trimming by hand, or operating a trimming machine, you can see why this product is so high up on the list.
Your flower is going to be incredibly resinous, and will gunk up your trimming machine blades or scissors. It won’t come off very easily unless you use a specially formulated scissor cleaner.
Keeping an extra pair of scissors or tumbler on deck is a good idea to prevent downtime, but at the end of the day, using this type of cleaner will easily remove the sticky resin and trimmings left behind.
If you are a commercial grower, these are a must for quality assurance and maintaining the integrity of your product.
But even hobbyists should be wearing gloves when they trim. It may seem like an oversight, but there are a few reasons we consider these essential harvest accessories.
The biggest reason is preventing any contamination of your flower. No matter how clean you think your hands are, you shouldn’t directly touch your flower.
But, you’ll also protect your hands from getting covered in resin. If you’ve handled fresh flower before, you already know how sticky it is and how tough it can be to wash it off your hands at the end of the day.
Drying & Curing Supplies
Yes - this article is supposed to be about the top trimming accessories for this harvest season. But you cannot trim your buds unless you have a plan in place to dry them!
That's why we want to quickly touch on drying racks and curing supplies. These two categories are an integral part of your harvest process, so you cannot afford to go without them.
What's the point in spending the time and energy perfectly manicuring your flower if it isn't dried or cured properly? These drying racks can be hung in your closet, garage, grow tent, shed - anywhere you can control the humidity and temperature and create the perfect moisture content before moving into the curing phase.
While mason jars will definitely get the job done, they aren't the best way to cure - instead, serious growers will opt for stainless steel containers. These create better curing conditions and are specifically designed to perfect your flower.
Accessories To Boost Harvest Productivity For Commercial Growers
If you are a commercial grower already using a trimmer and bucker, you likely saw a huge increase in your harvest productivity with these additions.
But, there are a few ways you can optimize your machines to work even more efficiently!
If you view our trimming machine parts & accessories category, you’ll see that you can sort by brand.
That is really important, as you can’t use CenturionPro parts with a Twister Trimmer. Keep that in mind when you’re shopping.
Conveyors and Rails
Using conveyors and rails in combination with your trimming machine will allow you to continuously feed flower into the trimmer with no downtime.
It also allows you to create a tight QA process, as you can inspect flower going in and then coming out.
Downtime is not something you can afford when you have a huge harvest and deadlines to meet.
These two components will greatly increase your trimming productivity. For example, the Twister Feed Conveyor can increase load speed and consistency by 30%!
Having an extra tumbler on deck will greatly increase your productivity by preventing any downtime. There are a few instances where you’ll need to swap tumblers out, or if you only have one, you’ll need to clean it.
When you switch strains, you’ll need to use a fresh, clean tumbler to prevent cross-contamination.
Or if you have a long day of trimming ahead, you’ll need to clean it throughout the day to maintain performance and a tight trim.
By having an extra tumbler on hand, you can swap it out with the dirty tumbler, and have someone clean it while you keep working.
Final Thoughts On Boosting Harvest Productivity
Now that you have a good grasp on what the most essential trimming accessories are, you can get started grabbing them and preparing for a fruitful harvest.
No matter what you need this harvest season, we have it here at Hydrobuilder at the best price online. You'll find the widest selection of harvest brands and experience the best service in the industry.