You’ve just spent three months waiting anxiously for harvest time. Your crop is looking ready and smelling good. You don’t want anything to hurt those baby buds.
But now it’s time to trim them. If you have only a couple of plants, taking care of the job by hand with a good pair of shears is no big deal. Get a two-pack of shears so you always have a backup, or you can work with a friend.
However, if you’ve got more than a couple of plants, that’s when you’re going to want to think about getting a machine. To help you decide, here’s our pick of the best bud trimmer machines currently on the market.
Table of Contents
- 1 Our pick of the best bud trimmer machines: Part 1
- 2 One or two plants? Trim buds by hand
- 3 Trim plants faster with a bud trimming machine
- 4 Our pick of the best bud trimming machines: Part 2
- 4.1 The Clean Cut Leaf Trimmer M-6000S 16″ Clear Top Hydroponics Pro Cut Bud Bowl &Leaf Trimmer Machine
- 4.2 Spin-Pro Manually Operated Leaf Trimmer
- 4.3 G-LEAF 16-Inch Bowl Leaf Trimmer Hydroponic Spin Cut for Herb Plant and Flower
- 4.4 The Magic Trimmer – Electric Automatic HandHeld Bud Leaf Herb Precision Trimmer
- 4.5 Trimpro ORIGINAL Leaf Bud Plant Trimmer Trim Pro
- 5 Best trimming practices
- 6 Get ready for the next harvest
Our pick of the best bud trimmer machines: Part 1
DL Wholesale 16” Open Top Hand Trimmer
If you’re tired of cheap bowl trimmers that only last a year or two, check out this stainless steel Open Top Hand Trimmer. It’s covered by a 1-year warranty but it’s going to last a lot longer than that!
When you’re growing on a large scale, you need a powerful trimmer to take care of big harvests. The CenturionPro Mini can do both dry and wet trimming—just select the tumbler you need.
This trimmer is very compact, but it can process 6 to 8 pounds of buds each hour. The efficient dust collection system and dust collector keeps everything as neat and clean as possible. And when you’re done trimming, it’s actually easy to pull apart and wash.
CenturionPro covers the Mini with a 5-year warranty.
Tom’s Tumbler Trimmer TTT 1900
Here’s a portable tabletop dry trimmer that can cut up to 1 pound of buds in every 7-minute cycle. The manufacturer says that you should only have 10 to 15% of touch-up work to do, depending on the strain you process.
Triminator Wet Industrial System
If you have a large-scale commercial grow, you need a trimmer than can keep up with demand. The Triminator trims wet buds on a scale of 200lbs per day.
The blade reel is so sharp and accurate that it cuts as close as the width of a human hair. You won’t need to waste time doing touch-ups.
While resin is a good thing, it tends to jam up the works on other trimmers. But the Triminator has a resin-repelling, automatic cleaning system. A mist of atomized water coats the drum so that resin can’t stick to it.
The Triminator was built from military-grade material and it can be pressure-washed with no problem. It’s covered by a 2-year warranty.
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One or two plants? Trim buds by hand
If you have just a couple of plants, all you’re really going to need to trim your buds is a good pair of shears.
Or ideally a couple of them, so that you can rotate them as the resin builds up on the blades—use one pair while the other one soaks clean in rubbing alcohol.
TOP TIP: You can leave the alcohol to evaporate from the resulting mixture, leaving behind scissor hash. Or just scrape the hash off the scissors and smoke immediately, like in the video below.
GreenThumbPro Hydroponic 2 Pack Straight blade and Curved Blade Flower Leaf Trimmer Pruner Shears
These shears by GreenThumbPro are pretty comfy to use. They have 2-inch-long curved tip blades that make precision cuts easy. They also lock shut for safety, like when you want to slip them in a pocket. Alternatively, a lot of growers swear by Chikamasa garden scissors, because the curved blades give extra shaping possibilities.
Trim plants faster with a bud trimming machine
It’s tricky to pick a good bud trimming machine. You definitely don’t want a bad one that will destroy all your hard work.
We’ve done the research and found the best bud trimmer machines for you. We’ll continue our round-up with a very popular bowl trimmer model by The Clean Cut.
Our pick of the best bud trimming machines: Part 2
The Clean Cut Leaf Trimmer M-6000S 16″ Clear Top Hydroponics Pro Cut Bud Bowl &Leaf Trimmer Machine
This bowl trimmer by The Clean Cut comes in black, green, and blue. But the color isn’t as important as the fact that it gets the job done right. This trimmer will help you get your work done in less than a quarter of the time it would take you to trim by hand.
The bowl is 16 inches in diameter so you can trim a lot of plant all at once. It comes with both a razor blade and a serrated blade. For wet buds, try the razor blade first. For dry, use the serrated blade. You can adjust either blade to cut the way you want.
The nonstick silicone fingers are a nice touch because they don’t leave any odor or flavor on your nugs. You can watch it working as you crank the handle because it has a transparent dome. And when you’re all done, it’s easy to pull apart for cleaning. Use alcohol to remove stickiness from trimming wet bud.
Spin-Pro Manually Operated Leaf Trimmer
The Spin-Pro is also a bowl trimmer but without a transparent lid. It works on the same principle: you crank the handle to move the fingers and the blade to cut off excess leaves.
There is a nice difference between the Spin-Pro and the others like it. All the parts that you need to clean are dishwasher safe.
On the downside, some people have complained that the bowl comes apart pretty easily, and so it makes a mess by spilling chaff.
G-LEAF 16-Inch Bowl Leaf Trimmer Hydroponic Spin Cut for Herb Plant and Flower
The G-LEAF Bowl Trimmer is similar to The Clean Cut. You crank it with the handle to spin the fingers and the blades. The serrated blade works better for dry weed, while the straight razor blade works well for wet. You can swap the blades yourself—just be careful because they are sharp.
The top is transparent so you can watch while you work. When you’re done with the batch, pull the bowl apart and you’ll see that your nugs are all ready for you. Just a note: a couple of people who said they use this for trimming medical marijuana complained that the trim wasn’t precise enough for their needs.
The Magic Trimmer – Electric Automatic HandHeld Bud Leaf Herb Precision Trimmer
If the idea of hand-cranking a bowl trimmer doesn’t appeal to you, check out this power tool. Hold it in your hand and you can manicure your buds in a flash. The Magic Trimmer only weighs 2-1/2 pounds and comes with three replacement blades. High Times gave it a very positive review. One thing to note: it will make a mess. There’s no debris-catcher.
Finally, if you have a very large crop to process, consider this beast. It’s a powerful trimmer used by the pros.
Trimpro ORIGINAL Leaf Bud Plant Trimmer Trim Pro
The Trimpro seems like a pricey investment, but if you have a lot of trimming because of regular harvests, it pays for itself very quickly.
There’s not a lot of work involved. Move the plant across the grate. The Trimpro sucks the leaves downward. The spinning blade under the grate does the trimming for you. Voilá, you’re done. Put the bud aside to dry and grab the next.
The leaves are caught in the large sack underneath so it make a lot less mess than the handheld trimmer we mentioned above. Don’t toss those leaves, though. It’s time to make brownies.
Best trimming practices
Wet or dry?
There’s a big debate over whether it’s best to trim wet or dry bud. Trimming wet bud by hand gets pretty messy. Trimming it with a machine is easier. But wet trimming generally nets you prettier buds in the end. Plus, wet trimming in general is way easier than trying to trim dry weed that’s all curled up.
Letting your cannabis dry first can be a good idea if you live in a dry place with low humidity. Letting the weed dry slowly with the leaves on it is a good thing. If you trim the weed first, it might speed up the drying process too much.
Even if you’re using a monster trimming machine like the Trimpro, you want gloves. They keep the resin off your skin and protect the buds, too. Make sure they fit well, especially if you are using shears or the Trimpro. Safety first!
Remember that all the “leftovers” are good for something. The hash on your shears, the resin on your gloves, and the leaves that were trimmed off can all be used for smoking and edibles.
Get ready for the next harvest
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