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What's the Best Automatic Bud Trimmer? An Extensive Buyer's Guide (Updated for 2018)

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve had a great harvest, and you're just about ready to reap the literal fruits of your labour. BUT there's one more thing that's holding you from being able to turn those crops into profits—trimming those darn buds.

Unfortunately, this isn't quite the time to kick back & relax just yet since the market has evolved to demand more from us; buds that are better in quality, higher in potency, and of course, better manicured for presentation. 

Due to economies of scale, you've determined that it is no longer feasible to hire a crew to manicure all of your buds by hand due to increased labor costs, inefficiencies, & other factors we've discussed in our previous article.

Which brings us to the question:  What's the best bud trimmer in the market today? 

Consider these things first:

  1. The size of your harvest: knowing roughly the size of your harvest and how many pounds you're anticipating to trim will allow you to choose the right automatic trimmer that would mold to your needs.

  2. Wet vs dry trimming: there's no right or wrong answer. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference. Dry trimming retains more of the smell and extra THC from sugar leaves but preparation and trimming time will take longer.  Wet trimming, on the other hand, allows you to trim your buds right as you harvest your plants, allowing you to process more. For a more in depth read on whether you should trim wet or dry, click here.

  3. Cost-savings: while the idea of owning an automatic trimmer is cool, and while it's certainly a good way to make friends (or enemies if your network is compromised of hand trimmers), does investing in one make economical sense for the size of your harvest or the labor involved to operate the machine (assuming you're not manning it yourself)? 99% of the time it is but if you want to check the math out and make sure that the machine pays for itself within the first harvest, we invite you to check out our interactive bud trimming ROI calculator. 

 

What is the best automatic bud trimming machine? 

There's no shortage of bud trimmer options in the market today. While not all machines are created equally, we're fortunate to live in a time where companies continue to innovate and compete against each other to ultimately bring you a machine that's worthy of your time, investment and trust. 

 

Here are the best bud trimming machines in no particular order: 

 

CenturionPro Trimmers

 

 

CenturionPro has been making a name for itself with extremely powerful and capable trimmers no matter how much you plan to trim. Ranging from the All-New Tabletop Pro to the commercial grade dual tumbler Gladiator, these trimmers deliver uncompromising power and quality. CenturionPro trimmers can either be used for either wet or dry trimming by taking advantage of the interchangeable tumblers.

That's right, you can have one machine to trim either wet or dry depending on your needs! Each CenturionPro trimmer comes with a dust collector and hopper for a complete trimming setup.

Pictured above is the complete CenturionPro Mini set showing the included hopper and dust collector. Truly a great value!

The ALL-NEW Tabletop Pro is the most portable and compact CenturionPro Trimmer

 

CenturionPro Trimmer Lineup
Model Wet Processing Dry Processing
TableTop 5-7 lbs/hr 12-16 lbs/hr
Mini 12-16 lbs/hr 60-80 lbs/hr
Original 18-22 lbs/hr 90-110 lbs/hr
Silver Bullet 18-22 lbs/hr 90-110 lbs/hr
Gladiator 32-40 lbs/hr 160-200 lbs/hr
3.0 60-70 lbs/hr 300-350 lbs/hr

EZTRIM Trimmers

 

 

One of the original trimmer brands, the guys at EZTRIM definitely know their stuff. The Satellite and Satellite SL can both trim Wet and Dry without needing to purchase replacement parts!

The Satellite SL is a smaller version of the Satellite and lacks the side tables and speakers but is still as powerful as the original. These trimmers are made to run quieter than the competition and perform fast while triple filtering your by-product for processing. Both machines can do 20-30lbs/hr for wet and dry trimming (wet trimming in wet weight).

These machines can truly do it all and are made in the USA.

The Satellite is EZTRIM's top of the line trimmer featuring side tables for prep and speakers!

 

Dry trimming with the EZTrim

 

 

Triminator Trimmers

 

 

When one mentions Dry Trimmers, Triminator is usually the first one that comes to mind. Winner of the 2016 High Times Award for Best Industrial Dry Trimmers, both the Triminator Dry and Mini Dry leave the rest of the competition behind. Added for 2018 is the commercial solution for dry trimming, the Triminator XL Dry - capable of drying up to 60lbs/hr! 

Made in Northern California, these trimmers are made specifically for dry trimming and requires no additional lubricants. The long drum maximizes the cutting surface so you get a tight bud every time.

The pivot system of the Dry Trimmer lets you seamlessly load your buds so you can keep processing continuously while the portable Mini Dry is the smallest automated dry bud trimmer in the market! Add the optional kief kit to make some hash!

For those looking for the ultimate wet trimmer, the self-cleaning Triminator Wet Industrial System offers the largest drum in the market for maximum yields!

 

The Triminator Mini Dry is the award winning portable dry trimmer and is considered to be the best dry trimmer in market. 

Triminator Trimmer Lineup
Model Dry Processing Wet Processing
Mini Dry (dry only) 2-5 lbs/hr -
Dry (dry only) 5-7 lbs/hr -
XL Dry (dry only) 60 lbs/hr -
Wet (wet only) - 200lbs/day

 

Dry trimming with the Triminator

 

 

Twister Trimmer

If production is your main purpose then look no further than Twister! These trimmers can trim either Wet or Dry using interchangeable and precision cut tumblers.

Ranging from the All-New compact and portable T6, the mid-tier T4 and the top of the line T2, there is a machine that fits everyone's trimming needs.

However, what sets Twister apart is the ability of their trimmers to connect. You can connect up to three T4s and process up to 26lbs/hr of trimming or two T2s together for up to 25lbs/hr!

These trimmers trim fast, precise and require minimal maintenance while offering best in class yield and trim quality.

The ALL-NEW Twister T6 is the new leading portable wet or dry bud trimmer. Just look at that sleek design!

 

Connect up to 3 Twister T4s to get up to 26lbs/hr!

Twister Trimmer Lineup
Model Dry Processing Wet Processing
T6 5-6 lbs/hr 20-30 lbs/hr
T4 10-14 lbs/hr 50-70 lbs/hr
T2 15-19 bs/hr 77-85 lbs/hr
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Wet trimming with the Twister

 

 

Which Trimmer is for YOU?

With all the great brands and features mentioned, choosing the best trimmer that ultimately depends on what fits your needs best. Although you can rest assured that all trimmers mentioned in this article are among the best in the industry. 

Check out all of our best-selling trimmers here

In case you still can't decide which machine to get, drop us a line or contact us and we're more than happy to help choose what's best for you!