Best Automatic Bud Trimming Machines - 2020 Buyers Guide

Best Automatic Bud Trimming Machines - 2020 Buyers Guide

You’ve spent a lot of time growing your garden from seeds or clones into mature plants with nicely developed cloves and now it’s harvest time - which means the tedious task of bud trimming. The large selection of bud trimmers on the market today means you can find the right trimmer for your needs that can save you huge money on hiring staff to trim. The key is finding the best automatic trimming machine for your needs.

If you’re about to harvest a medium to large crop, you can save time and money by purchasing the best trimming machine for the job, rather than a costly staff of professional trimmers. There are even automatic bud trimmers designed for smaller operations wanting to get their harvest trimmed quickly and affordably.


Our experts have culled through the growing number of trimmers to provide you with the information you need to help you choose the automatic trimming machine that is best for your operation, whether it’s a large, commercial grow operation or a small, personal garden.

 

The Best Small and Medium Trimming Machines

100 LBS/HR Wet

20 LBS/HR Dry

Replaces 20 Workers

1. Centurion Pro Original Trimmer Automatic Wet & Dry Bud Trimmer Machine

• 100 LBS/HR Wet
• 20 LBS/HR Dry
• Replaces 20 Workers
• Made in Canada
• 10 Year Warranty
• Stainless Steel Tumbler

Made in Canada

10 Year Warranty

Stainless Steel Tumbler

1. Centurion Pro Original Trimmer Automatic Wet & Dry Bud Trimmer Machine

The CenturionPro Original is the machine that started it all. It earned the 2012 Stash Award, and High Times called the Original “the leader in the next generation of automated trimmers” and this praise still rings true. This legend in the automatic trimming machine world is capable of doing the work of about 20 people, able to process 18-20 lbs per hour dry or 90-100 lbs per hour wet, completely eliminating the need for hand trimming while still maintaining a very high quality product.

Whether you trim wet or dry, the non-stick “Quantanium” tumblers (with 40% greater trichome preservation) or stainless-steel Electropolish tumblers allow you to choose the trimming method you need. The Original comes ready to roll with the largest hopper in the industry, a 3 horsepower leaf collector suction system and a triple-bag kief filtration & trim collection system.

Upgrade with their new Conveyor System that replaces the hopper with both an infeed conveyor and quality control conveyor that allows you to further automate the trimming process, improve output and efficiency, and still maintain nice, high quality product. Additionally, if you add a CenturionPro bucker, you can eliminate the need for about 20 more costly staff. CenturionPro offers models with a capacity of up to 120+ lbs an hour for fully hydrated flowers or go big with the high performance model for output up to 500+ lbs per hour.

• Durability - The Original is made entirely of anodized aluminum and stainless steel.
• Hardened steel, 11 blade cutting reel - The Original features a toro hardened steel cutting reel featuring 11 high-quality blades.
• Rugged, stainless steel tumbler – High capacity tumblers constructed out of 16 gauge, 304 stainless steel - not aluminum. 30" in length and 6.5" in diameter.
• 40% greater trichome preservation - The “Quantanium” non-stick tumbler prevents trichomes from adhering to the tumbler surface without the need for special lubricants or sprays.
• More cutting power - Performs 37,500 cuts per minute while running on a 120v power source. Comes with a 3hp leaf collector that produces 2750 cfm of suction power.
• High processing capacity - The Original can trim up to 18-22 lbs an hour dry and 90-110 lbs an hour wet. Replace up to 25 human trimmers while maintaining high quality.

30 LBS/HR Wet

6 LBS/HR Dry

Replaces 6 Workers

1. Centurion Pro Tabletop Trimmer

• 30 LBS/HR Wet
• 6 LBS/HR Dry
• Replaces 6 Workers
• Made in Canada
• 10 Year Warranty
• Stainless Steel Tumbler

Made in Canada

10 Year Warranty

Stainless Steel Tumbler

2. Centurion Pro Tabletop Trimmer

Centurion Pro always brings their A-game when it comes to automatic bud trimming machines and this crazy efficient, tabletop machine is no exception. This is Centurion Pro’s lightest machine, weighing in at only 35 lbs, making it a perfect choice for trimming in your backyard, garage, discretely at home, or just about anywhere you can think of.

This machine can process up to 35 lbs of wet or 7 lbs of dry material an hour and works as a continuous feed. This means it can easily replace up to 6 human trimmers without sacrificing quality. It’s fitted with CenturionPro's “Quantanium” coated non-stick tumblers, a proprietary coating that prevents precious trichomes from sticking to the tumbler, eliminating the need for special lubricants or sprays. This also makes the harvesting process faster, since it reduces the need to stop and do a time-consuming clean on the tumblers – simply wipe them down with a cloth and warm water to remove the small amount of residue that may linger.

The CP Tabletop runs on 120v power and comes with a strong 1hp leaf collector and a triple-bag kief filtration & trim collection system making it one of our experts favorite small, automatic bud trimmers available.

• Durability - Made entirely of anodized aluminum and stainless steel
• Hardened steel, 7 blade cutting reel - Comes with a Toro, hardened steel cutting reel, containing 7 high quality blades. Magnetic blade technology provides extremely clean cuts thanks to a dependably sharp blade.
• Rugged, stainless steel tumbler - The Tabletop’s tumbler is made of a rugged, 16 gauge, 304 stainless steel rather than aluminum. The 24” long x 5.5” diameter, high capacity tumbler can produce more than any other machine on the market.
• 40% greater trichome preservation - Quantanium non-stick tumbler is designed to delicately handle flowers.
• More cutting power - The Tabletop makes 20,000 cuts per minute on a 120v power source and comes standard with a 1hp leaf collector that produces 1800 CFM of suction power.
• High processing capacity - Replace up to 6 human trimmers without sacrificing quality. The Tabletop trims up to 5-6 lbs an hour dry and 25-30 lbs an hour wet.

Impact Free

5 LBS/HR Dry

Replaces 4 Workers

1. Triminator Mini Dry Trimmer

• Impact Free
• 5 LBS/HR Dry
• Replaces 4 Workers
• Made in the USA
• 2 Year Warranty
• Stainless Steel Tumbler

Made in the USA

2 Year Warranty

Stainless Steel Tumbler

3. Triminator Mini Dry Trimmer

The Triminator Mini Dry trimming machine is a powerhouse of a trimmer. Designed for growers who prefer to trim dry and fast, the Mini Dry won High Times’ "Best Dry Trimmer” award largely because its cuts are so close to hand-trimmed quality even experts have a hard time telling the difference. This portable trimmer is quick, quiet, and is incredibly user-friendly, able to trim between 2-5 lbs of dry material per hour – that’s 32 pounds a day, or the same workload as 3-4 hand trimmers.

The Triminator Mini Dry utilizes a narrow drum with a maximized cutting surface for faster trimming. This automatic trimming machine operates at a predefined perfect cutting speed that’s slow enough to preserve the integrity of the trichomes, but fast enough to keep production rolling at an efficient pace.

It’s compact and lightweight design makes the Mini Dry one of the best dry trimming machines you can buy for small to medium sized urban and boutique grow operations. It’s also pressure washable, so cleanup is a breeze.

Perfect cutting speed – Operates at an optimized automatic bud trimmer cutting speed, slow enough to preserve the integrity of the trichomes, fast enough to cut.
Impact free - A gentle tumble allows the flower to be exposed to new cutting surfaces naturally with little trichome loss.
• Trim anywhere - Carrying handles allow you to easily move the machine while its compact size lets you store it in small spaces hassle free.
Tool free assemble or disassemble - Drum swaps are fast and clean up is easy, without tools, and in 15 seconds or less with an innovative turn-loc system.
Ergonomic design – Load, run, and unload quickly and easily with a roll back design that makes trimming easy and comfortable.
Maximum cutting surface – A long narrow drum maximizes the cutting surface for faster trimming.

18 LBS/HR Wet

4 LBS/HR Dry

Replaces 4 Workers

1. Twister T6 Wet & Dry Automatic Bud Trimmer & Leaf Collector

• 18 LBS/HR Wet
• 4 LBS/HR Dr
• Replaces 4 Workers
• Made in the USA
• 10 Year Warranty
SoftTumble Technology

Made in the USA

10 Year Warranty

SoftTumble Technology

4. Twister T6 Wet & Dry Automatic Bud Trimmer

The Twister T6 gives small to medium scale growers, as well as hobby and home gardeners, a sleek, small-capacity tabletop automatic trimming machine that produces hand-trimmed, quality product usually reserved for large scale cultivation facilities and farm harvests without spending an arm and leg. The T6’s small capacity design allows for hand-trim quality product at speeds of 4 lbs per hour dry and 18 lbs per hour wet.

This is one of the best small to medium capacity automatic bud trimmers available. The Twister T6 can trim a variety of flower moisture levels, from 8% all the way up to a fully hydrated flower straight off the plant -- all with a simple change of the tumbler. It provides a really tight, precision quick cut, similar to hand trimming in a portable, 42 pound package that’s easy to grab and go to the backyard, a friend’s house or discretely in your own home.

• Wet & dry trimming - The T6 can trim a wide range of flower moisture contents, from 8% dry to fully hydrated, with a simple changeout of the tumbler.
• Compact tabletop design - Allows for gentle trimming of up to 4 lbs/hr using proprietary “SoftTumble” technology.
Plug and play. Unplug and go - Lightweight and extremely portable, designed for quick, small machine trimming sessions.
Tightest cut in the Industry - One of the most advanced rotary blade cutting systems available on the market.
• Speed of trim - The Twister T6 is the fastest, small-capacity trimmer you can buy.
• SoftTumble technology - Small 4” tumbler combined with polished 304 stainless steel, non-stick surface ensures flowers experience minimal impact via less wall crawl and shorter tumble distance.

70 LBS/HR Wet

16 LBS/HR Dry

Replaces 12 Workers

1. Twister T4 Wet & Dry Variable Speed Control Automatic Bud Trimming Machine

• 70 LBS/HR Wet
• 16 LBS/HR Dry
• Replaces 12 Workers
• Made in the USA
• 10 Year Warranty
• SoftTumble Technology

Made in the USA

10 Year Warranty

SoftTumble Technology

5. Twister T4 Wet & Dry Variable Speed Control Automatic Bud Trimming Machine

The Twister T4, with variable speed control is a legendary machine in the automatic wet and dry trimming game. This newest version of the renowned workhorse performer allows you to customize tumbler and blade speed as well as decrease vacuum suction to match your trimming setup with your harvesting goals. You can trim up to 14 pounds per hour with a single machine, and with six settings each for both the tumbler and the blade, you have thirty-six trimming styles in one machine! You know that since each strain is different adaptability is critical. The T4 lets you set your trim settings to your particular harvest needs.

Not only is the T4 known for its super fast cuts, but the 5" tumbler diameter combined with a Food Safe 304 Stainless Steel non-stick surface reduces wall crawl and maintains a shorter tumble distance so it’s super gentle on your flower, giving you beautiful, efficient and low loss product. For larger operations you can run multiple T4’s at configured together for production speeds up to 78 lbs an hour, making it one of the best automatic trimming machines for expanding operations..

• Soft Tumble technology - Small tumbler diameter combined with polished stainless steel non-stick surface ensures flowers experience minimal impact via less wall crawl and shorter tumble distance.
• Lightweight and portable – Easy to carry and even fit in your trunk.
• Expandable - Connect two, three or even four T4's together for exponential gains in performance.
Low-Touch trimming - Flowers are subjected to low levels of human handling.
• Peace of mind - Twister offers live tech support 12 hours a day, seven days a week, along with an ironclad 3 Year Warranty and option 2 Year Extended Warranty.
SoftTumble™ Technology – Small tumbler diameter combined with polished stainless steel non-stick surface ensures flowers experience minimal impact via less wall crawl and shorter tumble distance.

The Best Commercial Trimming Machines

200 LBS/HR Wet

40 LBS/HR Dry

Replaces 40 Workers

1. Centurion Pro Gladiator Trimmer Automatic Wet & Dry Bud Trimmer Machine

• 200 LBS/HR Wet
• 40 LBS/HR Dry
• Replaces 40 Workers
• Made in Canada
• 10 Year Warranty
• Stainless Steel Tumbler

Made in Canada

10 Year Warranty

Stainless Steel Tumbler

1. Centurion Pro Gladiator Trimmer Automatic Wet & Dry Bud Trimmer Machine

When we were evaluating commercial automatic trimming machines, the Centurion Pro Gladiator easily rose to the top of the heap. This beast of a bud trimmer is one of the largest capacity trimmers on the market. It can process up to 40 lbs of dry per hour and an incredible 200 lbs of wet per hour replacing 40 hand trimmers! The dual “Quantanium” tumblers sit side-by-side, reducing the overall time product spends in the tumbler and even allowing you to trim wet or dry at the same time. The experts at Centurion Pro have shown that this easy to feed configuration is more efficient and maximizes production more than running separate machines in tandem

The Centurion Pro Gladiator’s finely tuned diverter lets you customize the air flow for a closer, cleaner cut, giving your product a hand-trimmed final look and prevents smaller buds from being pulled into the impeller. With some fine tuning, you can adjust the diverter to whatever strain and product density you need for high capacity production and great yields.

• Durability - Constructed and made entirely of anodized aluminum and stainless steel.
11 blade cutting reel (x2) - Contains two Toro-hardened steel cutting reels with 11 high-quality blades on each one.
Magnetic blade technology - Ensures a consistently sharp blade and clean cut.
• Rugged, stainless steel tumblers (x2) – Rugged, 16 gauge, 304 stainless steel tumblers 30” in length and 6.5” in diameter.
• 40% greater trichome preservation – “Quantanium” non-stick tumblers are designed to delicately handle flowers.
• More cutting power – This is an industrial grade trimmer that can do 75,000 cuts per minute. In addition, it comes with a 4hp leaf collector with 3000 cfm of suction power.

250 LBS/HR Wet

50 LBS/HR Dry

Replaces 75 Workers

1. Centurion Pro 3.0 Medical Grade Trimmer Automatic Wet & Dry Bud Trimmer Machine

• 250 LBS/HR Wet
• 50 LBS/HR Dry
• Replaces 75 Workers
• Made in Canada
• 10 Year Warranty
• Stainless Steel Tumbler

Made in Canada

10 Year Warranty

Stainless Steel Tumbler

2. Centurion Pro 3.0 Medical Grade Trimmer Automatic Wet & Dry Bud Trimmer Machine

When it comes to medical grade automatic trimming machines, our experts turn to the Centurion Pro 3.0. This is a truly impressive machine for the discerning commercial grow operation. Composed of medical grade anodized aluminum and stainless-steel to meet all regulatory standards, the 3.0 is the highest capacity, Health Canada/FDA ready automatic trimming machine in the world. The 3.0 in the name refers to three Toro-hardened steel cutting reels with 11 high-quality blades each. Process either wet or dry flowers at an amazing 60 - 70 lbs dry and 300 - 350 lbs wet per hour capacity, replacing up to 75 hand trimmers while still being very gentle on flowers.

The 3.0 has the same magnetic blade technology as the Gladiator, guaranteeing a consistently sharp blade and super clean cuts, but with the cutting power of 2 Gladiators or 4 CenturionPro Original machines. It comes standard with a food-grade hopper, finely tuned diverter to preserve different strains, and a triple-bag system that separates the precious keif for later use.

Durability - Constructed from anodized aluminum and stainless steel to easily withstand moves, cleaning and extended use.
• 11 blade cutting reel (x3) - Three Toro-hardened steel cutting reels with 11 high-quality blades each guarantee a consistently sharp blade and really clean cuts.
• Stainless steel tumblers (x3) - Three 16 gauge, 304 stainless steel tumblers 35” long and 6.5” in diameter for a total of 78” of cutting surface.
• 40% greater trichome preservation – “Quantanium” non-stick tumblers designed to delicately handle flowers.
• More cutting power - the 3.0 can manage 140,000 cuts per minute (almost double what the gladiator cuts)! In addition, it has a whopping 6 horsepower leaf collector that produces an impressive 5,000 cfm of pure suction power.
• High processing capacity - Harvest 45-50 lbs dry or 200-250 lbs wet to replace up to 75 human trimmers without sacrificing quality.

120 LBS/HR Wet

60 LBS/HR Dry

Replaces 75 Workers

1. Mobius Trimmer M108S Automatic Wet & Dry Bud Trimmer Machine

• 120 LBS/HR Wet
• 60 LBS/HR Dry
• Replaces 75 Workers
• Made in Canada
• 1 Year Warranty
• Gentle on Flower

Made in Canada

1 Year Warranty

Gentle on Flower

3. Mobius Trimmer M108S Automatic Wet & Dry Bud Trimmer Machine

Mobius commercial automatic trimming machines are known for making high-quality machines that are simple to use, easy to scale, and produce beautiful product without sacrificing production volume or speeds. The M108S, specifically, uses a revolutionary “AirThread Tension tumbler” that is dent-proof, rust-proof, and offers 50% more blade access than other similar trimmers and a precision cut that’s almost indistinguishable to scissor cut. You can trim wet or dry with the same tumbler that will tilt at the turn of a dial without racks, and comes standard with an integrated vacuum system and trim separator so you don’t need any bulky add-ons or unsanitary hoses. With more access to more blades, your product is trimmed faster while being handled less for a finished flower that rivals trimming by hand.

Gentle on product and unrivaled in volume, the Mobius M108 is showing up on more “best automatic trimming machine” lists for successful growers and producers around the world thanks to a design that minimizes the number of times it goes around the tumbler while coming in contact with it it as little as possible. The “AirThread Tension” tumbler is made of stainless steel cable which means there’s very little surface for the flower to touch, there’s more access to blades, and rosin stays on the flower where it belongs.

• DRY: 60 lbs/hour; WET: 120lbs/hour
• Tumbler offers 50% more access to cutting blades than any other trimmer
• Dent-proof, rust-proof tumbler trims wet or dry
• 3 nitrided blade cartridges offer 108” of cut length
• All-in-one design: Compact device with fully integrated trim separator and vacuum
• User controllable tumbler speed, blade speed, vacuum power, and tilt

200 LBS/HR Wet

Super Close Trim

Replaces 75 Workers

1. Triminator Wet Industrial Wet Bud Trimming Machine

• 200 LBS/HR Wet
• Super Close Trim
• Replaces 75 Workers
• Made in the USA
• 2 Year Warranty
• Gentle on Flower

Made in the USA

2 Year Warranty

Gentle on Flower

4. Triminator Wet Industrial Wet Bud Trimming Machine

The Triminator Wet is specifically designed for large scale grows that need industrial scale speed and production and it delivers everything it promises. The massive tumbler drum is designed with 30% more cutting surface than similar trimmers and is up to 90 times faster than hand trimming, which translates to a trim capacity of up to 200 lbs a day. Their patented “Resin Repel System” automatically mists the drum with pure atomized water to prevent buildup and maximize production by eliminating the need for frustrating cleaning stops. The Triminator Wet’s “Trim Logic” technology allows the drum and cutting reel to come within .0025” of each other to produce hand-trim quality product at incredible speeds.

Easy to reach controls and a large stainless steel feed tray makes sure that the machine is constantly being fed to reduce operator fatigue. The Triminator Wet automatic trimming machine has the industry's first motor brake that stops the cutting reel quickly, and 100% fully covered belts and blades protect fingers and clothing, ensuring the operator is safe while it’s running and while cleaning.

Trim logic technology - Removes the bedknife and adjusted the cutting reel and drum alignment to allow the drum and reel to come within .0025” of an inch of one another, roughly the thickness of a human hair.
• Super close trim - The bedknife free design provides the industry’s closest, most precise wet trim
• Hand trim quality - Minimize handling time and waste with perfect buds, every time, with no touch ups necessary.
• Trim non-stop - Trim 200 pounds non-stop with a self-cleaning resin repel mist system, eliminating squeaky, sticky drums, hourly cleanings, and spray bottles.
• Atomized water layer - Keeps the blades of the cutting reel from becoming dull with accumulated plant material
• Maximum cutting surface – A long narrow drum maximizes cutting surface resulting in faster bud trimming, without causing unnecessary movement for the flowers.

88 LBS/HR Dry

Industry’s Biggest Tumbler

Replaces 85 Workers

1. Twister BatchOne Dry Automatic Bud Trimming Machine

• 88 LBS/HR Dry
• Industry’s Biggest Tumbler
• Replaces 85 Workers
• Made in the USA
• 3 Year Warranty
• Gentle on Flower

Made in the USA

3 Year Warranty

Gentle on Flower

5. Twister BatchOne Dry Automatic Bud Trimming Machine

Twister’s BatchOne Dry Trimmer offers innovative solutions for growers in need of an excellent automatic dry bud trimming machine. This trimmer is designed just for cultivators who prefer dry trimming, offering spectacular quality trim and ultra-fast processing that’s meant to increase your business’ bottom line.

The Twister BatchOne can trim up to 88lbs an hour powered by its ¼ HP motor and can be loaded and unloaded from both sides to help speed up harvest processing and, in turn, maximize profit. It’s a really easy-to-use dry trimmer, with a quick-removal tumbler and removable control box that makes cleaning and maintenance incredibly convenient.

This machine is exceptionally portable, in spite of its huge capacity. 360 degree rotating caster wheels means you can easily maneuver this trimmer around your commercial facility. Add the large food-grade bins to capture and store your trim and the BatchOne makes an obvious nominee for best dry trimmer for your operation this harvest season.

Compliant Machine - The Twister BatchOne’s stainless steel tumbler and aluminum body are FDA Compliant, making it food-safe for your customers. This dry trimmer also passed the UL and CSA product certifications.
• Industry’s Biggest Tumbler - Its batch style tumbler is the largest in the industry and 40% bigger than its closest competito
• Easy Transport - The 360 degrees rotating caster wheels allow easy transport and maximum portability. The Twister BatchOne also measures 32 inches in width, the perfect size to fit standard doors.
• Quick Harvest - Powered by a ¼ HP motor, this dry trimmer will process your hemp or cannabis fast to maximize productivity and grow your business
• User-friendly - Built for all types of growers, the Twister BatchOne Dry Trimmer is a functional and easy-to-use machine, with a quick-removal tumbler for ease of cleaning and a nestable bin for storing of your harvest.

88 LBS/HR Wet

19 LBS/HR Dry

Consistent Cutting

1. Twister T2 Trimmer Wet & Dry Automatic Bud Trimming Machine

• 88 LBS/HR Wet
• 19 LBS/HR Dry
• Consistent Cutting
• Made in the USA
• 10 Year Warranty
• Gentle on Flower

Made in the USA

10 Year Warranty

Gentle on Flower

6. Twister T2 Wet & Dry Automatic Trimming Machine features

The Twister T2S automatic trimming machine is designed with the discriminating medium to large scale commercial grower in mind, promising maximum performance with virtually no downtime. The T2S will meet the demands of just about any commercial operation, processing 15-19 lbs per hour dry, and up to 88 pounds per hour wet so it can cut your trim time down to hours instead of days. It’s surprisingly lightweight and has a completely watertight, stainless steel design.

The T2S’s tumblers are made from 304 stainless steel with no Teflon-based PFE-PFTE coatings and their tight diameter of 6 inches provides minimum wall crawl and results in gentle, efficient flow of your flower through the tumbler. Twister’s “SoftTumble” design won’t grind down your flower so whether you’re trimming wet or dry, you’ll get maximum separation efficiency while collecting over 99% of your product in an easy-to-empty collection bin.

• Consistent Cutting - Trimmed pieces are always uniform quality
Low Maintenance - No paint to chip or flake; strips down for complete cleaning access in less than 10 seconds with no tools; fully serviceable by end-use.
• Easy to Clean - Watertight electrical and motors allow for a complete high-pressure wash down.
• QuickClick Technology - Ensures ultra fast, extremely precise blade adjustment (.0009" / .023mm per click).
• Trim wet or dry - Trim a broad range of moisture content, 11% to fully hydrated
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