Top 10 Best Bud Trimmer Machines

Top 10 Best Bud Trimmer Machines

Wonder Woman cannabis - Best bud trimmer machines reviews[Updated] You’ve just spent three months waiting anxiously for harvest time. Your cannabis crop is looking ready and smelling good. At this point, you might be thinking about investing in an automatic bud trimmer—speeding things up, saving yourself a bit of manual labor. However, the last thing you want to do is harm those buds you’ve worked so hard on with a poor quality trim. Time to take a look at the best bud trimmer machines on the market

Of course, 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 available. Whether you want a handheld bud trimmer, a small tabletop trimmer, bowl trimmer or something more industrial, we’ll help you find just the right machine for you—and your budget.

Top 10 Best Manual & Automatic Bud Trimmer Machines

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EZTRIM Wander TrimmerEZ Trim Wander Trimmer - Excellent handheld automatic wet or dry trimmer (Editor's Choice)20 x 10 x 10 inches

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TrimPro Unplugged 16″ Diameter – Quiet, efficient manual trimmerTrimPro Unplugged 16″ Diameter – Quiet, efficient manual trimmer14 x 8 x 14 inches

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CenturionPro MiniCenturion Pro Mini – Compact pro tumble trimmer for larger harvests25 x 10 x 35 inches

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Tom’s Tumble Trimmer TTT 1900 – Portable tabletop tumble trimmerTom’s Tumble Trimmer TTT 1900 – Portable tabletop tumble trimmer26.5 x 23.5 x 33 inches (42.5 with drum)

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Triminator Wet Industrial SystemTriminator Wet Industrial System – Self-cleaning industrial bud trimmer39 x 18.5 x 45 inches

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The Clean Cut Leaf Trimmer M-6000SThe Clean Cut Leaf Trimmer M-6000S 16″ Clear Top Hydroponics Pro Cut Bud Bowl & Leaf Trimmer Machine – Manual bowl trimmer11 x 17 x 17 inches

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Spin-Pro Manually Operated Leaf TrimmerSpinPro Manually Operated Leaf Trimmer – Dishwasher-safe manual bowl trimmer16 x 16 x 8 inches

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G-LEAF 16-Inch Bowl Leaf Trimmer Hydroponic Spin CutG-LEAF 16-Inch Bowl Leaf Trimmer Hydroponic Spin Cut for Herb Plant and Flower – Manual wet/dry bowl trimmer17.5 x 17.5 x 12 inches

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The Magic Trimmer – Electric precision handheld bud trimmerThe Magic Trimmer – Electric precision handheld bud trimmer11.6 x 5.1 x 3 inches

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Trimpro ORIGINAL Leaf Bud Plant Trimmer Trim ProTrimpro ORIGINAL Leaf Bud Plant Trimmer Trim Pro – Quiet electric bud trimmer18.2 x 18.2 x 27.2 inches

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The links in the table above all go to Amazon, since Amazon carries pretty much everything and pretty much everyone already has an Amazon account…

However, in the reviews below, we’ve also linked to the same items on Trimleaf where possible.

Why buy on Trimleaf instead?

Well, one big reason is no sales tax.

But also there’s free expedited US shipping on orders over $50, regular deals and discounts, and a price match guarantee. And financing is available on orders over $199.

Finally, Trimleaf is an authorized dealer for every brand it carries—which means the lowest prices, expert customer service and full manufacturer warranty.

We recommend checking them out to see if you’ll get a better deal.

Now, on with the reviews…

Our pick of the Top 10 Best Bud Trimming Machines: Part 1

EZ Trim Wander Trimmer – Excellent handheld automatic wet or dry trimmer (Editor’s Choice)

EZTRIM Wander Trimmer - Dry bud trimmer - Editor's Choice, Best bud trimmer machines

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Ever heard of the Aardvark Bud Trimmer? It’s an old favorite we still see people talking about and recommending in forums. One big problem: it’s been out of production for years! But don’t worry. If the Aardvark Leaf Trimmer appeals to you, take a look at the EZTRIM Wander Trimmer instead.

Why?

Well, it’s a very similar idea—suction—but a few steps up the evolutionary scale from the Aardvark.

You can fit the Wander Trimmer to pretty much any wet/dry vacuum and enjoy quick, easy, scissor-quality trimming—for a time saving of 60-80% over hand trimming.

Here’s how it works:

The suction pulls the leaf away from the bud, the blades snip the leaf, and the flower you’ve worked so hard to grow remains undamaged. And all your trimmings are neatly collected for you to use later in canna butter, hash, oil, cooking or whatever else you like to do with your trim.

Trim wet or dry, but ideally somewhere in between. If the bud’s too dry the leaves won’t be easily sucked into the mechanism, plus there’s a risk of sucking in some dry trichomes.

Crucially, you can also control the vacuum and blade speed to adjust for bud size.

Basically, it’s virtually hand trimming—but quicker and without the hand-ache.

Build quality is good, too. It boasts a precision, bearing-mounted stainless steel blade in conjunction with a high-torque, low RPM motor. So it’s very easy to clean and maintain and runs well for long periods. Moreover, the parts are high quality and replaceable.

Made in the USA and comes with a 1-year warranty.

Check out the video below to see the Wander Trimmer in action and learn how to use it like a pro:

TrimPro Unplugged 16″ Diameter – Quiet, efficient manual trimmer

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Want a super-quiet, super-efficient hand crank bud trimmer that won’t tire you out? The Trim Pro Unplugged is the one. It’s light but solid, and makes a minimum of noise, so you can take and use it anywhere. Home, greenhouse or wherever. Materials are top quality. And the gentle trimming action, hand-controlled speed and adjustable blade height give you maximum control over the final results. A great wet trimmer from a leading brand—worth the extra few bucks.

Centurion Pro Mini – Compact pro tumble trimmer for larger harvests

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When you’re growing on a large scale, you need a powerful trimmer to take care of big harvests. The Centurion Pro 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.

Centurion Pro covers the Mini with an excellent 5-year warranty.

Tom’s Tumble Trimmer TTT 1900 – Portable tabletop tumble trimmer

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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 – Self-cleaning industrial bud trimmer

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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.

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.

So we’ve done the research and found the best bud trimmer machines for you.

Now let’s continue with our best bud trimming machine reviews, starting with a very popular bowl trimmer model by The Clean Cut.

Our pick of the Top 10 Best Bud Trimmer Machines: Part 2

The Clean Cut Leaf Trimmer M-6000S 16″ Clear Top Hydroponics Pro Cut Bud Bowl & Leaf Trimmer Machine – Manual bowl trimmer

This bowl trimmer by The Clean Cut comes in black, green, and blue. But the color isn’t nearly 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.

SpinPro Manually Operated Leaf Trimmer – Dishwasher-safe manual bowl trimmer

The SpinPro 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 – Manual wet/dry bowl trimmer

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 precision handheld bud 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.

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 – Quiet electric bud trimmer

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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. Plus, it’s one of the quieter electric trimmers.

There’s not a lot of work involved. Move the plant across the grate. The Trim Pro 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 makes a lot less mess than the handheld Magic 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.

Equipment needed

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!

Next, you need a place to lay out the buds to dry. Some people use non-stick cookie sheets, some hang them up to dry on clothesline or on a mesh rack.

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.

What is the best trimmer?

As you’ll see above, we gave our Editor’s Choice to the EZTRIM Wander Trimmer. It’s not the cheapest of the top ten trimmers we’ve reviewed, but:

  • It’s easy to use
  • Doesn’t damage your buds!
  • Minimal trichome loss
  • Minimal mess
  • Works for all grow sizes—used by hobbyists and commercial growers alike
  • Easy to clean and maintain

In short:

It’s as near to hand trimming as you’re going to get without picking up some shears—but much easier and it’ll save you a ton of time.

[Thanks to @HappyBud for the tip! See the comments below.]

Get ready for the next harvest

Take a quick refresher course for growers. Make sure you have plenty of nutrients on hand.

And check back soon for more reviews.


Editor’s Note: This post gets regular updates, so some older comments below may refer to content that has since been replaced. Feel free to suggest better options or ask questions in the comments below. Thanks, and happy growing!

By |2018-10-26T01:55:51+00:00January 19th, 2018|Bud Trimmers|15 Comments

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MaryJane Farmer is the nom de plume of the writers for 420Beginner and the avatar for our brand (kind of like the Betty Crocker of Weed.)

15 Comments

  1. Kcrunch1 October 4, 2017 at 5:38 am - Reply

    Several other trim machine not mentioned are Greenbroz, that machine works so well it looks like hand trim. It is a dry trimming machine. Also one that is similar to Tom’s tumble trimmer which is by far very effective and does not breat up the buds is the Bladeless trim machine. One of the most inexpensive but effective manual trim machines I have seen at trade shows is The trim bag. It’s like 200 bucks. Another dry trimmer. You load it with buds and shake it gently.

    • Mary Jane Farmer October 6, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Good information. I will put those two on the list to review in the near future.
      MaryJane Farmer

    • Janice October 17, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      Which machines would you say beat up the buds? What moisture level are you drying to when using Greenbroz?

    • Mary Jane Farmer October 17, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Good question. In general, handtrimmers will be forgiving to the buds.
      Good growing and good Karma
      MaryJane Farmer

  2. Tony Joseph September 16, 2017 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    What’s the best small trimmer or any one for that matter for someone that only has a small harvest of 6-12 units at a time?

  3. Tony September 16, 2017 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    What about Dry trimmers for small output of 6 to 12 units per Harvest?

    • Mary Jane Farmer September 16, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Hi Tony
      Great question. Our reviews of trimmers are here but one cheap and easy solution is simply a good pair of garden shears like the GreenThumbPro Hydroponic 2 Pack Straight blade and Curved Blade Flower Leaf Trimmer Pruner Shears which you can find here.

  4. Bonz May 3, 2017 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Best Trimmer by far is the Ultratrimmer. Does not wreck the trichomes on the flower n easy to clean. 8-10 ps an hour with minimal work.

  5. Nabz April 28, 2017 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    I am surprised to see how Shearline was not mentioned in the article. I have been using Shearline for over 3 years and TBH it is by far the best bud trimmer I have used.
    Trust me, I have used most of what mentioned above.

    Centurian Pro = Most messed up machine I have used. Seems like something you would order from China. On top of it, Customer support sucked like no tomorrow.

    Twister is good, but when I switched to Shearline, it was a game changer.

    Not to be ass-kisser to Shearline, you really need to review that machine and put it here. Their customer servicer is GOD DAMN AWESOME!

    • Janice October 17, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Hi Nabz,

      What was the game-changing aspect switching from Twister to Shearline?

    • Happy Bud January 12, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      Hey Nabz
      Your probably right about the Shearline although I’ve still not confirmed or seen this yet. If you do a little home work, what I do know for sure is this: You will find that the Centurion CP1 was originally designed made and then I suspect sold to or as Centurion by Rian Hall the owner of Shearline. I also suspect that he still produces many of the parts for Centurion to this day at least for the CP1 which may be a slightly cheaper version with need for more fine tuning than the Shearline. That said THEY ARE ALMOST IDENTICALLY THE VERY SAME MACHINE, right down to the instructions, (minus the shaker motor on the Shearline hopper assembly) and of course their name tags!
      IME They are all a coin toss and outcomes of such usually depend on each persons expectations, experience and all around ability to work on or with them.
      THE BOTTOM LINE I have seen all three produce very similar results for about a half decades now. I’ve also seen people prefer one over the other for any number of different reasons but mostly because of which one they chose to buy!!!

  6. Happy Bud April 2, 2017 at 9:24 am - Reply

    With exception of the hand snips, the rest of these suck! That said it’s no shocker that the best small machine trimmer is missing from this list and many other list? The Wander is by far the best of the small machines out to date! This is what happens when the industry becomes all about big businesses making more money.
    The rest of this list are ALL basically “the industries price for admission” to newbs beginning to know and learn the differences between those that know (10 -20%) and the other (80-90%) of those that pretend to know. The first of are those few of us left that have a minimum of at least three plus decades with their hands in the dirt.

    As for big machines the best (for those of us in the real ten percentile world) is the T-2. The CP1 which has held second place for a few seasons, may have been replaced by Shearline? Unconfirmed! Either way those are the top three WET TRIMMERS. They all require much more than just the machine to properly support their investment.

    Also should be said that there is absolutely no way that wet trimming will ever increase bud quality. Thus being just one reason for the differences between indoor and outdoor quality and price.

    Just like anything of a”much” higher quality, it’s going to take “much” more time, “much” more expense, “much” more experience and “much” more knowledge period.

  7. Garrett March 23, 2017 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    CenturionPro hands down has the best machine at the best price with the best warranty and does a great job.No comparison!! and I’ve owned salad spinners, trim pros and twister. Just my 2 cents.

    Garrett

  8. Good Guys Gardening March 2, 2017 at 4:03 am - Reply

    I think you missed centurion pro and twister automatic trimmers. They used latest technology in trimming with high quality parts.

    But thank you for your writing.

  9. Laura January 30, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    What are all the products your tested to get these results, interested in knowing if others are NOT recommended?

    Thanks!

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