Operating the Ez Trimmer – Wet Trimming

What are the most common issues?

If you’re wet trimming 90% of the issues involve calibrating the blade. If you’re dry trimming 90% of the issues involve moisture content.

How many people do I need to operate it?

Just one. You may need a few more in your harvesting assembly line depending on your production and speed requirements.

Is it loud?

Just as loud as any relatively strong fan. Noticeable, but you’re easily able to talk over it without raising your voice.

How fast is it?

20-30lbs/hr (wet trimming in wet weight, dry trimming in dry weight)

OPERATION – WET TRIMMING

 

Shucking Instructions:

  1. Next remove the flowers from the stem using the Debudder, it’s best to individualize the stems as much as you can

  2. Adjust the Debudder speed control dial to the appropriate speed for the product, we recommend 30 – 50% and higher, for wet product

  3. Dialing in the speed for each strain is crucial, especially when shucking dry product, slower isn’t always better, try to find the speed that allows the product to really pop off the stem

  4. When shucking wet flowers, be sure to shuck and trim immediately after harvesting, do not allow the harvested plants to sit for more than a few hours before shucking and trimming, doing so can cause the leaves to curl in, and flowers to squish, effecting trim quality

Trimming Instructions:

  1. PROPERLY DIAL IN THE CUTTING BLADE TO ITS CLOSEST POINT (refer to dialing in the cutting blade above)

  2. Set the main motor to low and turn the rotor motor on forward, lower the speed to your preferred setting, we recommend starting on high

  3. Place roughly 200-400 grams of flowers into the machine

  4. Use the air flow controller and lids to adjust the amount of suction and vortex inside the drum, typically when wet trimming you will run the entire cycle with both inner lids closed, or perhaps the back inner lid cracked

  5. Allow the product to trim for 1-2 minutes depending on the strain, when the product is done trimming, tilt the drum down, open the drum gate, and allow the product to exit into the chute, opening and closing the back inner lid will speed up this process

  6. When the drum is empty, close the drum gate, tilt the drum upright, and reload the machine

  7. While the next batch is running, open the chute gate and allow the product to empty into an appropriate container

  8. Optionally – install the chute sock around the base of the chute to avoid having to open and close the chute hatch when emptying

  9. As one batch is being trimmed, the operator should be inspecting and touching up the previous batch as necessary

  1. If a strain requires a longer trimming cycle time, and in order to avoid sacrificing quality, decide if it makes more sense to just allow the trimmer to do 80% of the trim quickly and touch up the rest with scissors

  2. There is a balance of quality and speed for every strain, some strains require zero touch up, while others need some, find the optimal trimming cycle time and touch up required that creates the best quality and efficiency

  3. Quality control or touch up should be happening simultaneously with trimming and with the proper team should not be a bottleneck in the process (to avoid bottlenecking and if necessary, increase the number of employees on quality control)

  4. Quality Control, or touch up, can also be done post drying, often, the handling process of drying and curing will remove any excess leaf naturally

Drying and Curing Instruction:

  1. After the product has been trimmed, place the flowers on drying racks for 5-7 days in a climate-controlled room with plenty of airflow, and until the product and room homogenize to 50-60% RH

  2.  ¼” mesh screen is ideal for drying racks, and will help to eliminate any flattening that may occur

  3. After the product is dried, place the flowers in sealed containers to cure, for no less than 5-7 days, burping 1-2 times daily for 30-60 minutes, and until the container’s RH level reaches 40-50%

  4. Drying and curing to proper RH levels is the most important part of the harvesting process, and will ensure great smell and taste if done properly, even when trimming wet

Tips and Tricks :

    1. Debud and trim within 2-4 hours of harvest and before the leaves get squished or start to curl in

    2. Dialing in the blade effectively will dramatically change the closeness of the trim, the blade should appear to be touching the bottom of the grate at all points

    3. Proper preparation is key to quality trimming (individualize all flowers, remove fan leaves and keep no more than an ⅛” to 1/4 “of stem at the base of the flowers)

    4. If a strain requires a longer trimming cycle time, and in order to avoid sacrificing quality, decide if it makes more sense to just allow the trimmer to do 80% of the trim quickly and touch up the rest with scissors

    5. There is a balance of quality and speed for every strain, some strains require zero touch up, while others need some, find the optimal trimming cycle time and touch up required that creates the best quality and efficiency

    6. Quality control or touch up should be happening simultaneously with trimming and with the proper team should not be a bottleneck in the process (to avoid bottlenecking and if necessary, increase the number of employees on quality control)