HOW TO ASSEMBLE & OPERATE THE EZ TRIMMER

LOWER STAND

  1. Cross bar x 2
  2. Elbows x 4
  3. Sides x 4
  4. Upper stand
  5. Sides x 4
  6. Mounting plate with plunge pins x 2
  7. Drum knobs x 2

DRUM

  1. Rubber inner drum x 2
  2. Aluminum inner drum liner x 1
  3. Gate window guides with plates x 2
  4. Wet grate x1
  5. Dry grate x 1
  6. Drum side mounts x 2
  7. Draw latch keepers x 8
  8. Link lock latches x 4

LID

  1. Outer lid – front x 1
  2. Outer lid – back – x 1
  3. Inner lids with knobs x 2
  4. Airflow controller x 1
  5. Draw latches x 4
  6. Spring draw latches x 2
  7. Control box with power cords x 1
  8. Lid plate x 1
  9. Adjustment bracket buttons x 4

MOTOR

  1. Main motor x 1
  2. Cutting blade with hub x 1
  3. Fan blade with hub x 1
  4. Motor plate x 1
  5. Motor legs x 4
  6. Adjustment brackets x 4
  7. Adjustment knobs with bolts and collar x 4
  8. Link lock latch keepers x 4
  9. Junction box with power cord  x 1
  10. Motor cover x 1

CHUTE

  1. Chute x 1

FILTRATION BAGS

  1. Bag 1 x 1
  2. Bag 2  x 1
  3. Bag 3 x 1
  4. Bag 4 x 1

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  1. Remove plastic and cut banding to remove box from pallet
  2. Remove the chute, stand, drum with motor assembly, and filtration bags from the box
  3. Unlatch the outer lids and remove the drum knobs and maintenance kit
  4. Remove the plastic protection from both sides of the lids and fasten the draw latches
  5. If trimming wet or dry be sure to check that the correct grate is installed, the grate is labeled on the top front
  6. Extend the lower stand from the upper stand until the snap buttons engage (ensure all four snap buttons have engaged)
  7. Insert the 2 drum knobs into the holes of the stand side plates and screw into the drum side mounts (Do not tighten yet)
  8. Grab the drum knobs and drum and lift the drum until the stand is underneath, spread stand legs until fully opened
  9. Secure the drum knobs and engage the plunge pins
  10. Dial in the blade (Please reference the steps below for dialing in the blade)
  11. Disengage the plunge pins and loosen the drum knobs 2-3 turns
  12. Rotate the drum upside down and tighten the knobs
  13. Install the four filtration bags by stretching them around the bottom of the drum and above the link lock latches starting with bag #1 (the bags have number tags at the top of one of the side hems, keep the bags inside out)
  14. Loosen the drum knobs, rotate the unit back to upright, tighten the drum knobs and engage the plunge pins
  15. Slide the flower collection chute into the guides on the front of the machine
  16. Place a collection bucket or bin below the chute
  17. Plug in the 4-pin power cord from the control box into the main motor junction box
  18. Plug the unit into a 120 VAC power outlet
  19. The Ez Trimmer is ready for use

HOW TO CALIBRATE THE CUTTING BLADE

  1. This is something you want to preferably do before attaching the collection bags; however, you can make fine tune adjustments even after attaching the collection bags
  2. There are 4 blade height adjustment knobs on the motor assembly that we use to raise and lower the cutting blade, for most strains we will adjust the cutting blade as close as we can to the bottom of the grate, for strains that  have long nodes and or pistols we may need to back the blade down slightly to ensure we avoid damaging the flower
  3. We want to start the adjustment process by inspecting the distance between the blade and grate and ensuring that the blade is approximately 1/8” away from the grate, make sure that the gapping is consistent around the circumference of the grate
  4. Start by opening the inner lids and turning the main motor on
  5. We’ll raise the blade by turning the knobs counterclockwise (when looking down from the top of the unit), we want to make sure we do it evenly, a couple of turns on the front 2 knobs and then a couple of turns on the back 2 knobs, we will repeat this process until we make very slight contact with the bottom of the grate, once contact has been made, back that knob down ¼ turn, repeat this process, front to back several times, If at any time through the trimming process you hear the blade start to rub against the grate simply back the knob down ¼ turn at the contact point
  6. Close the 2 inner lids and ensure that the blade is not rubbing against the grate when the lids are closed, turn the main motor off and inspect the gapping between the blade and the grate ensure that it is consistent at all four adjustability points and around the circumference of the grate
  7. Always ensure there is a green felt pad (extras can be found with the tool kit)  on top of the cutting blade prior to dialing in the blade and before trimming
  8. The felt pad supports the grate while trimming  and ensures that the blade and grate do not rub in the center
  9. Replace the felt pad often and as needed or when warn

Note: The most important aspect of hybrid trimming, and dry trimming, is moisture level in the flowers. Too much and it won’t trim, too little and the flowers will become fragile. We recommend checking for dryness by disturbing one of the outer leaves, if it bends it is not dry enough. The leaves need to snap when disturbed. Typically, the product is ready to trim when the plants and the room have homogenized to an ambient RH of 30 – 40%. The best way to ensure proper moisture levels is to supply adequate air flow on the product when drying. With proper airflow you can dry the outer leaves while still maintaining some sponginess to the inside of the flowers.

STEP 1 – DRYING INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Remove the fan leaves 1-2 days before harvesting your plants and before trimming
  2. Hang dry the plants and screen dry the flowers in a humidity-controlled environment for 5-7 Days or until the plants and room homogenize to an ambient level of 50 – 60% RH
  3. Take your dried plants and remove the main branches from the stock

STEP 2 – 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. Shucking should occur after Drying is complete
  3. We recommend shucking the plants when partially dried to 50-60% RH, then continue drying and curing the shucked flowers prior to trimming
  4. It is crucial when shucking dried flowers that you shuck them at the proper moisture level to avoid any excess breakdown of the colas, we recommend shucking between 50-60% RH
  5. If you need to shuck and trim on the same day, and prior to curing, dry the plants to 30 – 40% RH, run the debudder on a very slow speed and expect a small amount of breakdown to your top colas

STEP 4 – CURING INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place the shucked flowers into sealed containers for curing
  2. Sweat and burp them in a controlled environment until shucked flowers homogenize to roughly 30 -40% RH
  3. Curing the flowers with the leaves on will improve your trim and concentrates, as well as homogenize the small flowers moisture level with the larger
  4. If shucking and trimming on the same day, be sure to still cure the product, post trimming, for at least 5-7 days
  5. 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
  6. IT IS CRUCIAL THAT THE PRODUCT IS DRIED AND PREPPED PROPERLY PRIOR TO TRIMMING, THIS MEANS, ALL OF THE FLOWERS HAVE BEEN INDIVIDUALIZED, AND THAT THE OUTER LEAVES SNAP, AND DO NOT BEND AT ALL WHEN DISTURBED

STEP 4 – TRIMMING INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. To start trimming, turn on the main motor, then set the brushes to forward and adjust the speed to high or your preferred setting
  2. Changing the speed and or direction of the brushes will affect the amount of agitation to the product, different strains require different amount of agitation, find a setting that works best for each strain, we recommend starting on forward and fast
  3. Place roughly 300-400 grams of flowers into the machine, the amount of product should fill up the shoot when trimming is complete
  4. Use the air flow controller and lids to adjust the amount of suction and vortex inside the drum, with popcorn buds or lighter strains you may need to run the entire cycle with one or both of the inner lids open, with dense or heavier strains you may need to run the entire cycle with both inner lids closed, find the amount of airflow that works best for each strain, we recommend starting with the inner lids closed or with the back lid cracked
  5. Allow the product to trim for 30 – 60 seconds depending on the strain, when the product is done trimming, tilt the drum down, open the drum gate, turn the rotor motor to forward 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. AVERAGE THROUGHPUT for every Ez Trimmer should be 15,000 grams (33 LBS) per hour of dried finished flower

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Clean filtration bags and motor cover often to avoid residue
  • Thoroughly cleaning the machines after EACH use is imperative to longevity and producing a quality product over time. Please refer to the accompanied cleaning information or watch our cleaning videos. https://www.eztrim.com/2020/04/08/video-library/
  • Ensure the product is dry enough for trimming (leaves should snap when disturbed)
  • Adjust airflow with inner lids open and closed to optimize internal flow rate
  • Adjust rotor speed and direction to optimize trim cycle
  • Be sure to utilize the dry trimming grate (If the product is still too moist to trim, try trimming using the wet trim grate)
  • 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
  • If the product isn’t trimmed in under a minute, the product is too wet
  • If the product is still too wet and it is time to trim, open containers the product is being stored in and increase airflow on the product
  • 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
  • Quality control or touch up should be happening simultaneously

INSTALL THE DRY GRATE PRIOR TO TRIMMING

1.Remove the motor assembly from the drum

2.With the drum in the upside-down position, unscrew the grate screws

3.Place one hand through the drum gate opening, sandwich the grate with both hands and push the grate up at an angle

4.Place the new grate down in the same manner you removed it

5.Be sure that the label of the gate – “Wet grate or Dry grate” is positioned inside the gate window opening and that all screw holes are positioned over the rubber

6.Reinstall the grate screws and ensure that you do not over tighten them but that the screw heads are completely flush with the grate

7.Reinstall the motor assembly

8.If there is a gap between the drum and the grate at the window gate opening, use a small amount of silicone to seal it

OPERATION

STEP 1 – SHUCKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. 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, 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

STEP 2 – TRIMMING INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. To start trimming, turn on the main motor, then set the brushes to forward and adjust the speed to high or your preferred setting
  2. Changing the speed and or direction of the brushes will affect the amount of agitation to the product, different strains require different amount of agitation, find a setting that works best for each strain, we recommend starting on forward and fast
  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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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)
  13. 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
  14. AVERAGE THROUGHPUT for every Ez Trimmer should be 20,000 grams (44 LBS) per hour of fresh flower or 5,000 grams (11 LBS) per hour of dried finished flower
  15. For clients that prefer hand trimming and hang drying or smaller operations that don’t need the capacity of the Ez Trimmer we offer the Wander Trimmer for fast and efficient trimming of your wet product.

STEP 3 – DRYING 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

STEP 4 – CURING INSTRUCTIONS

  1. 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 30 – 40%
  2. 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 :

  • Debud and trim within 2-3 hours of harvest and before the leaves get squished or start to curl in
  • Avoid piling the wet shucked flowers too high or for too long, as it can squish the product making it difficult to trim and effecting quality
  • Dialing in the blade effectively will dramatically change the closeness of the trim, the blade should be no less than 1/16”- 1/8” from the bottom of the grate at all points
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)

 

INSTALL THE WET GRATE PRIOR TO TRIMMING

1.Remove the motor assembly from the drum

2.With the drum in the upside-down position, unscrew the grate screws

3.Place one hand through the drum gate opening, sandwich the grate with both hands and push the grate up at an angle

4.Place the new grate down in the same manner you removed it

5.Be sure that the label of the gate – “Wet grate or Dry grate” is positioned inside the gate window opening and that all screw holes are positioned over the rubber

6.Reinstall the grate screws and ensure that you do not over tighten them but that the screw heads are completely flush with the grate

7.Reinstall the motor assembly

8.If there is a gap between the drum and the grate at the window gate opening, use a small amount of silicone to seal it

The filtration bags are used to catch and separate the fan leaves and stem from the sugar leaf and keif. The leaf is pulled down through the grate and through the 4 filtration bags by the fan on the main motor. Because proper airflow is critical in this process, IT IS  EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE BAGS AND MOTOR COVER CLEAN. The following are tips and tricks for using and maintaining the filtration bags and motor cover:

FILTRATION BAGS

  1. When installing the filtration bags be sure to install the #1 bag (large openings) first, the bags should sit directly above the link lock latches and around the base of the drum
  2. Install bags 2, 3 then 4 in the same manner
  3. Install the filtration bags with the hem side out (inside out), this inhibits build-up in the hem and makes them easier to clean
  4. Empty the filtration bags often while trimming and prior to the first bag being overfilled
  5. To clean and empty the filtration bags during the trimming process
    1. place a container below the bags
    2. remove the bags from the trimmer
    3. empty one by one, starting with bag #1, into a separate container,
    4. Using your hands, rub the material together to quickly clean
  6. To clean the filtration bags and motor cover after trimming:
    1. Using a 50-gallon drum, garbage can or the trimmer drum, pull the filtration bag around the drum until it conforms around it
    2. Spray the filtration bag with Denatured alcohol or heavy duty simple green and spray clean using a pressure washer or high-pressure hose
    3. Inside out the bag and repeat the cleaning process

Note: You can optionally take the bags to the laundromat to clean, but If doing so, be sure the bags are free of loose debris and do not run the wash and dry cycles on HOT

MOTOR COVER

  1. To remove the motor cover, uninstall the cutting blade and fan blade
  2. Clean the motor cover by soaking and spraying clean
  3. CLEAN THE MOTOR COVER OFTEN TO AVOID DAMAGING THE MOTOR
  4. Reinstall the motor cover hem side out (inside out), be sure that it is properly seated around the base of the motor

WET AND DRY TRIMMING MODES USING THE GRATES AND CUTTING BLADE

  • PROPERLY ADJUSTING THE CUTTING BLADE AND IMPLEMENTING THE GRATES FOR WET AND DRIED PRODUCT WILL ENSURE A QUALITY TRIM, WITHOUT EFFECTING THE STRUCTURE OF THE FLOWERS.

Wet and Dry Grates:

To accommodate trimming both wet and dried flowers, the Ez Trimmer comes standard with a wet grate and dry grate. The surface of the grates have openings that allow the suction to pull the leaves down through the grate, and then into the trim collection bags. The size of the openings is larger for wet trimming and smaller for dry trimming. The dry grate with smaller openings ensures that dried flowers do not break apart or fall through the grate during trimming. The wet grate, with the larger openings, ensures that the leaves of fresh flowers pass through the openings and receive a close trim from the cutting blade. Optionally, dried flowers that aren’t quite dry enough for the dry grate, can sometimes be trimmed using the wet grate.

Cutting Blade:

The cutting blade can be raised and lowered to accommodate trimming. The cutting blade needs to be raised to its closest point for wet trimming and should be removed for dry trimming. As with all dry trimmers, the leaves are trimmed by way of friction and agitation and not by a cutting blade. When dry trimming, the cutting blade only trims the flowers stems, and minces the leaf. We recommend removing the cutting blade prior to dry trimming in order to avoid mincing the trim too fine.

HOW TO REPLACE THE GRATE

1.Remove the motor assembly from the drum

2.With the drum in the upside-down position, unscrew the grate screws

3.Place one hand through the drum gate opening, sandwich the grate with both hands and push the grate up at an angle

4.Place the new grate down in the same manner you removed it

5.Be sure that the label of the gate – “Wet grate or Dry grate” is positioned inside the gate window opening and that all screw holes are positioned over the rubber

6.Reinstall the grate screws and ensure that you do not over tighten them but that the screw heads are completely flush with the grate

7.Reinstall the motor assembly

8.If there is a gap between the drum and the grate at the window gate opening, use a small amount of silicone to seal it

HOW TO SHARPEN & REPLACE THE CUTTING BLADE

1.Remove the motor assembly from the drum

2.Using an 1/8” hex head bit remove the 3 blade screws

3.Place the blade on a flat surface

4.Wrap 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper around a small wooden block, dip into water before starting

5.Sand in line with cutting edge without holding the block too far out over the edge, sand the entire blade

6.Flip the blade over and repeat, Do not roll the edge

7.Wipe the blade clean and place it on the blade hub

8.Install the 3 blade screws, BE SURE NOT TO OVERTIGHTEN TO AVOID STRIPPING

9.Ensure there is a fresh felt pad installed on the top center of the blade

  1. Check the blade for trueness by spinning the blade with your hand and checking for any wobble
  2. Reinstall the motor assembly into the drum

WET TRIMMING

AVERAGE THROUGHPUT for every Ez Trimmer should be 20,000 grams (44 LBS) per hour of fresh flower or 5,000 grams (11 LBS) per hour of dried finished flower

DRY TRIMMING

AVERAGE THROUGHPUT for every Ez Trimmer should be 15,000 grams (33 LBS) per hour of dried finished flower