HOW TO ASSEMBLE & OPERATE THE WANDER TRIMMER
- Wand assembly
- Handle x 1
- Off-set tube x 1
- Cutting blade x 1
- Idle hub x 1
- Driver hub x 1
- Idle hub housing (cap) x 1
- Driver hub housing x 1
- Vacuum hose attachment
- Bearings x 2
- Control box with motor x 1
- Flex shaft cable x 2
- Flex shaft sheath x 1
- Flex shaft connector x 1
- Vacuum hose x 1
- Power cord x 1
- Tool box x 1
- Tube brush x 1
- Flex shaft lubrication x 1
- Maintenance kit x 1
- Vacuum suction controller x1
- Velcro straps x 10
Sponges x 2
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- Remove the tool box from the box
- Remove the wand, motor, vacuum hose, vacuum suction controller and velcro
straps from the tool box
- Place the motor at one end of the table (on the right side if you are right handed
and the left side if you are left handed)
- Attach the wand to the end of the flex shaft cable by aligning the keyed end of the
cable with the key at the base of the wand in the drive hub housing
- Rotate the wand without pressing in to assist the keys alignment
- Once the keys are aligned, continue rotating and press the wand down on the flex
shaft until it clicks (the wand should rotate freely when it is connected to the cable)
- Install the open end of the vacuum hose to the vacuum hose attachment on the
wand (the first few times may take a little more effort)
- Lay the vacuum hose along side the flex shaft cable and attach it to the flex shaft
cable using the provided velcro straps, attach a velcro strap every 8-10 inches (zip
ties can also be used)
- Attach the other end of the vacuum to the hose on the wet/dry vacuum
- Plug the vacuum power cord into the vacuum suction controller (do not plug the wand motor into the vacuum suction controller)
- Plug the wand power cord into the back of the motor control box and into a power
- Open the sponges and place them in the rectangular compartments atop the tool box
- Fill one of the rectangular compartments with the sponge with water until the sponge has absorbed the water and the reservoir is half full (this moist sponge will be used to lubricate the inside of the wand while trimming helping to reduce build up)
- Moisten the second sponge, this sponge will be used to clean the outside of the
wand tube near the cutting slot
- Optionally you can purchase a small crock pot and fill it with water and heat the
water (the crock pot can be used to dip the wand in while trimming to clean the
internal build up)
- The Wander Trimmer is now ready for use
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- It’s important to have a work space that will accommodate the components as well as
allow you to keep the flex shaft cable and vacuum hose straight as you’re trimming both for ergonomics as well as minimizing friction within the flex shaft.
- We first want to prep the plants for trimming. First remove the main branches from the stock, next individualize the stems from the main branch.
- Now we will remove the fan or water leaves. This is typically easiest and quickest to do by hand and simply pulling the leaves down against the grain or plucking them out of the flowers.
- Now that we have our material prepped and stems individualized, take a cup of water and start to fill the reservoir atop the tool box, saturating the first sponge and continue to fill the reservoir until it’s about ¾ full. The saturated sponge will be used to lubricate the wand as we are trimming. Dampen the second sponge we will use this sponge for cleaning the outside of the wand.
- For more information on the wand components and assembly please watch the wand assembly video. The cutting blade sleeves inside the tube and is off set from the center. This creates relief around the cutting blade, allowing the leaf matter to freely pass through the tube and into the vacuum hose. The blade is only tight to the tube at the cutting slot
- Overtime build up will start to occur inside of the tube. To ensure an efficient trim session there a couple of methods we use to keep the inside of the tube clean.
- The first method is to give the wand a quick and light tap on the saturated sponge; this allows the suction to draw in a very small amount of moisture and helps to slow down the buildup process. Be sure to implement the sponge tap every few branches or so.
- Secondly, every 45 minutes to an hour depending on the strain, we will turn of the vacuum and with the motor running dip the wand into the crock pot. The current from the water will help clean out the inside of the tube. Turn the motor off and allow the water to drain from the wand through the hole in the cap.
- The last thing we will want to address as we trim is the buildup that will occur on the outside of the tube, turn the motor off and using the semi abrasive side of the damp sponge wipe off the buildup on the outside of the tube. This is something you will want to do throughout the trim session. It only takes a few seconds but will increase your efficiency tremendously.
- Now we are ready to start trimming. Turn on the motor and adjust the speed control to just above medium. Turn on the vacuum suction control and adjust the suction in between medium and high. You may need to turn the motor up for really sticky strains and turn the suction down for the smaller and more delicate strains. However, we recommend starting off with the motor on medium and the suction between medium and high
- As far as approaching the flower with the wand, we want to catch the leaf at the tip and allow the suction to pull the leaf into the cutting slot. This is easiest to do with a quick and light tapping, in a circular motion, like you are peeling a potato. As you become more comfortable with this technique, and the wand, the action can be sped up quite a bit and ultimately give you a 60-70% faster trim time over scissors.
- The wand is most effective when you trim the flowers wet and although the wand does allow you to trim after the flowers are slightly wilted, it’s much more efficient when they are fresh and the leaves are sticking out.
- As you hold onto the stem slowly rotate the flower as you quickly and lightly tap it with the wand. Bend the flower away from the stem to trim the harder to reach areas.
- It helps to rest the flowers and the base of the wand on your work surface as you trim.
- To remove crow’s feet or leaves at the base of the flowers, simply follow the leaf in from the tip and rotate the wand in.
- Adjusting the suction and cutting blade speed to accommodate the size and density of the strain, will give you the control to trim precisely and quickly without damaging your product.
- If you have another set of hands, it’s best if one person preps the plants while the other trims
- Just remember give the wand an occasional crock pot dip, keep the outside of the tube clean and consistently tap the wand on the sponge.
- When you’re done trimming or it’s time to take a break. Hang your product to dry and empty out the clipped leaf from the vacuum. It’s important not to let the clipped leaf overfill or sit in the vacuum for long periods of time. Simply empty out the vacuum and spread very thin over cardboard or some other material that will help wick away the moisture.
- If you are going to start trimming again and before you take your break we want to quickly clean the main wand components. This is easiest to do as soon as you’re done trimming and while the plant matter is still fresh. Disassemble the wand and using the tube brush scrub the inside of the tube. Push a paper towel through the tube to remove any degree then wipe off the tube and vacuum connect. Next we will clean the blade. Be sure that you have thoroughly cleaned both the blade and tube and that all of the plant matter has been removed. Reassemble the wand and you’re ready to start trimming again.
- It’s important to clean the entire unit after each use. This is also easiest to do if you clean the unit as soon as you’re done trimming and while the plant matter is still fresh. Please watch our Wand cleaning videos for more information.
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- Unscrew the idle hub housing (cap)
- Unscrew the handle
- Unscrew the driver hub housing
- Slide the cutting blade out of the wand tube
- Slide off the bearings from the hubs
- Pull out the idle hub and driver hub
- Remove the vacuum hose attachment by loosening the set screw and slide off (do
not over tighten the set screw)
- Reverse a-g to reassemble
- Keep the outside of the tube clean by wiping off periodically with the semi abrasive side of the damp sponge
- Tap the wand ever so lightly on the wet sponge to keep the inside of the tube lubricated
- Clean before the buildup dries
- Purchase an extra tube, blade or complete wand assembly for a quick swap out while the other soaks