Bud SORTER

$5,999.00

PRODUCT SUMMARY

The cannabis and hemp Bud Sorter lets you accurately, efficiently, and safely sort your buds into shake, popcorn, small, medium, and large sizes.

Due to our decision to stay away from vibration or moving parts, your buds stay in pristine condition.

The Bud Sorter is used after drying and curing is compete and right before touching up and packaging.

Pricing:

Bud Sorter – $5,999.00

Specs:

Bud Sorter – 100″L x 28″W x 48″H with 27 gallon totes

 

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Shake and popcorn buds do not require touching up and are typically utilized apart from the larger buds. Sorting out the shake and popcorn from the QC and touch up process will drastically increase efficiency. 

Whether you are doing grams, eighths, or pounds. The Bud Sorter will also increase your packaging efficiency by sorting the buds by size and weight.

The Bud Sorter also doubles as a work surface by placing the metal shelf atop the unit, creating versatility over the footprint.

The Bud Sorter comes with the 5 standard grates sizes listed below:

  • 1/4”
  • 1/2”
  • 3/4”
  • 1″
  • 1 1/4″

Average throughput for every Bud Sorter should be 20,000 grams (44 LBS) per hour of dried finished Buds

OG SORTER

Weight: 115 lbs.

Ship weight: 150 lbs.

Assembled Dimensions: 90″L x 24″w x 48″H

Ship Dimensions: 84″L x 32″W x 53″H

Production (single operator): >1lb / <1 minute

MSRP: $ 5,999.00

 

Materials Exposed to Plants:

Aluminum 6061 – FG; Stainless Steel – FG; Plastic Totes – HDPE 

UL Certified Components:

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Power:

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“Ez Trim’s harvesting system provides SUPERIOR PRESENTATION AND POTENCY OVER MANUAL TRIMMING METHODS when the components are adjusted accurately and quality plants are properly prepped.”

– Joe Black, Inventor, Founder & Current President of Ez Trim Harvesting

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Check out our Shuck to Shelf SOP for instructions on the use and maintenance of the Sorter.

HOW TO USE & MAINTAIN

The Sorter let you accurately, efficiently, and safely sort your cannabis and hemp buds into shake, popcorn, small, medium, and large buds.

Without vibration or moving parts, your buds stay in pristine condition.

The Bud Sorter is typically used as a quality control station. As the buds come out of the trimmer they are loaded onto the sorter for a quick inspection and any necessary touch-up. From there they are sorted by brushing the product down the grates and into their appropriate container.

The Bud Sorter is intended to be utilized post trimming (when trimming dry) and pre-drying (when trimming wet).

Additional grates can be custom made to your preferred size.

The Bud Sorter will increase your efficiency when packaging, by separating similarly weighted flowers, and increase consistency for drying, by separating similarly sized flowers.

  • Sorting Grate Sizes come standard in the following sizes (custom sizes can be made in 1/8” increments): 1/4”, ½”, 7/8”, 1 1/8”, 1 5/8”
  1. Remove plastic and cut banding to remove from pallet
  2. Ensure the containers are free of loose debris and slide them into the rails on the bottom side of the frame
  3. Place the grates into the rails on the top side of the frame from small to large
  4. If desired lock the casters to prevent the table from moving

ASSEMBLY – SORTER 

  1. Remove plastic and cut banding to remove from pallet
  2. Ensure the containers are free of loose debris and place them on the shelf
  3. Place the grates into the rails on the top side of the frame from small to large
  4. The container shelf can be placed on the top of the sorter to create a work surface when not sorting
  5. If desired lock the casters to prevent the table from moving

OPERATION

  1. Load product onto the first grate in the sequence
  2. Brush product back and forth and down the grates until all product has fallen into the containers
  3. Containers slide in and out from the side of the sorter for removal
  4. Average throughput for every Sorter should be 20,000 grams (44 LBS) per hour of dried finished flower

 

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Brush product back and forth on the grates a couple of times before moving on to improve results
  • Lift up on the containers before sliding out to decrease snagging
  • Use the Bud Sorter as your Quality control station
  • Sorts over a pound in under a minute

CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE

  • Wipe down with denatured alcohol and a rag
  • If you have a pressure washer, you can use it for a quick rinse or to make your wipe down easier

MATERIAL EXPOSED TO PRODUCT

  • Aluminum 6061 – Food Grade
  • Stainless Steel – Food Grade

SPECIFICATION – SORTER XL

  • Weight – 150 lbs.
  • Ship Weight – 150 lbs.
  • Assembled Dimensions – 100”L x 28”W x 48”H
  • Ship Dimensions – 101”L x 32”W x 53”H
  • 5 x 27-gallon containers
  • Grate size – 19” x 25”
  • Grate slot sizes: 1/4”, ½”, 7/8”, 1 1/8”, 1 5/8”

SPECIFICATION – Bud SORTER

  • Weight – 115 lbs.
  • Ship Weight – 150 lbs.
  • Assembled Dimensions – 84”L x 19”W x 48”H
  • Ship Dimensions – 84”L x 32”W x 53”H
  • 5 x 35-quart containers
  • Grate size – 15” x 16”
  • Grate slot sizes: 1/4”, ½”, 7/8”, 1 1/8”, 1 5/8”
  • Plastic Totes – HDPE

Average throughput for every Sorter should be 20,000 grams (44 LBS) per hour of dried finished flower

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HARVESTING METHODS

THERE ARE 3 MAIN CANNABIS AND HEMP HARVESTING METHODS

  • Wet Trimming, Hybrid Trimming, and Dry Trimming

THERE ARE 6 STEPS TO EACH HARVESTING METHOD

  • Defanning, Bud Bucking, Drying, Bud Trimming, Curing and Bud Sorting

THE STEPS CHANGE BASED ON THE METHOD

  • Bucking, Drying, Trimming, and Curing are the variables
  • Defanning is always first and Bud Sorting is always last

EACH METHOD HAS DIFFERENT ADVANTAGES

  • Wet Trimming Method
    • Allows for automated bucking
    • Requires less space for drying
    • Ensures consistency over time
  • Hybrid Trimming Methods
    • Allows for automated bucking
    • Require less space for drying
    • Ensures high quality buds
  • Dry Trimming Method
    • Ensures high terpene profile
    • Ensures high quality buds
    • Bucking and trimming can be done at your convenience

THE BEST METHOD IS BASED ON PRIORITIES AND RESOURCES

There are advantages and disadvantages to every harvest method. Our goal is to align you to the method that will improve product quality, compliment your resources, and increase efficiency and profitability.

  • WET TRIMMING – Shucking and trimming fresh flowers
  • HYBRID TRIMMING – Bucking fresh buds & drying the buds with the leaves prior to trimming
  • DRY TRIMMING – Drying whole plants & bucking and trimming dried buds

There are advantages and disadvantages to all 3-harvesting method. The best method is based on:

  • Priorities
  • Resources
  • Staff size
  • Harvest size
  • Equipment available
  • Harvest consistency over quality

BUCKING AND TRIMMING FRESH CANNABIS BUDS

Pros

  • Bucking can be automated effectively
  • The buds are less susceptible to damage
  • 80% less space is required for drying
  • Less time hanging and taking down plants
  • No interruptions in harvest workflow
  • Fewer steps to finished product
  • Less risk of under/over drying
  • Faster drying times
  • Consistent trim quality
  • Consistent Bud to trim ratios
  • Consistently larger bud sizes

Cons

  • Machines require frequent cleaning
  • Terpenes can degrade if not cured properly
  • Over trimming can affect flower quality
  • Trim requires drying and curing

BUCKING FRESH CANNABIS BUDS & DRYING BUDS WITH THE LEAVES BEFORE TRIMMING

Pros

  • Bucking can be automated effectively
  • The buds are less susceptible to damage
  • 80% less space is required for drying
  • Less time hanging and taking down plants
  • Trim cycle times are faster
  • Trim/sugar leaf quality is usually better
  • Easier to get higher terpene content
  • Eliminates bud flattening during drying

Cons

  • Moisture consistency is hard to obtain
  • Bud size can fluctuate
  • Trim to bud ratios can fluctuate
  • Trimmed bud quality can fluctuate

DRYING WHOLE PLANTS – BUCKING & TRIMMING DRIED CANNABIS BUDS

Pros

  • Bucking and trimming can be done at your convenience
  • More control over drying schedule
  • Trim cycle times are faster
  • Trim/sugar leaf quality is usually better
  • It’s easier to get higher terpene content
  • Eliminates bud flattening during drying and curing

Cons

  • Moisture consistency is hard to obtain
  • Rehydrating is required if using automated shuckers
  • Bud size can fluctuate
  • Trim to BUD ratios can fluctuate
  • Trimming quality can fluctuate

HARVESTING PROCESS

REMOVING THE LARGE FAN LEAVES FROM THE STEM

Equipment: Hands or Scissors

  • We highly recommend removing the fan leaves before drying the plants, as once the leaves dry, curl and shrink, defanning becomes difficult
  • The fan leaves if not removed before drying, will create stems that will need to be removed post trimming, requiring you to handle more flowers after trimming
  • Defanning eliminates excess chlorophyll from your trim, improving concentrates
  • Defan during the flushing period and prior to harvesting
  • When possible, defan throughout the flower cycle
  • Remove all fan leaves that have exposed stem
  • The most efficient way to defan is by hand and by quickly plucking the leaves towards the base of the plant, scissors can also be used for this step.
  • Focus on the leaves that have stem exposed, especially at the base of the flower to prevent crow’s feet from occurring after trimming
  • Considerations if defanning is not an option due to resources and or crop size:
    • When dry trimming, fan leaves and their stems dry slower than sugar leaf, leaving stems that need to be removed post trimming
    • When wet trimming, the fan leaves will increase chlorophyll into concentrates, increase touch up required, and gunk up the equipment faster
    • When dry trimming or wet trimming, the first filtration and collection bag on the Ez Trimmer will capture a lot of the fan leaves and separate them from the rest of your trim

NOTE:  Bucking should occur immediately after harvesting the plants and while the Buds are fresh, and the leaves are sticking out.

  • Cut and individualize branches from the stalk
  • Cut and individualize stems from the branches (leave 2-3 inches at the base of the stem when using the Bud Bucker)
  • Using the Bud Bucker, hands, or scissors, remove and individualize all Buds from the stem
  • Leave 1/8” of stem at buds base after bucking
  • When bucking wet buds, be sure to buck and trim immediately after harvesting, do not allow the harvested plants to sit for more than a few hours before bucking and trimming, doing so can cause the leaves to curl in, and buds to squish, effecting trim quality
  • Take the time on this step to ensure the buds are 100% individualized, with no more than  1/8” of stem, and free of any fan leaves
  • Average throughput for every Bud Bucker with a single operator should be 20,000 grams (44 LBS) per hour of fresh flower or 5,000 grams (11 LBS) per hour of dried finished flower
  • With 2 operators at a single Bud Bucker throughput is 20 LBS per hour of dried finished flower

REMOVING AND INDIVIDUALIZING THE BUDS FROM THE STEM

Equipment: Bud Bucker, Hands, or Scissors

NOTE:  Bucking should occur after Drying is complete. We recommend bucking the plants when partially dried to 50-60% RH, then continue drying and curing the bucked buds prior to trimming. If bucking and trimming on the same day, and prior to curing, dry the plants to 30-40% RH, run the Bud Bucker on a very slow speed and expect a small amount of breakdown to your top colas. If plants have become too dry to safely use the Bud Bucker, rehydrate the plants to a level where breakdown is not an issue.

  • Cut and individualize branches from the stalk
  • Cut and individualize stems from the branches (leave 2-3 inches at the base of the stem when using the Bud Bucker)
  • Using scissors or The Bud Bucker when possible, remove and individualize all buds from the stem
  • Leave 1/8” of stem at the buds base after bucking
  • When bucking dried buds with the Bud Bucker, be sure the buds are not over dried, and the feed rate is set to 20 or lower
  • Take the time on this step to ensure the buds are 100% individualized, with no more than  1/8” of stem, and free of any fan leaves
  • Rehydrate the plants in order to implement the Bud Bucker or automated bucking when plants are completely/over dried
  • Average throughput for every Bud Bucker with a single operator should be 2,700 grams (6 LBS) per hour of dried finished buds
  • With 2 operators at a single Bud Bucker throughput is 10 LBS per hour of dried finished buds
  • Bucking dried plants requires the machines be run slower to avoid damaging the buds

REMOVING MOISTURE FROM THE CANNABIS PLANT & BUDS

Equipment: Humidity controlled environment with airflow

NOTE:  Drying should occur immediately after trimming the buds when wet trimming and immediately after bucking the buds when hybrid trimming. Ensure you have proper airflow, ambient temperature, and humidity levels in the room

  • 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
  • Place the freshly bucked or trimmed buds 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
  • We recommend using 4’x8’x ¼” mesh for drying the buds. It allows for more airflow and decreases flattening
  • Rotate the product 2-3 times a day for the first 2 days to avoid flattening
  • Dry as slow as possible, preferably tapering the humidity down to 50% over 5-7 days
  • Circulate the air, pull in fresh air periodically, and check the product daily
  • Drying is complete when the outside of the buds are crispy, the inside is still spongy, and the stems are more yellow than green
  • Dry the trimmed leaf from the collection bags, after wet trimming, in the same manner
  • HYBRID TRIMMING  =  DRYING FRESH BUCKED UNTRIMMED BUDS
  • WET TRIMMING  =  DRYING FRESH BUCKED AND TRIMMED BUDS

REMOVING MOISTURE FROM THE PLANT & CANNABIS BUDS

Equipment: Humidity controlled environment with airflow

NOTE:  Drying should occur immediately after harvesting the plants

  • We recommend bucking when the plants are partially dried to 50-60% RH, then continue drying and curing the bucked buds prior to trimming.
  • Remove the fan leaves 1-2 days before harvesting your plants and before trimming
  • Hang dry the plants, or individual stems, in a humidity-controlled environment for 5-7 Days, or until the plants and room homogenize to an ambient level of 50 – 60% RH
  • Circulate the air constantly, pull in fresh air periodically, and check the product daily
  • Drying is complete when the stems bend to 90 degrees before snapping, the outside of the buds are slightly crispy, the inside of the buds are spongy, and the stems are more yellow than green
  • Do not completely dry the plants if using automated bucking machines, Dry to 50-60% humidity
  • Over-drying the buds at this point will cause the buds to occasionally break apart when either bucking or trimming
  • Rehydrate the plants in order to implement the Bud Bucker or automated bucking when plants are over dry
  • If you need to buck and trim on the same day, and prior to curing, dry the plants to 30-40% RH, as opposed to 50-60% RH, run the Bud Bucker on a very slow speed and expect a small amount of breakdown to your top colas
  • DRY TRIMMING  =  DRYING WHOLE PLANTS OR BRANCHES

TRIMMIG CANNABIS LEAVES FROM THE BUDS

EQUIPMENT: Bud TRIMMER, WANDER TRIMMER, OR SCISSORS

NOTE: Wet trimming should occur immediately after the buds have been bucked, and while the buds are fresh, and the leaves are sticking out.

  • Proper preparation is key to quality trimming, individualize all buds, remove all fan leaves and keep no more than an 1/8” to 1/4 “of stem at the base of the buds
  • 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
  • Dialing in the blade to its closest point is crucial to getting a tight quality trim
  • Having extra blades, grates and filtration bags can provide a quick swap out solution for maintaining a clean unit
  • Multiple Bud Trimmers provide advantages to a single larger trimmer:
    • 1 person can easily operate 4 Bud Trimmers
    • Redundancy
    • Trim multiple strains simultaneously
    • Adjust the trimming dynamics as needed for different strains and moisture levels
  • Batch sizes should be 400 – 600 grams of fresh flower, and batch times should be 1-2 minutes
  • Average throughput for every Bud Trimmer should be 20,000 grams (44 LBS) per hour of fresh buds or 5,000 grams (11 LBS) per hour of dried finished buds
  • For clients that prefer hand trimming and hang drying or smaller operations that don’t need the capacity of the Bud Trimmer we offer the Wander Trimmer for fast and efficient trimming of your wet product.

TRIMMING CANNABIS  LEAVES FROM THE Buds

EQUIPMENT: BUD TRIMMER OR SCISSORS

Note: Typically, the product is ready to trim when the plants and the room have homogenized to an ambient RH of 30-40%.

  • Proper preparation is key to quality trimming, individualize all buds, remove all fan leaves and keep no more than an 1/8” to 1/4 “of stem at the base of the buds
  • The most important aspect of dry trimming is moisture level in the buds. Too much and it won’t trim, too little and the buds will become fragile
  • Dry trimming cannabis and hemp buds is done through friction, not cutting
  • 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.
  • It is crucial that the product is dried and prepped properly prior to trimming, this means, all the buds have been individualized, and that the outer leaves snap, and do not bend at all when disturbed
  • Remove the cutting blade when dry trimming to avoid mincing the trim too small
  • Batch sizes should be 300 – 400 grams of dried buds, and batch times should be 30 sec to       1 minute
  • Average throughput for every Bud Trimmer should be 15,000 grams (33 LBS) per hour of dried finished buds

SEAL, STORE AND AGE CANNABIS AND HEMP BUDS FOR STRONG TERPINE PROFILE

EQUIPMENT: SEALED CONTAINERS

Note: This process is the same for all 3 harvest methods

  • Drying and curing properly is the most important part of the harvesting process
  • Curing will ensure great smell and taste if done properly, even when trimming wet
  • Curing is not something easily scalable, ratios of air to product is crucial for oxidization and absorption of terpenes
  • Regardless of the container you use, or room size, the ratio of product to air space should be roughly 75% product, to 25% air
  • Place properly dried and trimmed product into appropriate sealed containers
  • Ideal container humidity should start at roughly 40-50%RH and taper down to 30 – 40%RH over the curing process
  • Inspect the product daily, ensure proper moisture level through touch, and cure completion through smell
  • Aerate or burp the containers daily by opening the sealed containers, and allowing the product to breath as needed
  • Be sure to rotate, or mix the product every 24 hours
  • Cure the trimmed leaf from the collection bags in the same manner when wet trimming
  • Ideally cure for no less than 5 days

SEPARATE CANNABIS AND HEMP BUDS FROM SHAKE, POPCORN, SMALL, MEDIUM AND LARGE BUDS

EQUIPMENT: BUD SORTER

NOTE: This process is the same for all 3 harvest methods

  • The Bud Sorter lets you accurately, efficiently, and safely sort your buds into shake, popcorn, small, medium, and large buds
  • The Bud Sorter is typically used as a quality control station
  • Sort the buds prior to quality control and touching up, this will eliminate the shake and popcorn from the process
  • Brush product back and forth and down the grates until all product has fallen into the appropriate container
  • The Bud Sorter is intended to be utilized right before packaging
  • The Bud Sorter will increase your efficiency by:
    • Separating similar sized and weighted buds for packaging
    • Eliminate the handling and trimming of popcorn and shake
    • Separate shake for pre-rolls
    • Separate popcorn for wholesale
    • Provide a dedicated QC Station
  • Batch sizes should be 400 – 600 grams of fresh buds, and batch times should be 30 sec. – 1 minutes
  • Average throughput for every Bud Sorter should be 40,000 grams (88 LBS) per hour of dried finished buds