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Having trouble choosing a trimmer? Check out our article comparing the best trimmers. It covers everything you need to consider.

Best Bud Trimmers—Top Trimming Machines of 2020

Top Marijuana Trimming Machines

Trimming bud sucks!

It's labor intensive and time consuming.

If you run a sizable operation, you need an army of trimmers to get through your harvest.

Or one single trimmer machine.

Today's large industrial bud trimmers can replace up to 75 workers, but even a small handheld manual trimming machine can speed up the process considerably.

The key is buying the right trimmer machine for your needs.

That's where we come in. This article will help you figure out which bud trimming machine is best for you.

To do that, we first need to make a few key decisions. The first one concerns the type of buds you plan to trim with your trimmer.


Will You Trim Wet Or Dry Bud?

Wet bud is fresh marijuana that has just been harvested, while dry refers to weed that has been dried and cured already.

Both wet and dry trimming have advantages and disadvantages. If you are not sure which is best for you, read all about wet vs. dry trimming here.

Our recommendation is to get a trimmer than can handle both equally well.

That way you are able to take advantage of each, depending on what would be the best method in a given situation.

We'll get into more detail below, but for wet trimming or for anyone wanting both, we recommend a Centurion trimmer. For dry trimming, we recommend a Triminator trimmer for speed, or a Centurion trimmer if kief collection is important to you (again, more below).


How Much Capacity Do You Need?

Which specific trimmer is best for you will depend on two things: the amount of leaf and bud you need to process and the amount of space you have (some of these trimmers are quite large and heavy).

If you run a large operation, you should know how many pounds per hour you need to be able to process.

If you do not need any pounds per hour, you have no need for a large trimming machine, to be honest. A manual trimmer would be sufficient.


Best Bud Trimming Machines Of 2020

We'll break this down into a few categories: best automatic handheld bud trimmer, best bowl type trimmer, best wet and dry trimmer, best wet trimmer, best dry trimmer and best trimmer for kief collection.

For all the wet and/or dry categories, we'll give you the top options for different capacity levels, so you can choose the one that can handle your workload.

If you do not have a large operation that needs to process tens, hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds of bud per day, you probably don't need anything larger than one of the manual trimmer models.

When it comes to manual trimming machines, you really have two options. A bowl trimmer or a handheld automatic trimmer.

Note: If you are just looking for a pair of manual trimming shears, I recommend this pair on Amazon.* They are inexpensive, but good enough to get the job done, and that's really all I need from shears.


Best Automatic Handheld Trimmer: Magic Trimmer

Magic Trimmer

The Magic Trimmer is great for complete manual hand trimming. If you employ human trimmers, or you simply trim smaller amounts of buds yourself, it will considerably speed up the process over using shears to remove leaves.

This hand trimming machine has advantages over the large trimmers below, too. Since you control it manually, it is much more precise. You control exactly what is trimmed off the bud and what stays, giving you nicer trimmed buds. It is also compact, lightweight and inexpensive.

The main disadvantage of this trimmer is obvious. Since it needs to be controlled by a person, it has a limited capacity compared to an industrial bud trimming machine.

Using the magic trimmer is easy. The patent-pending design ensures no possibility of injury. Since you have full control, it is extremely precise, while being much faster than using regular shears.

Check out the video on the product page to see the Magic Trimmer in action.

  • Low Price: selling for $289 at the time of writing, compared to thousands for the machines listed below
  • Compact: trimmer fits in your hand
  • Lightweight: 2.5 lbs. makes it by far the lightest trimmer on this list
  • Precise Control: manual operation means you have full control over what leaf material gets removed and what stays
  • Capacity: it can't come close to the capacity of the larger trimmer machines on this list

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Best Bowl Trimmers

Bowl Trimmer

I'm obviously a bit biased here. I think our line of bowl leaf trimmers are the best, but I know they also cost more than most others. For that reason, I will also provide this link to Amazon's collection of bowl leaf trimmers.* That way you can make up your own mind.

The ones we sell here come in a few varieties and sizes. We have a manual trimmer with a clear top and an automatic trimmer with a clear top. Each trimmer comes in three different sizes: 16 inch, 18 inch and 24 inch.

We also have a metal top and an open top trimmer that are both 16 inches in diameter. All are very easy to operate.

Simply fill the trimmer with bud, close the lid and turn the hand crank. The 30 shears do all the work for you. If you get one of the motorized models, you don't even need to do any hand turning. Just fill with bud, turn it on and let the cutting blade do the work.

These bowl leaf trimmer machines work best with wet bud. They do a good job, but are not as precise as the handheld unit above. They also don't give as good a trim as a larger bud trimmer machine like the ones below. Their capacity is obviously much lower as well. Some do have adjustable blades for more precise cuts.

  • Low Cost: a few hundred dollars instead of a few thousand
  • Small and Lightweight: take up little space and even the motorized trimmer models only weigh around 20 lbs
  • Capacity: can't compete with a real bud trimmer machine
  • Quality of Trim: they get a good trim, but not as good as a larger bud trimmer machine and definitely not as good as manual bud trimming

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Best Wet And Dry Trimming Machines: Centurion Pro

Centurion Pro Models

Centurion makes a full line of trimmers, from their entry level Tabletop Pro trimmer to their monster 3.0. bud trimmer. See the table below for a comparison.

All of their models come with two sets of electroplished stainless steel tumblers: one made specifically for dry trimming and one made for wet bud. The advantage of this over having a single universal tumbler to handle both type of buds is that each tumbler is designed to maximize quality and speed.

The wet tumbler uses narrower slats so there is more open area for the buds to come into contact with the cutting blade. This makes for both a tighter and a faster cut. You only need one pass, instead of two, cutting your processing time in half.

Less time in the bud trimmer machine also means less agitation, making for higher quality buds. Finally, the narrow slats leave less surface area for resin to accumulate, which speeds up clean up time.

The dry tumbler has wider slats, which means less open area and less exposure to the cutting blade. This is important to preserve trichomes when processing the more delicate dry flowers.

Both tumblers are also available with a quantanium coating over the stainless steel that prevents sticking and further reduces clean-up time and resin loss. These coated tumblers cost extra, but are well worth the investment.

In addition to the automatic bud trimmer, Centurion also includes a hopper, a leaf collector, a set of three collection bags and much more with each purchase. You get a complete system and do not need to purchase anything else.

The 3 bags are an especially nice touch. They separate out the leaf, the trim and the kief, so you can collect both for further use or sale, to increase your profits even more.

With most other bud leaf trimmer machines, you'll need to purchase additional components to collect kief, if it is even possible at all.

  • High capacity: Centurion bud trimmer machines have the highest capacity for trimming wet bud and very close to the highest for dry
  • High Quality Trim: check out the videos on the product pages to see what these trimmer machines are capable of
  • Full system: includes wet and dry tumblers, hopper, leaf collector and collection bags, in addition to the trimmer
  • Kief Collection: triple bag system makes kief and trim collection a snap, with no need to purchase additional components
  • High price: Centurion bud trimming machines are expensive, but they do pay for themselves
  • Large and heavy: even the smallest trimmer takes up a good bit of space and weighs over 70 pounds total
  • Noise Level: the vacuum motor makes these bud trimmers louder than a trimmer that does not use a vacuum system

Comparison of Centurion Pro Models

Model Wet Capacity Dry Capacity Replaces

Tabletop Bud Trimmer

Centurion Tabletop

25 - 30 lbs/hr

5 - 6 lbs/hr

6 workers

Mini Bud Trimmer

Centurion Mini

60 - 80 lbs/hr

12 - 16 lbs/hr

15 workers

Original Bud Trimmer

Centurion Original

90 - 110 lbs/hr

18 - 22 lbs/hr

25 workers

Silver Bullet* Bud Trimmer

Centurion Silver Bullet

90 - 110 lbs/hr

18 - 22 lbs/hr

25 workers

Gladiator Bud Trimmer

Centurion Gladiator

160 - 200 lbs/hr

32 - 40 lbs/hr

40 workers

3.0 Bud Trimmer

Centurion 3.0

300 - 350 lbs/hr

60 - 70 lbs/hr

75 workers

*The Silver Bullet is the same as the Original Bud Trimmer, with two additions: a marine grade infinity Bluetooth stereo and a silencer that reduces machine noise by 30%.

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Best Wet Trimmers: Centurion Pro

Centurion bud trimmer machines are easily the best option for wet trimming as well. Sure, you get a dry tumbler that you'll never use, if you only trim wet buds, but these trimmer machines do a better job than any dedicated wet processors. They have a higher capacity and do the job faster.

And having that dry tumbler could turn out to be a blessing. If you are ever unable to get through all of your leaf material at harvest time, it gives you the option to put off bud trimming some of it until later, when the buds are dry. That kind of flexibility is nice to have in a trimmer.

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Best Dry Trimmers: Triminator

Triminator Models

The Triminator bud trimmer machines just edge out the Centurion ones for dry leaf material, but there is one caveat. If kief collection is important to you, a Centurion trimmer is the better choice. See the next section below for more on this.

Triminator do make one bud trimmer machine for wet buds (and it is a monster!), but overall, they seem to have decided to specialize in dry leaf trimming. They have three machines: a portable trimmer, a regular-sized trimmer and a large commercial trimmer. See the table below for a comparison.

Triminator bud trimmer machines are designed so that there is no metal-on-metal friction. That prevents heat generation, which reduces the stickiness of resin, resulting in less resin loss. It also means that no lubricants are needed, which keeps your buds pure and clean.

These bud trimmers use long and narrow drums, which maximizes the cutting surface, speeding up the whole leaf trimming operation. The slow tumbling speed means the flowers are exposed to the cutting surface naturally, which minimizes trichome loss.

The drums are easy to remove, making them quick and easy to clean. Triminator also sells an optional kief kit for their two smaller trimmer models. Simply swap out the regular drum for the kief drum and start collecting kief.

  • High Capacity: Triminator bud trimmer machines have an exceptionally high processing capacity for dry buds
  • Easy to Use: simple to use and quick and easy to clean
  • High Quality Trim: check out the videos on the product pages to see what these trimmer machines are capable of
  • Kief Collection: collecting kief with the add-on drum works great, but you have to choose between kief collection and trimming (see the next section for an explanation)
  • Price: Triminator machines are expensive, but they pay for themselves very quickly in saved labor costs
  • Dry Only: can only process dry buds (apart from their one wet trimmer, which can only process wet buds)

Comparison of Triminator Models

Model Wet Capacity Dry Capacity Replaces

Mini Dry Bud Trimmer

Triminator Mini Dry


2 - 5 lbs/hr

4 workers

Dry Bud Trimmer

Triminator Dry


5 - 8 lbs/hr

7 workers

XL Dry Bud Trimmer

Triminator XL Dry


60 lbs/hr

60 workers

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Best For Kief Collection: Centurion Pro

When it comes to collecting kief, the Centurion bud trimmer machines win hands down for one simple reason. They include a kief collection bag, so you are always automatically collecting kief when you use a Centurion trimmer.

With any Triminator trimmer, you have to purchase a separate kief collection drum. Not only does that mean an additional cost, but you also have to swap out the trimming drum for the kief drum.

That means you can only either trim buds or collect kief, but not do both at the same time, like you can with a Centurion trimmer.

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As you can tell, we are very fond of the Centurion bud trimmer machines.

That is because they are extremely well built and extremely versatile. They can handle both wet and dry buds and do an incredible job with each. They also have a much higher capacity than most competitors.

Triminator can top them at dry trimming, but only just barely. And if you plan to collect and use kief, Centurion is a better option for dry buds as well. Triminator are made in the USA and Centurion in Canada, so you really can't go wrong with either.

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