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#1 PirateFarmer

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 12:52 AM

I've never tried one, but considering getting one.

Recommendations? I live off-grid, so prefer a hand- or battery- operated version. I'm expecting about 2-3 lb harvest
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Posted 16 August 2020 - 12:56 AM

I don't have an answer to your question, but I just wanted to say high :) 


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Posted 16 August 2020 - 02:32 AM

Idk what you mean also really faded.. but Idk bout you but ima harvest maybe 1-2 pounds I’m thinking or going for and I would trim those babies by hand! I think anything more 10 P or whatever maybe get a machine but you loose a lot of terps and stuff i believe. or just get some buddies over and trim away. Best lucks!
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Posted 16 August 2020 - 06:24 AM

The trimmers we had weren’t 100% effective and they knock a bunch of stuff off . Hand trimming is the way to go 1-2 pounds shouldn’t take too long just do a little each day for a few days .
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Posted 16 August 2020 - 01:12 PM

Plus one for hand-trimming.

You only want automated equipment when doing 10 lbs or more. The mechanical trimmers make a lot of waste and become gummed-up with hash which must be cleaned but is difficult to recover. I feel that the machines "molest" the herb more than they "trim" anything.

 

I thought this thread was a call-out for someone willing to come and sit for harvest season. LOL !! 


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Posted 17 August 2020 - 05:44 PM

What do you all use for hand trimming? I've used surgical scissors and a small flower trimmer by Corona, but wonder if there's something better.

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Posted 17 August 2020 - 06:15 PM

I see (and use) this scissor for trimming. Very popular. The Fiskar micro-tip.

https://moldresistan...weed-checklist/


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Posted 18 August 2020 - 01:29 AM

I was just looking at these last week. Wasn't sure of the quality.
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Posted 18 August 2020 - 02:00 PM

Fiskars for sure.  I have 4 pair.  One for each hand and one for each foot.  :tongue:

I also leave most of the sugar leaves on because I make a lot of Green Dragon.


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Posted 18 August 2020 - 03:05 PM

As someone who worked pot harvest for 4+ years

 

Absolutely no fucking way would I EVER use a pair of fiskars.

 

The spring means that your hand is not getting equal in and out movements; which leads to repetitive stress much faster than if you have need to use the muscles to open and close the scissors.

 

Best is "Chikamasa"

 

Japanese company did market research and designed these scissors specifically for pot trimming. Even comes with a 'resin resistant coating' though, they do still gum up.

 

https://www.amazon.c...97781044&sr=8-4

 

They make straight bladed, curved bladed , and angled bladed; I prefer the angle bladed ones.

 

Bearing holding the scissors together is so smooth; opening and closing is a breeze; way faster and easier on the hands than fiskars.


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Posted 18 August 2020 - 03:58 PM

I will have to look that up, Severian.

I have only been trimming pot for 20+ years, so I have probably built my muscles up with the fiskars, so I don't notice any problems.  :biggrin:


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Posted 18 August 2020 - 05:40 PM

I agree on any spring loaded pair. I like a decent pair of pointy hair scissors. If they get gummed up just keep a bowl of alcohol around and clean them into the alcohol with your fingers, then let it evaporate and you got some good hash oil too. When trimming piles O weed that is my favorite way. The pointy ones are great for getting down into the buds and removing leaves from tight spaces too. I grew pot for 30+ years, and mama never did get into trimming much, so it was mostly on me. I think it is easier to trim fresh buds, but I think buds dried with all the leaves intact taste and smoke better. Dad always said so but thought I knew better until I tried it again 20 years into it all, and realized they really do help the buds cure better. ((In my humble opinion)


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Posted 18 August 2020 - 05:52 PM

I like to scrape off the snippers and at the end of the cleaning year, I get a pretty big blob of hash as well as the oil.


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Posted 19 August 2020 - 09:06 AM

Great input, thanks, all! Severian; I've used similar for deadheading flowers I sell at the farmer's markets, but haven't, in a while, mainly because the ones I used were real bonsai trimmers and cost $50+ a pop...and always seem to "run away from home" whenever others came around.
I'd totally forgotten about them.

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Posted 19 August 2020 - 08:18 PM

I use those same trimmers for hand trimming and use a hand crank dome trimmer for big batches, you loose some tricomes, but for me i Don’t notice a difference in Potency. I don’t smoke flower that
Much anymore, my extractions don’t notice any loss in potency.
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Posted 12 September 2020 - 11:39 PM

I've been using these for a lb. They work as long as the spring doesn't get fucked up. I had to replace the spring once in three harvests.

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