Blog For Best Equipment and Practices for Trimming / Extraction / Multi-Machine Prep Work

Top Trimmer for Botanicals Used in Food, Cosmetics, Health

March 8, 2020

In the arena of botanicals derivatives used for health, food and cosmetics businesses, the trimming and separating manicure process is a critical part of the chain toward deriving the highest quality oils, tinctures, essences and concentrates. What we’re talking about here are processes that have been around for thousands of years, as part of the ancient world’s beauty, health, eating and sacerdotal cultures. Ancient Mesopotamia, Sumeria, Egypt, Greece, China and India all developed, evolved and practiced the arts of essence extractions from herbs, flowering plants, fruits and more. From cuisine to religious liturgies these oils and essences played significant roles in daily culture. These were forms of chemistry. Today, the botanicals essences industry is an advanced science, yet involves the same basic steps harvest, trim and separate steps from ancient and medieval times.

Our TOR trimmer and separator works for all botanicals that have resin glands and can be trimmed in a bladeless, tumble-style process. The TOR is also a powerhouse extractor, so it performs two major processes for your botanicals essences’ business in one machine — one process at a time.

The botanicals that are often trimmed in our machines are: chamomile, comfrey, lavender, mint, hops and basil — among many resin-gland crops that can be trimmed in the TORs.

Our The Original Resinator machines are designed for trimming and separation with bladeless engineering – meaning there is no metal blade that is shoveling through your flower and resin glands. Our method uses gentle tumbling in an open cylinder with the controlled injection of CO2 gas to uniformly flash freeze your biomass, with the flowers tumbling to a high quality nylon mesh screen. The leaf material is separated from the dried flowers, leaving the flowers and resin glands intact along with some touch up to quickly do. Up to over 40 pounds an hour can be trimmed and separated for your botanical extraction process.

The TOR’s design is for easy loading, cleaning, and reloading. All together, with the bladeless gentle tumbling, the efficiency and accuracy of the CO2 flash freeze, the mesh winnowing and other winnowing factors, and easy load and reload for up to 40+ pounds an hour — this is why we call the entire system the Cryo-Trimmer™.

For botanical trimming and extraction, check out our Home page here, and then give us a call to talk over what is the best TOR for you.

Cost Effective, Engineering Advantages of a Cryo-Trimmer™ Machine

February 28, 2020

Trimming your harvest or the crop you bought doesn’t need to be time-consuming and labor-intensive. Our personal experience in trimming includes having to do everything by hand which took far too long and becomes a daily chore, rather than a process that’s fast and works far better than by-hand. That’s part of the reason we developed our first combination trimmer/extractor machine back in 2011, nine years ago. We took existing engineering and technology applied to cylinder style trimming with the option of CO2 to the next level in 2011. Now, our two sizes of machines have just come out with their latest engineering and performance updates. So, now you have two new models available for purchasing, and our prices are competitive and affordable in today’s marketplace.

Our machines are for commercial needs and residential growers.

Imagine the horsepower of trimming and separating 40-plus pounds per hour in our larger XL machine.

Here’s a list of the advantages to our trimming machines:

  1. Trims cured and uncured flowers.
  2. Leaves are easily turned brittle by micro gas injections, quickly fracturing from the flowers, keeping trichomes intact and preserving the critical botanical essences of the yield.
  3. Terpene profiles are maintained – a critical criteria.
  4. The vitality of the flowers is maintained with no loss, and flowers normalize in minutes.
  5. For most efficient and quality leaf extraction and separation, CO2 flash freeze, when utilized correctly, is the preferred method.
  6. Trims and separates up to 40+ pounds per hour – now that is efficient.
  7. The trimming is through gentle tumbling with no metal blades so there is a minimum bruising of the trichomes and flowers. It is bladeless.
  8. The machine lid also doubles as a sanitary workstation.
  9. Easy to load, clean and reload. Fast turnaround on product trimming and separating.
  10. The ideal environment is maintained for proper separation and trimming, and provides continuous temperature control.

For bud trimming and extraction, check out our Home page here, and then give us a call to talk over what is the best TOR for you.

Valentines Day – Falling in Love with Your Dry Bud Trimmer

February 14, 2020

Dry Bud Trimmer

It’s Valentines Day, and there couldn’t be a better time to give a Valentines sweetheart shout-out to the TOR Cryo-Trimmer™, the dry or wet bud trim machine you’re going to fall in love with. If you have investors, they’re going to love this machine too, as it directly contributes to bottom line profits.

As we discussed in our last two blogs, the TOR Cryo-Trimmer™ is the outcome of a thoughtful evolution in engineering of the machines that do the trimming (or separating) for you of the cannabis or hemp harvest. This is an evolution that’s been taking place from 1997 to 2020.

Our intention since we came out with our first The Original Resinator machines in 2011 is to produce the most efficient, best engineered drum-tumble style trimmer that works with (or without) CO2 on dry or web flowers – and does this as fast as possible and as reliably as possible day after day when harvested material is available.

Our current Cryo-Trimmer™ comes in two sizes: the OG model has a 1.5 lb. capacity and the larger XL model has a 7 lb capacity. The start-to-finish time for doing 5-7 pounds of bucked material is 5-7 minutes, or a pound a minute—with allowances made for the nature of the flowers as not all flowers process in the same amount of time. You can quickly see that the output for a few hours or days work is enormous. And the CO2 dry trimming with the Cryo-Trimmer™ does not require any change of your standard drying and curing processes. The natural “dry” process inherently permits the flower’s water molecules to cure organically so the flowers you are working with are the natural way you expect for going into extraction.

With the TOR OG or XL models, the only work required for the trimming is the “bucking” of the plants in prepping the flowers and leaves to go into the Cryo-Trimming™ and the quick clean-up of the material left over after the trimming, which has fallen down to the bottom plate of the OG or XL, and is scooped out in a matter of seconds.

The final amazing positive of these two sizes of TOR machines is that they are also “extractors” and we’ll talk about that in our next blog.

For bud trimming and extraction, check out our Home page here, and then give us a call to talk over what is the best TOR for you.

Why the Cryo-Trimmer™ - A Pound a Minute, Very Affordably

February 1, 2020


In our last blog we compared cannabis trimming to picked-cotton cleaning or ginning. It is an apt comparison. The cotton gin revolutionized the economics of cotton yields. The first marijuana machine trimmer (out in 1997) was a very large machine with a lot of moving parts, had a daunting learning curve, and was very expensive. It did not “revolutionize” the cannabis trimming process, but it started an fast-moving evolution of machines and techniques for cannabis trimming. And fast trimming led to higher speed prep and much larger loads ready for kief trichome extraction, which led to much higher production of kief-related products and CBD or other cannabis-related oils, which led to an explosion of CBD or marijuana extract products from foods, ingestibles and topicals. It also led to revolution in botanical trimming and extraction for botanicals like chamomile or hops.

Now, cannabis trimmers come in all sizes, a variety of engineering shapes, range in price from cheap to six figures, can be very easy to use, and utilize a variety of methods for the bud trimming.

Trimming is now a science and technology in the cannabis/hemp world. All this for the removal of the excess leafage from around the buds on the harvested plant. Of course, this used to be done by hand, and there are still small hand-held tools that help DYI types who clean their own harvest buds.

Now, in 2020 there is a remarkable new technology called Cryo-Trimming™ which takes the best of CO2 cryo (or freezing) the flowers to the next level of efficiency and affordability. Imagine a machine that has an output of trimming a pound of flower material a minute, without damaging or reducing the inherent trichome quality of the flower. And that machine is very affordable ($5,800 for the smaller model and $8,500 for the larger model).

So, in a typical day of work (dealing with cannabis or hemp harvest that has a good bucking and big leaf removal job done), the output could be 40 pounds an hour, or 320 pounds in a good days work. Convert that into the profit you make for 320 pounds of flowers ready to extract, then you get an idea of the very attractive ROI for the purchase of this TOR machine.

For bud trimming and extraction, check out our Home page here, and then give us a call to talk over what is the best TOR for you. (***this links to the Home page)

The Cryo-Trimmer™ Takes Charge of Trimming Fast and Pure

January 15, 2020


For those in the cannabis and hemp processing industries, “trimming” is a word fraught with concerns as to “how much time,” and “but, the quality is just not that good.” You’ve got harvesting of the crop, then you’ve got trimming of that harvest so it’s perfectly ready for high-yield extracting. It’s just like cotton: its harvesting of the crop and then separating the “lint” from the “seed,” so you have cotton ready to go to textile mills. The cotton out of the field has dirt, grass, leaves that needs to be removed, then sticks and burs are removed, then the load is crushed for oil, then the lint is cleaned of seeds, and only then is it ready to go to mills. With the invention of the cotton gin by Eli Whitney, the cleaning process for cotton was made easier, faster, more efficient. And today’s cotton gins are very advanced machines of extremely rapid cleaning power.

The cleaning or “trimming” of cannabis or hemp buds has undergone a similar revolution with the invention of the trimming machine. It is not as complex as cotton’s cleaning steps, but it, nevertheless, is necessary and contributes to the time and money of cannabis or hemp in making a profit. The first marijuana trimming machine was invented in 1997 by Ryan Hall. It was a revolutionary step and paved the way for several methods for trimming dry or web buds from cannabis or hemp harvests.

Now, in 2020, the Cryo-Trimmer™ from The Original Resinator company is at the zenith of the technologies for trimming harvests in the affordable, mid-price range. It is the outcome of our first tumble-style trimmer introduced in 2011.

At the heart of this methodology is the controlled introduction of freezing CO2 into the load of dry or wet buds needing to be trimmed or “cured,” and the timing of the curing process so that the trimming is done extremely well, yet is done as fast as possible so that many loads can be done in a day.

The TOR Cryo-Trimmer™ is designed from the ground up to perform this curing function very fast, efficiently, and with the a super-clean yield that’s ready to go right into the extraction process.

Our discussion will continue in the next blog.

For bud trimming and extraction, go to our introductory page here, and then give us a call to talk over what is the best TOR for you.