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A "BudFly" landed on my grow!
Recently I was given the opportunity to demo a new trimming tool put out by:
At 51 years of age, with 35 years of experience, I have had my fill of trimming, so any new item is worth a try.
I was very impressed with the performance of this tool, and it was refreshing to have a new product whose hype matched up with performance and the stated objectives. Any mechanical device for trimming bud must be reviewed in light of the "hand trimmed" end product.
The objectives would be to retain the positive aspects of "hand trimmed" bud such as accuracy of cut, appearance, and retention of trichromes by easy handling, and minimizing or eliminating negative aspects, such as labor pool needed, compensation issues, rough handling and the time required to finish processing.
I first tried the "BuddFly" on dry trim. At Grace
Farm, we process a little differently and our bud is trimmed as needed.
Held in dark containers after curing, it has moisture contained within
the flower but the leaf is on the very dry side. The tool worked
marvelously and took leaf out like yesterdays garbage without damaging
I purposely tried to harm the flower and it took more force than you would ever accidentally exert.
I took the tool to my finger as well to test the safety claim and it was uneventful. It felt like a small trickle of electricity. It caused me to jerk away, but only from discomfort. When I nicked my fingers a few times in the course of operating, it did not even evoke enough discomfort to react to.
Next I used it on wet or fresh bud and it performed very well again. I found that for the wet you need a high RPM around the suggested 20,000 range. I used a lower RPM on the dry and started on the wet with the same. It was a little rough at first until I turned up the RPM and then it performed very well. I found a little touch up with my scissors was necessary but chalk a high percentage of that up to in-experience with the tool and its process.
There are a couple of possible negative aspects to
be fair, but they are easily mitigated and in many cases, even if not
mitigated are a worthy trade for some patients. The first one is the
A Dremel type rotary tool is going to produce some noise. The better the quality of the tool, the quieter the operation. The first mitigation for noise would be headphones. Many people like to listen to their music while trimming and so this would work well.
Another would be to get the flexible attachment for your Dremel tool. This would accomplish two things. It would allow you to separate yourself from the motor, perhaps put it in a box or under your chair? It would also lighten the amount of weight in your hand while working, giving you more time working and less stress of your joints and hands, and give you better accuracy.
The second issue is actually a negative aspect of a positive thing! This little weed eater for weed lets it fly! It gets the leaf off, but will make a mess if you do not plan for it. I cut the side out of the top of an apple box and used it for a shroud over my tray, which worked well except for lighting. You could work on a plastic covered area as well.
So that's it. I do not even think the negatives would prevent someone from getting a lot of use out of this tool. At $15 you cannot go wrong. It would be a mistake to think that you could buy something similar off of a craft store shelf and clamp it into your Dremel, but I assure you this little tool is much more complex than it appears and revolutionary in nature.
For patients who have limited dexterity but wish
for self-determination, this tool is gold. They will easily be able to
manicure their medication, without the help of others.
For Mom and Pop operators who have a fairly substantial amount to process, this tool is an agreeable workforce that does not need to be fed, cleaned up after, or accommodated.
For large outfits, a few of these tools on cordless units could leaf a field fast enough to make a locust jealous.
All in all, my experience with the "BuddFly" was fun, rewarding, and I highly recommend it. Something that works, Family made in America for $15 and you haven't bought one? Are you crazy? p.s. would make an excellent stocking stuffer and there are only 255 days left until Christmas!
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