If you find yourself asking these questions, fear not. These are some of the most common questions customers have when they unbox a brand-new Twister Trimmer for the first time. In this video, Eric Singleton visits his local Twister rep to answer those questions and more in this quick and easy tutorial. Check out Episode 2 of the Grow Pro Channel, powered by GrowGeneration.
The new Twister T4 comes equipped with a variable speed motor, which is a huge improvement from the previous design. Being able to control the speed of the tumbler and blades makes the Twister T4 one of the most versatile harvesting machines on the market. You can now adjust your settings to accommodate varying strain characteristics, moisture levels, and flower density. The T4 is capable of trimming the widest moisture spectrum from wet (right off the plant), semi dry (10-18%), and even dry (10-7%).
The Twister T4 has 6 different speed settings to allow maximum control of your harvest. The blade can be sped up to a maximum of 1875RPM to ensure optimum blade contact or slowed down to 980RPM for a gentle cut on flowers with less dense structure. The tumbler can be slowed down to 47RPM for those looking to extract the large sweet leaf post-harvest or can be sped up to 96RPM for the tightest possible trim. The addition of the Trim Saver is a no brainer for anyone considering extracting the byproduct. The vortex cone ensures that your precious sweet leaf never touches another blade after the initial cut. This leaves you with a near hand trim quality byproduct that, with proper drying and curing, will yield a golden stable extraction.
A single T4 can produce 23lbs/hr of wet flower and 7lbs/hr of dry flower. You can easily boost these numbers by simply adding a second or third unit in tandem to your original machine, giving you a big increase in production. Once you have 2 or more machines in line, the Twister Feed and Quality Control Conveyor are essential to avoid bottle necking in your workflow.
But don’t get “harvest happy” and forget to show your hard-working machines some love. It’s important to clean your Twister T4 at the first signs of build -up on the tumbler and blades to ensure your cut stays consistent and the machines last a long time. Follow the step by step process shown in the video for breakdown and clean your machines in minutes and get back to work.
For effective cleaning you will need the following tools:
- Pressure Washer (hot water preferred)
- Steel Wool
- Enzyme Komplete
What about tuning my T4? Don’t worry, we saved the most important tip for last. Tuning the T4 is simple but not very intuitive for a first-time user. As Eric discusses in the video, you want a good and even blade contact between the reel blade and bed knife. Just like how a good pair of scissors make a “shiiiick” noise upon closing, you want to hear a light blade contact on your Twister. Because the blades are spinning at such a fast rpm, this may seem loud but we promise that is the best way to ensure the tightest cut. You accomplish this by starting with no contact with the blade running and slowly adjusting the two tuning dials one at a time until you hear/feel a light contact on both sides of the bed-knife. This process will have to be repeated each time you put the machine back together after cleaning and will become easier each time you do it.
The Twister product line is the answer for the 21st century harvester. With a full line of products ranging in scale from the home hobbyist to the largest commercial grows in the world, Twister is the benchmark for effective and reliable harvesting equipment. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a Grow Generation Harvest Specialist if you have any question about operating, repairing or purchasing a Twister unit by simply calling (877) 978-1119. Thanks for tuning in and make sure to check out our other videos to learn more about the products you need to grow like a pro.
[0:00] Eric: Hi everyone, Eric Singleton here for another installment of the Grow Pro channel, powered by Grow Generation. And today, our focus is going to be the Twister T4. This is an eleven-pound-per-hour dry, twenty-three-pound-per-hour wet workhorse capable of doing wet, semi-dry, and dry trimming. By far, the most versatile machine on the market. Especially with the new addition of variable speed tumbler and variable speed blades.
I have a lot of questions about the Twister T4 when people get it home and get it set up and the number one question is: Is it tuned properly? And the number two question is: How do I clean this and disassemble it? So we decided to kinda cover all that in one video. Luke Burmeister, the Colorado and Oklahoma Twister Rep, was nice enough to let us come by his home, do a little filming and trim his personal hemp harvest. So take a look at the video, we’re gonna cover how to tune the machine, how to clean it, how to break it down, and a few other tips and tricks, ah, kinda sprinkled in along the way.
[1:08] Eric: So, we thought since it’s a beautiful day in Colorado and with it being outdoor season that we would shoot this video outside and Luke was nice enough to donate some of his personal harvest for us to use today so we can teach you how to use the Twister T4 better on your first set up or rental.
Luke, What’s the number one thing you think a client needs to know when they get their trimmer home and get it set up and ready to use?
[1:28] Luke: Yeah, so with the T4 I think it all comes down to properly dialing in that blade.
[1:34] Eric: Yeah, I have a ton of clients call me when they get their new T4 home and they’re really mad and me and they’re like, “What did you sell me? This thing won’t cut hot butter!” And it’s just because those dials on the blades aren’t adjusted properly. And as soon as we do that and they’re really happy and they get to see the machine perform in the way it’s supposed to. And, I mean, I can understand that because I would think from a customer’s experience, you get this new machine home, the last thing you want to hear is metal contact, but, in fact, that’s exactly what we need.
[2:00] Luke: Yeah, 100 percent. Ah, metal contact, you know, that real blade hitting, ah, the bed knife, as well. Um, yeah, it’s a little loud, but that’s ensuring that you are getting the proper cut and trim, um, with that combined with the tumbler that- of it constantly turning, that tumbler’s really not doing any of the cutting, it’s more or less those two blades.
[2:18] Eric: Yeah, the tumbler just keeps the flower above the blade so that it doesn’t, obviously, fall into the blade.
[2:23] Luke: Yeah, In and out and we like right around that 45 seconds.
[2:26] Eric: So, yeah, I mean that metal contact. It’s just like if you think of a pair of scissors. If you close a good pair of scissors together you get a Shutt noise. That’s what we’re hearing when we hear that metal contact just at a really high rate and a really high speed.
[2:37] Luke: Mhm.
[2:37] Eric: So, um, you know, I, I wasn’t you guys at home to be able to hear that adjustment, so we’re gonna show you how to do that. Just so you know what we’re doing. The bed knife is on a plane and we need to balance both sides. So, you know, Luke and I use a technique of, you adjust one side until you get a little bit of contact and then, you go back and adjust the other side until you match that contact. And that way you know you’re starting on an even plane and then you can simultaneously adjust the blades a little tighter to get a tighter cut.
[3:05] Machine Whirring
[3:10] Eric: So, for the last five years, I’ve been working with Twister and they’ve, you know, always called me and asked for feedback on their product and the one thing I always, always ask for was variable speed. And now we have it. Stock on any 2019 Twister T4, you’re gonna get variable speed which means you can control the blade, the tumbler. I mean, Luke, th-that is one of the best innovations, I’ve seen so far ‘cause to me, it makes the Twister the most versatile machine on the market. So, today we’re gonna do, ah, obviously, do a dry trim. What moisture level are you trying to dial in? What’s the ideal for a Twister on a dry tree.
[3:41] Luke: Yeah, so, I mean, it’s kind of an open-ended question. Dry product or dry flower, uh, can range in, ah, its moisture content, it can be more strain specific. Um, so dialing it in to meet the need of the strain is what I’d recommend. Ah, today on a dry harvest, we’ll probably first, dial in the blades, go up to about a three, um, and then dial in the tumbler at like either a three or a four and either work down or up to meet the need of the strain.
[4:06] Eric: Absolutely, and you know, that’s what I love about the machine and I’m glad you brought up the vacuum because that’s three very key variables that I think makes this the most versatile machine, because every strain is different, every grow is different, every scenario is different, and the more tools you have to work with, the better.
[4:23] Luke: Or, you know, your environment.
[4:23] Eric: Yeah, absolutely, the environment. I mean, so, the Twister T4 is really built to be the swiss army knife of trimming machines. If you want to do wet, you can do wet. If you wanna do dry you can do dry. If you wanna do sem-dry, you can do semi-dry. If you wanna go really slow, you can go really slow with your conveyors and your speeds. There’s just so many variables you can control and dial in your recipe for optimum workflow. And, that’s what this all kind of boil down to is, we wanna do as little work necessary to get the job done, because, again, and that saves, you know-
[4:55] Luke: More time back in the grow.
[4:55] Eric: Absolutely, more time back in the grow and more of the savings you can pass on to the client.
[4:57] Luke: 100 percent.
[5:01] Phone Typing
[5:03] Eric: Oh, hey, you guys are still watching, that’s good. So, obviously, we’ve trimmed everything, I’ve showed you how to tune the blades. You’re like, “Eric, that’s great, how do I clean this?”
Well, pay attention.
[5:17] Upbeat Music
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