Like many of you with mountains of buds to manicure each harvest, I am always looking for ways to lessen the tedium of harvest and make the work more pleasant. With this years manicuring season quickly approaching, I was excited to be given a set of Trim Bins to test and review. I have seen this product at some local stores and been curious about them for some time.
For those who are unaware of the product, let me break it down for you. The Trim Bin is made up of 2 stacking molded plastic trays with cutouts for your forearms to rest in. The top tray has a 150 micron stainless steel screen molded into the bottom. The lower tray has a mirrored finish designed to capture and retrieve kief that becomes dislodged from the bud and falls through the screen. This obviously looked like an improvement over the cardboard boxes I’ve been using for over a decade.
After trimming for a few days I could see why these bins are becoming so popular. Whether sitting at a table, or reclined in my favorite chair, Trim Bins make manicuring a much more comfortable experience. At first I was skeptical of how comfortable the arm cut outs would be. I was pleasantly surprised that resting my arms in the notches didn’t hurt at all, even after working for 5 hours straight. I found that by sorting my buds in the upper left corner of the bin I still had plenty of space to trim. I kept a separate bowl for finished buds nearby to keep my space uncluttered and efficient.
I was only able to identify one drawback, and it was pretty minor. We were given a grey and a black Trim Bin to test. The grey Trim Bin is the model you will find in stores, while the black model is still being developed and tested. I discovered that the black bin did not clean up nearly as well. The kief seemed to cling to the bin and the brush that comes with the package had a difficult time sweeping the kief into a pile. The grey bin did not have this problem and cleaned up very well. I expect that their is a slight difference in the material and that this will be resolved before it is released. I might add that I was surprised how much kief was captured after trimming a few pounds. I never noticed how much was being wasted at the bottom of my cardboard boxes. Oops!
If I could change one thing it would be to mold in a cup holder or two. One would be great for holding an ice cold beer and the second could hold my cup of rubbing alcohol I like to keep nearby for soaking my extra scissors. This is a productivity trick I learned a long time ago. While manicuring, I keep a few pair of fiskars soaking in some rubbing alcohol to clean off the resin buildup. By rotating my fiskars I always have a clean pair in hand while at least one pair is soaking. This keeps trimming fast and easy. Plus, everything is better with a cup holder.
Manicuring can be quite the chore and the Trim Bin makes this work much more comfortable. I required fewer breaks and noticed significantly increased productivity. After the mountain of bud that have already passed over my Trim Bin and the larger mountain still ahead, I fully recommend Trim Bins. I can’t imagine having to manicure again without one. This is a great product! One you should definitely add to your arsenal of tools.
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