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What the Buck?: The basics of cannabis buckers

Updated: Jul 23, 2023

T-800 bucking machine shown outdoors

Cannabis buckers, also known as bucking machines or bud trimmers, are mechanical devices that remove buds from cannabis plants. Buckers automate the labor-intensive process of hand-bucking cannabis flowers, saving time and increasing productivity during harvest.

The bucking process involves removing the cannabis flowers, or buds, from the stems and branches of the plant. This step is crucial for preparing the harvested cannabis for further processing, such as drying and curing. Traditionally, this task was done manually by hand trimmers, which is an inefficient, time-consuming process, especially for large-scale operations.

Buckers streamline this process by automating the removal of buds from the plants. They come in various sizes and configurations, ranging from small tabletop models to larger industrial-grade units. They utilize different mechanisms, such as rotating drums with specialized blades or plates– or, in the case of Intelligent Harvest Systems’ T-800 bucker, a belt feed system with stainless cutting dies– to gently strip the buds from the stems while minimizing damage to the trichomes and preserving the quality of the flowers.

Cannabis buckers can increase efficiency and productivity, reduce labor costs, and, if they work properly, provide consistent results. With the help of these machines, cannabis cultivators can significantly speed up the harvesting process, allowing them to process larger volumes of plants in less time. This is particularly advantageous during the peak harvest season when the high demand for trimmed buds and hand-trimming becomes painful or impossible depending on the labor market.

Some cultivators have resisted automation because of the perception that buckers are less precise than hand-bucking, rendering the machines a redundant (and expensive!) sunk cost. While this is a valid concern, not all buckers cause these problems. Intelligent Harvest Systems’ T-800 bucker’s belt feed and stainless cutting dies result in clean, precise cuts that leave buds intact and ready for the next stage.

Cannabis buckers have become popular tools in the cannabis industry due to their ability to automate and expedite the bucking process. They provide cultivators with a more efficient way to prepare cannabis flowers for further processing, ultimately contributing to improved productivity and profitability in the cultivation and harvesting stages. If you’re curious about how a bucker could improve your operation’s productivity, feel free to get in touch with us. Purchasing equipment is an undertaking with significant financial ramifications, and we want you to feel confident in your decision. All T-800 buckers come with a 30-day risk-free, money-back guarantee, plus a 10-year warranty to ensure that your machine and your operation run smoothly.

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