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Tom's Tumbler is a system for dry trimming plant materials of leafy flowers, for separating small particles and super-fine plant material and for breaking down large leaf and plant matter into smaller particles.  It is recommended for a wide range of aromatic and medicinal plants, including hops, cannabis and herbs. It is also used for extracting pollen. 

How does Tom’s Tumble Trimmer work?

Our patent-pending design is gentle yet extremely effective.
Here is how it works

​The weight of the flowers tumbling over each other and brushing against the soft mesh netting gently breaks the trim off without hurting the flower.  

Each flower is beautifully manicured in less than 5 minutes.  

Our variable speed motor allows you to control the speed of the tumbling action.  

There are NO blades and no oils. And no product is lost. 

Tumbling produces beautiful manicured buds and clean trim. 


​Using Tom’s Tumble Trimmer​

After drying your product and removing large leaves and stems, place recommended product weight in trimmer using the the 1/2" mesh net first. Run the trimmer for 5-10 minutes, depending on density, strain and dryness.  We recommend the highest speed for most effective trimming. This will trim your medium to large flowers with great efficiency.  Some smaller flowers will pass through the netting with the trim.  Replace the 1/2" mesh net with the 3/8" mesh net and re-run your trim through it.  This will isolate your smaller flower while allowing the trim to push through.  An optional 151 micron pollen screen is also available. Rerun your trim through the pollen screen to isolate the pollen screen. At this point you may have approximately ten to fifteen percent of touch up work to do, depending on your product. 

Trimmer Capacity Requirements-for optimal trimming

Five Easy Steps for Preparing, Trimming, Separating and
Pollinating with your Tom’s Tumbler


Cut the plant at the base of the stalk and hang upside down from a line or rope until it is dry. If you are in a dry climate, your product will dry quickly.  In Southern California, for example, it takes 4-5 days. If you are in a humid climate you should have a moisture-controlled room and it may take longer.



After the plant is dry – water leaves and trim around the flowers are brittle) then take off the big leaves first.  Cut flowers from branches and place in a plastic bag or container.  Discard branches and big leaves.



Make sure the buds have about 5-10% moisture on the inside.  The outside trim around the buds should be brittle.  Place the recommended amount of product in the mesh barrel on the trimmer.  You should have at least 2 inches between the product and the axle. Never place more than this in the trimmer as it can overwork your product. Turn the speed control to your desired speed and watch it tumble for 2-3 minutes. Trimming will start immediately, as you will see trim passing through the mesh, down through the funnel bag into your catch bin.  Open the zipper in the mesh and check your buds.  Some flower strains trim in less than 5 minutes, so don’t over tumble!  If it is not ready, zip up the net and begin tumbling for another 2-3 minutes. 


Stop and check the buds at any time in the tumbling; it does not disturb the process. It is more important to stop tumbling earlier than it is to over tumble.  When the amount of trim begins to slow through the mesh and you see pollen begin to pass through the mess, it is time to stop tumbling. Your product should be about 85% trimmed at this point, with very little loss.  After you put our trim into another container, put an empty container under the trimmer, unzip the mesh barrel and turn on the motor until your trimmed product falls into your bin. 



Unzip the net completely (only one zipper comes completely apart; the other stays together by design) and pull the net from the velcro on the drums. Replace this net with the ¼” mesh net. Put your trim into this net, zip it up and tumble on high speed. The trim will flow through the mesh quickly and any popcorn size nuggets will remain in the barrel.  Remove the clean trim from below and put a clean container underneath the trimmer. Unzip the zippers and turn on the motor to release your popcorn size nuggets into the clean container. 



Lastly, Replace the ¼” mesh net with the 110 or 151 micron kief mesh and put a clean catch basin below the funnel flow bag.  Freeze your final trim and pour it into the barrel with the kief mesh.  Fill the barrel until it is to the axle. If you have a dust cover/kief catcher be sure to put it on the trimmer.  Turn the trimmer on full speed and let it tumble for your desired time or until the kief stops passing through the mesh. The pollen will slowly pass through the kief mesh and through the funnel flow bag into your container.  It will also be on the inside of the dust cover and on the funnel flow bag.  You can scrape this or gently wipe it into your container. 

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