These days, growers worldwide are looking for ways to get flowers off their stems more efficiently and effortlessly. Like trimming, bucking by hand is extremely tedious and labour-intensive. Up until a few years ago destemming by hand was the only way to get the job done, but now there are plenty of options to get the job done more effectively.
The most broadly used type of bucker would be the CenturionPro HP Bucker. HP refers to “High Performance” and utilizes two rollers that pull the stem into the machine, therefore popping the flowers off when they contact the face plate. This concept allows for continuous workflow providing higher processing speed and operational efficiency.
Alternatively, there is the CenturionPro GC Bucker where GC stands for Gentle Cut. Processing bud at a more meticulous speed, this model utilizes a cutting action that cleanly separates the buds from the stem. The clean cut prevents the large crown buds from breaking into smaller pieces, thereby keeping the structure of the flowers fully intact and preserving the look of the bud.
For Small-Scale Growers
For small scale farms or indoor growers, bucking by hand is a good option as the volume of material is limited and it is possible to destem the entire crop by hand in just a couple of days. However, for those that want to streamline their operation while still maintaining quality, there is the CenturionPro GC1 bucker, which can process up to 40lbs/hr wet (8bs/hr dry). With this kind of throughput, an entire harvest could be processed in a matter of hours.
One of the most common apprehensions growers have when it comes to bucking machines is that they cause large cola buds to break apart, but the gentle cutting method used by the GC1 alleviates this concern. A great tabletop machine, it is also available with an optional stand to improve portability. The optional off-road wheel assembly kit adds further versatility allowing you to buck outdoors.
For Medium-Sized Operations
Growers managing a medium-sized operation are no stranger to the complexities of hiring labor for harvest. With many, if not, most medium to large operations now using trimming machines to reduce their labor woes, bucking machines seem like a next logical step. A good choice would be the CenturionPro HP1, which can process up to 175lbs/hr wet (35lbs/hr dry).
For those looking for a gentler solution that will still meet the throughput needs of medium-sized operations, CenturionPro offers their gentle cut bucker as a GC3 Triple Bucker model. With triple the processing capabilities of the GC1, you get up to 120lbs/hr wet (24lbs/hr dry) of meticulous destemming. Both these options are great value when you consider the headaches they solve when it comes harvest time.
For Large-Scale Operations
Hand bucking is a time-consuming task riddled with issues and not very practical for large-scale operations. In commercial hemp and cannabis facilities bucking machines help reduce worker fatigue, save on labour costs, reduce WCB claims and provide a more consistent production output. However, until recently, there were not many options that met the needs of larger operations. Thankfully, CenturionPro released the HP3 Triple Bucker. This triple headed monster can process over 500lbs/hr of wet material (100lbs/hr dry) making it the highest capacity conventional bucking machine on the planet.
For the World’s Largest Operations
Recently, CenturionPro launched their latest innovation in hemp and cannabis destemming, the XL MegaBucker. The world’s first industrial scale destemming solution for commercial hemp and cannabis growers. Fully compliant with health and safety authorities. Accommodating up to 16 operators this destemming Goliath that can run both wet & dry material up to 2400 lbs/hr wet and 480 lbs/hr dry.
The XL MegaBucker is the latest addition to CenturionPro’s XL line of industrial solutions focused mainly on commercial hemp and cannabis harvesting needs for the world’s largest operations. When combined with an XL Trimmer, you get the highest capacity harvesting solution in the world.
This beast of a machine is built into a trailer for optimal portability. An engineering marvel, featuring two fixed speed conveyors for stem and flower removal, and one variable speed conveyor for delivery of unprocessed product to operators. The streamlined 220 volt, 60hz, 70amp maximum power draw and easy to remove panels make this the most efficient bucking machine ever built. No matter what the size of your harvest, the XL MegaBucker is equipped to handle it.
Bucker for Every Harvest
Bucking machines are a big investment and as more growers realize the benefits of bucking machines, they are becoming more willing to transform their operation. Considering the time and headaches typically dedicated to de-stemming, we should all be thankful that CenturionPro Buckers exist and dramatically streamline the process. These days, having a good trimming solution is not enough. Bucking machines have modernized the harvesting process and there is no turning back now.
As a supplier of harvesting automation solutions, CenturionPro is committed to continue servicing customers during the COVID-19 crisis. By doing so we hope to improve the automation of the world’s cannabis producers. Allowing them to meet the growing demand while still complying with government-imposed restrictions and recommendations. To speak with us about how to improve harvesting automation at your farm or facility, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-855-535-0558 or 1.604.457.1101.
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