In an industry where peddlers of sub-standard products pop up every other day to gouge customers, its absolutely refreshing to experience both the performance of the Shearline trimmer and the accompanying customer service.
In the search for the best wet trimmer, I have tried twister, centurion and shearline and have found that Shearline is by far the best. To be clear, this is not an arbitrary determination. Every time I trail a new machine, I do a miniature study to gauge the efficacy of the machine. For starters, I record the number of minutes it takes the machine to run through one bin of hand strip on average, the percentage of product that must be run through the machine twice to get a clean cut, and the amount of labor it takes to both feed the machine and keep an eye on the product it is producing.
Most recently, I put the Shearline original up against the Centurion Gladiator, a trim machine with 2 barrels.
Theoretically, the gladiator should be able to double the production of the Shearline.
Here's what we found:
minutes per bin: Shearline- 21 Centurion- 16
% rerun: Shearline- 8% Centurion- 21%
Labor: Shearline- .75 FTE - Centurion 2 FTE
In addition, while the Centurion came very close to the Shearline's trim quality, to get there we had to be extremely measured in our feeding of the barrel, whereas the Shearline did not require such exact attention to do the job.
Another thing to note would be that the factory settings for the gladiator were terrible- straight out of the box, the rotating blade and stationary blade were grating against each other, and had to be adjusted, which took FOREVER.
When held up against the Centurion Gladiator, we found that the Shearline is absolutely the better machine. Per barrel, the Shearline trims to a slightly higher quality at a much faster and less work intensive pace. It also came with perfectly tuned factory settings that have run like a dream with no maintenance.
This test solidified my belief that Shearline is the best wet trimmer on the market, and I recently called the company to tell them so, and to order a couple new units. Turns out, the company owner himself answers the phones, and he gleefully waded into the technical nerdisms of trim machines with me for the next 30 minutes, geeking out on my mini-studies and providing fantastic advice on how to up my game. In short, I can't recommend this company enough.
Caz Tomaszewski Ruckus Farms and California Growers Association October 13, 2017
This trimmer rocks. It does big tops without destroying them. The autofeed hopper works flawlessly. Well done Shearline.
Sid August 12, 2017
Shearline is to trimming for buds, what Led Zepplin is to classic rock. If you have spent your money on any other trimming machine you've wasted it. This machine is incredible; it gives us here at the farm a far better product than we can get by hand, it is easy to operate, co-operative and compared to other trimmers very quiet. It is a very easy machine to clean and is built to last. The technical support we have received since our purchase is above and beyond what we expected, absolutely awesome. We purchased the new bucker with our machine, it does the work for 4 to 5 people; it is simply awesome and an absolute necessity. If you want to be even more efficient, it works like a champ and is unreal as well. The pieces of equipment are if anything overbuilt and will give you years of trouble-free service. I, in short, am very happy we made this investment. I no longer dread harvest because of long hrs now I sit back and let my Shearline equipment work hard for me !!!Thank you for this Ryan; you have changed our lives in regard to our farm and made things so much easier for anyone in our position! Thank you from all of us here at Harmony Farm
Harmony Farms Owner July 2, 2017
We are a small mom and pop business. Harvest time has always been difficult for us. Just finding human trimmers who were trustworthy and reliable when and if they would even show up has been a constant battle. Thus the burden of trimming would always fall on just the two of us, and we are no longer young and can't afford any more aching fingers or backs.
We wanted a trimmer that would do the work for us, be easy to operate, not take up a whole building because of its size, and most importantly at the same time not put us in the poor house with the price. As I was doing the research I came across the Shearline 2.0, the end product buds in the video looked like the best of all the other trimmers I researched. And so we saved up our pennies and bought it. The machine sat in our possession for several weeks before our harvest, and my concerns grew daily, did we make a mistake, how do we know its going to work, and on and on, before we even used it...guess I got buyers remorse, after all this was a major investment.
We have just finished our first harvest with the Shearline 2.0 and …..OH MY GOD!!!!!.....
this is the BEST investment we have ever made. This machine is...AWESOME!!!!!..AMAZING!!!!!.
What would have taken us 3 weeks to harvest has taken us less than 5 days. I can't tell you how pleased we are with our Shearline 2.0 Trimmer. It is MORE than what we expected in terms of producing a GREAT quality product. If you adjust it properly, you do not even have to tweak any of your buds, the machine does all the work for you thus taking the burden entirely off the harvesting process. What is most surprising is how gentle it is on your buds.
One of the best things about this machine is that Ryan does not leave you to fend for yourself while you are learning how to work your Shearline 2.0. His customer service is old school, and he will not let you off the phone until he is sure you know what you are doing. He held our hand through the learning process, and was an inspiration for SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SERVICE no matter what time of day or night we phoned him. Everyone who wants relief from the burden of harvesting by hand should have a Shearline Trimmer. It is the BEST TRIMMER we have ever used, and has virtually drastically reduced our stress and saved our bodies. Thank you Ryan for your FABULOUS invention. We are so GRATEFUL.
Carl & Helen K. Owner May 8, 2017
I am not making any promotion for shearline. It's an amazing product with perfect service. I really hope that you guys will grow very big because you really deserve it. People from this industry will understand after using it. Greeting from Holland.
Metin Entrepreneur May 6, 2017