So You Want to Save Time on Plant Trimming

So You Want to Save Time on Plant Trimming

Hamilton Design TEA RAP-XRL-MAXI Plant trimming machine

Pots pass under the Hamilton TEA RAP-XRL-MAXI Trimming Machine’s cutter deck, where they are clamped down. Then the cutter rotates around the pot to trim each plant.
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The Hamilton TEA RAP-XRL-MAXI Trimming Machine is a self-contained unit to be used for plants in pots, particularly nursery stock. The machine is constructed with a rigid, long-lasting aluminum extrusion frame, with clear polycarbonate safety guards. It only requires a domestic single-phase electrical supply. The entry and exit conveyors fold upward for easy transport.


Pots are loaded onto the entry conveyor, and are automatically fed into the cutter conveyor at the optimum spacing. They then pass under the cutter deck, where the pots are clamped, and the plants are trimmed by the cutter, which rotates around the foliage.

The debris falls through to the underside of the machine, and the pot is delivered to the exit conveyor. If the exit conveyor is allowed to fill up, the machine pauses its cycle until the pots are removed.

The cutter curvature, height, and rotational speed are adjustable, and the pot holder automatically adjusts for different sizes of pots. The belt speeds are individually adjustable, and the cutter deck can be set to rotate twice around each pot if required. With the standard 0.20- x 3-inch cutter blades, the foliage diameter can be adjusted between 5 to 14 inches. The plant height is set by a motorized drive to lower or raise the cutter deck up to a maximum of 30 inches from the base of the pot to the top of the foliage. The automatic pot holders accommodate pots from 3 to 11 inches in diameter.


  • Pneumatic wheels
  • Remote-control panel
  • Automatic safety guards that will shut the machine down if opened
  • Lockable storage box

Tech Specifications:

  • Typical Speed – Up to 1,000 plants per hour (variable speed)
  • Power Consumption – 0.5 kilowatt single phase (specify 110 or 240 v)
  • Dimensions (in feet) – 15.8 L (conveyors extended) x 3.2 W x 6.6 H ( approximately)
  • Weight – Approximately 660 pounds