It probably seemed like a bad idea at the time when some mad genius thought, “I wonder what would happen if I smashed my favorite plant into the heated plates of a hair straightener?” Yet, a few years later, here we are trying to help you decide which is the best rosin press for your needs. If you’re unfamiliar with the rosin press, it’s basically a machine that combines massive amounts of heat and pressure to extract concentrates from plant material without the use of solvents. Some folks have no problem with solvents. Others don’t want to risk residual chemicals contaminating their product. And then there are those of us who just don’t want to blow up. For those last two, the rosin press is a godsend. So, whether you sort of know what you want from a rosin press or you’re totally new to the subject, read on to get a decent overview of your options with these bud-bashing beauties.
Get Physical with a Manual Rosin Press
You’ll find that rosin press models are either designed for small batch personal use or commercial concentrate production. Obviously, those commercial models will come with a heftier price tag, so if you’re just starting out, you’ll probably want to go with a rosin press designed for personal use. In most (but not all) cases, personal use models are going to be manual operation. There are a few different ways this can be executed, from levers to twisting cranks, but a manual rosin press will require you to roll up your sleeves and get a bit physical. You can probably start to see why commercial enterprises aren’t using manual rosin presses. But if you’re looking to make a strong entry to your pressing ventures and don’t mind flexing those muscles a bit, a manual rosin press is an excellent place to start.
Hydraulic Rosin Presses: Less Toil and More Oil
Making up a huge corner of the rosin press market, hydraulic rosin presses can be found in the homes of hobbyists and the labs of commercial extractors alike. Hydraulic models aren’t as physically demanding as the manual designs, though they often require a bit more from you than a simple push of a button. Pumps are integral to the operation of the hydraulics; in most cases foot pumps or hand pumps, though there are some electrical pumps that give you a break. We wouldn’t recommend an electrical pump for a beginner since a miscalculation in the setup or an application of too much pressure can have dangerous consequences. However, once the initial setup of an electrical pump (including priming, filling with oil, etc.) has been completed, it can be activated with a simple flip of the switch. Hydraulic rosin presses use hydraulic fluid to build pressure, so they can require a bit more cleanup than other designs.
Get Serious with a Pneumatic Rosin Press
For commercial processors seeking the most powerful means of rosin production, pneumatic presses are the way to go. They don’t require hydraulic fluid like the hydraulic rosin presses, relying instead on an air compressor to build literal tons of pressure. Pneumatic models are often considered the best rosin presses for commercial enterprises because of the high volume of rosin they can produce fairly quickly.
Pneumatic rosin presses we offer: Rosin Tech Daxtractor™ (when used with Foot Pedal)
Plug-and-Play with the Electric Rosin Press
Rosin press technology really hit its stride with the advent of the electric rosin press. These models don’t require pumps, air compressors or manual operation. Rather, a simple power outlet will be enough to get your electric rosin press running. The plug-and-play user-friendliness of these presses opened up the possibilities of rosin to a whole new market who found pneumatic and hydraulic presses too complex and overwhelming. Since they bypass the need for an air compressor, electric rosin presses are more space-efficient with some simply fitting on a kitchen countertop. Most models also feature intuitive temperature and pressure controls built right into the machine (and some higher end models even offer speed control)! This can be useful when trying to hone your personal pressing style.
Sure, there are plenty of other factors to consider when shopping for a rosin press, but knowing the type of model you need is the first step. You’ll find that solventless extraction is more affordable than solvent-based methods which can require full labs to be built. Even the highest priced commercial solventless extractors don’t come close to the price tag on that kind of setup. And you know we’re all about saving that green at 420 Market!