Pros for both: No-fuss design, sharp cut, lightweight
Cons for both: Cheap feeling, nothing special
Two-for-one review! Straight to the point: Both Chickamasa snips are decent and I will be keeping them around til they break (will update if they do). They replaced two other snips I kept that you can deduce here Snips, Shears, and Shit.
Beyond that, there is not much "wow". They are snips. The wow comes in the story of the company. The grapevine has reported, aka not verified, that Chickamasa has been around since 1910 and their process has relatively remained unchanged since then. Instead of conforming their process to today's standards, they tell people to wait! I very much appreciate this story and hope it to be true. I wish they offered their original as show on their website here. #WANT
Out of the two, the B-500SKF is my favorite because its lightweight, shock-absorbing, clean cutting, and feels natural in my hand. The tips are small enough to get into tight spaces, yet not super-sharp to the point I get stabbed through my pants (been there).
The T-550 is a decent snip as well. The rubber lock at the bottom is distracting at first, but I got use to it flapping around the more I used it. I have concerns about the metal used to construct the snips. It feels weak, but that is compared to my all-steel pruners (seen at the top in picture three).
I look forward to using the T-550 over the summer as it can snip more at once, which will come in handy for up-keep of the Summer Garden 2019.
All-in-all, if you can get your hands on one of these, I do recommend them. If you have any information about Chickamasa to verify the story or debunk it, please leave a comment below or send me a message. #NothingBudTheTruth
Pros: Works flawlessly, easy to use, great storage ability, rugged
Cons: Material dry percentage requirement, Price
Straight to the point, the Trimbag dry trimmer worked flawlessly, to my surprise, and I give it a full 5 leafs recommendation. The trimmer worked almost a little too good if you look at the close-up trim picture; sugar leaf present.
The product comes clipped together in a carrying/storage bag. All are rugged and decently built. The trimbag is a spring, so it stays open and is rigid for easy loading. The zippers can get in the way during large loading, but not enough to cause a "con". The zippers are magnetically attached during shaking. One magnet did come detached during shake due to trim filling the tip. Again, this flaw is not a con because it was super easy to fix and didn't hold up trimming. I shook the bag a good twenty times in multiple directions using the different handle configurations. After shaking, I set the bag down and true to the video--the material was trimmed!
Here are the cons:
All trimmers seem to have a "goldielocks" requirement to the bud relative humidity (RH); needs to be just right to trim. This trimmer requires pretty decently dried bud; ~15% RH. I tried with semi wet bud, 30%, and the shake/trim was not as effective. Having the time/space to dry out bud to the 15%-ish RH requirement may not be available for all. I ended up drying my bud on a door in the garage #HomeGrownOperation.
The only other con is the price. This retails for about $300+. The product definitely is worth every penny, but coming up with a spare $300 these days can be hard. The good news is you will be getting all that trimming time back which is priceless.