Automated Pre-Roll Machines: Pros And Cons

You’re probably well aware of what the process of filling and rolling joints and cones entails if you’re a cannabis brand or a retailer. When done manually, it can be both tedious and time-consuming. Many distilleries and smoke stops have already started using alternative methods to handle this task more efficiently.

If you’re interested in saving time, energy, and money on the process of rolling and filling joints and cones, you should consider using automated pre-rolling machines. This technology can significantly change the way you run your business and improve the quality of your products. 

Stay with us to learn all you need to know about these machines, their pros/cons, and decide whether they’re worth your while.

What Are Automated Pre-Roll Machines?

As the name suggests, automatic pre-roll machines are devices that roll and fill joints and cones automatically. They typically have separate slots for joints/cones and herbs. They produce perfectly rolled and consistent products in record time once you fill them in and set them in motion. In addition, there are several other types of automated pre-roll systems on the market.

For instance, automated cannabis pre-roll packaging machines by Hefestus, a well-known producer in the industry, offer several devices that aid the packaging process in different ways. They can roll the joints, grind dried and frozen cannabis, or create different label shapes and sizes. You can use one or all three types jointly, depending on what you prefer or what your business requires and offers.

The Hefestus Youtube channel features videos about automated pre-roll machines and covers various topics, from the production process to frequently asked questions regarding the technology.

Advantages of Using Automated Pre-Roll Machines

Now that you’re familiar with the basics, we can look at the advantages of using automated pre-roll machines. It all starts with costs, invested labor, and product quality — we’ve explained these aspects in greater detail below.

Reduced Costs

Automated pre-roll machines are designed to produce a large number of joints or cones in a short period. Some can roll up to 150 joints in no more than a minute. Without the machine, this is not a one-person job. You would have to hire several people to do the same amount of work. Plus, it would take them much longer than 60 seconds to produce 150 joints or cones. Consequently, the same job would cost you a lot more than the machine.

Invested Labor

Automated pre-roll machines don’t require more than one set of hands, and that’s only to fill them up with herbs and cones. The machine does the rest of the work on its own, so supervision is not necessary. It will handle large workloads and create shelf-ready products. Thus, you’ll be free to delegate other higher-level tasks to your employees.

Product Consistency

One of the significant benefits of automated pre-roll machines lies in the quality of the products they create. The best ones produce joints that barely differ from one another. For instance, the difference in the weight of the cones typically falls under the 10% benchmark when using a high-quality machine. What’s more, some of them have settings for different label shapes and sizes or packaging finishes. While these might seem like nuances, there’s no doubt your brand will benefit from them in the long run.

Disadvantages of Using Automated Pre-Roll Machines

Downsides to using automated pre-roll machines are space consumption and purchase or maintenance costs.

Some of these machines are on the bigger side, depending on the producer and their type. It can be challenging to use them if you don’t have a lot of space. So, you should keep a specific size in mind when looking for the best model for your business.

Moreover, buying, renting, and maintaining automated pre-roll machines can be costly. Nevertheless, these costs don’t outweigh the labor-related expenses. So, even though they won’t be cheap, using them will likely increase your profit and improve your brand’s reputation.


Nationwide, cannabis legalization has become imminent, and you can read more about it at this link. So, if you’re a retailer or a distillery, you might have to step up your game soon. Automated pre-roll machines are an excellent choice for cannabis brands looking to decrease labor costs and improve their products’ quality and production quantity.

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