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Machine Made Cigars
The Machine Made Cigar Process
Machine made cigars are a great, cheap way to enjoy tobacco. These brands are made with high quality filler tobacco, yet they are inexpensive because the rolling process is automated. Handmade cigars premium cigars, are rolled by an individual.
The process of producing a machine made cigar is pretty simple and can produce double the amount as hand made cigars. Starting with the wrapper leaf, it is spread out on one side of an aluminum disc that rotates. Rotating at 180 degress, in one swift motion, little arms reach out and grab bunches of tobacco, the operator puts another wrapper leaf on the ready side of the disc. It only takes a few seconds and the rolled filler is covered with its wrapper, and then the whole process is repeated over and over again.
The equipment used to make machine made cigars has pretty much been unchanged for 40 plus years. Unfortunately, there is a enormous amount of maintenance to keep these machines working.
Machine made cigar filler is made of shredded pieces of tobacco, also produced by machine. In higher quality cigars, these shredded pieces are relatively uniform in grade, size and texture. Some lower grade machine made cigars shredded tobacco may vary in quality. In very low grade cigars you may find pieces of tobacco stalks or stems in the filler.
The binder of the cigar holds the filler in place. In high quality cigars a tobacco leaf is used. Other machine made cigars use a homogenized tobacco leaf. This leaf is typically made from ground up tobacco scraps, mixed with combustible agents and water, then stretched and rolled in a large sheet like paper.
The wrapper is the tobacco leaf that forms the outer protection and gives the cigar its appearance. Machine made cigars are made with dry wrappers, which means that they will not mature into smooth, oily wrappers like some hand made cigars.