How to Use a Top Hand Roller

Written by matthew ferguson
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Using a Top cigarette hand roller is a cheap and easy way to roll cigarettes at home. Top rollers are small, hand-held machines that feature a pair of cylinders and a sleeve mounted on a plastic base. Used properly, a Top hand roller creates a mess-free, evenly rolled cigarette every time.

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Things you need

  • Rolling papers
  • Tobacco

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  1. 1

    Ensure that the Top hand roller is in the open position. This means that the two cylinders should be separated, in their individual grooves.

  2. 2

    Distribute tobacco evenly between the cylinders. Do not use too much, or closing the roller will be difficult. Push the tobacco down with your fingers, compacting it as much as possible.

  3. 3

    Close the Top hand roller. This involves bringing one cylinder and placing it in the groove beside the other cylinder. If there is excess tobacco protruding from the top, remove some tobacco.

  4. 4

    Rotate the cylinder closest to yourself with the tips of your thumbs. Rotate the back cylinder simultaneously with the tips of your index fingers. Rotate the rollers three to four times. Rolling too many times will result in a cigarette that is too tight and does not drag well.

  5. 5

    Insert the non-sticky end of a sheet of cigarette rolling paper into the Top hand roller. Rotate the cylinders as you did before, until the paper has nearly disappeared into the machine. Only the sticky end should still be visible. Moisten the sticky strip, and continue rolling.

  6. 6

    Open the Top hand roller. Remove the cigarette.

Tips and warnings

  • Practice using your Top hand roller with cheap tobacco or even tea leaves. It may take a few efforts before mastering the process.

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