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    06-11-2013, 12:14 AM
Green Broke
Preferred Tool Brands?

Sooo I'm trying to stock up on trimming supplies. Right now, all I have is an old rasp, a hoof knife, and an apron. So I need to stock up, on rasps and nippers mostly.

I have a Bellota hoof rasp(starting to get dull) that my farrier gave me. I also have a Roy Bloom Hoof Knife. It's so dang purdy but it was so dang expensive! My apron is an old Myron McLane apron my farrier gave me(I am so grateful because THOSE are expensive!!)

Anyways, what brands do you prefer? For your nippers, hoof knife, rasps, apron, any other supplies? I want to invest in some good tools to begin with so I don't have to keep replacing them because they dull/fall apart so fast. Thanks!
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    06-11-2013, 09:46 AM
Green Broke
Bumping this up :)
    06-11-2013, 11:54 AM
I buy at . Belotta is good. I usually buy mid range price things.
    06-11-2013, 01:16 PM
I didn't even check the brands! I didn't buy the cheapest, about midrange. My nippers are about 25 years old and are Nordic Forge. It says right on them, warranty void if used on hardened nails and wire but I have removed clinches with them. My farrier takes them every few years to sharpen them, they are razor sharp, no nicks in the cutting surface so I guess the nails I cut weren't "hardened"? He gives me his used rasps and said they would be fine for me, but he needed them sharper for the amount of horses he does, the one I still have says Save Edge, I kept it for filing cliches off when I pull shoes but I treated myself to a brand rasp this winter, what a difference! I won't being using his cast offs for hooves any longer. The brand is Mercury and cost @ $40, my hoof knife is an old piece of crap that never sharpens up too well, no brand name on it but says made in USA, it's really old though, I remember buying it used from a farrier when I was a teenager back in the Stone Age, lol! I will be buying a new one when the horses shoes are pulled next winter. I don't use an apron.
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    06-11-2013, 01:57 PM
Green Broke
Karen, you should get a Bloom knife! My farrier recommended it to me and it does a great job. The knife ran me about 40 bucks.

I mostly need to figure out what nippers to get. I keep the boys rasped down enough where I don't have to take nippers to them, but I will DEFINITELY need nippers for any horses at my barn. None of the horses have any resemblance of a good foot, even the ones who are regularly trimmed/shod.
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    06-11-2013, 04:39 PM
Well, I like my Nordic Viking nippers. I don't think you could beat the price for the same quality.
    06-11-2013, 05:24 PM
Green Broke
What size do you use? I believe a 12" would be easier to use than a 15"? Or would it be the other way around?
    06-11-2013, 06:07 PM
Do you mean the length of the handle? I find longer is easier for me, I had short handled ones, horrible to use, threw them out but I should've kept them for pulling shoes dammit!
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    06-11-2013, 06:35 PM
Stay away from Diamond brand tools, they are about as cheap as you can find and they fit that description all too well.

Brother buys GE brand nippers and loves them. He buys all his stuff from Farrier Supplies :: Well-Shod mostly because it's the closest quality farrier supply store to us. GE nippers, if they ever get worn down or dull, you can send them in to be rebuilt (they come back like new) for about the same price as a pair of cheapy crap nippers.

As for length, for those of us with limited upper body/arm strength (women), longer handles are better because they give you more leverage.
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    06-11-2013, 10:27 PM
Green Broke
I've heard good things about the GE brand, but I think as a starter pair, those nippers would be a bit too expensive for my budget. I have read a lot of good things about the Nordic Viking nippers, and those are definitely a lot more affordable at this point. And I agree about the Diamond brand. I've heard they're absolute junk!

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