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    05-22-2014, 02:20 PM
Human shavers as clippers?

I was at the store yesterday and saw a pair of human shavers and was wondering if I could use them as clippers? Thanks for any help !
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    05-22-2014, 02:29 PM
Yes, they are the same clippers just marketed for people. What you won't be able to do is big jobs like full body clips. They just aren't made to run for long periods of time, the motor will overheat. For trimming up faces, bridle paths, legs and such they will work just fine.
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    05-22-2014, 03:03 PM
I think the "human" clippers are set with a closer hair length left than an animals clipper would be.

Most "humans" would not be looking to leave stubble say on their neck...they may also be adjustable cutting depth which is fine but somehow you need to mark the adjuster lever so if you bump it {very easy to do} you can go back and repeat the same cut length easily.

Before I would buy "human" clippers I would go to the pet section and buy "dog" or "animal" advertised clippers....
Places like Walmart, K-Mart and most pet stores have clippers available in the grooming section.

I peeked at what Walmart carries for "human" clippers.... a Wahl clipper for $11.00 showed up.....
Ummm...honestly, save your money.
It won't last and {my opinion} will butcher the horses coat.. That machine does not have the capabilities to cut the thickness and amount of hair on a bridlepath, legs...maybe a few whiskers of a muzzle.
The "pet" clippers by the same manufacturer have a more powerful motor and better housing to withstand the bumps that happen.

I would suggest looking online at some of the tack supply places and reading about horse clippers and understand the power in the motor, the housing and cord length if you go corded or what the battery power supply is.
You can always buy cheaper online or through a catalog than in a store, many times for the same price you would spend in a store you now have better quality.
A "horse trimmer"....entry level and "decent quality" around $30+...of course you can always spend much more.
Here is just one place that you can read and see various manufacturers and types of machines and $$ amounts too...
Horse Tack, Horse & Equine Supplies -
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    05-22-2014, 03:26 PM
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I would say not - they aren't designed to deal with the sort of hair a horse has.
I would buy some dog clippers if you can't find small horse clippers - there isn't much difference that I can see in my dog ones and my small horse ones but neither would be my choice for anything but trimming small areas
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    05-22-2014, 03:31 PM
Are you using them to just touch up your horse or planning to shave him completely down?
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    05-22-2014, 03:42 PM
I have "stolen" my husband's clippers and used them on the horses. They do ok. Not great but ok on muzzles, ears, around the eyes (Arabians clip close around the eye socket). They tend NOT to be any good for bridle paths, the motors just are strong enough to push through a long bridle path. I had to take scissors, cut it down short, wash it really well, put conditioner on it, rinse it out and the spray Show Sheen on it and that helped me to get a good clean look, but it took forever compared to horse clippers. They'll trim up around the coronet band pretty well, again gotta be squeaky clean, and around the chestnuts but no good at all for a big job.
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    05-22-2014, 04:21 PM
I wanted to do a full body clip in the summertime. There are also these pocket clippers at a horse shop and they are meant for dogs, horses, ect. But the thing is I don't know if they are capable of a full body clip because if their size. And I'm also confused because the package didn't say. Thanks for your help!
    05-22-2014, 05:31 PM
Originally Posted by Meadow    
I wanted to do a full body clip in the summertime. There are also these pocket clippers at a horse shop and they are meant for dogs, horses, ect. But the thing is I don't know if they are capable of a full body clip because if their size. And I'm also confused because the package didn't say. Thanks for your help!
No, the pocket clippers won't do it either. You need a good heavy duty clipper like the Oster Turbo A5, Laube clippers, KKs, meant to do large animals with fairly heavy hair.
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    05-22-2014, 06:11 PM
If you are really looking to do a full body clip those "cheap" machines will not cut it, period!

You can with time, patience {in abundance}, correct length extra blades, clipper lube spray and oils do a body clip on a horse.
I would use a clipper that {if not willing to purchase what the job really calls for} is a two-speed motor so when you need some extra umph you have some extra umph.
Honestly, if you are planning on doing body clipping and often, just buy a large animal clipper like this one...

Horse Clippers < Horse Supplies | Dover Saddlery

There are several manufacturers who make quality machines that are made to do the job you want. With the proper equipment doing the job it goes easier, faster with less hassle from the horse, and looks right, not like someone scalped the animal.

If you have never body clipped, watch several people do them before even attempting yourself and have someone on hand who knows what they are doing to give you tips, pointers and can literally bail you out if you really start to go wrong...
Even after watching, doing is very different than watching.
Take your time, have a mountain of patience and don't expect your job to look wonderful at takes practice and it takes skill to really do a nice job...and it takes the correct equipment to accomplish that job you want to be proud of and your horse be comfortable with the job you have finished {yes, horses can get rubs, sunburn and razor burn if not careful in how much coat is removed and how it is removed!}

Again, definitely look around, shop around for the best prices.
I have seen where there were promos if you bought say the Sunbeam/Oster Large Animal Clipper they included for free a single speed A5...yes, you paid for that big clipper then were given a brand new machine that sells for $ it really makes those prices easier to swallow...
Look around carefully, use coupons and don't be afraid to see if one place will match prices from another or beat them if you like a particular company to deal with...

Good luck.

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    05-22-2014, 06:27 PM
I agree with all of the above. Pocket trimmers won't help you, and /certainly/ not those marketed for people or dogs if you're looking to do a full body clip xD

Is the issue that you're not wanting to spend the money on clippers? If so, you can always pay someone to do it. I paid around $125 for a hunt clip, minus the face.
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