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post #1 of 10 Old 05-08-2011, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Need clipper suggestions

Like the title says! Looking to buys some clippers (not for full body clips, for clipping ears, bridle path, etc.) and wanting to see what some of the suggestions are for a good set of clippers.

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-08-2011, 12:11 PM
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• Horses: 0 123.99 plus 15 for shippIng. These are the ones I want.

Other places have them in the 140-150 range and usually have free shipping for orders over 100. So if you have some other needs, I would consider buying from Valley Vet or large company like that.

I would not go cordless because of loss of power. I don't have much experience with Wahl's other than they don't seem to last as long with heavy use.

My first Oster lasted 8 years and the only reason it quit was because it was dropped or knocked off a shelf which broke a piece of plastic off the end that keeps the blade stable. The one I have now has worked for nearly 10 years of my abuse. I use it frequently and run it for long periods. I even shave the dogs with it. One of the screw holes that holds the plate (that you snap the blade onto) down against the vibrations is getting enlarged and no longer hold the screw in place. I have to stop every few minutes & re-tighten. I finally filled the hole with lock-tight and put the screw back in. I don't think that will be a lasting repair because it was a self tapping screw and the plastic threads appear to be stripped. So, I'm hoping to buy a new one in the next few months.
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-08-2011, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Tried calling you yesterday CCH. That was one of the things I was going to ask you.
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Everyone has thier preference, I hate cordless, wont hold a charge, if you drop it it breaks, ugh just a pain in the azz imo.

I have never had a problem with Wahl, they have a great one for horses @:

I only use wahl at my salon and for my pets, as long as you keep it maintained it will last forever. I still have my wahl that I bought when I was taking my course as a color technician/stylist (15 yrs ago lol) and I use that one on my dogs and it still runs like new.

Again it is a personal preference imo, Wahl always worked great for me.
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-08-2011, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Yep Katze, boils down to personal preference for everybody. At this point i have no preference. >.< That is the main reason I am hoping to see what everybody likes and doesn't like, to kind of get an idea and not just jumping in unknowing.
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-08-2011, 01:14 PM
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Usually if it's pretty and shiny it will break, has been my experience lol. Good luck with the clipper hunt, and if you can, try and test out a few different types of clippers, see which one "feels" better in your hand. Also a good blade is important, competition series blades are awesome imo, need less sharpening more durable.
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-08-2011, 01:29 PM
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I have a Wahl rechargeable/cordless. In fact, I have a 2nd set at home to groom my dog. I will admit that if you are going to be grooming for a long time, it's best to plug them into an outlet while using them. But for the fast touch-ups, I really like them. I paid about $50 each for them. I also have the Wahl battery operated palm size.

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post #8 of 10 Old 05-08-2011, 03:48 PM
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I buy clippers everywhere... need be from the thrift store to the tack store. For basic everyday clippers I'd just go get some simple dog ones if you drop them or your horse breaks them your not out $200. Even human clippers will work, thrift stores are gold mines for cheap nice clippers.

I like Oster they have a great amount of options and a huge selection of blades. Wahl I keep trying to give them a shot but I'm not liking them. I have three wahl clippers and I use my conairs over them 60% of the time. I have a wahl arco that works but is a bit of a pain. One the blade can not be sharpened you have to buy a new one of it gets dull and second the way the blade clicks into the machine is very weak. There is one plastic piece that holds it in if it gets broke you have to buy a new blade. With them being cordless I can not tell you how many times I have sent those flying and I keep breaking the dang blades the rest of it is fine just have about 4 sets of blades now.

For show clipping I LOVE my Oster finisher clippers. They have a cord and get nearly surgical. The wahl pro trimmer or whatever its called is pocket sized and ok but it tends to get clogged when given a big task.

Cords to cordless to me depends on the horse and the task I'm trying to do. Some horses because they can be a bit nuts I use the cord on and loop (not tie) the cord around my wrist just enough so if it was knocked out of my hand it wouldn't fall and break. Cordless is great for fast quick things or things that need to be clipped where no outlet is near like say a pasture....

I have heard great things about Laube clippers. sells them and I want a pair of those really bad but they are not for the light of pockets that is for sure.
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post #9 of 10 Old 05-12-2011, 07:28 PM
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I have done A LOT of grooming in my lifetime, anywhere from congress/worlds level quarter horses, to arabians, to freisians, to dressage horses or jumpers, and therefore I have had/used a lot of kinds of clippers. One of my favorite clippers for problem horses are the Wahl Iron Horse clippers, they are SUPER quiet but still powerful, however one thing I dont like about these clippers are that the blades are adjustable rather than changeable. I also love the Oster A5 turbos, they have 2 clipping speeds and mine have lasted forever! These are great clippers if you get the right blades for them (the chronium? i think are ones to avoid). I also like andis, however I have never owned a pair, I just borrowed other peoples, also a very nice brand. One thing I do have to say though is it doesnt matter how nice or not your clippers are, if you dont take proper care of them and get the blades sharpened and keep the blades lubed they will fall apart. Hope this helped!
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-12-2011, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Helped a lot! Thank you very much to everyone that has answered!
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