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post #1 of 8 Old 05-12-2014, 04:22 AM Thread Starter
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What Sort Of Clippers To Buy

OK, posting on behalf of a friend, needing a heavy duty clipper to clip the entire horse, would an oster A5 single speed work? or is this just like a trimmer? it's really confusing because on the horseland website it doesn't give a description!!!! anyway what are your opinions? i live in australia, and Horseland is the only shop near me, and i don't have enough time to order some off ebay. thanks
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-13-2014, 12:12 PM
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Honestly? I use a cheap clippers made for grooming dogs. It got me through the winter coat on my three horses: Two 15h paints and a very dirty pony. worked perfectly and the horses looked great in the end. I think the heavy duty stuff is over rated. unless you are shearing a sheep, any clippers will work. the cheaper they are the more often you will have to replace the blade but they still work perfectly well.
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-20-2014, 06:27 PM
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A little late in seeing this but does it make a difference in using a "trim" clipper versus a "body clipping" clipper...you bet!

There is a large difference between clipping a dog and a horse or a face, bridlepath and cleaning up and making it look really nice or clipping a horses complete body..

Biggest thing is many of the blades just cut to darn close to the skin...even the longer length blades are close cutting....it is summer time and horses sunburn too. It is also wintertime in some parts of the world and taking to much off is not healthy or advised either. Something to seriously take into consideration. You can cause great skin irritation by taking to much hair off and the stubble it leaves behind...just not good.yes, my opinion...

I believe in using the right piece of equipment for the job. You don't clip a muzzle with a body clipper as it is to large and can't fit well in the small spots and vice versa.

Aside from the depth of the hair cut, the length of time it will take and the heat the machine will produce can be intolerable for many animals. Small machines overheat as they just really don't have the oomph to push through the heavier coat. A body clipper has a large built in fan to blow the hair out of the machines way keeping it cooler running. Aside from the blades being near double the width which means less strokes of that blade against the skin and the "tracks" many leave behind. Less run time = less heat = happier horse and nicer job.
A clipper that is used for the appropriate job will also give years of service, dependable service not break-down or need replacing because it was over-worked, over-heated and just plain worn out.

If you are going to go with a A5, go the extra few dollars and invest in a A5 Turbo 2-speed. That clipper will have some extra power to push through better the heavier coat since where you live it is now winter season is it not?
Remember to purchase several sets of blades in appropriate cutting length {think it is #7}, clipper lube spray, clipper oil and patience in abundance.
Work slowly and quietly and remember horses are much more sensitive to heated blades than humans are...so cool those blades often, change them out often and have someone cleaning them well while doing the clip job.
If you can bathe the horse the day before you clip so the coat is clean but real dry it will help the clippers to go through a clean coat easier than a dirty one.

Good luck.
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-20-2014, 08:44 PM
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I have used the Wahl KM2 for a full body clip when my Heiniger clippers were being repaired. They do a pretty good job. Small enough to do faces and legs but managed fine for a full body clip. You can get them from Horseland.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-21-2014, 01:54 PM
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purchase a clipper made for body clipping. the A5 can do it, but you can end up with a blotchy clip and you will go through more than one blade. Also if the hair is thick, it takes forever..
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-21-2014, 10:21 PM
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If you are body clipping regularly, once a year I mean, you need the heavy duty clippers, they do the best job in the shortest amount of time, I like Clipmasters by Stewart. If you are just doing legs, ears, bridlepaths, etc, I recommend the A5's by Oster, you don't need the 2 speed, single is good enough. Best part about them is the detachable blades, you can select your blade, close shave, medium or surgical (40's) and change them in a nano second. The last forever too, I had 2 sets of wahls, both died on me within 5 years.

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I have an Andis 2 speed AG model I think. I have had it for 15yrs and no issues with it. I got it for mainly ears, bridle path.. But I have also body clipped with it. Takes longer and isn't a show quality clip. But it does the job. I just did the pony the other day with them. Have always had good luck with Andis. Plus it easier for me to hold onto. The body clippers can be heavier to use..

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post #8 of 8 Old 05-22-2014, 09:47 AM
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Just be sure that no matter which clippers you get that the blades can be sharpened locally. Not too many places do the blades from cheap clippers. Talk to dog groomers as they will tell you where they send theirs. If the blades aren't sharp they pull. Also tell her to buy Klip Kool and blade cleaner. A single set of clippers means a slow job as they get hot and have to be allowed to cool down. A dog groomer friend kept 3 A5s so she could switch clippers when one got hot.
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