Best moderately priced nippers?
Any thoughts on the best moderately priced nippers? By moderate, I mean 90 bucks or so. It's easy to deduce that GE and Lopez are good quality, but they will not be put through "professional" use. Mustad and Diamond have similarly priced nippers, but quality?
Appreciate your thoughts!
Missy, I got my from DS Supply in Vinton, LA. The man makes them himself. I want to say mine were $160. My barn manager had originally bought the less expensive ones and then I bought the DS. There was a world of difference in how they handled and cut.
It's obviously up to you to decide whether you want more moderately priced nippers. But I have to say that I've never regretted saving a little longer and buying my Lopez nippers. It's kind of like how a nice bit will balance itself in your hand. The Lopez nippers actually fall open by themselves after each cut. They balance themselves and I find myself paying barely any attention to the nippers.
Instead of getting uneven cuts, it is easy to shift and make micro adjustments that make the job so much easier. You also don't have to worry about someone else dulling your nippers as when I let someone use mine to cut through some massive hoof walls on several mustangs that had just been adopted from BLM.
Even with my small hands I can set up the nippers one handed and I never strain to cut through a thick wall anymore. So my take on it is that it was worth buying quality nippers even to trim just a few horses.
We used old mustads at school, but it took decent effort to get through even a softer hoof wall, and none of my cuts were even close to even (not sure if it was mine or the nippers..no one else got too great of nips either though). I ended up relying on the rasp much more than O should've..but I think I can manage doing my own barefoot horses with just a rasp, nothing that says I don't just do 'em a little early if they grow too fast ;p
Personally though, for quality..GEs or FootPros. I've accidently used my instructors pair of GEs and they were sharp and I could position and nip with one hand (on a bad horse lol), and I've seen a very scrawny, short girl (under 5'7" and a lot less muscular than me) use the FootPros one handed on an Andy stud to trim his fronts (harder feet as well as..well, no attention span lol).
When I get the money (around $235 here), I'll be buying myself a pair of FootPros so that I can pick up a few trims each morning before work.
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Generally, I just rasp, too. I thought I could wiggle out of this additional expense - errrr, small fortune. But, I got another horse b/c I enjoy "additional expenses" :D. She is young, has no training, and feet that are beyond hard and in horrid condition. I am trying to get a farrier to come up, if for no other reason to have two to wrangle this little (and she is little) tank. I am obsessed w the whole matter..I don't want to wait till next week (how busy could these farriers be????)! So, I am thinking...buy a pair that actually cut something and ensure "something" gets done!
Sorry for the rant, but I do feel better now. :D
Try looking on Alvin farrier supply. They have an assortment at different prices.
I have a pair of mustad nippers that are great but I bought them 20 years ago. Maybe the quality has changed? I haven't done anything with them either in all that time. Just do my own horses. They are still very sharp.
I do remember a few times in the end of summer when it's dry I had to have my husband do the nipping on the draft feet but the light horses I had no problem. Probably more of a size problem. I just couldn't hold on to dinner plate sized feet and get that little bit more of a squeeze I needed on big feet.
I buy 99% of my stuff from Meader's Supply. They are really friendly and helpful on the phone and won't just sell you something to make a sale.
I'll have to look at Meader's and compare.
Do you sharpen your nippers? I've used mine for 4 years and in the beginning they could cut my finger, and now they are dull and need a sharpening.
I thought about sharpening them. :) They are just a cheap pair I wish I had never purchased b/c they are short thinking "oh, these will be easier for me to handle", not. The jaws don't open super wide like the "real" kind, they were far from "deadly sharp" to begin with, and are in general junk. :( I chalked them up to yet another mistake!
Being a penny pincher I just ordered a pair of Nordic Viking 14" nippers. My old farrier, who has moved and is a friend, suggested them. She said she had a pair along w her "high pricey" ones, and that they are decent for the price. I will really lose it if they don't work and I have to go to the 200+ sets.
My new filly's hoof walls are are so hard that I would grow old trying to rasp them down! The new farrier my vet recommended should be her on wed, I am hoping for the best...as in...his tools can get through her iron hooves. :) Then, I can puddle around w maintenance. As horrid as her feet are and as untrained as she is..it may take several visits. So, I decided to put the money into a farrier and cheapen up on the nippers. :)
I use the 14 inch too.
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