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Guide to Buying Andis and Oster Dog Clippers

Updated on March 21, 2016
A guide to the best Andis and Oster dog clippers.
A guide to the best Andis and Oster dog clippers.

Choosing the Right Dog Clippers

I've been grooming dogs part-time for about five years now, so it's safe to say I know my way around a pair of clippers. Over the years, I have tried several different models and learned their advantages and disadvantages. Hopefully, this guide will help you find the best clippers for your dog's specific needs.

When it comes to clippers, two brands run the game: Andis and Oster. Both are high-end brands, so both will be covered in this article, although I have had more personal experience with Andis.

If you have personal experience with any of the models mentioned or you believe that there are clippers that should have been mentioned, please leave a comment to help others.

Andis

I have owned several Andis clippers over the years, and they're the ones I tend to see being used most by other groomers. Andis makes incredibly durable clippers that will last practically forever.

Clippers are an investment—they will save you grooming costs for years to come. However, they come in a range of prices. You should let how frequently you plan to use your dog clippers determine the amount of money you are willing to invest.

Andis is hands-down one of the best names in the business when it comes to dog clippers, and they continue to impress with new products and great customer service. All of the clippers I have seen from Andis have detachable blades (handy if you have dogs with different coats), so I did not include that in my descriptions. Here's a list of my top three, ending with my favorite.

3. Andis Two-Speed Pet Clipper

The labradoodle before getting groomed with the Andis Two-Speed clipper.
The labradoodle before getting groomed with the Andis Two-Speed clipper.

These clippers (featured in this article's pictures) are very quiet and can cut through just about anything. As anyone who has tried using human-hair clippers on animals can tell you, dog and cat hair is much tougher than ours, so anything besides high-quality equipment will jam up. You can alternate between two speeds on this clipper—2,700 and 3,400 strokes per minute (spm).

This clipper comes with a #10 UltraEdge blade (this is Andis's stainless steel line). If you are only cutting your own dog's hair, this should be fine. If you intending to cut hair for more than 20-minute stretches, beware that the blade can heat up. When this happens, you can either turn it off and let it rest on a cold surface or use a cooling spray. Alternatively, you can buy a CeramicEdge blade, which heats up more slowly.

As for the durability and use of this clipper, it comes with a 14-foot chord and sturdy body.

Conclusion: This is truly a heavy-duty dog clipper that will last you for years. I highly recommend it for larger breeds.

2. Andis PowerGroom

Having quiet clippers is especially important when trimming around a dog's face. The clippers pictured here are also the Andis Two-Speed, but the PowerGroom has a similar noise level and operates more quickly.
Having quiet clippers is especially important when trimming around a dog's face. The clippers pictured here are also the Andis Two-Speed, but the PowerGroom has a similar noise level and operates more quickly.

The Andis PowerGroom is one step above the normal two-speed. While they weigh the same amount, the PowerGroom functions much faster (though only at one speed) at 4,500 spm. The PowerGroom also has the benefit of coming with a #10 CeramicEdge blade instead of a stainless steel one.

Other than that, it is very similar to the normal two-speed. It is very quiet and can run hot if you run it for extended amounts of time. To solve this, you can purchase Andis's Cool Care Plus or a similar cooling spray.

Conclusion: The Andis PowerGroom clipper definitely lives up to its name. The lightweight and powerful tool makes grooming a breeze. However, you must determine whether the added speed is worth the approximately 50 percent increase in price.

1. Andis AGC Two-Speed Pet Clipper (A.K.A. The Super Two-Speed)

While trimming your dog, you may need to use different blade sizes for different parts of the dog's coat. It will likely take a lot longer for you to trim your dog than it would for a professional, so a lighter clipper can be beneficial.
While trimming your dog, you may need to use different blade sizes for different parts of the dog's coat. It will likely take a lot longer for you to trim your dog than it would for a professional, so a lighter clipper can be beneficial.

This is my favorite clipper from Andis. It is lighter than either the normal two-speed or the PowerGroom, and you can really feel the difference in your wrists after a while.

What's more, these clippers are so quiet that you can trim your dog or cat's fur without it even flinching—perfect for sensitive animals. It also runs at a remarkably cool temperature, though the blade can still get hot with time.

What's more, it does not cost much more than the PowerGroom!

Conclusion: The AGC two-speed is an incredibly versatile and durable dog clipper. It is great for dogs that require a quieter clipper.

Oster

There are many groomers who swear by Oster clippers, but I have not used any personally. The first clippers I purchased were Andis—I was very satisfied, so I just stuck with them, and they have yet to do me wrong. But Oster also has many great reviews all over the Internet, so here are the two most highly-rated clippers and what I have heard about them.

2. Oster Turbo Two-Speed Clipper

The labradoodle after getting groomed.
The labradoodle after getting groomed.

This clipper has changed very little in the past few decades. Many groomers today first encountered the Turbo in college and have just stuck with it. It has two speed settings, 3,000 and 4,000 spm. Like the Andis clippers, these come with a #10 blade and can get hot with use.

Conclusion: The A5 Turbo is a straight workhorse and is virtually indestructible.

1. Oster Powermax Two-Speed Clippers

A before and after shot of the labradoodle.
A before and after shot of the labradoodle.

Some reviews have had problems with the durability of these clippers. They are rated more lowly than any of the Andis models, but at four out of five stars, their rating is not terrible. They are quick (3,700 and 4,200 spm) and as as lightweight as the Andis two-speed or PowerGroom. Unlike the old-school Oster Turbo, this clipper is also contoured to fit your hand. Surprisingly, both the Powermac and Turbo have comparable prices.

Conclusion: Great clipper for at-home use, very lightweight and powerful for the toughest coats.

Which Brand is the Best? Andis vs. Oster

With over 1,200 votes, Andis came in as the fan favorite with over 60 percent of votes.

I restarted the poll to get a more current view, and Andis has grown slightly in popularity, sitting at approximately 65 percent of votes.

Place your vote below for the best clipper brand:

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How to Choose Your Blade Size

Large and small dog breeds may require different setups.

I own a standard poodle and he requires a heavy duty clipper. I use the Andis PowerGroom dog clipper for his thick coat, and it has been working great for about two years now. Granted, most clippers could work for any dog, but it might be more convenient to have a smaller setup, like the light-on-the-hand AGC two-speed, if you mainly trim smaller dogs.

What really differs in your setup is your blade size. You select your blade size depending on how long you want your dog's hair to be—the lower the size number, the longer the hair. The #10 is offered with all of the clippers listed above because it's the most commonly used blade (it will leave your dog's hair 1/16" long).

For a poodle, you will want to use a #3/4 to a #7 blade (leaving 3/4'' to 1/8'' of hair) for the body and a #10-30 (leaving hair 1/16'' to 1/50'' long) for the more closely shaven parts.

It's also helpful to know that every clipper brand uses universal blades, meaning a Andis blade will work with Oster and visa versa.

Blade Size Chart

Size
Hair Length (in Inches)
Hair Length (in Millimeters)
3/4
3/4''
19 mm
5/8
5/8''
16 mm
3 3/4
1/2''
13 mm
4
3/8''
9.5 mm
4 1/2
5/16''
7.9 mm
5
1/4''
6.3 mm
7
1/8''
3.2 mm
8 1/2
7/64''
2.8 mm
9
5/64''
2.0 mm
10
1/16''
1.5 mm
15
3/64''
1.2 mm
30
1/50''
0.5 mm
40
1/100''
9.25 mm

Home Grooming: What to Really Expect

Now, I'm not trying to burst your bubble, but I must warn you: While incredibly economical, grooming your dog at home is not easy. Regardless of the clipper set up you have, this is still a tough job.

The reality is that, depending on the size of your dog, you could have a project that takes several hours to complete.

So be ready!

Before starting a clip, be sure to have the proper equipment on hand and set up properly. Here is a quick checklist:

  • Dog clippers
  • Blades
  • Clipper oil
  • Combs
  • Scissors
  • Ear-cleaning supplies if needed
  • Appropriate shampoos
  • Plenty of free time

You don't want to break off more than you can chew when clipping your dog. Some people even prefer to space the clip out over a few days. It can be a really physically demanding process, so make sure you give yourself the necessary space and time before committing.

Best Dog Clippers
Best Dog Clippers

Final Thoughts and Feedback

So after reading and responding to literally hundreds of comments, I wanted to address some common questions and misconceptions. And please keep the comments and questions coming so this process can be ongoing—your input is greatly appreciated.

1. Ceramic blades stay cooler then all metal blades. Don't hesitate to go with ceramic.

2. The clippers on this page will work for a wide range of dog breeds and sizes. Both the Andis and Oster lines will get the job done.

3. Clipping dog hair requires a high-powered clipper, settling for cheaper brands won't work. So don't waste your money!

4. If you have blade size questions specific to your breed or desired clip, ask your local groomers and they should be glad to help you.

What Your Experience With Dog Clippers? Have Any Questions?

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      Delia 7 years ago

      I own both but use them on horses..nice lens

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      Very helpful information. Love the photo of your black dog and his pile of fur. More how-to photos would be nice. smiles.

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      WiscBear 7 years ago

      my wife grooms our two Standard Schnauzers. Just completed a post on grooming them. Thanks for the clipper review.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have an Andis AGC2 that has been a very powerful, durable, and effective clipper. I have used the Andis UltraEdge, which is supposed to be very similar to the AGC2, but it felt less powerful to me, and took a few extra swipes to get the coat smooth.

      My favorite clipper by far, though, is the Andis PowerGroom. It's lighter and has less vibration than the AGC. The blades do heat up faster, but it also smooths the coat in fewer strokes, decreasing the amount of time you have to spend grooming. I do not typically use this clipper with the battery pack, because the battery is significantly heavier than the cord pack. However, it's great to have as backup, and I've used it to do a quick fix on a missed spot without having to put the dog back on the table.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was looking for a good andis clippers I'm beginning to have my doubts. its difficult to choose. Thanks for explain. I decide for the Power Groom

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just replaced my 2 yr old Oster Turbo 5 with the Andis AGC2. The Oster ran so hot after doing my poodles face you couldn't touch the blades and the housing also got hot. I used by daughters Andis AGC2 and what a difference. My 20 yr old Oster was okay, but the new one was awful. Cord was made of stiff vinyl and didn't allow free movement. Not a good deal.

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      DallasNicole LM 6 years ago

      Andis has great clippers! Great lens!

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      jakealoo 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm sorry that you've had a bad experience with both of these clipper brands. For my standard poodle, Andis clippers have always done an incredible job and cut through his hair even when its super thick.

      The hair on your Pyrenees must require some sort of special clipper or blade. Try checking out some dog grooming forums or a forum with other Pyrenees owners that groom at home.

      Good Luck!

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      MissReviews 6 years ago

      Hehe, I just drop by and I saw your poodle dog. It's so cute!! By the way you have a nice clipper lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      the reason the clippers arent working on your great pyrnees is because you are not supposed to shave them down. it messes up there whole cooling system. there hair is like insulation in a house keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. clippers ar not designed to take down such a thick coated breed.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I want to shave my Aussie to about 2". She sheds trememdous hair. 2" would help and yet not looked too shaved. What works best for this situation? Any help would be appreciated. I tried Wahl-not!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have used Oster clippers on my malamute and they were worthless. Now I have a mixed breed dog. She is part old english sheep dog, border collie and hound. Her fur is not thick like the true breeds, but gets scraggly and tangled. I want to get an Andis clipper but I am not sure which one. My dog has sensitive skin, so it has to be a clipper that does not pull on the tangles while trimming.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: The blade has more to do with pulling the mats than the clippers. A dull blade will drag. Clippers with attached blades are pretty useless for grooming animals. If you have a seriously matted dog you need to buy a pair with detachable blades and use a #10(they usually come with this blade). If it still won't work you need to see a professional as anything shorter is a little dangerous in inexperienced hands. The Andis ultra edge, or even the AG single speed ones should do the job for you.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Great lens. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Angel Blessings for Dogs on Squidoo.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just purchased a pair of Andis AGC 2 (#22340) for clipping my poodle-shitzu mix. The blades get caught in her hair (which is thick but not more than 3/4" long) and clipping her hair was only semi- successful. In the end I resorted to scissors . I'm very disappointed and am going to return them. Any clipper suggestions what would be more powerful and cut her hair?

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      jakealoo 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Sally, sorry about your bad experience with the AGC 2 . If you are using an Andis ceramic blade and still having problems than I recommend the Andis 22215 2-Speed. This is what I use for my Standard Poodle along a ceramic blade.

      But I always make sure everything is clean and oiled. This is always very important.

      Hope this helps, good luck Sally!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I purchased oster a5 clippers at the end of 08 I have a Spinone and have only used these clippers a few times. They stopped working and I sent them back to be told the motor has burnt out and they are finished,Greatly disappointed with them. I am now looking to replace them but not sure what make to get. HELP PLEASE !!!!!!!!!

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      jakealoo 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Go with the Andis 22215 2-Speed Detachable Plus. That's what I've used on my Standard for two years now. The clipper is extremely powerful and reliable.

      Good luck Jean and thanks for commenting!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @jakealoo: Thanks for your suggestions. I'm using a new andis steel blade. I'll try the ceramic blade. Given your suggestion I did try the clippers again after thoroughly cleaning the blades with a little brush. It did seem to improve their performance. My dog wasn't particularly dirty when when I was attempting to clip her but do you think giving a bath first helps?

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      jakealoo 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Giving your dog a bath beforehand will definitely increase the longevity of your clipper and blade life. So ideally you would want to do this with a perfect setup.

      Professional groomers have the leisure of using clippers that collect the hair as they clip so the dog isn't covered with hair when done. But if you're grooming your dog at home you'll wind up having to bathe your dog twice which is way too much work(for me at least).

      I've always just groomed my dog when he's dirty and my clippers have held up great. But like I said this will ultimately reduce the useful life of the clipper and blade. With my Andis 2-Speed and ceramic blade though it has yet to be a problem.

      So the short answer is No, grooming the dog clean shouldn't have too much of an impact on the clipper's performance.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @jakealoo: Thanks Jakealoo,

      good info to know.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @jakealoo: i have to totally desagre with the clean/not clean dog for clipping, always bath, dry(totally), brush and then you can clip.

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      jakealoo 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Well like I said as a groomer you have the ideal setup. With my Andis 2 and 1, I have always clipped my poodle before cleaning and the clipper still runs like a champ(going on 3 years now).

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I will give it a try. The reason I asked is because I have body clipped horses before and it is definitely easier to clip them after a bath (even when they don't appear to be very dirty). Horsehair is obviously a lot shorter than most dog hair that needs clipping (and there isn't the curly factor) so I didn't know if the concept applied to dog as well. Thanks for the info. Any and all is appreciated as this is new territory for me.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I owned a set of Oster A5 clippers to groom my 2 standard poodles and my cockapoo. They were okay for about a year and then we had to replace the gear inside. This wore out repeatedly, the clippers ran hot to both me and my dogs- blade and case. Finally I told my husband that I had had enough. The blades were not long lasting either- constantly needing sharpening despite being used on clean hair. So...that said, I took the plunge and bought Andis AGC2 Ultra Edge Special Edition clippers and switched to ceramic blades. What a difference! I have had these clippers for nearly 4 years now and am at a point of maintainence- my switch went out when a fuse resistor blew but no biggie there. Hubby is an engineer and will replace the circuit board (it all comes assembled) or the fuse resistor if we can identify it. Keep in mind that this pair of clippers has been regularly used on all 3 dogs about every 3-6 weeks with no problems whatsoever until this happened. This is a much better track record than the Oster pair. I really prefer the ceramic blades and will never go back to just steel. They stay sharp and cut very well. No clipper is perfect I have found and there are problems with all of the brands but to date I am impressed with the Andis far more than the Oster. That is my 2 cents worth :).

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      Mary 5 years ago from Midwest

      I have always groomed my yorkies. Im a hair stylist of humans haha but i thought i could do the dogs also, and i can if i had a clipper to hold up.

      After reading the comments i think i will try the Andis 22215 2-speed or the Andis AGC2.

      I used Osters to and i would just get started and they got so hot you couldn't touch them.

      I'm done with all the. Thanks for such a great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Could someone suggest which size of blade to use on a standard poodle? I keep him cut fairly short all over but would appreciate any suggestions for size of blade for face and body. I am going to buy the Andis 22215 2 speed.Thanks!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Caroline, it really depends on the length of the clip you want for you standard. On my dog I give him what I call the "man cut" and it is just one length all around on the body and the traditional close shave on the face and paws.

      For the face use a 1.5mm blade(andis #10). That is more or less universal for the clean face and it can also be used on the feet as well. For the body I use a 9.5mm(andis 4FC) which is very short but it keeps him cool and I don't like the fluff look plus it don't have to clip him as often this way.

      People often stop me and ask if he is a labradoodle because he is black and I keep his hair so short along with no poof on the top of his head(its kind of an insult to me cuz I'm a die hard poodle lover and I hate the thought of dumbing down their incredible genetics).

      I actually had a Mohawk going for a while and people absolutely loved it! You'll definitely want to pick up a 1.5mm blade(Andis 10) for the face and feet but the length on the rest of the body is up to you. Traditional groomers scissor clip the top knot and other poofy areas after they blow dry and comb it out.

      With the body blade make sure you get a ceramic though because if the blades that are all steel they get very hot quickly. The 1.5mm is all steel but it works fine since it is only used for short time period in comparison to clipping the body.

      Good Luck Caroline, I hope this helps!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @jakealoo: Thanks so much for the info Jake! The info is perfect esp the blade sizes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I currently have a standard schnauzer and would like to start grooming him at home. What would be a good set up to start with? I just want to be able to shave him down, utilitarian, not the breed cut. And are there ones with a vacuum attachment?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm needing a good clipper reasonably priced for shaving down Persians. What clipper would you recommend for the heavy fine haired coat?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I LOVE my Ultra Edge Andis clippers. I do about 10 dogs a week and they are so comfortable in my hand. Very light weight. I have ever used the ceramic blades though. Does anyone have any comment about the ceramic blades? As for the blade size for face , I always scissor because they can get irritated and scratch until they are raw (especially light dogs)

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Ceramic blades are really great. They cut well and stay very cool as opposed to all steel blades. After a 2 hour grooming session the blade is still nice and cool. When I use a 1.5mm all steel blade on my poodle's face and feet it is like a race to finish before the blade gets too hot. For the body, ceramic is a must.

      Thanks for your comment Trisha!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have 2 Wire Fox Terriers, one has thinner silker hair and the other one has thick wavy course hair. We have been using a pair of Wahl clippers that I think are for people and not dogs. They don't work well on either dog and I'm looking to purchase clippers that will work for both of my dogs. We currently use a 1/4" clipper attachment, any suggestions for what would be a good pair of clippers and blade for me would be greatly appreciated!! Also my one dog goes bananas when the clippers get near her head, not sure if it's the buzzing noise or not. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a Maltise, live in Arizona where it get quite hot. What type of dog clipper whould any of you recomment to keep the hair short for summer?

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Fred, thanks for posting your question. For a Maltese you will need the regular grooming supplies.

      *Clippers and blades

      *Grooming Scissors(the long flat ones)

      *A nice comb

      *Supplies to clean your dogs ears(hemostat if they grow hair in the ears, powder, and cleaning solution)

      As for a clipper I recommend the Andis AGC-2(see the links at the top of the page). Blade size for the body would be around 9.5mm so an Andis 4F ceramic is a great buy. Be sure to go with a ceramic blade so it doesn't heat up while your grooming.

      You will also need a blade for the face to give it that clean and close trim. 1.5mm is the standard for the face or an Andis 10.

      I hope this helps, good luck Fred!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a bichon poodle mix. His hair grows so rapidly. To save on grooming cost, I've been cutting his hair with grooming scissors and my back can no longer take the two and a half hour sessions. I'd like to purchase Andis clippers but my budget is a mere $75. Can you recommend clippers at this price?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have American Eskimos that I shave short in the summer. I've always used a Wahl clippers (been through few of them already) I want to buy an Andis ..... which one do you recommend for my Eskimos?

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Rhonda, thanks for posting your question! I recommend going with the Andis 22215 2-Speed Detachable Plus Pet Clipper. This is a really solid clipper and it will last for years. That or the AGC-2 which is very similar but costs about $20 more. Both of these clippers won't let you down as long as you keep them clean and oiled.

      Good Luck with your American Eskimos Rhonda!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello Elgee, unfortunately if you want an Andis clipper your going to need about $120 for the standard 2 speed model. I can assure you though, that is well worth it considering the clipper will last you for years and save you the cost of paying a groomer. And if you do find a clipper for $75 you will most likely wind up regretting it as it will have a short useful life.

      My recommendation is to save some money for a higher budget, it will pay off in the long run. It will also save your back with a quick and efficient clip.

      Good Luck Elgee,

      Jacob

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello Barb, yeah you'll have nothing but a headache and angry dogs when using Whal clippers. A quality set up would be the Andis AGC-2 for a couple reasons. First the clipper is very durable and powerful so it will accommodate both of your dogs hair type. Second it is very quite which should help with your dog going bananas from the sound.

      As for blades be sure to grab a ceramic blade for the body, these are great because they stay cool for hours unlike all steel blades. Than you'll want a 1.5mm blade for the face which can be all steel since this part doesn't take very long to complete.

      Hope this helps!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a Shih-Tzu that has really, really thick hair, and I've been able to boil it down to 4 models.

      3 from Andis: 22340, 22360, & 22405. Is the model# indicative of release date and/or increasing quality?

      1 from Oster: the A5 Turbo.

      Of course I want the best of the 4 for the Shih-Tzu, but also want to make sure it's great for all breeds as well. What do you think?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. What are the best clippers for this type of dog?? Please help.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @jakealoo: Thanks for the info - that's one of the Andis models we had been considering along w/ the ceramic blades! The other Andis model is the AGP Super 2 speed, and idea what the difference is? Once again thank you for your help : )

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi I have a cocker spaniel that has a thick undercoat due to living in northern canada. What type of clippers would you recommend? We don't cut him from October to may as there is snow on the ground for pretty much that whole time, so the first cut in spring is a tough one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a great pyrenee & newfoundland, they are big fur-balls! lol.... What would you guys recommend? Llama shears? ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a sheltie and a shepard/husky mix. I like to shave the mix in summer. What do you recommend? I am sending the whal clipper I just purchased back because it wasn't strong enough to get through his hair effectively.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a cocker spaniel with a really thick & wavy coat. I've been grooming him at home for about a year now with one of the lower priced Andis clipper. He's really good about it but it takes a really long time. I'd like to buy a better clipper to make it go faster. What is the best clipper to buy?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great info, thanks!

      We have 2 dogs, a black lab and a pug. Both are bad shedders, and we found (at the suggestion of another lab owner) we try having him and the pug shaved. Wow! What a difference!!!! For about 45 days, they were cooler (not to mention cuter) and little to no shedding. Because after only 45 days the hair issue is coming back, we really don't want to spend the $130 it cost us to have both dogs shaved. I don't mind spending the money on a good clipper, but have NO idea which blade(s) we should use to get their coats nice and short (almost velvet like). Any suggestion on the blade we should use for this? We'd like to buy only one clipper if we can. Any help you can be, would be greatly appreciated! Thanks. PS (when we got the dogs back, I could see a small area where I think they tried the shortest possible length, but changed it to the next one up (for whatever reason), if that sheds any light on the situation?

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: A good setup for a reasonable cost is the Andis 22215 2-Speed. It is a very nice clipper that will last you for years. As for vacuum attachments, I really don't know too much about them and I imagine they will cost you quite a bit more. Since your just doing a utilitarian cut it would be overkill. They are ideal for breed cuts as you can wash the dog first instead of after clipping.

      Best of Luck Hitch!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I recommend going with an Andis Andis 22215 2-Speed or an Andis Powergroom. These are both outstanding clippers. You can click through the links at the very top of the page. As for blade size the range your looking for is between 9.5mm and 12mm. Make sure you go with a ceramic blade so the blade stays nice and cool.

      Good luck Ken!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: For the heavy coat, go with a Andis Powergroom. See the 3rd link down on the top of the page in the Andis section. Sorry about the late response Diana, Good Luck!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So 9.5 to 12mm ceramic blade? Thanks. What # blade is that.The only blade I found close to that was a 4FC which was 9mm and supposedly leaves hair about 3/8 which is too long. I can't find anything that goes shorter than that. Can you help this newbie out? Thanks!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The 4FC will do just fine. Perfect length and you will love the ceramic blade.

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The 22340 has a slightly slower blade speed than the 22360 and 22405 so a little less power. The 360 and 405 are both very similar clippers, but I would recommend the 360 for durability and versatility. But like I said they are both very similar and great clippers. Good luck Sal!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi Jacob,

      I own a mini medium labradoodle and a soft coated wheaten terrier. could you suggest a clipper and the right size blades. I am new at grooming but I like the puppy cut for both dogs.

      Thanks, Amy

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, great blog. I had an older model Oster A-5 which wasn't cutting through the mats on my 3 Standard Poodles, even after brushing and bathing. Andis has an "Easy Clip 12-Piece Kit" including 3 blades, clippers, scissors. It ways it is a heavy duty clipper (there is no model #) What are your thoughts?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I didn't see you mention the Andis 21420 Pro-Animal clippers in your review. They're about ½ as much as the other Andis and come with ceramic blades. According to Amazon their reviews are pretty good. We just started grooming our own 2 miniature Schnauzers and purchased a cheap clipper set at Harbor Freight to get us started. The dogs and I survived and it wasn't too bad of an experience but as you can well imagine the clippers left a lot to be desired. It was a live and learn experience for us. We ordered the above mentioned Andis clippers to see how they well they work, and if they're no good, we'll send them back. Anyway, your comments would be appreciated

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ihave always had my mini schnauzer done for me before but havr deciced I would like to clip her myself now. Which clipper do you think would be best. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi I have a lhasa apso and a whal model wa9265 showpro that will not cut her hair will the Andis 22215 2-Speed do the job or something else

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looking for both clipper and blade advice: I have a "rough coat" Golden Retriever who's course hair seems to grow in every direction - it takes ages to do a "respectible" job with the clippers we currently use since there are many "stops-n-starts" and direction changes. She's a very active dog so we try to keep her coat very short to keep her cool. I am willing to make an investment in "professional caliber" clippers but don't know what to buy. Thanks in advance for your advice!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello Jakealoo

      Just started grooming my two miniature schnauzers at home. They are used to being groomed (age 4 and 7) Can you tell me what clippers you would recommend and what blade sizes for the various areas of the dog - head, body,legs and underbody.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can you use a 3F blade in combination with a long attachable plastic comb to keep the poodle's hair longer when you trim it? We like our standard to have longer than 1/2" hair.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have to clip/trim/shave a couple of large outdoor farm dogs with long hair that is matted from being in the river and muddy shoreline almost every day. What heavy duty trimmer would you recommend? One of the dogs is a boarder collie and the other is a large long curly haired mix, resembling a newfoundland(?). Thanks! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have a toy poodle, he has very thick hair and i can't find clippers strong enough to cut his hair...what clipper would be best to use?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi I was reading this blog and I was wondering if you could help me as you helped the others. I have two long hair cocker spaniels could you recommend a good clipper to use on them and sizes of blades needed. Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @jakealoo: I was enjoying this article until I got to what you are saying about Labradoodles. I have two of them and they are awesome dogs! I am a die hard Labradoodle Lover - I would have no other dog, they're fantastic.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, I have a Bichon. She is very traumatized after going to groomer. Keeps tail down, will barely eat and tries to hide for days. We have tried 4 different groomers. One was a lot better, but she has moved now. We would like to try grooming ourselves, with hopes she won't be as traumatized. What clipper would you recommend for a Bichon and sensitive dog?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hi i have a toy poodle with a very thick curly coat have been using the wahl clippers with steel blades but find they get very hot and the blades blunt quickly was considering getting the andes which model would you recommend also steel or ceramic blades and which sizes

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      which andis clippers would you recommend for a toy poodle with very tight thick curls and which blades also ceramic or steel

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have a cock a poo. Their hair is very dense and almost matted by the skin. What is the best clipper to use for such a thick coat. We have tried the common clippers but it seems that the hair does not get near the blades and pulls instead of cuts the hair.

      Thanks for your input

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi There,

      I'm looking at buying some Andis clippers for the first time (first time buying clippers that is) and I want to know what the best ones would be for my English Cocker Spaniel. ANd I wanto to know what size blade I should get for him also justto do like a medium length cut as we spend a lot of time on the beach and he just can't stay out of the water or rolling all over the sand!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am looking into purchasing a clipper for my two (2) Yorkies. I am growing their coats out for now, to see how they grow, since both dogs were both in March 2010 but are 're-homed' and have only been with me since May and August, 2011. One was in puppy cut, having been monthly to a groomer at his previous home, and the other had been home-cut, and somewhat chopped in places.

      I have taken the regularly-professionally-groomed Yorkie to a groomer of my choosing, having visited the salon several times to get an impression of how the dogs were handled...to make sure my new baby would be safe and well cared for, and was told the dog pretty much did not like anything done to him, although the groomer did a nice job.

      So, I am thinking perhaps I should take care of the babies myself, and want an appropriate clipper. It must be cool and quiet and cut the first time...only a ceramic blade will do. I would be willing to get a small trimmer also for certain areas if it meets the same requirements. I do already have one small trimmer (rechargeable) but the noise was disturbing to my first Yorkie, and the second one has not even heard it run. I had bought it for a long-haired calico kitty who matted quickly and badly when she shed twice a year, and who had no problem with being clipped by a groomer...or me...or being clipped with scissors either, as it turned out. I used the clippers on her a couple times, but the scissors seems to be a better choice since she was so amiable.

      For certain I will want to trim paws and cleanliness areas, ear tips and shape beard length...as soon as I learn how. ;-) I can trim coat length with scissors, I think...seems the way to go, but, if I should decide a puppy or other shorter cut is more appropriate for their behavior and activity level, I want a clipper that can do it without hurting or frightening my new little darling babies.

      I have read your previous suggestions, and have looked at those clippers even before finding this website...and Andis seems the way to go for me. I have their small adjustable pet dryer and it works great...for $30, it cannot be beat. I was using my 1875 watt hair dryer...which worked fine and didn't bother the first Yorkie...but the Andis 1875 pet dryer is much quieter and the stand is great. I may get myself one for my own hair when my noisy dryer dies! ;-)

      I had found another Andis clipper with a ceramic blade, the Andis Ceramic Vuemaster Clipper Model 23160, and was considering it. It does not have a case, which I would like but it is not essential, nor combs, and I have read that some combs don't work with that clipper, but comes with a ceramic blade. I had really wanted a clipper that was rechargeable, but worried that blade speed might suffer off-cord. I also like the LED lights on this model, and at the price I can get it for, if it turns out that I am just not cut out for clipping my own puppies, it's no big loss. The lack of a cord would allow me more freedom of movement around my puppy babies, and versatiity of where I can cut them...like outside in nice light.

      Money should be appropriate to the clipper quality, but I doubt I will ever (professionally...ha, ha) groom enough to make up for a huge dollar outlay in a really good clipper, but I will spend a proper amount for a quality clipper. I would prefer not to have to buy the clipper with steel blades which I do not believe I will use, preferring ceramic to make sure no pulling ever occurs that might frighten or hurt my babies

      Any thoughts on an appropriate clipper would be appreciated. Thanks!

      - Cat

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a great site...thank you! I'm tired of spending $40 plus each time I get my pomeranian groomed so I'm looking to buy my own clippers. I've tried going the cheap route and realized quickly that those just won't cut it. I keep her trimmed pretty short...almost shaved because we live in SC and it's always so hot here. I know everyone says you shouldn't shave your pom because it will ruin their hair but she is just miserable when her hair is long. Anyway...after reading your reviews I think the Andis PowerGroom might be the best clipper for the job. What do you think? Also, what blade(s) would you recommend?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have a new Goldendoodle puppy. She is now 6 months old and we trimmed her the first time at home with shears. It took my husband and I 2 1/2 hours to trim her. We did a pretty good job, but I would prefer to trim her with clippers in the future. After reading your comments here and the below forum I have decided to get the Andis Powergroomer 63970. Our goldendoodle, has a beautiful thick coat, she feels very much like a velvety teddy bear. We are not interested in her looking like a show dog poodle, but just a simple cut. And in the hotter summer months something shorter. I am wondering if I am purchasing the best clipper and what number ceramic blades I should buy? Many thanks for any help!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a shih tzu, currently 4 months old and am thinking of investing in the AGRC Powergroom #63850 model but on the main andis website I notice that they only have a 3 3/4 FC ceramic blade. Isn't this just a finish coat and don't I also need a 3 3/4 blade?

      Otherwise could you kindly recommend ceramic blades to groom my Shih tzu. Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello great info...can you recommend what clipper and also what size blade, plus what sort of scissors to buy for my two west highland white terriers. I don't like them having any sort of fancy cut. I prefer to have them cut neat and short with short round heads because we go on lots of muddy walks. A simple quality kit that I can attempt grooming them myself.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have two cocker spaniels, so I groom a lot. Up till now I have had an Oster, but I seem to always be adjusting the blades to get them to cut. I want something that makes grooming a lot faster and much less frustrating for me and the dogs. What would you recommend for a clipper and blade size.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello, I have an English Cocker Spaniel. It costs quite a bit to get him professionally groomed but his coat is high maintenance. Can you please suggest a good pair of clippers/appropriate blades for his type of breed? Many thanks, Nadia.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There are 5 Bichons between me and my sister and taking them to the groomers pulls hard on our checking accounts!! I was wondering if you could help me choose a pair of clippers that would be suitable for this type of dog but that I could also use on a larger dog if necessary? I want a good solid pair of clippers that are quick and efficient! Ones that will cut the hair easily and that will last!! Can you help me?? Lol

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi I used the Andis Power Groom for my shih tzu i would like to buy another one in case i needed 2, i love mine it is lighter can you suggest another Andis who is lighter to??? I have 8 shih tzu. I tried Oster but it's really to heavy!

      Thank's

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What setup would you recommend for a Newfoundland?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just purchased an Andis AGC2 from a groomer friend who has gone out of business. I have poodles and have groomed them for many years with an Oster A5 until my big dog pulled it off the table and broke it. The Andis heats up very fast and oil and Kool Lube don't seem to help. What could cause this and what can I do? Also, can I use my Oster blades with the Andis clipper?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @jakealoo: This is great info - I've been wanting to groom my own dog - not that great of experiences taking her to the groomer - way to long a wait, etc, but I must complain about one comment - I have a black labradoodle and she is very intelligent!! - everyone thinks she's a standard poodle - so no more dumb labradoodle comments ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a Maltese Bichon cross with fur more like wool...what are the best clippers for this breed? I currently have an Andis Model PM-1.

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: All of the Andis models listed above will do just fine for your Maltese Bichon. I love Bichons!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Deanna, thanks for you comment. Are you using Ceramic blades? If you are than Im not sure what the problem is. But with an all metal blade it will heat up very quickly and there isn't much you can do about it. I use ceramic blades for the body and a short metal blade for the feet and face.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have the Oster A5 and the Golden and they run really hot, loud and I find them clumsy. I have not tried any of the Andis but they look so sleek and small I am tempted that's for sure

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      jakealoo, thank you so much for having this site! it's great information. I have two small dogs, a yorkie and a silky terrier, and in search for a good clipper, and I don't mind spending a bit if it's worth it. though i've groomed them in the past, i'm not too savvy when it comes to clippers; all the blade numbers and clipper speeds get me confused.

      i'd like to purchase a clipper that can get the job done quickly. my last wahl clipper that just died was really slow, and it took me over an hour each to do. the blades were new and because they were metal, they got hot really fast.

      i like keeping their fur about an inch long. any recommendations on what speed and blade size should be used for them? i'm opting for ceramic, since i see they stay cool for a long while. i also want to mention their fur is pretty silky and straight and not thin. any suggestions i'd greatly appreciate! thanks again.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi Jake,

      I've just started with a mobile hydrobath company and I need a set of clippers that will work for various breeds and stay cool, so I'm thinking I'll buy an extra ceramic blade for the bulk of the clip and use the steel as suggested for face and feet. What kind would you recommend I buy? I've messed my brain up reading soooo many reviews and now I'm just confused. I was thinking the Andis Ultra Edge or the AGC super 2 speed....

      Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have adopted a keeshond and her fur is rather thick. We like to keep her body fur around an inch. Please advise which Andis clipper would be suitable. We like the idea of a cool ceramic blade as well, which blade # would you recommend. Thank you.

      Rosie

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi! I have two Havanese dogs. What would be the best clippers to use for them? I normally take them to the groomer but I am planning to begin grooming them all the time myself. Can't afford to take them anymore! Would prefer something quiet. Thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have two standard poodles but they have very different coats. My black male has a very thick, curly, wirey (wooly) type of coat-the groomers tell me it's extremely heavy. My red female has soft wavey hair. Would the same type of clippers work on both dogs?

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello Bobby! I own two standard poodles myself, a black and a chocolate. If you choose a nice heavy duty clipper it will be fine for both dogs. I've used my Andis on all types of coats, it's a hog.

      Good Luck!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a standard poodle with a medium-curly coat. She's only 16 months, but after a horirble experience with our groomers (who's been doing her since 6 months), I don't want to take her back (water in her ear, and a cut ear...?!!). I have thought about grooming her myself anyway, so now, I'm researching clippers. Your page is most helpful - thank you! My question is, is the Andis power groomer available in a cordless model? If so, does the battery pack make it too heavy/difficult to use? I'd like to groom my dog in our garage, so it would be really nice not to have to run an extension cord all the way from the wall. Also, in general, do you recommend using cordless clippers? Do they get too hot to handle? Thanks in advance.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello, I have 2 Yorkies and a Schnauzer. I was wondering what Andis model would be best to do both breeds and what size blades do I need to get also?

      Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a question about clipper attachments. I just purchased an andis UltraEdge AGC 2 #22405 to groom my labradoodle - should I be buying different blade sizes or should I use clipper attachments, or does it matter? I have her groomed pretty much uniformly - no puffy head, legs, tail, etc. Any advice would be greatly appreciated :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I want to start grooming my labradoodle - Just purchased an Andis Ultra Edge AG2 - 22405, and I was wondering, do I need to get different blade sizes, or can I use clipper comb attachments and what's the difference? any advice would be helpful!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have 2 large goldendoodles with heavy coats. I am looking at the Andis 22360 AGC super 2 speed, is this a good choice? If there is a better model I am willing to spend the extra $. Also, I keep them between 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch. Which blades do I need? i will definitely get ceramic as heat is an issue with metal. Thanks for your help.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a Portuguese Water Dog. Didn't know about the ceramic blades until I read the comments below - always have used plastic attachments to keep the hot metal blade off of her skin. If I do a retiever cut, with her body 3/8", legs 1/2" and head 3/4 - 7/8", which ceramic blades would I need for my Andis 2-speed ACG?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I`m with you, Marg. I have two adorable golden doodles who are very intelligent and have the most fantastic temperaments. However, they cost a fortune at the groomers so this information has inspired me to buy some kit and have a go. Think we`re goin to get some funny looks til I skill up. Thank you for the advice Jakealoo. :-D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can you tell me the difference between the Andis 22215 2-speed detachable plus and the Andis Power Groom please and which one would be most suitable for a golden doodle? Also, what blade sizes? Many thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a toy poodle with really thick hair and an Italian greyhound cross toy poodle who is very sensitive. We like to give them a short cut all over. We have just started doing it ourselves but our clippers aren't good at all. They were meant to be for dogs, but they are not made for poodle fur. What should we get and what blade? Do we need 2 speeds? Ps. Awesome web page - thanks for the great info.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a miniature poodle cross maltese cross shihtzu, his hair is REALLY thick around his back and neck and so far the only way we can cut it is by hand and with a small pair of beard trimmers o_O

      we have been looking for a good quality set of trimmers but need to know what would best cut through his coat which is seriously this and knots once it gets to about 3/4 of an inch.

      Any suggestions?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Are the ceramic blades able to be sharpened?

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I don't think so. I have never had a need to sharpen my ceramic blades. As long as you shave your dog when they are relatively clean the blades should remain sharp for years.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hello. i am needing low maintenance, but great clippers i can use on my cat and dog if possible. both have been groomed before, so noise isn't really an issue. my cat won't groom and mats really badly. my dog is a pit mix with fur about 1.5" long, and i want to take her down as short as possible. she sheds like crazy. please help!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I purchase a And is Model RACD. I' assuming a basic clipper set. That was one poodle ago. Now, I have three toy poodles and would like to groom them myself. I could pay for grooming but, I would rather do it myself. So, What would be your best recommendation for me. I would like quality and durability. Also, do you have any tips. Thanks. Wendy

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have three toy poodles and want to groom them at home. I have a basic Andis Clipper set(Model RACD). Looking to purchase a quality and durable Clipper set for home grooming. What do you recommend? Also, any tips on grooming?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, I have 2 shelties and have had difficulty buying clippers, either they're not powerful enough or they jam up in the undercoat. What would you recommend? Thanks a million!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have 3 pomeranians. I have been grooming them myself and still learning. I have one that I like to keep shaved down due to a very heavy coat. I have been using the Oster A5. I was thinking of investing in clippers. Are the ceramic blades sold for all clippers?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've just got a miniature schnauzer and plan to do his trimming. Which Andi's trimmer would be best for the traditional schnauzer clip?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      That Standard Poodle in the above picture, looks horrible, why would anyone do that to their dog...it's hidious... I would never cut my standard like that, I don't even shave his nose, their so much cuter with a little growth on their noses.. Sorry if that offends anyone... Just my opinion..

      We are looking at andis clippers, most the people I've talked to, say they are the best..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have 2 cocker spaniels, one of them has a very thick wooly coat. What brand would you recommend. Also how do we know what blade size to use, we don't want her cut short, we like the shaggy look. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi Jake - I have a goldendoodle, half standard poodle and half goldenretriever. Her hair is wavy, soft and beautiful but grows really fast and thick around her hind end. Have to keep her hair short because she tracks in so much dirt, etc with those furry feet. What do you recommend?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi I have a Tibetan Spaniel (they have double coats) and I would like some advice on a light, but durable clipper (that doesn't get too hot). Mainly want to lightly trim legs, undercarriage etc.. thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What is the best clipper for a scottish terrier?I would like to have a #5 & #10 blade also. Thanks Mrs O

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a spoodle ,what size blades would i need ?

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      HydeWomble 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes they can be sharpened

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      HydeWomble 5 years ago

      KenB Aug 11, 2011 @ 7:14 pm Why do you think its OK to shave a Lab? I have been a dog groomer for over 20 years and i have NEVER shaved a Lab. Also you can have a ceramic blade sharpened and all blades should be sharpened at least once a year.Also ceramic blades get just as hot as a steel blade it just takes a a little longer to heat up.The best way to get around this is to use to blades.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Anyone has experience with cordless clipper? I wonder if a cordless is better as there is no wire hanging close which may stress the dog. I read from somewhere saying one charge usually last for 30 minutes. Will the clipper slow down after using like... 20 min? Thanks!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Unfortunately I don't have too much experience with cordless clippers. Since power is such an important attribute for me I have stuck to corded clippers.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @jakealoo: Thank Jake. I am struggling between the Powergroom and 22360 (supposed to be a step-up of 340).

      I read all comments of these two from Amazon and both clippers receive more or less the similar reviews.

      The 22360 has two-speed (3400/4400) which I think the slow speed will make it easier for beginners to start. The Powergroom has only 1 speed (4500) but it is lighter plus with a battery pack option to turn it into wireless which may resolve the worry I mentioned (the pack also brings the speed down to 3800).

      As an expert, can you comment if it is hard for a beginner to control the high speed Powergroom?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi Jacob, I have a little Havanese (a bit like a toy poodle in size and coat) and I presently groom with Scissors. I really want to buy some clippers to make the job easier and I might start offering to cut friends dogs as well. Good clippers are outrageously expensive here in Australia so I am looking at getting them from the USA. I know to get the right voltage but I don't know anything about blades. The unit I am looking at is an Andis - 220/230 Volt, Super AGR Plus Vet Pak, Complete Rechargeable Clipper Kit with 40SS Blade, Euro Plug. Will I need to buy different blades to go with the one this clipper comes with? Is it suitable for clipping multiple dogs? My gut feeling is this is a great clipper but I could really use some advise as to what else I need to buy with it (combs, extra blades etc). I would greatly value your feedback.

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      ShihTzus4me 5 years ago

      Hi! I have 3 Shih Tzus that I attempt to groom on a regular basis. My questions are...Which Andis clippers would you recommend (esp. for detailed grooming)??...How do you know what blades to buy??...How can you ensure that you are getting a ceramic, not metal blade?? Cost is not an issue as i want the best...my latest rescue just suffered razor burns from my use of Wahl clippers =( Thank-you for your help and advice!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've bought a Oster brand a couple of times from Wal-Mart and both times they really disappointed me not to mention not very conforting for my Palmeranian. I would like to thank you for your consideration of us in posting your experience. And also how convenient is it for blade replacement if I order the Andis. God bless you

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have two Shichon's, one with curly hair and one with wavey hair. What's the best clipper for this breed?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What kind of blade would be the best for cutting a Black Russian Terrier coat? I think I'm going to try either the Andis 22340 or 63970 with the ceramic blade. They have the softish undercoat and a wiry outercoat and I can never seem to get the right kind of blade to cut the hair smoothly.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey there, I was hoping you could give me a little advice on which clippers to buy. On reading the review sites it seems that Andis and Oster are the best choice with Andis coming out on top as they stay coller for longer. I have an Airedale Terrier to clip and I am also hoping to start a dog grooming course in th next six months. I can save and spend the money on a decent pair if I know for a fact that they wont die within a year ( like most technology these days!) as I will need a good pair for training anyway. Can you recommend which clipper and blades to buy for my needs? I would very much appreciate your help! Also are cordless clippers preferable to plugins? I would have thought they would be easier to use but perhaps not as powerful? I have read the Andis often have problems with the cord breaking loose from the device after a time, have you ever experienced this? Kind Regards, Andie ;D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my family's golden retriever's having major tick infestation problems. once we sit down to catch her ticks, we can easily catch 100 or even more, which is really terrifying. and this is on a daily basis! so we think she should get a shave. she's really afraid of noises, and she's very sensitive. what shaver would you recommend? thanks:))

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a chow/border collie mix dog who has very thick fur. I like to shave her whole body in the summer and shave her belly and legs in the winter (to avoid snowball clumps). Lately she's been getting very stressed about going to the groomers. I've shaved her myself in the past with horse clippers, but am not sure that is the best thing to use on her. Any recommendations on the clippers and types/size of blades I should purchase so I can groom her myself? I've read some reviews about the Andis Powergroom that said the blades get very hot? I'd like something that can get through the thick hair quickly and cause as little stress as possible. Thank You!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have an American and English cocker. What model of Andis clippers are the best for these types of dogs?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi I'm having a terrible time finding a new groomer in my little town and want to start grooming my shiztzu and Morkkie at home. The shiztzu tzu is very thick fur so can u advise me on the best clipper to get for both. I'm ordering the table as well and may look at grooming other dogs in the future. Do the paws and face use a separate clipper . Any info u could give me would so helpful. Thank you

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      Tannerre 5 years ago

      I would like to start grooming my shih tzu and morkie and possibly other dogs in the future. I was wondering if u could suggest a clipper by andis that will not get caught in my shih tzu fur it's very thick. I would like to know the accessories I would require for the face and feet. I am also getting a table and possibly a dryer. any other advice u could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank u

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I purchased an Andis 5 speed Power Groom. I returned the first unit because it had problems with the motor/switch quitting and wouldn't restart, as well as it ran much hotter than my Oster which wore out. They sent me a second one and I continue to have same problems with it as well. In my opinion, Andis is a poor substitution for the Oster. I do at least 2 dogs a month, sometimes more often. I am in the market for a better option...the Andis is not worn out, but with the overheating, burning of my dogs, and the frustration of the clipper quitting, due to overheating...I just want to get rid of it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: the power groom is a piece of junk...I had problems with my first one, they replaced it and the same problems occur with the 2nd one. I'm going back to Oster

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What kinda of clipper would you use on a 2lb adult toy poodle?

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      terry_nyorks 5 years ago

      @jakealoo: Sorry to be ignorant, but what are the names attached to 22340, 22360, & 22406. Most of the sales sites seem to quote things in alpha/numeric models rather than a "production code" (if that is what it is. Busy researching for a Shih Tzu, who at this stage we want to keep fairly long.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just finished clipping my Australian terrier with my Wahl super taper clippers that I use to cut my own hair. They are not designed for the clipping dogs, but they got the job done. Not the most proffessional looking result, but it should keep him cooler, and keep the grass seed and clover burr out of his coat. I think I will get a proper set of clippers for next time.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am looking at the Andis 2215 clipper. I am new to cutting my dogs hair and want to know if there is a difference between a "blade" and "comb" or are the two used interchangeably. Also, I have a golden doodle with long, wavy hair -- not curly. I want to cut his hair slightly and thin it out. I do not want to cut it short or shave him. He doesn't have many mats? What size blade should I use? There are so many options.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, I have a pomEranian cross chihuahua and he's darn cute who has a slightly longish/fluffyish coat, fine hair.

      So which is the best for my boy, any suggestions please.

      Reagrads

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I owned an Oster Golden A-5 for twenty years before it gave out! They are costly; but unbeatable.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I want to buy a dog clipper.do I need to buy two of them,one for body ,one for face and feet?or do I just change blades?

      Also which clipper will be best for toy poodles?their hair can grow thick.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have a yorkie poo that is so scared at the groomer, we have decided to buy our own clippers and clip her ourselves. Her hair is so curly yet has little wiry pieces from her breed. It sounds like the andis 22215 will be good for her. I have no idea about blades or blade sizes. Any recommendations? She is about 13 lbs and has the personality of Scrappy-doo

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi my dog is a cocker spaniel he has a very thick coat my current dog clippers don't seem to be able to handle his type of coat - i have to take scisscors to him can you recommend clippers that would be suitable or should i be looking for sheep clippers?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a cocker who has paralyzed back legs (ruptured disc). Need to keep hair short. My groomer uses a 9 blade. I would like to keep his stomach shaved to prevent infections. Also to make the shaved hair cut last longer than 2 weeks. Can you suggest a clipper (shaver) for me?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi Jacob, I have two dogs, one bobtail and one Shih-Tzu. What Andis clipper model do you recommand for both dogs above? I want to buy only one model. Many thanks.

      Tilley

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I have to agree because I also have the Andis AGC2 clippers and in the midst of grooming my small Toy Poodle it gets very hot! I always have to stop using the clippers and cut around the face with cutting shears to give the clippers time to cool down. Over the years I've tried sooooo many different clippers (Andis & Oyster). While I will agree the Andis clippers cut hair like cutting thru melted butter. They are sharp and strong but overall it really disappoints me that I've spent so much money on these clippers and it just gets way to hot. For my dog I don't use any guards so that I get a close cut and because of this I don't think ceramic will help. Any suggestions would be great. I am very glad that this site is up because I was going to look to see if another clipper wouldn't do that. My opinion on Oyster or Andis is just this.....if you are testing the waters to see if you want to groom your animals then choose Oyster. It's cheaper but a great start. If you are serious about the grooming for the long haul...choose Andis. Great customer service, long lasting clippers & very durable. FYI. I also do have the cordless Andis and for me it just does not give the power I personally need for my dog. I guess if your animal has a thinner coat they may workout.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I ordered the Andis 22340 AGC. I have a Shih Tzu/Pom and a Shih Tzu/Bichon, which blades would you suggest I use ? Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am about to start grooming my puppy and would like to know what are the best clippers and what size blades I require. She is a tiny Cavoodle/toy poodle cross with very fine hair. I want her hair short around nose and face to protect her eyes, while leaving some length over her body so that she doesn't look like a skun rat after clipping. Any help would be appreciated.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello-

      I have a chow/border collie mix who has a super thick coat. I used to use horse clippers to shave her because her coat is so thick, but was wondering if either of the clippers you suggested here would work just as good? If so, which ones and what size of blade should I be looking to get to get a close shave? Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am looking to buy an Andis for our Goldendoodle. He has a very thick, curly coat. Would it be better to have the 22360 for the faster blade speed or the ones you mentioned above with slower blade speed? I can see that grooming Boomer is going to take a LONG time and I am worried about the blades/clipper getting too hot as I've read in most of the forums and wonder if the slower blade speed would help or if it would just be too slow for his thick coat. Also, what do you think about the clip on combs for someone just starting to groom their dog...help or hindrance?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well after reading the reviews I decided on a Andis 63970 PowerGroom Clipper for my two Maltese. I will summit a review as soon as I get them and try them out. Excited and nervous. I hope I chose the right one for Maltese. I hope it was ok for me to post this considering it's not actually a review:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very helpful ... Thx. I have a schnoodle for which I'm aiming for a 'puppy cut' ... his hair is soft rather than wiry. I've used a 1/2" attachment on a 'human' Wahl (took forever and got hot). Somewhere between that and 3/4" I think would be ideal on his body. I see you talk of different blade sizes, but does this replace the need for attachments? If so, what size ceramic blades do I need? Would the Wahl attachments fit Andis? (I would feel more comfortable using length guide attachments). Given what you've you've said, I'm thinking of the PowerGroom. Do you agree?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just purchased an andis pm-1 to groom my cockapoo. I was extremely disappointed as it barely cut of any hair. Even if I used the original blade. I also kept oiling the blade every 10th minute or so. What am I doing wrong???

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey, I need help please...

      I have three Shih Tzus, which when "shaved" are usually done by the groomer with a 7 blade. I need to start grooming them myself and I do have a bit of experience but not with professional type clippers. The two smaller Shih Tzus have the coarser hair that mats close to the skin very easily....I like to keep them short, but prof groomers have burnt both of them in the past due to hot blades and that was a horrible experience for my babies...therefore I need to know where I can purchase ceramic blades for the Andis clippers mentioned above, or do they come with ceramic? Also, if I want to get into grooming part time, will these above clippers work for all dogs/hair types and which do you recommend? Thanks for your assistance.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I recently adopted 2 3-year old Havanese. They had been clipped down, and I am letting them grow out some, but I still like puppy cuts. At this point, I just need to clip around their private parts, and under their tail and anus so that they stay neat and clean. I'm using scissors to clip around their eyes, and am not yet quite sure what to do here. I really don't want to invest a lot of money at this point in clippers, but there are 2 battery operated clippers on JeffersPet.com that I'm considering, one from Andis and the other from Wahl Outdoors. Would either of these do well for the under the tail area? Their coat there is currently about 1-1/2" and I'd like to clip it to about 1/2" if that makes sense. Would either of these work? What should I be looking for? Tks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for posting this info! I have a Labradoodle so his hair gets very thick when it starts to grow out. I'm going to look into getting one of these types you suggest

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi - I own 2 toy poodles (they weigh about 4 lbs. each) and would like to start grooming at home since the cost of professionally grooming these 2 dogs is $$$! After reading the posts, it looks like Andis wins. Which model would you recommend for clipping these tiny dogs? I would like to groom one right after the other, so I need clippers powerful enough to endure, yet fit comfortably in a small hand. Which blades for these tiny dogs - for clean face/feet and fairly short body hair? Would you use snap-on combs? Will you also recommend some scissors/shears that would work best for topknots/bracelets on these tiny dogs? Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a Bouvier..i would like to clip her to 1 inch for the summer...what do you recomment

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have an Austrailian Shepard with long, thick, soft hair. Need to get a better clipper. What do you suggest?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for this informative site! It's always so tough finding useful, reliable information online. I have a little maltipoo with a little yorkie in him and extremely fast-growing wavy hair. I've learned that the face should be left to the groomers but with clippers, I can save about $20/trip by doing the body at home. He needs his hair clipped about every 4-6wks, especially in warmer weather. From your site and other reviews on Amazon, I'm leaning towards the AGC 2speed. What size blades should I get for his body, legs, paws and possibly face, if needed later? I know the #10 is for his belly and private areas but I'm at a loss for everywhere else. I really appreciate any and all advice!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I forgot to mention in my last question (blade sizes for maltipoo) that I prefer a puppy cut, especially on his face. My ideal "puppy cut" is the facial hair length of maltipoos when they are little pups, around 3 months--no long mustaches or beards, rounder muzzle/face for a teddy bear look. Thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What's your opinion on cheaper alternatives made by Oster and Andis? Is the quality significantly lower compared to the price difference? I spotted one on Amazon, the Andis 21420 Pro-Animal Detachable Ceramic Blade Clipper Kit, for $61 which is much easier on the wallet than their other models that are $120-150. I'm not looking to do anything pro, just a routine monthly/bimonthly grooming for my yorkiepoo (~10lbs). I'm not sure what the comb attachments are for but if I still have to buy other blade sizes in addition the the clipper and #10 it comes with, I'd prefer to keep costs at around $120 total for clipper and blades. Thanks for your help!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Jake I read your repy on Aug 12, 2011 about the Andis clippers 22260 & 405 for the Shih Tzu, but you didn't make any comments concerning the blades that should be used. I would like your input on that.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i own a liver and white color parti cocker spaniel. she has a very thick coat. i've been using an Oster A5 clipper with a metal #10 blade. it has worked excellent for 6 years. last year the motor brushes burned out and i replaced them with the extra set that was included at time of purchase. few months ago i replaced the blade. now after 30 mins the clippers speed slows down. blades also seem to get hotter than usual. do i need to purchase a new clippers? if so what clipper works best on a cocker and which blade is best?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I shave down 5-8 dogs per week thick heavy coats what is a good andis clipper??

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Jacob or anyone, is the andis 22215 ok to use on my 10lb. poodle?

      thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can we buy an Andis 22215 240 volt version for australia through this site?

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Jump through one of the Amazon links up top and do a quick search for it.

      Good Luck!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Depending on the length and cut your going for make it tough to answer your question.

      Try a quick search for "Shih Tzu grooming length" or "Shih Tzu blade length" and see if anything comes up.

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hrmm...that's unfortunate that your clippers are breaking down. If it is really becoming a problem then I would recommend a new set for the sake of the dog. As far a as a cocker spaniel goes any model of Andis will work just fine.

      Are you using a ceramic blade?

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Definitely go for one of the professional models. That's surely enough volume to justify the cost. Here are a few examples of some nice clippers:

      Andis 22360 AGC Super 2-Speed, Andis 22340 AGC 2-Speed, Andis 22215 2-Speed Detachable

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: That will work great and if you are only grooming small dogs check out the 22340.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Andis clippers get pretty hot when I do my 6.2# and l0.2 # poodles. I can only clip 3/4 of the body and then must switch to my smaller clippers and trim face or tail while the Andis clippers cool off. I sure wish I had not purchased them. My are only about a year old, so age isn't causing the overheating.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just bought Wahl Pro Series Heavy Duty Clipper for my 6mos. Standard Poodle.

      They do not have enough power to clip her hair. I am taking them back and going to try one of the Andis Brand.

      What a waste of time.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very informative site and comments. Thanks. We have two English Cockers, a gold bitch and a black male. The bitch has finer hair, but the male's coat is quite thick. Both shed quite a bit of hair. As you can imagine with two dogs grooming gets quite expensive so I've made the decision that I want to groom them myself and I'm looking for a decent set of clippers. I see them as an investment that will save us money in the long run so I'm not that concerned with the cost. Any recommendations? Also, we keep them fairly short, will I need different blades for the body and the face? Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi Jacob! I have an Australian Shepherd that I shave in the summer as we live in the desert and it's extremely hot PLUS it helps control ticks and fleas...especially since she is an indoor dog. And before anybody yells at me about it, I understand that people frown on shaving this breed; however, I don't show. She's part of my family, and she is happier when she is cooler! She has a ridiculously thick undercoat that has killed several less expensive clippers over the past 7 years. I was thinking of purchasing the Oster A5 Turbo 2 Speed Professional. Is this a good choice for my dog? I only shave her during the summer, so it's really only about 6 shave downs a year. Thanks for all the info you've put together, by the way!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a poddle chihuahua mix that has very fine curly hair need to find a good clipper to use on her do not want to take her completetly down all over which clipper do you recommend price is no matter quality is what i am looking for , also hve a shih tzu maltese mix that I have to learn to groom.. help me please find the best clipper tired of getting ripped off have bought at least 4 in the last 2 years.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My last dog was a Cocker Spaniel. I used an Oster model clipper that ran virtually silently ( could not hear it). When my dog died, I sold the clipper. I now have another Cocker, but the Andis AG-2 that I use, though quiet, still startles my dog. I don't remember the model Oster that I sold, but I do need to find a professional clipper that runs very, very, quietly.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for putting this website up!! I have to mention this, like you said there wasn't any website to give some idea on what type and brand clippers to use.

      I have a Toy Poodle is 12 and 1/2 years old. I take her to get groomed once a month, on top of that it's 30 minutes each way (there and back). I use to go to a groomer who did a great job with for years then had to stop due to rheumatoid arthritis. Now the new groomers didn't do a good job like she did; like giving her a bow, and painting her nails. Don't care for her nails to be painted, but I rather have the bow, which they stop. Today I got her groomed, and I told the groomer I wanted her cut short, told her my dog's name. The groomer wasn't paying any attention to what I said. She end up calling the dog my name, and the owner or co-worker told her the dog's name.

      I picked up her she's smells great but still had a lot of fur on her, I told her I wanted her cut short. She tells me, well she's a lot shorter than she was. I'm thinking to myself, don't you think I know that??! Lol.

      So, now I'm going to go look for some clippers to groom her myself, I'm not wasting my money and time when they are not doing what I asked and not a great job at that. I don't care for the different styles of cuts, but I just want her to her top knot (I think that what it is called), her feet cleaned/shaved and face.

      Sorry about the lifetime story, just now that every time I look at her I get mad. Lol. But anyway, can you recommend what clippers I should use? Because I don't mind spending (some) money if they're worth getting.

      Thanks again for putting up this site, answering posts and taking the time to read and respond back to me!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The Andis Clippers got so hot after 15 minutes that my dog was whimpering and pulling away. ! I didn't understand why until I just happened to touch the blade. It was so HOT. Just terrible. I bought them online and don't even know where to return them and they were very expensive

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My Andis Clipper is getting wayyyy too hot. HELP!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What is the best clipper for very fine dog hair? I have a Bischon and the Andis clippers I have don't work. I just got new blades but still no luck.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      After 7 yrs of pro grooming I have tried, by borrowing, and buying, Oster A5, and Andis (all models) After trying a Wahl KM2, I bought two of these.. Their ergonomic design was contoured for my hand and light weight enough to prevent carpal tunnel. My next buy would be an Andis, only because is was so quiet. But for the amount of time I spend clipping a dog every day, my choice would be the Wahl.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm sold on the Andis but have a question about blade size. I have an 80lb airedale and a 40lb soft coated wheaton terrier that I want to trim at home. I've been scissor cutting but it takes so long and the dogs get antsy! I noticed the clippers come with size 10. What do I need to know about different blade sizes?

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The size 10 is VERY short and used for the close shave on the face or the feet. I use a 10 on my Standard Poodle's face and feet but the blade that comes with is kind of pain because it is made of metal. They get hot very quick and which compounds matters when a dog doesn't enjoy having their face shaven. So go for ceramic blades and it really depends on the length your going for. Each blade will have the length in mm listed so you can pick the appropriate one.

      If you have had your dog groomed professionally then give the groomer a quick call.

      Hope this helps!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks a bunch for your comment!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Is it the clipper or the blade? If its the blade then try a ceramic blade. If it is the clipper then it could be a defect with the clipper itself.

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hrmm...which andis model and blades are you using? Have you combed the dog's hair out thoroughly before starting the clip? With the right blade size an Andis should be fine.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Remember the higher the numbered blade, the shorter the cut. For the wheaton I use a 5/8, or #4F blade in the cooler weather. #5F is a little shorter but still fluffy. If you want short smooth to the skin, I would go to a #7FC, or #7F before I would try a #10.

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'd recommend an Andis 2 speed +

      I actually just relocated and lost my clippers. I replaced them with the same exact pair. Thanks so much for your praises, I really appreciate it!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello Ann, it is unfortunate to hear about your bad experience. If you were using a ceramic Andis brand blade and this heat problem occurred I would recommend contacting Andis for a repair. Good Luck!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey, Hank I'm not really sure. The AG-2 is the quietest clipper I know of, I wish I could help you on this one but I'm stumped.

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Any of the smaller Anids and Oster models will do you just fine. All of the clippers will work if you want to invest in something more versatile and not limited to smaller breeds. The AGC-2 should do you just fine. Sturdy clipper that is very quiet for smaller dogs.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a toy poodle with cotton fluff hair. I purchased a less expensive clipper and it did not work at all - it wouldn't budge through his hair. What would you suggest? This is frustrating because I had a standard poodle and trimmed his hair for 15 years without a problem, but his hair was much coarser and easier to clip. I used an Oster, but it does not work and I have not been able to get it repaired. Thanks for your help!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi I have a goldendoodle his hair is very long and we like it that way but want to shorten it up for the summer but don't want to buzz him.What is a good clipper and blade?We bruoght him to get trimmed once my wife talked to the person for a half hour and still butchered him.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have an American Eskimo and a Persian cat. The dog gets clumps of poop all over his backside. I was thinking of trimming him pretty close to avoid this. My cat has clumps of poop and his hair get matted. He does not like to be groomed. I was thinking of trimming him down pretty close and let his hair re-grow. What of trimmers should I get

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a Portuguese Water Dog puppy. I want to learn to groom her myself and am researching equipment I will need. I plan to keep her in a Retriever clip. The AKC Standard guide for the PWD says to clip body with a #10 blade with a 1" comb and the muzzle with a #5 or 4 blade. Can you suggest the best clipper and blades for me to use. I know the initial investment will be expensive, but will make up for the up front expense over the years of grooming myself instead to taking her to a groomer. Also any other grooming tools you can suggest will be greatly appreciated!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am interested in giving my golden a summer cut. What clipper/blade combo would you recommend? Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm wondering why there is no mention of WAHL dog grooming clippers in any of your reviews. Every time I'm around someone who grooms dogs, I ask what the groomer's favorite clippers are. Andis and WAHL are consistently the ones that have always been cited. Never have I had anyone recommend the Oster. What is your experience with the WAHL brand, if any?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for your review. I found it to be very helpful. I'm shopping for a VERY GOOD clipper so that I can groom my two small dogs, a Maltese and a Shih Tzu. For small breeds such as these, do you have a brand preference for grooming clippers, and if so, what model?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Most brand new clippers will run hot. The key to keeping the blades cool is to make sure you wash a new blade in blade wash to get the coating off, and then oil them...3 places on a blade where the parts contact each other. Always have another blade handy so you can switch them out when one becomes too warm. I have a brick that I will put a blade on when hot, and it cools it down pretty quickly. You can also use quick strokes instead of long ones, to make sure you can cut through the hair. Clean hair is the best to clip with, as a dirty coat will make the blades dirty and then you have to clean them more often, not to mention getting them sharpened more often as well. I use clippers every day, so it only takes me about a week before a clipper is broken in and doesn't run as hot. Good luck...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi I have a Great Pyrenees with a lot of hair :). What would you recommend for a coat that thick and long? Also, any suggestions for a good undercoat brush or rake? Thanks!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The larger brand Andis will do just fine but be sure to keep the clippers clean so they will run smooth.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a husky sharpee mix.....what clippers do you suggest for these dogs to be shaved close to skin? they stay indoors and are white, so shedding is a beast!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hi, i have a persian cat that has a sever matted coat. What would you recommend for her?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi! I have a golden retriever and live in a very hot summer climate. A friend suggested shaving her, so I will give doing it myself it a try. Which clipper would you suggest?

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: For a close shave go with any of the bigger Andis line. If shedding is a beast, you're going to need beast clippers! Try the power groom or 2 speed. You will only need one speed with it though, ha!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Not really sure what to use exactly on a Persian cat but my recommendation would be to try a smaller andis clipper but this is quite the investment if it doesn't work out. Try contacting your local groomer and asking them, they should be more then willing to give you some suggestions.

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You can go wrong with the Andis 2 speed. The clippers are a tank for $136.99.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hi, we have 2 welsh corgis. we have had the Laube SPEED cordless clippers for a few years but they're spent. they're coats are so thick! any recommendations???

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a few questions. 1) I have two dogs, a 60 lb lab mix with long hair and super dense undercoat and gets a lot of matting, and a 50 lb border collie mix with long hair. I have tried some of the cheaper models of clippers and have been unsatisfied with the choppy cut of the hair and them overheating so badly that my dogs whine and I have to stop and wait an hour for them to cool off. So I am looking at investing in a good pair of clippers. A few I have been looking at (and feel free to suggest others you think would be better), are the Oster A5, Andis AGC 22360, Andis Ultra Edge AGC 22465, and the Andis 22215 2-Speed (although on amazon's description it says they are for small dogs). My dogs get scared by noisy clippers. So any advice would be recommended. 2) I see there are a few options on the blades: UltraEdge, standard, CeramicEdge, CryogenX and CryogenX Elite. Could you fill me in on the differences? 3) Are those cool lubes they sell worth the money? 4) Which combs would you recommend (if any)? 5) Last question... do you know where (what country) Oster and Andis manufacture their clippers? You're help is MUCH appreciated!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Well the 2 speed definitely isn't for small dogs, I use it for my Standard poodle(65lbs).

      All the clippers you just mentioned are great buys, just go with whatever has the best attributes for what your looking for. All have optimal blade speed so you'll be good to go with your bigger dogs.

      2) be sure to go with Ceramic blades. I use Ceramicedge personally. This way the blade stays cool for the entire clip.

      3) Whatever lube comes with your clipper is sufficient.

      4) All combs you'll find on amazon above(just click through my link :) ) should be good, just check the reviews.

      5) Not sure, sorry : )

      Thanks for stopping in!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Andis 2 speed or power groom, and you're back in business!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Andis 2 speed and a 4fc or a 3 3/4 fc ceramicedge blade should be a good match. It really depends on the length your going for

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The 10 is VERY short. It is for the close shave on the face and feet only.

      So use that as a gauge considering the 10 is 1.5mm. From there it really depends on the length you prefer. But remember the 10 is for a real limited close cut use

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @HydeWomble: Sorry but I'm confused. Ceramicedge is a whole different world then metal blades.

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Go with an Andis Power groom or 2 speed. Then for blade upgrade the 10 that comes with to a Cermicedge 10 and a 3 3/34 fc or 4fc for the body. Depends on the length you want, I like my standard very short so I use a 4fc.

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: This is actually much more of a common problem then you would think. If it is constant then buy a cheaper trimmer through one of the links on the top of the page and use the 1.5mm blade to give your dog and cat a quick trim. You'll have to do it regularly and then bathe them afterwords.

      Never a fun task, lol!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I think you have the numbers reversed if you are referring to Andis blades. A 10 is very short(1.5mm) usually used on the face and feet only. Go with a Andis power groom and Ceramicedge blades. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, This is a great review page.

      I am interested in trimming my golden retriever hair around the ears and rear feathers.

      It looks like the Andis AGC 2 speed would be a good fit. Is this blade,

      " CeramicEdge A5 Clipper Blade 4FC Finish Cut " the same as the "4fc ceramicedge blade " ?

      Thanks!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Im not positive on that but I would look at the online images as well as the blade length. The 4FC ceramic is 9.5 mm so use that number to reference and the AGC 2 speed is a great choice btw.

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Personally I'm not a big fan of WAHL for dog grooming products. Andis and Oster has always been the go-to for me and everyone in my circle.

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: If you're not using a semi professional dog clipper then you won't get anywhere.

      Pick up a low end Andis or Oster if you want to get anywhere with the Toy's hair. Although a much smaller breed, the clippers will need to be just as powerful as they would need to be for the standard poodle.

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You will definitely need a different set of blades for the body and face. But if you keep it simple then that will be all you need.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Pet Smart has most of theese clippers (razors) hopefully work good.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can I just say how incredible this site is for anyone wanting to groom their dog!

      I need some advice on grooming my Jack Russell x Silky Terrier (11kg/24lb). He has quite coarse thick hair and is a very big shedder. What type of clippers should I get to groom him? Thanks very much!

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Jess, wow thanks for the compliments! I really appreciate it!!

      As for your doggie, I would recommend an Andis AGC-2. Nice small,versatile clipper, powerful enough to deal with almost any hair thickness.

      Good Luck!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, Your site is wonderful! I have an 18 pound miniature cockapoo that has a curly hair coatplus a 32 pound mini goldendoodle with a very relaxed wave coat. Which Andis clipper and blades would you recommnend to be used for both dogs?I like both of them to be clipped on the longish side, no poodle cuts for these pups! :) Thank you in advance for responding.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      HI

      I have adopted a 4 year old bichon Frise 2 years ago and just come to terms with the brsushing involved in having her look good!

      Now I would like to have a go at Clipping her. What clipers would you recommend for her?

      Many thanks

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello, a mini doodle. Nice!

      I would recommend the AGC 2. Then if you want to go longer you're going to need appropriate blades and grooming scissors for ears, top knot, etc.

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Sweet, I grew up with a Bichon in the house. Such loyal dogs!!

      The AGC 2 would also be a great fit for your Bichon. Then the rest is preference on length and how professional you want the face and ears to be.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just got a standard poodle with another one on the way. These are going to be country dogs with utility/retriever trims. The agreement with my husband is that I would do the grooming. What would you recommend for all that hair? I like the words cordless and lightweight - but what do I know?

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yay, I love Standards!!

      The Andis AG 2 speed is what I use for both of mine. And always with ceramic blades. Grab your clippers from Amazon up top :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      the last two dogs listed, Poodles and Bichons, are probably the most involved groomings you can do, if going by the breed standards. I seriously would suggest a program set up with one of your local professional groomers to save you the aggravation. To make these dogs look halfway decent you will need more than a good pair of clippers. A variety of combs, blades, and a high velocity dryer are Definitely needed for a proper outcome. Good luck.

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I use a AG 2 on my 2 Standards. Personally I would go with a corded set up to make sure you have the juice with those Standard Poodles. It will take some time but you will get it down! Good Luck!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a 110 lb Yellow Labrador & a 5 month old Miniature Schnauzer. I can't afford to buy two sets of clippers. Would one of your recommendations do well with both of my dogs?

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The Andis line and Oster line I have listed above will work for both sized dogs. A simple Andis AG 2 speed would do you just fine with appropriate blades.

      More cleaning and clipper care required after using on the big dogs though :)

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Very good point!

      It is an incredible process to produce the results(and tiring) in the pictures above. Personally I just give my dog a clip with two blades and don't even use scissors :)

      Some Poodle owners would gasp but my male is a little streamlined stud and it saves me time.

      These are some very good things to keep in mind for those going for the professional clip consistently.

      Thanks for your valuable contribution!!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I appreciate your personal take on this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a Miniature Schnauzer that I plan to start clipping myself. I have an old Andis PM-1 clipper that was given to me, we tried that with the combs but it sure doesn't cut very short. I am thinking of buying a new clipper and it looks like the AGC-2 is your recommendation. We purchased a video on grooming a Min. Schnauzer, and she uses a #10 on the body and #40 on the paw pads. I like the teddy bear cut and like it cut short all over so we don't have to groom as often. Questions are: 1. What clipper to buy? 2. Do you suggest combs? if so, what blade/comb combination? 3. Are there any instructions on grooming a teddy bear cut (especially the face).?

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The AGC-2 is a great clipper for what your looking for. Combs and blade combos there is nothing I know of. Be sure to get your blades in ceramic and you should be good to go.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a cocker and we don't like to do the traditional cocker cut, we like the teddy bear cut, we would like her to be 1 inch all over what size blad should we use.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thankfully i don't have to worry about using a dog clipper because we have a sausage dog.

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      Thanks for the lense. My aunt has a b-day coming up and I'd like to get her a dog clipper. Hmm..now that I think about it, that's not really a gift for her.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice site....I have a 12 year old toy poodle that has become so terrified of grooming, that the groomer I just took him to today, couldn't even finish him, he was so explosive and difficult....and he bit the one before that...She said he must have had an extremely bad expierence with a groomer in the past, even maybe been abused by one...,doesn't help that he has very bad, painful knees, and spine, she says hes geneitically built bad,so I am going to have to groom him myself, and hope he doesn't bite me....but she recommended a 5F blade...Do any clippers come with that blade...Im also looking for inexpensive cuz moneys short...Any suggestions?...

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      jakealoo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: None of the clippers come with a 5f unfortunately. You will have purchase one in addition. They usual come with a 10. The AG 2 is the lowest priced clipper that will still get the job done and last.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi what would you recommend for my Brussels griffon ? He usually has to be sedated to be groomed. He has a thick undercoat. I would like to groom him t home but need a very quiet trimmer. Suggestions ?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @CameronPoe: Thanks for the stream of consciousness.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a toy poodle, what type of clippers should I get? Do I need a stand also? That the groomers they leash her up to a stand at PetSmart. Thanks

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      jakealoo 4 years ago

      @anonymous: AGC-2 is a winner for sure!

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      jakealoo 4 years ago

      @anonymous: The powergroom is the most powerful and quite too, should be a good fit.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just purchased andis clippers and the cut is too short. It came with a #10 blade. What I do to get a cut that's about 1/2 inch long?

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Excellent reviews! I have often wondered how people get their pups to be still long enough to groom them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I appreciate your review but I have cats to groom. 2 long hair ones that need a quiet clipper and a dense haired cat that is easy to do. I am so confused on which is the best for me. I know the groomed used a 10 blade on the dense haired one and he loved his hair cut. Any suggestions? Thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: If you have purchased a cliper with takes an A5 snap on blade you can purchas blades in lots of different lengths for instance a number 2 blade is the longest and 5 a medium, 7 for a summer cut and 10 is exter short up to 30 or 40 which are used by vets. Or you could buy a good set of (metal) combs for about £15/20. Combs will only go though untangled coats

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, I have two golden retriever, which I would like to lighten the coats of, as they have very long coats and it is quite hot. If I purchased a 1 1/4 comb for the Andis clipper, would this leave their coats this long? I am not looking to do this often.

      Any advice would be welcome.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a labradoodle about 100 pounds. The Nadia power groom says for small animals. Which would you suggest for our dog?

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      jakealoo 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Lauree, sorry but unfortunately I don't know anything about grooming cats. Sorry :(

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      jakealoo 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Im not sure which blade you are talking about. Do you mean 1 1/4 " long?

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      jakealoo 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You should go with an Andis PowerGroom which packs 4,500 strokes per minutes. That will get the job done and hold up for the long run.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @jakealoo: I understand. But maybe you could tell me the quietest clippers you have worked with. Thanks again.

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      jakealoo 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Well in that case I'd have to say the Andis AGC-2, slightly smaller and substantially quieter then the other models.

      Hope this helps :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      First I just want to say thank you for this site, I want to get a set of clippers, i have 2 cavaliar king charles spaniels and in the past have taken them to be groomed however the last time I literally had to drag my little girl in there and decided I am not going to do that anymore so I want to find a good set of clippers. My girls has a thick full coarse coat while the boy has a pretty nice long sleeky coat. I would appreciate any advice you may have. I was thinking about the Andis Power Groom....thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I bought this clipper (andis agc2) and the next day when I tried to use it it was wrecked I send it to repair with them and they took 2 weeks to fix it. now I'm an unemployed looking for a job because I bought this clipper I highly recommend WHAL clippers those are the best

      I send my clipper to repair whit them and they wait for my call to start to repair the clipper I couldn't start looking for a job till they send me the clipper back. The worst service the worst clipper

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      jakealoo 4 years ago

      @anonymous: So wait...you couldn't look for a job until they returned your clipper? And you are unemployed because of a faulty Andis dog clipper?

      LOL, is this a joke? If not, this is the best comment I have EVER received!!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      ola Jacob, thank you for the reviews....it was very helpful reading your view on the clippers. as you can imagine, this is very confusing so i still have a question, if you don't mind helping me! i have an Old English Sheepdog and due to the heat i decided to shave him, but to be honest i don't want him shave completely.....if i understood right, the blades go from 40 to 3 (3 being the longest), but for me its still too short so i saw the possibility of using the snap on combs. what i dont understand is which blade should be used and how it impacts on the length. i saw a youtube video where the lady was using a 7/8 comb on a 30 blade.........i don't understand. would it be different if it was the same comb on a 10 blade? and of the clippers you reviewed which one would you recommend for my OES? thank you for your time

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, I just got a beautiful golden doodle puppy (3/4 standard poodle) and would like to learn how to groom him. He has a very curly coat. He is only 10 weeks old but it was suggested by his vet that I cut his coat very short to better monitor for ticks. Since he has never been groomed before who knows how he will react, but assume I would want a fast, quiet clipper. My hope is that I can get one that will work while he is small (he is about 20 pounds) but be ok to use when he reaches maturity (between 60 and 70 pounds). What suggestions do you have?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wahl is horrible for westies. It was pretty much just ripping his fur out and I had to keep taking off the plastic comb piece to unclog the blade. I have 2 westies so I need something durable and strong. Thanks for putting this website together. I will look for one of these brands at Pet Smart.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi Jacob this site is great, very interesting and informative..... :) I am wanting to purchase the Andis 22340 AGC 2-speed clippers from Amazon but I am not sure if they are compatible with Australian voltage? We have a 240v . Do you know if I can just get an adaptor for these. I am really keen to get them and start grooming my smoodle dog. I have priced them at $300 AUD here in Queensland and I can get them from Amazon for $168AUD..... !!!! but will they work. I hope you can help with this.... Keep up the work on this site. Cheers Julie :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @jakealoo: It is the comb that it is saying is 1 1/4 long, I have been told by a friend the longer the comb the longer the cut.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Im just starting out as a professional groomer, and im torn between the andis agc 2 speed and the 90th anniversary edition, andis as well. The 90th has a faster spm. That's the only real difference I can see. The reason I ask is becauss the manufacturer price is lower for the 90th, which makes me think there is some other difference. Any input? Thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey. I have a 95 pound chocolate lab who gets dermatitis from jumping in our pond and keeping his skin wet all the time. The vet rec emended that we shave him during the hot seasons. We have a bit of property and it would be much easier to shave him out in the back of it where we wouldn't have to catch all the hair we clip off him. And I don't want to drag an extent ion cord out there every time. Do you know of any reliable cordless clippers that I could use? Otherwise what clippers would you recommend? Thanks.

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      jakealoo 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That should be absolutely prefect for you two dogs. you're gonna need some serious power for those big guys and the power groom will get the job done!

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      jakealoo 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Honestly Keith, cordless clippers aren't my area of expertise. I always go with a corded clipper for maximum power, especially with a bigger dog. an extension cord would be my recommendation.

      Good luck Keith!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @jakealoo: I just got my first dog,an apricot colored miniature poodle. He was groomed once at Petsmart. I want to do it myself to save money. What type of clippers do you suggest 1 or 2 speeds and why? Also, for medium length grooming what size blade do you suggest? Thanks so much for your help!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, I just got my first puppy, an apricot colored miniature poodle. He was groomed at Petsmart and he looked great. I would like to groom him myself to save money. What clipper do you recommend and 1 or 2 speeds and why? I'd like his coat to be medium to short, but not super short. What size blades do you suggest? Thanks so much!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the review, Jacob. I am trying to decide which Andis clipper to buy, the #22340 AGC 2 small animal clipper or the Andis #22405 AGC 2 animal clipper. Will the 22405 be too large for a small dog? Do you know if there is a difference in the size of the cutting head of these two clippers? I have a 10 lb. Havanese that I have been cutting completely with shears. Thanks for any advice you can offer.

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      jakealoo 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Since you're going to be doing professional work I would go with the higher spm rate. Its nice to have that extra kick :)

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      jakealoo 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Diana, different brands have different number systems for their blades. Just pay attention to the mm and you will be fine.

      An Andis 10 for example cuts 1.5mm in length. As for the combs, Im not sure about that. Good luck!

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      maria 4 years ago from pa

      i groom my pomeranians sometimes, you must have a lot of patience to groom dogs, i really do need some better clippers.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 3 lb. teacup yorkie-poo.,need clippers for feet, ears . what do you recommend? Thank you

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      jakealoo 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Not sure with a dog that small, I would guess the AGC-2.

      Good luck to you Ginger!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi and thanks for the reviews. I am going into mobile grooming and have an oster A5 which is on its last leg (I think) and am looking for a new pair of clippers. I need a good pair to work on all kinds of dogs big and small and that will not overheat. My osters get extremely hot very fast. Would you suggest that I get 2 pair, one for large breeds and one for small breeds? And which kind? I already have an assortment of blades for my oster. I'm totally clueless on this and I have a groom tomorrow and don't think my posters will last. Its a golden retriever. I live in Texas so I do a lot of simple shave downs....help!!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi sir jake. im from the philippines and in here agc2 clippers are very expensive it costs php10k which is around $230. i have 5 shihtzu and regular grooming via scissors is the only way my girlfriend is doing the job. the problem is when we order online it will also cost the same, like in amzon etc. the rate is for example $150+ so many taxes,shipping fee+the very long wait that will take about 1 month or 2. can i ask what is the difference between the different model numbers of the agc2? like the 22360/22340 etc. i have 1 matted shihtzu. can the agc2 or the oster do the job?ty.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have had my own dog grooming business for nine years now and I have tried Oster a5 but found they got too hot too handle and were always breaking down. For the last six years I have used moser switch blade and they are brilliant the motor is I the plug so it doesn't get hot and are so easy on the hand.

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      jakealoo 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That is a great clipper(agc2) and for the volume of dogs you are grooming you will need it. Unfortunately I don't have any advice on how to get around the taxes, sorry!

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      jakealoo 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the input :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi again sir. what is the difference between the agc2 22340 & the 22360. and also the ultra edge 22405? i find a new seller here in our country. and im finalizing my decision. plz help me. the agc2 22340 & 22360 has the same price at php5.5k=$128 while the ultra edge limited 22405 is at php7k=163. what are the major differences if there is any. TIA

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      is it true sir, that the ultraedge type 22405 has that easy heating issue vs the 22360 model? i need your input in this issues sir ^^, thanks a lot in advance

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a small dog with a thick coat. To keep him looking well groomed requires frequent clippings. I have both Oster and Andis clippers and they work great. After using the clippers I clean them and put them away. My problem is the screws. I lost one screw after cleaning the Andis blade and buying a new blade to replace a screw just rubs me the wrong way. The Oster has 2 screws that hold the 'clip'? the part the blade slides on and locks in place. These 2 screws come loose as soon as I turn the clippers on. which means the blade is loose and cuts badly. The motor and blades on both clippers have been working for years. They don't to be replaces. I have not found replacement screws or anyone in my area that repairs clippers. It looks like I will send them some place for repairs or purchase new clippers, for 3 screws.

      Am I doing something wrong?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My long haired wiener has nappy hair...similar to a bear:). Having a hard time clipping as the hair gets caught in the blades. Which set of clippers would work best for him??? Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello, I have a shorkie hes 1.9lbs now but will be 3.5lbs full grown, which trimmer do you suggest with him? hes fluffy.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @jakealoo: Wanted to let you know the clippers are great and super quiet. I recommend for cats

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have 4 shih tzus and would love to learn to groom them at home. Thank you for such a great lens! I'll remember what you wrote when I go shopping for supplies

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: buy a higher end clipper, over 100$ the 60$ ones just don't do the job. i'm in grooming schhol right now and learning lots. if you want a short cut use a 7 blade, not a 10 which most clippers come with , you have a greater chance of catching the skin. you tube grooming because there is some areas which are tricky and you can serously injurer your pet if not groomed properly. be careful and learn, and enjoy.

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      sotiro lm 4 years ago

      I went thru a lot of clippers mostly cheap ones. I purchased a Oster A5 Turbo clipper and loved it. I had two little babies I had to groom one with straight hair and my cockapoo who had wavy hair which the other clippers didn't work on. This is a great clipper and works well on wavy/curly hair.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just purchased an Andis clipper. I am returning it tomorrow. Compared to my Oster Golden A5 -- it is 16 years old -- the Andis seems like a lightweight -- not really strong enough to do my Standard Poodle with thick coarse hair. It ran hotter than my Oster, and though quieter, seemed to have trouble getting through the thick body hair.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Of course depending on what the breed of your dog is to purchase the right clipper and blade system for your dog.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens, well done! Squidlike

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      FestivalGirl 4 years ago

      That white is so fluffy :D

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have used conair pet clippers for the past year and they have workd well but i'm afraid they're about to poop out. I have two standard poodles, I want to get nice clippers to help me get the job done, but can't afford much over 100. what would you suggest?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Am interested in grooming my dog. Am really new at this, and am a little confused here. I know I definitely need a clipper, blades (depending on what length I want to cut his hair). Incidentally, what is the fc of for e.g., 4fc? What does it mean when they say comb attachment? Do you use the blade alone, or with comb? Sorry for sounding so clueless.

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      UKGhostwriter 4 years ago

      We have a mobile groomer that has something resembling a carwash for dogs!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Will the Oster Power Maxx work for a Bichon Frise? I have been using the Wahl precision clipper but it just doesn't go through his hair anymore. As he has gotten older he has thick tight curls with a fluffy undercoat.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My current dog's clippers are pretty good and they aren't that expensive compared to other brands. You could try it. It's at Ozsavers. Really good dog grooming clippers.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This may sound odd but I have a Bernese Mountain Dog I would like to clip. So I was reading your reviews and the best one I can get for her would be the Andis Powergroom is that correct?

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      poorwendy lm 4 years ago

      My 9 yr old niece has a lab (I think). Perhaps I should get her a clipper so that she can learn how to take care of her dog.

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      ed-hayes-585 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I've had goldens for many years. For goodness sakes, go get some Frontline immediately for the well being of your dog. You put it on once a month (at a cost of about $10) and you will not have flea or tick problems. Your dog will love you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What is the best clipper and blade to use on a German Shepherd? Poor girl likes being outdoors in HOT Atlanta Ga and she's shedding... she loved being shaved last year but can't afford the groomers price again this year. Please let me know. Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi I was wondering what you thought about the andis excel?

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      HorseAndPony LM 4 years ago

      Never clipped a dog but we do use clippers for our horses. We love all of Oster's grooming supplies! They are worth every penny.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: 7f. If possible wash and dry first or give a rough cut first.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have the pro trimmers(yea right) they did not come with guards and after 2 mins of grooming they stop cutting and start pulling the hair! I hate these clippers and would rather pay someone than EVER buy another oster product!! THEY SUCK!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am a professional groomer and have been using the Andis clippers for the last 7 years. I don"t know lately I have had everything going wrong. Blade drives should be changed every 4wks. I have 4 pairs of Andis at the moment and can not seem to get anywhere pass 3 wks before I need new blade drives. You should understand I groom 40 to 55 dogs a week so I need a dependable pair of clippers. Here lately I have been considering changing back to Oster. I have a pair of Oster that are to be honest I bought them in 1978 and they work great, just need a new cord. My Andis 2 pair are 3yrs old, 1 pair 1yr old and one pair 8 months old. The newest ones both the rotor is going bad. I don't know I really wish Andis had parts that were made for the work I do on a daily basis. I akso felt I may try the power groom Andis clipper mainly because the blade drive can be changed without taking the whole clipper a part. So someone give me some feed back on what to do about clippers. I just spent 40 dollars on blade drives on 6/28/2012 and I am having to replace 3 today.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would like to purchase a clipper for grooming my Westie. I would also like a good DVD to teach me how to use the clippers. What would you recommend?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have 2 long hair rough coated Jack Russell Terriers. Normally you are supposed to hand strip them but that takes a lot of time and effort. And I don't like the idea of pulling the hair out of my dogs to be honest. I'd like to start clipping them instead but don't know which clipper to use. I need to get one soon as one of my dog's keeps getting a staph infection because her collar and haircoat are so tight that whenever any moisture gets in there it just stays there and the infection keeps coming back. Can you help me out? I'm interested in getting Andi's clippers.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi, I am based in the middle east and have a belgian shepherd who needs clipping every 6-8 weeks as she has a very thick undercoat. I've spent a fortune on grooming over the years but she hates going there and I thought I'd invest in some clippers and try this myself...did you find any clippers that you'd recommend? many thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have the Oster PowerMax and were awesome for the first year. After that it slowed & stopped cutting good so I assumed it needed a new blade. After new blade was installed, it still didn't seem to perform as it did when new so now I'm considering sending it in for repair/estimate. If i can get it back to performing like it did when new..I will give it 5 stars.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: we take our Pup for a nice long bike ride (we ride, she runs alongside us), then bath her, dry her, brush her then clip her - works a treat...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I just groomed my Bernese using my Oster with size 10. I love her clipped but realized I may need. New clippers (mine are about 12 years old). Did you clip your dog & what did you end up using?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I use oster A5 twin speed and i am a groomer part time but i find that they get really hot in no time so i am going to try a different make but i am still reading to see which are the best.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: A comb attachment is a plastic comb that attaches to the clipper blade, They come in different depth lengths, from 1/16 inch to 1.5 inches. They help to cut the dog hair at the length you pick. A pack of comb attachments is about $20 for ten combes, ranging in depths at 1/16 increments.

      I use an Oster 40 clipper blade with comb attachments. It works better that the Oster 10 clipper blade with comb attachments. It takes me about 4 hours to shampoo my dog, dry the hair and then clip it's hair. I wish I could do it faster, and so does my dog.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Tractor Supply Company carries a selection of pet clippers as well.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I have a Bichon/ Polmeranian and the oster gold one speed works the best. I have had Wahl and Andis and they do not last.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi there,

      We have a 2 year old Labradoodle. She is white and very hairy...lol I have taken her to the groomer several times and they do such a wonderful job, but it is so expensive. I want to try doing this on my own. What blade # with inches would you recommend? Also, I'm scared to trim around her eyes. She is a great dog, a service dog so she is really good for the groomers. Any help from you would greatly be appreciated.

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      blinddogsupport 4 years ago

      I was just in my local pet store today looking at Andis clippers. My dog went blind a few weeks ago and I would like to start grooming her at home. I have read repeatedly that Andis are the best.

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      jakealoo 4 years ago

      @blinddogsupport: Personally I am a big fan of Andis. Definitely a solid brand.

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      clayva 4 years ago

      Wow! I can't believe what excellent information I just got! I read all the posts as well and am so impressed with such great posts! I too am looking to save a bit of money with dog grooming - Goldendoodle - every 8 weeks! I think I can learn to do a good job and I know I need good clippers. So, this lens was very timely. Thank you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have an oster and i would like to say it is not that good runs very hot in jast a short while of grooming

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi I have a Kerry Blue Terrier, can you please advise on which clippers to clip him with as Im off to purchase some this weekend.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just bought a pair of trimmers for my dog. They are a Oster mini. Trimmer. I put a AA. Battery in it and it WILL NOT work for nothing. Should I take it back and exchange it or just keep trying

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I would use a Wahl Arco SE 8786-450A Rechargeable Clipper. It comes with a 5-in-1 adjustable blade which adjusts from 9-10-15-30-40. You get 2-battery packs and a charger. Each charge lasts about 45 to 60 minutes.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I am also curious.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I think you should check out the Andis AGCR. They are rechargeable.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I saw those, what sort of dog are you grooming?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @clayva: Hi clayva - which clippers did you buy? I also have a goldendoodle and would love to know if they worked for you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: If you are a first time user make sure your blade is lined up correctly if that isn't the problem take them back

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @blinddogsupport: Andis clipper is really very good,You can also try other brand,e.g. Sirree

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have an old english sheepdog... Everyone reccomends oster but i like the look of the andis ones. My dogs hair is thick at the base but thin and whispy at the ends. I want to clip her to a puppy cut. I can't decide which ones to get ..

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      nithyaprasadbala 4 years ago

      I have a cocker spaniel, black, the hari around her ear and around her excreting area get terribly matted. I have an Oster A5, I am not sure which blade to use. Is it #7 blade? The equipment get so hot and it is noisy, scares my girl a bit, but a constant reassurance is required. Imagine a huge drilling noise in your ear, wonder how terrible she feels. ....

      How often should I groom her?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a heavy duty Oster with an assortment of blades.I cut my std poodle 4x a year. Been grooming him for 4 yrs. I start out with a nice cutting swath and after several hours, the clipper will get bogged down in the thick coat. I cut him evenly, no puffs. Do the blades need replacing or sharpening?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      All Right, I am ready to take the dive and get some better clippers. I tried shaving my golden retriever a few months ago with a cheap wahl pair and it was a disaster to say the least. She turned out VERY splotchy. I didn't realize that (maybe) all I need a better pair...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @nithyaprasadbala: I found a great grooming video on you tube. Search cockermom. She does a series on grooming and clipping a cocker and tell s you what blades and scissors to use :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Where do you get the instructions to line the blades properly

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I know it's common sense to most but I think this should have a disclaimer about grooming safety as it is really easy to cut/injury a pet by trying to groom at home. Be sure to read up on safety precautions. If your pet is heavily matted is recommended that they are taken to a professional groomer or vet since matting can cause skin irritations, open sores, flea nests and so on. Again I'm not trying to be a prick but you want to make sure your pet will be safe.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have just bought a bichon frise what which clipper would you advise i buy and i understand why you would buy the extra length setting clips but why would you need to buy different blades

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I am a groomer and your concerns are valid and pertinent. I have seen dogs who have been sliced....(it doesn't happen often if you know what you're doing and the angle of the blade against the animals body and which part of the body determines how you adjust the angle of your approach). However, when it does happen it's a nightmare...I never had it happen to me but I am a professional groomer. The thing is once a dogs skin is torn vertically it just opens and opens and opens. Their skin is thin and like rice paper...It's a horrible thing. No person should just pick up a clipper and apply it to any animal without at least some basic training....Good Call.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey I have read a lot of the post here and am still confused on what I needed to figure out.. I own the Oster turbo A5. 2 speed trimmers. I have a GoldenDoodle and have been trying to trim her on my own. I have a #10 blade and have been trying to use a 1 inch comb attachment . It's a long process and I feel like I need to change blade sizes and at times when I want to take her shorter than an inch long what size comb attachment like the half inch? I am more confused on the blades, which size works best on this type fur and for use with these two (1 and the 1/2 inch) comb attachments? Thanks !

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Does anyone have advice on what blade size you would use to clip a GoldenDoodle? I own the Oster turbo A5 2 speed clipper. Thx

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: When you want a shorter cut for your Goldendoodle you should use blades. I think it is much easier than the clip combs (and blades won't pop off like the clip combs do if you get stuck in a tangle/mat). Here is a link with a guide on which blade to use. If you want to get about 1/2 then I'd suggest using a #5 blade (clipping with the grain of your dog's coat). And a #3 blade will leave about an inch if you go with the grain. For a beginner I would highly advise cutting against the grain because it is more likely to cut your dog. Also the link and most other guides show the measurement of the length for each blade by what length is left when you go against the grain of the coat. The higher the number of the blade the shorter the coat will be! I would use clip comb on the head of your dog after you cut the body. I hope this helps!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @jakealoo: I was really hoping to see the answer to bot's question about the difference between 22340 & 22360! I have the same question.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have Andis clipper with the ceramic blades, they haven't over used, I have poodles, but now the aren't cutting, seems like they are just pulling on the hair, struggling to cut? They range from 3 lb to 10 lb , it seems as they have got older their hair texture has changed, courser. I have the #10 and 7f blades. Do I need new blades or sharpen, I have no idea who does that. They hace go so contrary, don't being groomed at all, and I have done them since birth... Tired of me I guess. Any ideas would be really helpful. Thanks, Nancy. Is there something one can get to make them relaxed while grooming.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: where is the link you mention as I have a Golden Doodle and am interested in grooming her at home. Thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Have you used the cordless kinds? Any reviews on them?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Are the andis power grooms you reviewed the five speed or the two speed. Because I just bought a five speed power groom and they are absolute Shit. After one dog the motor stopped driving the blades. And when it did drive the blades they got so hot so fast I was changing blades every two mins. And the clippers themself got so hot I could barely hold them. But... They cut like a dream for that first dog.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Goldendoodles are a mixed breed thus have no breed standard. So you can use any blade to achieve the length you want. Having said this I use a 4f on a lot of my doodle clients.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a ten year old English Cocker. She is mostly all white with orange freckles. Her fur is very soft and matts easily if it grows at all. Sorry to say I do not brush her every day as I probably should. Have groomed her myself some and my clippers just don't seem to want to do the job anymore. They are Wahl pro series. I am thinking I should upgrade to better clippers, but if there is just something I can do to the ones I have (sharpen blade or something), I would do that in order to save some money. She needs grooming at least every other month and I just cannot afford to have it done professionally.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi there, I was thinking in buying the Oster at Amazon from America, can I use in Australia without burning the eletrical advice?

      Thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have an old professional grade Oster clipper that has done great, but the last time I tried to use it the blade I generally use wouldn't cut through my poodle's hair. I figured my blade was wearing out, but I read online it could be the clipper. The clipper sounds normal when I switch it on, how do you determine if it is the blade or the clipper malfunctioning? Where do you all get your clippers and blades serviced or do you just buy new when they act up? I also would like to comment that my husband bought 2 cheap clipper sets at yard sales for me and they do NOT work well, in fact, I have cut my poodle trying to use them and they are noisy. One of them says "Oster" but is labeled "made in China". I'm guessing it is bogus. It also makes a loud humming noise, not anything like my good Oster clippers. I would rather toss them in the trash than sell to anyone else who might cut their dog trying to use them. I've NEVER had any cutting incidents using my good clippers so I would suggest when you buy a set, but a professional grade set.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: ask the groomer you have been taking her to. Im sure she will tell you what blades and scissors or whatever she used to get the cut you seem to like. I asked my groomer about doing my dog myself and she had an old pair of oster clippers she gave me! supre sweet lady. they did well and eventually I bought andi they are much quieter.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: In my experience the ceramic blades don't cut well...I tried them in my salon and hated them...seem to pull the hair and not cut easily! :( Try going to a steel blade! Good luck! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree with Clipit... though if you really want to use snap-ons get metal ones...i live by them in my salon... very very awesome for longer coats... but the coat has to be free of matting and use with a #30 blade!!! A #10 and a comb isn't going to do the job as you experienced! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just bought an andis ultraedge 2 speed clipper, it cut good, but it gets so hot so fast! The blade that is. I have a little shih tzu & I could do only1 &1/2 legs & it was too hot. I tryed cooling spray. I ended up putting a comb on to finish so it wouldn't burn her.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, just read your article and found it to be informative. I was glad to see that you did mention that grooming your dog yourself is hard work not to mention dangerous if you don't know what you are doing. Since I have been grooming for 25+ years, I've seen my share of "home grooms" and though the people think they will save money, they don't if they have to come to me to fix the problems not to say a trip to the vet if they cut the dog. My advice to home groomers is to ask their local groomer for advice. If their groomer won't help, keep checking on the internet or visit someone like me or others like me to get some pointers. You can go to my site at josmppr.com for other tips and tricks. Keep up the good work. Your site looks very professional and well organized.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: The Oster A5 is top of the line. You can't go wrong. I had one lesson from a 20-year professional show dog shower. They groom the animals they show. That was in about 1996. She recommended Oster A5 as the best. We've been a two standard poodle household and the same clippers are going strong. I don't like the new ceramic blades though. Some people do but, I find they don't cut as well as the old standards.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have been looking to groom my dog for a while and finally decided to take action. after checking a few sites out i still couldn't make up my mind on which dog clippers i should get, but this page definitely solved my problem. ultimately i went with the oster a5 single speed clipper, i think it would be a great start for starters like me and for anyone looking to start grooming dogs on their own. there is also a site that gives tips on maintaining clipper blades, you can check it out here at www.thebestdogclippers.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: He sounds like an american.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: It could be anything from the blade being sharpened or being regularly oiled, oiling them while grooming the dog helps tremendously!, just a few drops of oil on the teeth while the blade is running. If they are not well lubricated they won't cut very nicely if not at all - also keep in mind to keep them clean and hair free, meaning after clipping slide the teeth from side to side with your fingers and brush the hair between the blade with an old paint brush or something along those lines, and keep them oiled even when not in use as blades will rust and if the rust goes into the teeth you can no longer use them, also disinfectant is important.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have found this site very interesting /still confused !

      One thing is for sure i need good clipper as i have maltese/shitz and their hair is so soft,

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      spids lm 4 years ago

      great lens love this!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 2 Morkies and a Yorkie. I usually have them professionally groomed but I recently lost my job and can't afford to keep up by taking them to the groomer constantly. I'm interested in doing it myself at home but I'm not sure which clipper would be best for me. I prefer to have them cut as short as possible since their hair grows so fast.

      Jacob, I found your website to be extremely helpful and definitely worth checking into. I appreciate you taking the time to inform the average pet parent about the different clipper options available.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I bought a £40 Wahl dog clipper not really knowing what I was doing but it just pulls the hair rather than clips it. Luckily my dog is patient with me! I have taken your advice and ordered an Andis professional clipper. Its worth the investment when it costs £39.00 every 10 weeks to get her groomed professionally. We are moving to Denmark where it is even more expensive that the UK to pay for grooming so I believe it will be a good investment. My dog will be so relieved if the new clippers are as good as the reviews. Many thanks for your advice.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: The abusive comments (on this only barely useful site) should be deleted.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for creating these reviews. I am so happy I read this article because I had no idea what to choose from, or what I even needed. I have an Aussie Labradoodle. Her hair grows faster than grass lol and she has been groomed by a pro every 4 weeks! That is a lot of money and it is really catching up with me. I think with the help of a book or dvd and a great grooming tool, I really can do this! Thanks bunches :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I have 3 Shih Tzus that I groom but the Wahl clippers get really hot. I can't afford $100 clippers...got any suggestions ?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I run a non profit animal rescue. In order to fund the dozens of dogs I rescue I started breeding pekinges. As u know they have lots of soft silky fur. WHAT clippers do u recommend. I live on a huge farm so these little guys come home with bures and more matts then the average city peke LOL.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi Linda. If it were up to me I would use a #4 blade on either an oster or andis clipper. Get the professional model. They are expensive, but after a couple of uses, they will pay for themselves. If your pekes are in real bad shape, you may have to use a #7f blade that will take them much shorter, but will get under the mats without pulling. Hope this helps, JoAnne at josmppr.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I lost the screws from my Oster clippers once and I got replacements from Diamond Edge who also sharpen my blades.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi all I just purchase and andis super agr cordless clipper I have two cockapoos one is very curly and the other is finer hair, It came with 10 blade, what blades should I buy to keep them groomed maybe about an inch long or so,,and should i purchase the comb set, or is that a waste of time..Thanks for your input? Teresa

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 16 pound Sheltie mix. I have tried to groom her at home in the past with $40 clippers. It did not work. As you well know, Sheltie hair is THICK! What clippers would be the best to use. Keeping a reasonable price is essential.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: this has also happened to me. The blade gets very hot when trimming our Maltese Shitzu cross dog. Could I please have advise why the blade gets so hot . I have 2 blades and I have got to swap them over, so there is a reason, could somebody please advise me why I have this problem.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Tx for this review. I groomed wire fox terriers snousers tea cup poodles & finally MY white Standard poodle. Who just died at 13 this summer. I miss him terribly. I loved grooming h. Sure did take all day! I had an old Oster with alot of trouble with it at the end. I will probably go w Andris when I get my next one hope your beautiful classy superbly groomed Standard lives a very long time. They are people! Gwen

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      AugieDoggy 4 years ago

      Which clippers would you suggest for trimming the fur between the pads of the feet? I have two golden retrievers and currently use professional clipper made for humans, but the blade is a bit too wide to do a good job. Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Inherited a small long-har chihauhau type dog so purchased Oster clipper recommended by the pet supply store we frequent. Unfortunately, at this time the blades either need to be sharpened or replaced and have been advised that because they were made in China, unable to sharpen due to the lack of quality and have been unable to find replacement blades for this clipper. Guess we'll be looking at the Andis clippers.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      got any suggestions for a standard poodle mix with shepard and chow in her? Her coat gets very long in winter. I see where you recommend the Andis Power Groom clipper, but it says it's for small dogs. Also, I might add she hates being groomed with clippers (noise I suppose), so the quicker the better.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just bought the Andis mbg2. It was around $90 and has one speed. My dog has a really dense undercoat about 3/4" thick and about a 3 to 4 inch overcoat. He's a mutt so I would say his coat is collie/lab. very oily too. My dog hadn't been trimmed in over 6 months.

      I set everything up and was really excited to do this myself. The clippers got into the hair and just bogged down. It sure didn't clip like the video. I was only able to make small bites and had to go over the same patch over and over. I think they are supposed to work better.

      They may work fine on dogs with lighter coats so, I'm not bashing the clipper. I think Its under powered for my dog. So do yourself a favor spend another $50 to $100. This one is going back and getting a more powerful one.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Leslie: Small Animal means dogs as opposed to cows or horses.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey!

      I have a Samoyed and the only way we can keep him is if his coat is clipped as my son has severe asthma. I would like to start clipping him myself.

      What would you reccomend as the best clipper to get for him? His coat is extremely thick.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a standard poodle with a very thick curly coat. I own an Andis and Oster Turbo A5 2 speed. Both clippers get very hot. I want to purchase a new clipper, but want one that really runs the coolest. What is my best choice?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You should never clip a Sammy. Not only do their coats keep them warm in winter, but also cool in the summer. They also have very sensitive skin that needs the protection of their coats.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have been using an Andis Easy Clip (pink) on my Bichon Frise for about 3 years now! It comes with a

      10 blade, a 7FC blade, and a 4FC Blade. I keep the blades oiled and I have a good time grooming him.

      He's about 17 lbs. and I use the 4FC on the back and a 7FC on the rest. I've saved a lot of money and he looks good!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: If you rake out some of the coat first to get the dead shedding hair out it will make a world of difference also try the Whal storm 2 or Andis 5 speed clipper...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We have 5 Standards. I use the A5 for heavy duty and the Andis for most of the other lighter work..ALL the blades are ceramic ss or regular ceramic..They run cool and cut clean. There is a certain amount of prep, ie washing, drying, precombing and knot removal, detangling sprays BEFORE U try to clip the dog..If U don't.........Nothing will go thru the hair and U will terrorize the animal

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Samoyes need their coat to protect them from the sun and cold. When you shave down a dog like that it will not provide a good coat. He will grow a thinker undercoat making more dander ( odor). I would recommend a Furmanator for you. It is a type of comb. You will get the undercoat out once a week. Then in the summer you will need to use the comb alittle more.

      I groom dogs and when I tell someone not to shave a Golden, Malamute, or Sammy. The owner will do what they want in the beginning or understand that I do care and love dogs. If you do shave you will always have to brush like this then shave. More work. It will take you 6 hours to shave and 2 hours to comb. Once you have a schedule of combing every week you will have to use less time. In the beginning do this outside. If you shave use a #7 or a #5. Not the head or the lower legs or the tail. Watch the tuck ups ( under arms, loose skin around the top of the back leg) areas that cut easy. Don't ruin a Samoy by shaving please.

      Dinah

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You run a animal rescue and your breeding more dogs! OMG you are CONTRIBUTING to our problem! I foster pekinges and there are so many that already need homes, please stop this madness!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You need to oil the blades.

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      BowWowBear 4 years ago

      I have to concur with your reviews and advice. Get the best clipper you can afford. The groomers I know swear by the andis powergroom. Thanks for sharing some extremely helpful info!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: As a professional groomer I also wouldn't recommend shaving a Samoyed but under certain circumstances I would still shave one. However, this is very hard hair cut to give. I would recommend the Wahl KM2 clipper its noisy and gets hot fast but it works well with thick coats.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm an American and you should know there is an asshole in every race, religion, country and creed so please think before you speak. Not cool. Just saying...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Which Oster did you buy? looking to clip our Bernese as well.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I have had 2 pair of Oster A5 2 speed clippers

      In both sets the screw comes loose on one side on the clippers where the blade attaches. They also start to run hot. At one time they were well made, years ago I have to say I'm not reccomending Oster. I have 4 toy poodles

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Haven't purchased a dog clipper yet, but your comments and info has been most helpful

      Thanks

      Frosty

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I have a yellow lab with a very thick coat.

      Which clipper and blade set up will work the best for my dog

      Thanks

      Frosty

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I would like to take a class or get a degree,

      Or learn how to groom dogs professionally. I have been grooming my own for 30 years and think it's about time. What would you recommend?

      The range of tuitions are confusing, as re the choices of online classes!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I bought a Wahl Contour kit with attachments, combs and scissors. It was an absolute joke. Blades dull quickly inspite of cleaning and will not cut through my Lhasa Apso's coat. Really disappointing. Sharpened the blades and they lasted for one cut. Junk.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Someone help, I have a bernese, german shepard, husky mix and need to trim his coat. His is aggressive at the groomers so we need to trim him at home due to skin infections in the summer. What clippers are going to get through his extremely thick coat?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I purchased Oster Power Max clippers and found that they would not do the job. Not powerful enough. Just over a year old and the casing broke out and I could not use them. I contacted Oster and they sold me a new casing. I Would not buy Oster again. Stick with Andis- They're the best.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: I have owned my two Sammys for 6 years, they are inside / outside dogs. I clip them three times, once in the spring, summer and right before it gets cold out. They love it, keeps them cooler and cleaner. yes their skin is very,very sensitive. If you clip yourself, you must have multiple blades, keep extra sets in the freezer and keep swapping them out , when shaving them.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I've got two Australian Service Dogs, Labrador-sized, non-shedding. One has sheep-like fleece that mats unless it's kept really short the other has more agro-type spirally hair. I can't afford the £80 every 6 wks and reading all these comments I'm going to buy an Asti with 2x #10 & #4 blades. Do I need the comb attachments? Are the cord-free clippers as good as the corded ones?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Make sure your dog is clean before trying to shave also. I can ruin a blade on my shepherd because of her oily, dandery skin if she hasn't just had a bath.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks, Julie! That is exactly what I thought when I read that comment!!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I own a long haired German shepherd with very thick long hair . She is very hot in the summer time , so last year I paid a lady to cut her , not impressed at all so I'm gonna give it a try myself . Would like any help on what to invest in for this application . Thanks in advance for all advice .

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for your useful information concerning grooming! I have a terrier mix and I need to learn to groom him BUT my budget is very limited. Your ideas?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: I decided to do the same as you, paid a lot of money for a clipper that I expected to see me out, only had it 3 years with less than 15 hours use in all that time, it has been looked after and the blades kept sharp. Do not purchase a Oster PowerMax.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Don't feel alone. I did the same thing, that's why I'm reading this

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      great site gave alot of useful info thks

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: thise dogs arent ment to be shaved it probably looked choppy because it was that hair just does not cut smooth

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      qikey1 lm 3 years ago

      Oooooh...I have some experience with this :) I have a Great Pyrenees and a Husky mix. The Husky mix has very wiry bristly fur with a phenomenal undercoat...The Pyrenees has so much fur... omg..but it is soft and silky with a wooly undercoat. I use an Andis Clipper and I just recently bought a ceramic blade. For any large dog owners go for the ceramic blade absolutely as it is impossible to get the job done without the dogs getting too hot!! Any dog can be clipped with these clippers- including humans. I have a son with really thick hair that I use the dog clippers on because the human ones we have are not good enough quality to handle his hair...shhhh... don't tell him I told you ;D Oh and I guess I would have to say it is certainly a big job but for us perfection is not the goal. I just want them to be comfortable in the humid summers. One final suggestion is that for dogs that are outside a lot...I would recommend clipping them in the spring to avoid them getting a sunburn...or take extra care until their fur grows back a bit ;) Great topic for a lens! Obviously there are many pet owners looking for this info!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Then started using Andis 5 speed which I loved. I want to start grooming on my own instead of for someone else. The Andis5 is too expensive for me @ this time and the blades do heat up very fast now.(they didn, t until a couple months ago) So I'm thinking about the Power Groom until the one post stated the drive quit working. I need powerful cool running clippers for less than $150.00 if possible. But again thanks for this site and all the comments!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: I have a German Shepherd that I clip myself, he has a rather thick coat, maybe not as thick as your Samoyed, but I use Wahl KM2 clippers, I have been using them for 5 years now and no dramas, only need to get blades sharpened, you get what you pay for with clippers, as long as you maintain them they should last a long time. Dont waste your time and money on cheap clippers, go for the professional ones in any of the brands people mention, you would be looking at investing from $100 upward.

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      Geni758 3 years ago

      I use the Oster Powermax 2-speed clipper to clip my Schnauzer. It does a very good job of getting through his thick hair and cutting through his occasional matts. I am well pleased with this clipper.

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      Melezell 3 years ago

      @anonymous: I too thought the Oster Powermax would be the one that would take me through on our English Cocker Spaniels. Exact same problem, and it is not drop safe when you are trying to clip a moving target.

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      Tony1111 3 years ago

      It seems that the cheapest site to buy dog clippers is from amazon but they have 110 volt US plugs. Has anyone used them in Australia using an adapter. Thanks Tony

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      marilou 2 years ago

      I would like to groom my Shih Poo at home, because he needs grooming every 6 weeks. I am happy to buy the Andis 22360 AGC Super 2-Speed Professional Animal Clipper with Locking Blade. I'm not clear if I need to buy additional blades. I like him a little fluffy, but close on his face. I am a first time dog owner and will have an experienced friend help the first time. Am I taking too much on?

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      Georgie 2 years ago

      Great info ,

      I have a chinese crested so mostly hairless but he has some fluff patches on his body. I want to buy some clippers for home. Mainly trimming his face , legs and sparse patches on his body. I like to trim is short (to the skin to keep the sleek look). I am an ex vet nurse and only had experience with Oster clippers for surgical clipping. What clippers would you recommend? I wave a budget of around a $100. Do you think I can find anything for this?? Many thanks in advance.

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      Juan 18 months ago

      Karmin, Karmin, Karmin!

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      Pepsi 15 months ago

      I have a question. I was looking on ebay for a pair of clippers. I found a nice looking set for just my price range but I'm not sure about the model. It just says Andis MA-1. Do you know anything about this model? The lady said it was to powerful for her 8 lb poodle but that might not mean a whole lot to me since I need them for my goldendoodle. Will this model be able to do what I need it to? I don't want to waste my money buying something that definitely won't be heavy duty enough. Thanks for any help!

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      CactusLady 12 months ago

      Don't believe anyone that tells you , you shouldn't shave long haired breeds in the summer. They will tell you that the insulation will keep them cooler. That is not true, and it is not even logical. That's like saying if I where a winter down filled coat in the summer it will insulate me and keep me cooler. To the person that posted above that has this mentality, have you ever seen a long haired thick coat dog in the southern states during the summer. I don't know when this myth started but whom ever started it was an idiot. I have a chow mix large farm dog in S.C. and if I did not shave her she would come down with heat stroke here in the south. So, to the lady with the great Pyrnees don't hesitate to shave your dog. I had one dog breeder of the American Spitz tell me if you shave your American Spitz, that the dog will be embarrassed of how he looks!! Crazy pet owners.

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      Hans Aberg 10 months ago

      Very informative blog !!! But I am afraid while using the lens of this clipper. This can harm my dog also. However, I will try to use it very patiently, so that that they doesn't get harm.

      Regards

      Hans Aberg

      http://britishgritjackrussellterriers.com/

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      KWeb 8 months ago

      I have a Lhasa Apso cross Maltese and his hair is like cotton wool (very soft, fine and mattes easily), I live in western QLD Australia, temperatures extremely hot in summer, we are too far away from a dog groomer and need to purchase clippers - which would be the most suitable and what type of blade - this is all new to us?

      Thanks in advance for any info!

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      Jamie N Charter 4 months ago

      I was just given the Andis ultra edge special edition 2 speed for Christmas. I am trying to get clipper combs for it. The ones I ordered are too small even though it says they work with A5 detachable blade clippers. I bought the small Andis plastic clipper combs. Any ideas on which ones I should get? I'm a home groomer who groom's my 3 dogs. Any help would be great since I'm trying to figure out just about everything to do with grooming

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      Pamela Lack 3 months ago

      What clippers will neatly trim my heavy coated papillon' feet? Most clippers push the hair aside and in won't go in between The blades.

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      Bernies Mum 3 days ago

      I have used the Oster A5 Turbo. Very disappointing. they heated up so fast that they couldn't be used for long. the housing also heated up. Lasted about 6 grooms before throwing them away. Have purchased Andis AGC 2 speed. Hoping for a better product.

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