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    Human vs. Dog Clippers?

    What's the difference between human clippers and dog's? I can get a human clipper with multiple length blade guard for ~25 bucks but dog clippers are almost 100 bucks. Will human hair clippers work for dogs as well?

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    Re: Human vs. Dog Clippers?

    A good friend of mine used to share his clippers with the dog!
    They'll work, but you might not like the results.

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    Re: Human vs. Dog Clippers?

    what's the difference with dog clippers? why wouldn't I like the results?

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    Re: Human vs. Dog Clippers?

    To me clippers are clippers. The reason why the dog clippers cost more is because most of them are the higher end clippers. For dog you need a higher end clipper because they have a stronger motor to run through their fur without pulling on the fur. For human, you dont need a higher end clipper (althought it would be nice) because our hair are not as thick as dog fur so we don't need a stronger motor.

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    Re: Human vs. Dog Clippers?

    I think you will find on most dogs the human clippers will not go through the hair at all and if they do, they pull too much on the hair so the dog really will not like it.

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    Offhand thought-- maybe check out horse supply stores for horse clippers? I've never clipped a dog, but I've used horse clippers a lot and they always looked just like a sturdier version of human ones. Horse grooming stuff tends to be cheaper compared to dog stuff.

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    Re: Human vs. Dog Clippers?

    Quote Originally Posted by FrostQ View Post
    What's the difference between human clippers and dog's? I can get a human clipper with multiple length blade guard for ~25 bucks but dog clippers are almost 100 bucks. Will human hair clippers work for dogs as well?
    As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Human hair is not anything like the coats of dogs, so be prepared for problems, should you buy that clipper. $100 is a very inexpensive investment, and will pay for itself over and over.

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    Re: Human vs. Dog Clippers?

    Offhand thought-- maybe check out horse supply stores for horse clippers? I've never clipped a dog, but I've used horse clippers a lot and they always looked just like a sturdier version of human ones. Horse grooming stuff tends to be cheaper compared to dog stuff.
    horse clippers tend have a strong motor in order to clip an entire horse, and are also usually very loud. i am not a fan, and most dogs do not need the motor strength, and do not tolerate the noise.

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    Re: Human vs. Dog Clippers?

    ok point taken...thanks guys/gals

    I went to Petsmart and local pet supply stores and now I'm confused at the many different models and brands I can get...the price ranges from 50-200...so which one do you recommend?

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    Re: Human vs. Dog Clippers?

    A cheaper clipper will get the job done okay, but the difference will be in how well the cut looks and how long the clipper holds up.

    Many cheaper 'home grooming' clipper sets have an adjustable blade, and different length 'comb attachments', that will help you determine a coat length. However, you will need to make sure there is absolutely no matts in the dog's coat, or those combs come right off. The lengths of the blade attachment will vary, and I think the longest 'clip' you can get off those is usually a #7 length...which may be too short for your dog. Often the home grooming kits blade is not removeable.

    I, even before I started grooming dogs, preferred a clipper that I could swap out blades on easily, so determining length was a peice of cake, and I didn't have to worry about making sure the blade was tightened properly, etc.

    I am an avid Andis clipper fan...I have 6 of them I rotate while I groom, each one has a certain blade on it, so I don't have to constantly swap blades out; saves on the wear and tear of the blade drive. I use Super Two Speed models, and also have a cordless that I use for faces, and feet.

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    Re: Human vs. Dog Clippers?

    The dog clippers work wonderfully on my hair.
    If I have to give my dog treats for obeying commands, then the terrorists have won.

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    Re: Human vs. Dog Clippers?

    I tried to use our clippers (a $50 Wahl set) on the dog and it just wasn't working so I took her to the groomer. I was a bit overwhelmed at the idea of doing her feet, and around her face, anyway. Now that she is groomed, I think I could possibly keep up with it myself though, as long as it doesn't get long and matted like it was when she came to us.

    I trimmed around her eyes with hubby's beard trimmer the other day. Shhhh.... don't tell him. Why is it that the hair on top of her nose, in front of her eyes seems to grow faster than all the rest? I just had her groomed 6 wks ago.

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    Re: Human vs. Dog Clippers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marsh Muppet View Post
    The dog clippers work wonderfully on my hair.
    LOL

    I use my hubby's clippers on Tyson, does the job ok but I'm saving for some Osters.

    PAH have some Wahl clippers for 35, they are clearly not going to be much better than the ones I'm using now.

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    Re: Human vs. Dog Clippers?

    The skill required to use clippers and the time in labor using them is far more costly than the high-end clippers themselves. Think about what a cut costs at the groomer's and how much a good clipper costs. If you're willing to develop the skill and do the work, you'll save/earn enough to pay for the best in two clips.

    The mainstays are the Oster A5 (equivalent to Classic 76 in the human product line) and the Andis. You can get one speed or two speed, but the key thing is that these clippers are built with reliable parts and materials, they run cool, they have a wide selection of blades and attachements available, they're not going to be discontinued in your lifetime, and they've been trusted for at least 25 years or more and they have powerful universal motors -- as opposed to the magnetic drives in the cheapest trimmers and the dc motors in the battery operated clippers.

    I have a Classic 76. This is the same as the A5 that's marketed for animals. The blades are interchangeable except the labeling scheme is screwy. Human blades are all finishing blades and numbered like 0, 1, 1 1/2, 3, 4 etc. Whereas animal blades with digital only labels like 3, 4 etc. are skip-tooth blades and the blades labeled 3F, 4F etc. are "finishing" blades, equivalent to human 3, 4 blades. The design of the blades is otherwise identical, but some of the blade treatments and coatings vary. There's cryogenic hardened blades for longevity, Ag ion (Silver ion) treated blades for anti-septic properties, and there's "Elite" blades that have both cryogenic treatment, Ag ion coating and titanium plating for lubricity (cooler running).

    I have some of each and I like the Elite blade for the dog because the clippers tend to run for a long time on him. For my family it doesn't make much difference because haircuts are over faster.

    You can get an A5 or Classic 76 with a couple blades for $120-150 price range. Plastic attachment combs will extend the range of use on blades for some purposes but in other cases you'll need various blades.

    I don't have experience with Andis but I believe their high end models enjoy the same market position as Oster's. I don't know of anything else that has the same level of respect with groomers and barbers anywhere. I'm sure some people doing lower volume work are doing it with the cordless models because batteries have come a long way and a Li ion unit would probably do fine but for a comparable cordless unit you're going to have to pay quite a bit more than corded units.

    The A5 is a good unit for horses but anyone doing high volume work on large animals is going to use a bigger unit like sheap shears. They're faster but they don't do good work on dogs.

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    Re: Human vs. Dog Clippers?

    NO! It seems like a deal to get the human ones, but don't buy them unless you intend to use them on yourself in the future. Even the 'almost 100' dollar clippers may be useless depending on what type of dog you have and the coat. If you go to a place like PetsMart a decent pair of clippers will run you almost 200. Otherwise you're wasting your money.

    It all grows out the same you just notice it more over the eyes because it is where you're looking the most. Plus it can be bothersome and stinky depending on the dog and it's tearing.
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    I tried using my beard clipper. Nothing doing.

    I bought a fifty-something dollar Andis clipper. It works fine for my beasts, but it remains to be seen how long it will hold up. I would advise against a battery operated clipper. The one I got has an electro-magnet motor and runs off of house current. It's pretty strong. A permanent magnet motor probably won't cut it, so to speak.

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    Re: Human vs. Dog Clippers?

    Dog clippers (good ones anyway), have a higher running speed to them (some have 2 speeds), which helps the blades clip the thicker finer hair of the dog. You might get through a dog's coat with a human clipper, but you could potentially wreck his coat, as the blades may just kind of 'crunch' through the hair, rather than cut it cleanly, like the faster stronger pet clipper will. If you spend the money on a decent clipper, it should outlast your dog...I have clippers from over 10 years ago, and they are still used daily (I groom dogs and cats)...so they have definitely 'earned' their asking price!!!!

    As far as checking out horse clippers, unless you have a large breed dog I highly discourage this, as they are really bulky, and there is no way you will reach all the areas, and definitely no way you will get into small spaces, like armpits, and groin areas, without possibly cutting the dog's skin. You also will not be able to change blades on these livestock clippers easily. Yes, they are powerful, but that's overkill for a dog!

    Quote Originally Posted by JiveDadson View Post
    I tried using my beard clipper. Nothing doing.

    I bought a fifty-something dollar Andis clipper. It works fine for my beasts, but it remains to be seen how long it will hold up. I would advise against a battery operated clipper. The one I got has an electro-magnet motor and runs off of house current. It's pretty strong. A permanent magnet motor probably won't cut it, so to speak.

    Ummm...most of Andis' clippers have the permanent rotar...I have all Andis clippers and they have stood up to everything! I have two speeds (of various versions), as well as a cordless...They have all 'paid for themselves'.

    All of my corded clippers were around the 120-130 range new, and my cordless with extra battery, and corded adaptor costed me around 280 new. ALL are over two years old...with my oldest one being around 10-11 (still usable)...
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