any suggestons on good dog clippers have a pair of andis I like them however the blade does not seem to stay real sharp for a long time. or maybe I expect to much how long should the blade stay sharp I have learned and still am learning to groom my own standard poodles the three that I do myself it seems like the blade is good for about 2 dogs then I notice it does not seem as sharp. I oil them dogs are washed and brushed out before I cut
Get a can of Cool Lube for the clippers. If you have a Sally Beauty Supply in your area, you can get it there. Use it on the blades frequently, before, during and after clipping. This will NOT sharpen the blades but will help it stay lubricated and unclogged with hair, when it is clogged with hair it will seem as if the blades are not sharp. Andis is a good choice. They should be with you forever if taken care of.
There's actually any number of things that could be going on with your clippers/and or blade. The cool lube will help though. Could also be your blade drive wearing down. Those have to be replaced regularly. You could need a new bearing, new face plate. The "foot" on your blade might need to be adjusted. But the most common thing is most likely the blade drive. I know my clippers get tired and bogged and don't cut as well when that is worn out. The drives are cheap, tho and relatively simple to replace. Good luck.
Junebug, What kind of clippers do you use? I have been using clippers on humans and dogs for 20 years or better and never had to replace any "parts" in my clippers. If they are maintained well they should run for years. Just like a car, it is amazing what an oil change will do, LOL
PoodlePrint - My wife does all the poodle cuts at our house except for the show. We have had real bad luck with the Andis blades from Pet Edge. They do not seem to be sharp even when we get them brand new. She is now switching to Oster Elite Cryotech Blades. A little more expensive, but our groomer says they will last longer and stay sharper longer. They work on Andis clippers but are a little tighter. As for the clippers themselves, she went through two Andis clippers in the same day. One Andis AG Super 2 Speed, and one Andis AG 2 Speed. They both went up in smoke. She's now back to an Andis AGC. She likes the shape for her hand better with Andis than the Oster. Try the Oster blades though!
I wash my blades in bladewash, with the clippers running every time I put them away aa well as oiling them. I use both Oster and Andis blades on an Oster 2 speed turbo, and an old Andis single speed. The biggest difference I have seen in the blades is that the Oster blades look nicer longer. Andis clippers are known for wearing out blade drives, mine needs a new one now. I am going to try a ceramic blade next, they are supposed to stay cooler. I am also considering purchasing a set of Laube clippers.
Thanks for all the help as usually you always give me something to think about I really thought I was going crazy. Because the clippers just did not meet my expectations. I will try the blade wash I do have the lube spray to cool them down. I am going to look in oyster also because I do need anothr pair Again thanks for all of your help
I use Laube clippers. I have tried the Andis, and oster clippers,and they are no good. Their not powerful enough to get a nice smooth finish. I also have a pair of Double k clippers. They are very powerful.
OMG it's so funny with no experience really with all this stuff (Ijust take my dog to the salon) it sounds like all of you are talking about sports cars or something!!! All of you seem to really know what you're talking about! I just thought a blade was a blade.
Carrot me too until I sarted taking grooming classes about a year ago. I have alot of dogs I enjoy cutting them but it takes alot of time. I think I might head back to the salon for at least one cut each Standard Poodles up here start at 65 per dog and that is not a fancy cut just the puppy cut....
I also use Laube clippers. And I must say, no matter what kind of maintainance you do on your clippers, when you're grooming an average of 8 dogs a day, 5 days a week.. and most of the dogs are matted and filthy, parts wear out! I love my Laube clippers. Nice and powerful and I get a good finish with them. I've tried Oster and Andis and have not been happy with them in the slightest. Not enough power to em.. no "umph!"
I used to use double k all the time. The only thing was the cable. It can be heavy and hard to hold for a long time. Thats why I switched to Laube. Get the variable speed pack. You can control the speed instead of only having a on & off switch. You used to be able to order from a catalog, but now I think you have to go straight to laube clippers. They might have a web site or can tell you who sells them.I would get your self a pair of laube they are much better. They are more expensive, but its worth it and they will last longer than a year.
Regarding clipper types.... Yeah, what Halle said:) Go Laube variable. Best clippers I've ever used and believe me, I've tried them all. They'll last you forever with the proper maintainance. Just have to watch the blade temperature because with more power the blades get hot faster so have plenty of Mr. Lube n Cool handy.