Which Pro Clippers should I buy? Premier, Lister Laser, or Andis?
I have quite a few jobs scheduled and am a little tired of my Clipmasters.
I picked up my a set from our localish Clipper service today and looked at some other models.
Apparently Clipmasters are not the only ones out there! Go figure.
I always read the threads about clippers, but they seem so general. Everyone throws out a brand and none ever really come out on top.
Well I have three brands to choose from. I want to trade my Clipmasters in Wed AM on my way to my next job. I clip up to 8 hours sometimes. Hence the reason I have two machines. I need a good professional machine that can take the pressure.
1. Premier 4000c.
This was the store managers favorite brand. They seemed nice and fast.
2. Andis Horse and Cattle
They were slower than the Premier and the Clipmasters. Does that matter?
3. Lister Laser
The store has these on order, I didn't actually get to see them.
Though I was not able to actually clip anything with them--I leaned towards the Premier because they were sooo much faster than the Andis. But I'm not sure if that is a good reason to choose one brand over another.
I was told by the manager that the Premier and the Laser are the best on the market for long hours of clipping...
I'd like feedback for those three clippers only. Hopefully there are some groomers out there who have used 1 or all of them.
I'll go search some more in archives. But with this new COTH format--I seem to always come up short on the search engine.
Last edited by purplnurpl; Jan. 1, 2013 at 04:16 PM.
They do heat up after prolonged use-clipping the whole side of very hairy horse. They do not recommend dipping in kerosene or blade cleaner.It took about 35-40mins to do. I would spray w/ Cool lube and oil every few minutes. They don't want stuff gumming up the motor. Was not a hassle to do this. Very user friendly and do not blow hair all over you! I only did a clip that didn't take hair off legs. I would have used the smaller Oster's for that. These are great clippers and I am so glad I got them. Very easy to clean. I watched the video on assembling the blades on Youtube. They send fine blades, so I ordered the mediums. Everything comes in a very nice hardback case similar to a briefcase.
I body clip with the Lister Star, which I understand is a step below the Laser but they look very alike. They do heat up, but it is manageable (esp. since you will have 2). I use cool lube stuff, lots of oil, and a can of compressed air (so very handy to blow out hair). They are so much easier to hold and listen to after the third horse than Osters. They are the only clipper that clips as fast as I want to go. Or as fast as the horse wants it to go. I've never made it further than 4 straight hours of clipping. (My limit, not the clippers'.) If the Lasers use the same blades and the Stars, the blades are very nice but harder to find and never seemingly on sale. Not hard to switch. Does not blow fuzz (hence the handy canned air). Oster blades were always quite cheap but of somewhat variable quality. Both my old Osters has a "clatter" that left my forearms feeling like they are shaken to death long after I was done, and an unbalanced heft that I sometimes felt was self-propelling them in directions I didn't choose. I don't have that with the Listers.
I have Lister Stars and after the first 20mins or so, I have to spray the blades with CoolLube after every swipe or they shut off. I've only used them on one horse, 3 body clips over the last year. They started doing it after the first use. It seems very high maintenance to me, but I'm new to clipping and these are my first clippers but was considering getting a new pair since I clip at least twice a year.
They do seem to clip nice and fast, I've never have to go back and redo an area. I'm still on the original blades and picked up a spare set online - a few places carry them.
I was glad to see this thread as I am thinking about buying some body clippers. I did have an Oster that was given to me , but they died a few years ago. They were pretty old, so I opted not to try to have them repaired. I am just wondering about longevity of some of the brands. I have a small pair of Oster clippers for trimming face etc and they are close to 20 years old and still working fine. (Don't mean to highjack thread)