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    Clippers - Osters vs. Andis

    Hello all. I know there have been a couple of threads on this, but I didn't get any really good answers to this question.

    Basically, I need a new set of all around clippers. I've always had Osters (the A5 for all around clipping) and have been pretty happy with them. They do tend to run a little hot but are mostly pretty good. I've heard some people on here say they like the Andis AGC2 better. So I'm wondering what people with experience with the brands think.

    I'm open to other clipper brand suggestions if you have them, but I like the price range and type of these two.

    Also, does anyone notice a difference between the 1-speed and 2-speed? Or is that more of a gimmick?

    And one more thing while we're discussing clipping, what brands of blades do you like best?

    Andis (AGC2)
    Osters (A5)
    Other - Please post what you use and like.

    Hi I used to use the Oster A5's for many many years. They always seemed to get hot quickly no matter how much maintenance I did on them. I then decided it was time to get some new clippers and after some research I decided to switch over to Andis.

    I absolutely love my Andis clippers and will never go back to the A5 again. I do still have my Clipmaster large clippers from Oster and they are great but as far as the small clippers I will always stick with the Andis.

    I purchased the Andis AGR+ cordless and also purchased the cord to put on it too. It does clip faster when used with the cord. Another great thing I love about the Andis is they are basically maintenance free, no need to add oil to the clipper etc.

    I have found that when I use my Oster blades on my Andis it cuts pretty good but I noticed that when those blades are on the clipper it is noisier. When I use the Andis ceramic blades its much quieter and cuts like a hot knife through butter and with the ceramic blades I find I have a slightly longer life out of them then the none ceramic blades.


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      Ceramic blades? Hmm, I don't think I've seen those. Where do you usually get them?


        Andis calls them ceramic edge, usually my local tack stores carry these blades, otherwise you can order them online too. Valley Vet carries these blades. The ceramic blades usually cost about $3-$5 more per blade then their non ceramic edge blades, but as I mentioned before I find I get a longer life out of them so I feel its worth the extra cost.

        Here is a link to Valley Vet on those blades,

        If you do end up keeping the Oster A5 the ceramic edge blades will also work just fine on it too.


          LOVE the Andis, and I, too, will never use the A-5 again.


            Go with the Andis. I work in a vet clinic and had to order new clippers for the place. The rep suggested the Andis. We already had Osters. Anyway I LOVE the Andis clippers. So quiet and do not over heat.


              The andis are definitely what I would buy.

              I body clipped 5 horses this winter with the same blades and andis clippers. Clipped all 5 phenomenally.


                Oster is fine, I used them for years.

                Andis is soo sooo sooooo much better and is all I use now. Have Andis cordless, corded and body clippers, <3 them all.


                  I use everything that is Andis: the clippers, blades, cooling spray, oil, etc. It works great!
                  "The hardest part of horses is the ground." ~unknown


                    Original Poster

                    WOW! This is quite the overwhelming response! So I guess I should go with the Andis = )


                      Another Andis fan here. I have the Super 2-Speeds, love em.
                      Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!


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                        Originally posted by sublimequine View Post
                        Another Andis fan here. I have the Super 2-Speeds, love em.
                        Oh yeah, do y'all use 2 speeds? Or does the 2 speed just have a more powerful motor? Or does it not really matter much at all?


                          The 2 speed is very handy. I use it a lot when clipping legs, as it gives you more power when it might otherwise get bogged down in hair. But for anything other than legs, the regular power is plenty.


                            Originally posted by bort84 View Post
                            Oh yeah, do y'all use 2 speeds? Or does the 2 speed just have a more powerful motor? Or does it not really matter much at all?
                            I really only use the high speed, to be honest. But then again I just got them new this year, so haven't really had a chance to use them a ton yet and see if there's a time the lower speed may be handy.
                            Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!


                              Does anyone have the Laube clippers? I bought the small corded version because it was in my price range. They work great in the summer when hair is light but I have trouble clipping legs in the wintertime when the hair is thick EVEN with newly sharpened blades.
                              Eight Fences Farm. Mansfield, MA


                                Originally posted by luvs2ridewbs View Post
                                Does anyone have the Laube clippers? I bought the small corded version because it was in my price range. They work great in the summer when hair is light but I have trouble clipping legs in the wintertime when the hair is thick EVEN with newly sharpened blades.
                                I do. They're just OK. I don't think they're built to last and they certainly don't clip as well as my old A-5's. I wouldn't recommend them.


                                  I had a long talk with a guy who's business is clipper repair and blade sharpening. He really dislikes Osters and highly recommended Andis and Wahls. He says that the quality and reliability just isn't there with the Osters anymore and he does far more repeat work on them. I have two sizes of Osters and really really want to replace them with the smaller Andis that is still capable of body clipping. On my Santa list this year.



                                    You should do one of those poll things, so you can compare the two in one spot! Just an idea..


                                      Original Poster

                                      Oh yes, that is a good idea. I don't think I've ever done one of those.


                                        I have not either... just tried doing one but I couldn't get the options for the poll to show.