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  • Body Clipper Recommendations?

    Hey all, I've been using an old trusty pair of Oster Clipmaster Variable Speeds for the past 10 years and they've always done a great job, but are incredibly loud. My own horses don't much care, but when I do first-timers for other people sometimes the noise more than the clippers is a little scary for their horses.

    Anyway, my old faithfuls finally kicked the bucket and I was wondering if anyone has a favorite pair of body clippers that they would recommend. (I've seen others with the newer lightweight and wider-bladed Osters, but they seem to leave horrible track marks that my old giants didn't leave.)

  • #2
    Lister Star by Wahl but only use medium blades, NOT the ones that come on them! I have used them for years. Clip hundreds of horses. Light weight but powerful, no lines. Reasonably priced. Love them.
    ~*Adult Pony Rider Clique*~


    • #3
      I have three pairs of the giant blue Oster body clippers... And just had to take all three to the clipper-fixer-upper. Two of them broke within 1-5 horses after purchasing. They don't make them like they used to... When they work, they clip perfectly, but you never know if they'll work...
      ...for there are wings on these hooves, the speed and power of foam-capped waves...
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      • Original Poster

        Originally posted by GreystoneKC View Post
        I have three pairs of the giant blue Oster body clippers... And just had to take all three to the clipper-fixer-upper. Two of them broke within 1-5 horses after purchasing. They don't make them like they used to... When they work, they clip perfectly, but you never know if they'll work...
        Thanks! Good to know. Mine were the old gold ones and they held up really well. I won't replace them with the new blue ones if they don't make them as well.


        • #5
          I just bought my second pair of Andis 2 speed. I've never had issues body clipping with them, and think they do a pretty good job.

          This was the day after clipping (yeah I clipped the day before a show *wince* we had some 80 degree days and she was dying). And yeah...I'm too big on her, she's 13.3 I'm 5'10". I've got her for sale so wanted to get to this show for the exposure, and the kid that normally rides her was sick.



          • #6
            The Lister Stars are amazing. Quiet and no lines or marks.
            Your premier source for quality used and consignment saddles


            • #7
              My grooms love the Premier 1 clippers with their fine blades. And they use the Andis handhelds with T-84 wide blades for heads and legs. They clip the exact same length so no lines. And last for years with the abuse and clipping 30 horses every few months.
              "ronnie was the gifted one, victor was the brilliant intellect, and i [GM], well, i am the plodder."


              • #8
                I clip between 50 and 60 horses a year, so I am hard on my clippers for sure.
                I have killed one pair of Osters variable speeds on dirty ponies with goat hair. I did buy another pair to replace them, which have held up for 2 years so I think they are ok.

                I also have a pair of the Andis large clippers. Which are quieter and cooler and fit the Oster blades (which Lister stars do not). But they are the most temperamental clippers ever. If the horse has a double coat, if the horse is a little dirty, if the blades are not pristine they bog down and stop. I have pulled the blades off the Andis clippers put them on the Osters and clipped another horse. Sometimes it is all I can do to not throw them across the room.

                I also have a pair of the Andis AGC two speed clippers which I love. They have held up for 4 years are quiet and can use Oster blades. I tend to only use them for legs and heads. Even with a t84 wide blade it would take FOREVER to clip a full size horse. I try to keep my total clip time per horse to around an hour, so I like the big clippers much better.
                "Half the failures in life result from pulling in one's horse when it is leaping."



                • #9
                  I have the 2 speed Andis with the T84 blade. I can't afford one of the big body clippers so I make do with these. It took me around 3 hours to clip my horse today, it probably would have taken me less but I was nursing along my dying blades.
                  Here's my horse today right after I finished:
                  My CANTER cutie Chip and IHSA shows!


                  • #10
                    I have two pair of the Andis 2 speed clippers. I did use the T084 blades for years. Last year they just did not work. I called my body clipping friend and she said the same thing. So we use the #10 blades. I have ponies and they work well. I did have a new pair of #10 blades, straight out of the package, not work at all. Just pulled the hair. I called the company and they could not imagine what was wrong. All the other blades worked fine. Anyone have this problem? And, what about the T blades??
                    hunter/jumper ponies


                    • #11
                      I also have the Andis 2 speed clippers and I like them so far. They came with an Andis #10 blade which lasted through an entire horse(face, legs, and all). When I put on the spare blades I bought for the next horse (oster #10 wide), I felt like they were leaving more streaks. My first horse has virtually no streaks but the second came out a little streaky on the rump and body. Not sure if that was the blades though, or the clipper(me)


                      • #12
                        I bought a second pair of the Andis 2 speeds after my original started running hot (after about 8 years of clipping poodles and horses )

                        I used a new T-84 blade to do Remmie and didn't have any issues at all, plus since I was originally planning on just doing a bib, she hadn't been bathed.

                        I have two blades, and when they start to run hot I cool lube or oil, and switch them out.


                        • #13
                          I had no luck with Andis #10 blades. They didn't work at all, ever.

                          The big Oster clippers are way to big and heavy and blow hair all over you. I swore I would never use them again after using the Lister Star clippers I use now.

                          The Andis with the T-84 blades work great for legs heads and thin coats but are not powerful enough for heavy coats (like heavy winter pony coats!) and will take much longer to to clip even with a thin coat than the bigger clippers.

                          I love my Lister Star clippers with a med. blade along with the Andis with T-84 blades.

                          Just my opinion after years and years of trial and error and clipping a zillion horses and ponies!
                          ~*Adult Pony Rider Clique*~


                          • #14
                            Timely thread because my old Clipmasters just broke last week. Sigh. After reading these posts, I think I may go with the Lister Star clippers to replace them.

                            I love my Andis AGC Super 2 speeds, but as others have said they don't have the same brute strength for clipping through dirty mountain goat pony hair. After 5 or so years of service, the motor on mine is running HOT and getting louder. They are still much quieter than the giant Clipmasters but it took me 3 hours to clip my friend's 16+ horse yesterday.

                            I find that if any of my blades aren't sharp or have hair stuck between the blades (Oster 10 blades or Andis T-84) they will pull at the hair instead of clipping. Not sure why a brand new set of blades would do this straight out of the package as someone else posted. The T-84 blades leave the hair slightly longer than the 10 blades, so I wouldn't suggest switching between these blades on the same horse - you'll end up with track marks.