What are the best professional dog grooming clippers?

A reader asked..
I am looking to buy a real pair of for doing my dogs and to possibly get into professional grooming as well.
Experienced groomers, what are the kind of clippers and any other tools (scissors, thinning shears, brushes, etc ) do you use and recommend on a daily basis.
I have bought some from Petsmart for like 60 bucks and then after 5-6 haircuts they are junk! Also they heat up and make lines in the 's coat.
Advice is appreciated!

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    • Fairierose
    • February 18, 2010

    First – they are mechanical they do heat up somewhat. The lines are most likely from your inexperience, they can happen no matter what kind you use. Also, you have been doing the maintenance, cleaning, oiling, etc right? Not doing it especially with non professional grade ones will kill them.

    I prefer the Andis Ultra Edge 2 two speed.

    • Single Worker 1230
    • February 18, 2010

    Osters, Wahls and Andis are the best brands out there. A variety of blades of different lengths. A good pair of 8 1/2″ straight shears, a pair of fine thinning shears, and possibly a pair of curved shears are good for a beginning groomer. A variety of slicker brushes, rakes, combs of different sizes, Mar coat king, furminator, and a good quality pair of nail trimmers can make up the rest of your kit. The thing that you need most is the knowledge of using this equipment in an efficient and humane manner.

    • ∞CHAO§ is a VEIM∞
    • February 18, 2010

    Oster or Andis have great clippers.

    As for brushes Cris Christianson has the best brushes and combs, you can get them at dog shows and I think online. You best bet for anything related to dog grooming is getting it at a dog show. I forgot what thinning shears we have but they are really good. Anything expensive is going to be good, anything really cheap will cause problems.

    The stuff you need depends on what kind of dogs you have. If its terriers you need a very good stripping blade and the knowledge of stripping a coat.

    A knowledge of show grooming will go a long way.

    • deepcow
    • February 18, 2010

    Oster Clippers, they are what pro groomers and vets use. I have the “two speed golden” it is unstoppable. They’ll set you back about $200.00 with blades.


    • Due Nov. 21st! =)
    • February 18, 2010

    WAHL clippers are good…

    • bluebonnetgranny
    • February 18, 2010

    I liked either the Oster A5 or the Andis that takes the same size blades.

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