“ Brand: Wahl / Animals Equipment Type: Dog Grooming „
Sorry review incomplete - will try to edit and amend (again & again!!!) asap Unlike their Daddy, we have noticed as our three spaniel boys get older they get much much hairier. Old big old boy Bracken (14 yrs) has become so hairy, with his brown and white colouring he looks like some kind of rare breed sheep. The longer brown around his head and ears bits have gone golden at the ends and it looks like he's had a few highlights put in, and while this looks really cute, the poor old boy is bound to be absolutely boiling as the weather turns warm. Meanwhile, in parts his hair was so long that he would collect all kinds of debris and detritus in his coat which was often thorny and spikey and must have bothered him so much until we spotted it and cut it off. As summer has got closer, and he's began to pant a bit, I thought it might be a good idea to invest in some doggy hair clippers. We used the largest attachment, which was about one inch thick and it had long tapered comb-like teeth, and clipped in the direction of growth. We did this gradually ? the clippers did not cut to the length of 1 inch ? I think it was because there was lots of slack in the hair because the attachment was so big. The comb went through the hair smoothly which the clippers cut sharply and quickly. It also cut straight through many slightly matted clumps, however some really thick areas required a quick snip with the scissors. We took it slowly and paid particular attention to the areas where the hair was thickest and longest ? mostly round his neck and shoulders, tummy and butt.The results were better than expected too, the cut was very neat and uniform. The clipper was easy to clean, and everything was tidied away nicely in the case ready of another day. Paws up from all of us.
Having had a set of Wahl Electric Multi-cut Pet Grooming Clippers sometime ago I have to say that whilst they may work well for some people, in our hands they were a complete disaster. Our bearded collie who has the most beautiful fluffy and gorgeous coat thats rather hot in summer, used to go for a trim at the local doggy parlour for a summer 'puppy cut' which she resented rather a lot.
We most often bath and then blow dry our dog with a gentle dryer on a low and slightly warm setting, then go for an all over combing, which keeps her long hair looking in tip top shape. However when the warmer weather came around the heavy coat she sported was something that needed a trim so we invested in a set of Wahl Electric Pet Grooming Clippers to save her a visit to the grooming parlour.
I don't feel there was any fault with the clippers what so ever. I am certain it was our total lack of experience that led to the end result leaving our beloved pet looking like she had come out of the washing machine backwards. Even though everything was provided to enable a nice clean cut to be achieved we found it nigh on impossible to do.
The set we had included the clippers, a simple to view dvd, plus the combs needed. This was enough to enable you to cut to different lengths with the clippers and then finish of with scissors in theory. We also got some oil to keep the clipper head working well and a small cleaning brush. The clippers were not all that noisy when working but we found that our dog really didn't like them at all and this wasn't much helped by our very tentative use of the clippers. Dogs can so easily sense when their owners are feeling nervous and this does effect their behaviour.
We found the clippers very difficult to get to grips with, even though we tried to begin with the longest cut length we could. There was an adjustable arm that allowed for a closer or longer cut if needed and although that was easy to set, we were not confident enough when the clippers were switched on.
As anyone with a dog of this type knows, the fur is most often left long except in summer when a nice neat puppy cut is kinder for your dog. We wanted to get that same look with our clippers, but once we began to use them we soon realized that getting that type of professional finish from the clippers was nigh on impossible for us. I have to say that we found it very unnerving to be using these on our pet. When we bought them we really didn't think it would turn out to be such a hard skill to master.
To sum up the set we had, I feel it all seemed of a good quality, but due to no fault of the clippers, our pet ended up with a very unsatisfactory half cut look that we felt we couldn't continue with. We managed to tidy it up enough with the use of the scissors and a thinning comb to be able to wait until a slot became free at the local grooming parlour.
Due to the fact that using this type of thing is quite an art form and a skill that needs to be mastered over time, I would not recommend these for those who are unsure of how their pet will react to the clippers. As we found trying to perfect using these on your pet when you have little prior experience of them is something thats best avoided. With this in mind I can only recommend them to those who have successfully used similar clippers with good results on their pets before. If you have never used them then I would say buyer beware. As such the clippers get a 2 star rating.
I have just used these yesterday on my pet shis tzu and can tell you they are pretty good.
We used to take our dogs to the groomers and it would cost around £25 to £30 per dog every time. This was fine but when we were back at home later that day we would find a cut on one of the dogs every time. Once or twice is one thing but it was every single time. The final straw came when our 11 year old Shih Tzu came home with a cut just milimetres away from her eye. Anyone who has seen a Shih Tzu will know that their eyes stick out a lot and it worried me how close it could have been to catching her actual eye. A mistakes a mistake but this was too much.
We scouted around the local groomers but didn;t really find one we liked. In the end we did find one but to get an appointment on a Saturday for all the dogs on the same day was prooving impossible. In the end out of desperation I brought this clipper and thought I'd give it a go myself.
The clipper cost a lot less than one lot of grooming fees and came with a dvd which I watched before hand and found very useful, although it could have been in a lot mroe detail I think.
Cutting the dogs was a lot easier than I thought it would be. the ifrst time it took ages and I wasn't really sure what I was doing. I was also a bit nervous of doing it wrong. However, after a couple of attempts, and a few mistakes, I seemed to be getting the hang of it.
My one came with scossors which were complately blunt and wouldn't hardly cut. I brought some better scissors and found that after my first few attempts, they looked as good as the grooming palours efforts.
The hardest part for me was getting the hang of trimming around the paws and the top of head. Like I said it is a matter of practice though.
Now I trim all of the dogs and they never go to the groomers anymore. Although they never like to bathed, they are so much better off and no more cuts!
The trimmer is very easy to use and has a variety of blades which cut the fur to different lengths. I have only ever used the number 1 blade as the others leave the dogs really long. You can use these without the guard but I just feel too nervous about the cutting the dog to do that. my mum had a go but did catch the dog so we haven't done that since. Instead we found a little trimmer in pets at home which is better for the bottom and other shaved areas.
Using the trimmer was easy and the cord is just the right length. There were 2 areas were I think the trimmer could be better.
1. It overheats when you use it for a long time and it gets way to hot to hold. The only way to stop this is to take either keep stopping every so often or to use it until it gets hot and then let it cool down.
2. The fur gets gets caught between the blade and the guard sometimes and has to be emptied which, is very time consuming.
Sometimes when I use the trimmer it seems to only take a very small amount of the fur off, whilst other times it takes it off really well and very quickly. I think the key to this is to make sure you oil it well and frequently with the little bottle of oil that comes with it. Having said that, it doesn't always work, but it's still fairly goos, just takes a bit longer.
I have just spent ages speaking about the cons of this trimmer. What I will say is that finding a good dog groomer is becoming increasingly more difficult. I find it hard to trust someone as much as I trust myself with my dogs and for that reason I will continue to use this trimmer.
I am warding this trimmer 4 out of 5 stars. Although it is very good, there are some improvements that would make it great
I have two Springer Spaniels, a young dog and an older bitch that needs grooming regularly. Until six months ago I had to take her to a grooming parlour every three months to get a trim. Just before she went to the parlour she would become very shaggy and tatty indeed. She is also quite fearful of strangers and did not enjoy the experience. The price was around £20 a time and so this was very costly for me. It was for these reasons I decided to buy my own clipper set.
I browsed through several catalogues including those selling specialist animal products but in the end I found a set for around £30 in the Argos catalogue. They were the Wahl Multi-Cut Animal Clippers. I was familiar with the Wahl brand name and had seen a set of human hair clippers made by the company and was impressed by them.
The pet clipper set is actually very similar to those available for cutting human hair. The set comes in a little black plastic briefcase which is about 9 by 8 inches in size. It comes with easy to pop open fasteners at the front and has a handle for transporting.
Inside you get your main clipper. This is mains operated with a three point plug. The cable length is approximately 1 1/2 metres. The actual clipper is heavy and is just under 7 inches long. It is branded with the 'Animal Grooming' Wahl mark. The blade has a protective cover which can be removed to attach a guide comb before use. There is a side thumb lever which allows you to adjust the level of the blade. It is also helpful when cleaning between blades as it allows you to make more space between them to brush out the hairs.
The set comes with several guide combs. These attach to the end of the blade. The combs allow you to leave a desired hair length on the animal. There is a booklet with the set with a detailed guide on the attachment combs and which one is appropriate to use. When I began doing this I started out using a large comb (no. 3 ) and gradually worked my way down to a smaller comb for a closer cut.
The clipper vibrates quite a lot and it takes a bit of steadiness and strength to control it. It is also a little bit noisy and it took some time before I could use it on my younger dog. I had to gradually get him used with the sound before he would let me approach with them.
The set also has a small hold in the hand sized clipped for use on smaller, hard to reach areas like ears or between paws. This uses AA batteries. There are two attachment combs available to use and a protective cover. There is also a seperate instruction booklet for this compact trimmer. I find that you need to have brand new batteries in this almost every other time you use it for it to work effectively. It also jams a lot of the hair is thick, has dusty residue on it or is too long. It is less noisy than the large clipper and my dog responds better to it though.
Also included in the set are a pair of scissors and a fine tooth comb with two tooth spacings. The scissors have 2 1/2 to 3 inch blades, are sharp and easy to grip and the 7 inch comb allows for precise grooming.
Lastly, there is a little cleaning brush and a bottle of oil which should be used to keep the blades moving effectively. Full instructions on how to clean the blades are included. I find this to be a messy but easy process. I would also buy a special cloth - like a dish cloth, to use to wipe excess hair while cleaning as static tends to make them stick to the plastic handle.
An instruction booklet (which includes a 24 month guarantee) and a 'How to' step by step to grooming instructional DVD are invaluable to the set. There are detailed instructions and safety precautions which must be understood before you attempt to use the clippers. It is a dangerous task and you should be confident about your ability and be fully knowledgeable before undertaking the grooming process. It could be worthwhile attending pet grooming classes or lessons.
The Wahl clipper set has been a brilliant buy for me and my dogs and my older dog actually looks forward to the attention I pay her during this practice. A clipper set that I highly recommend for use on pets that need regular trims.
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Anyone that has read my previous reviews will definitely know by now that I have two gorgeous dogs, a Jack Russell terrier (a big dog in a small dogs body and a Shepard x Labrador. For this review it is Teddy, our Shepard that counts. He certainly isn't traditionally a dog that would be clipped however he has an incredibly dense coat that you cannot really get to the bottom of and also goes swimming four or five times a week, it is probably this that makes his coat seem even thicker - the reasons for which I clipped him will quickly become clear
It may initially sound slightly strange, I am certainly not a professional clipper (I can only just about use the clippers and presently can't really manage a very straight line)! I have a Shepard that traditionally isn't really clipped and here I am reviewing dog clippers? Well, I'll explain; two years ago our darling Teddy rolled in a dead fox you can only imagine the smell and there was no way that he was coming inside the house. So we bathed him, several times, brushed him and absolutely nothing would remove the smell. We decided then quite drastically that his coat would have to come off! It was I suppose kind of lucky as we'd been planning on having him clipped as he has an extremely thick coat and gets uncomfortably hot during the summer, however having no idea as to how he would react or for myself how to use a set of clippers off we went to the grooming parlour, (what people must have thought as we walked by with this 'fox dog' I don't know) we certainly got a fair few looks I can tell you.
Anyway we explained our problem to the groomer and I must say that at first she was hesitant to clip a dog such as ours, mainly as Shepard's would traditionally keep their coats, however we insisted that it would be best for him and us to have him clipped, so off it came. He looked like a lion dog, his leg head and tail hair was left on and the body came off! The legs were angled diagonally so that it all blended but overall he looked good and had a completely new lease of life, I think that the weight of the coat coming off whilst it was so hot made it a lot more pleasant. At the end of the session it cost me £25 and I found this rather expensive, however I was pleased with the job that she'd done and also was determined that there must be cheaper ways than this
Now comes on to the relevant section - that is that the groomer used Wahl clippers, I asked for the sake of interest and she said that she'd found them very reliable in her time and never had a problem. So like a bright spark I went off and decided to get some of my own clippers, again probably slightly drastic but never mind. Teddy's coat was growing back rapidly so I thought that after about three months I'd try clipping him for myself, he'd been a good lad for the groomer (although that may well have been because she knew what she was doing) and it had after all cost £25. I thought that an investment in some clippers would be worth the money. As Teddy love to swim he especially loved diving into the water, and this made me think that it would be worth clipping him regularly.
I obviously bought the Wahl clippers as it seemed the most sensible thing to do and I was never going to use them as much as the lady who clipped him the first time. They cost me around £120.00 at the time however I bought them on the internet so obviously p+p cost and also this included two sets of new blades and a warranty for one year. The next time that I actually clipped Teddy was about thirteen weeks later when his coat got fairly thick again. I would also say here that his coat grew back fresh without the fox smell! He seemed happier for having it done and so I thought I'd continue. I asked my sister to hold him on a collar and lead whilst I tested how easy clipping was the instruction manual was thankfully easy to read and understand which definitely made life much simpler. The clippers also have a long cable so that saves having to use an extension. Anyway Teddy was reasonably calm whilst I fumbled around trying to figure these things out. The thing that probably surprised me the most was the noise such a small set of clippers made, the vibrations in your hand are also another aspect that you must get used to in order to be able to use the clippers most effectively. However overall speaking initially they seemed manageable and reasonably simple to use. Something that worried me at first was screwing in the blade; it seemed more complicated than it actually was though. Again the instruction manual was incredibly useful for this part and made the whole process easy. Teddy was extremely well behaved; I would just say here that if you have a dog that may not react well it is probably best not to practice on him!
Overall the clippers seemed straightforward - I carried on clipping and I now come on to the downside; the clippers heat up very quickly, for this reason I found that I had to keep stopping and allowing them to cool down sufficiently. The negative of this is that it makes it more time consuming, both for you and the animal. I repeatedly oiled the blade and it seemed to improve the situation, however later after having spoken to people I can say that I am sure there are clippers on the market that will run for longer - whether this comes at a cost I don't know.
It took me about forty five minutes to finish clipping Teddy the first time which I didn't think was too bad, I had to stop a couple of times however they seemed to me, as an amateur to do the job they were supposed to. As Teddy behaved so well I then decided that it would be worth continuing keeping his coat down in hot weather and I have since clipped him two or three times. The blade is now on the edge of needing replacing however I have also found a service that will sharpen your blades if you post them, as I do not live near to a saddlers shop this has made life easier and realistically the blades only need sharpening once a year (four clips). Last year when I first clipped Teddy I also clipped him later in September; I found that the cooler weather seriously helped the clippers to run for longer. I did however find that clipping such a dog this late into the year prevented him from keeping warm enough so this is something that I would certainly not recommend.
The clippers are very lightweight and this makes them easy for any member of the family help. For their size though they make a lot of noise and the vibrations from them are surprisingly big. After each clip I have found washing the clipper parts down with warm soapy water helps to make them work most efficiently. Obviously the clippers themselves are wiped down with a towel and the air vent is constantly kept clean. This is easy to do and causes no problems.
Since owning these clippers I have also clipped three other dogs for friends, one of these was actually a Belgian Shepard last month that was struggling with the heat and so needed his coat removing. The dog has an extremely thick, long coat that is very dense all over. I had been unsure as to whether the clippers would manage the job or not however they were find removed the tangled sections without any fuss. Again, they seemed to heat too quickly and the time taken waiting for the to cool delays the process. I then also clipped two standard short coated German Shepard's These had substantially lighter coats and so they came off without any problems, the blade after all of this now needs replacing however I am satisfied with the amount that it has done or generally does do.
When I bought the clippers they came with one years guarantee, this time is now up and I never once used them, as the set are so reliable and safe to use. They also came in a storage box that I find very appealing and smart however this was an optional extra out for a limited amount of time and so do not know whether or not this still exists. In my opinion the clippers are smart and do what they are supposed to well. They come with a bottle of oil and one clipper blade, purchasing another may be a good idea. Also, I have found that the blades are reasonably strong, I have on several occasions been in a rush and allowed the clippers to bang however the blade does seem o.k. Although you generally must be as careful as possible with the clippers as with anything inevitably from time to time they do get knocked around and I have been impressed with how sturdy/durable these clippers are - this is probably contradictory to their appearance as in comparison to some heavier models they look feeble and quite delicate.
ALL IMPORTANT CONCLUSION!
Teddy has definitely had a new lease of life as a result in the loss of a coat! He just seems generally happier, for example whenever we take him swimming after he has just been clipped he'll be much more playful and loves to dive into the river! As far as we're concerned as the owners he smells better as anyone who has a Labrador will know that at a certain age their coats get discoloured. Teddy's coat has now grown back completely fresh and revitalised! Obviously it is easier to keep him clean and must ultimately feel better. These clippers clearly suit a range of people, from the first time clipper to the professional. They are certainly not the quickest most powerful set in the world however do their job and do it well.
Overall I can happily say that I have been satisfied with my product. It has been reliable and easy apart from the odd few grudges however this is something that either will or won't affect your personal decision. I would strongly recommend that anybody has their dog clipped by a professional the first time and only attempts to do it themselves if they are absolutely sure that the dog is completely happy. Also if you are actually clipping a small dog it is I think possible to purchase a smaller model, which may make clipping easier - I am not definite however and this may need some research.
If you are now interested in buying this model of clippers they can be purchased for definite from 'Robinsons' equestrian site. These can be ordered via the Internet, phone line or post. There are also as ever many sites on the Internet that stock these clippers however p+p varies and can be costly.
Thank you for taking the time to read this review and I hope that it has been of at least some help. :-)
My English Springer Spaniel has a beautiful coat,but as He seems to have an attraction to gorse bushes,brambles and the slightest muddy puddle,He does need grooming reguarly. This also includes keeping His coat in good condition. Thats where the wahl multicut clippers come in very handy.Having never clipped a Dog before,I was pleasantly surprised at how easy these clippers are to use. I decided to try these out after a visit to a so called professional groomer,left My dog with no whiskers a lot of bald patches and me thirty five pounds poorer. They come complete with four different attachments,which enable you to decide how short you want to cut the coat.The smallest comb attachment would give a shorter cut.The largest really just takes off the minimum. With my Dogs coat being quite long He tends to get a lot of tangles,due to his love of charging through bushes,this can be a nightmare to untangle.But if used reguarly these clippers minimise this problem. They come with easy to read instructions,advising step by step on how to clip different areas. They are not to noisy either which helps my Dog tolerate the procedure,as Hes not to keen on loud noises. There are also a sharp pair of cutting scissors the instructions recommend you use these in different areas such as around the Dogs feet and ears. I have owned these clippers for over a year now and I reckon I have saved a fortune so far,so definate thumbs up needed here. Also I actually use these when I have cleaned them to cut my two sons hair.Does a great job and they are not any different from ones that are made for human hair.Thats more money saved.!!!