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I have decided to buy some of my own clippers, I have been recommended to a pair of Heiniger Handy Clippers. I will be doing two horses at first but may get more to do throughout the winter.
Does anybody have these or used them before and how do they compare to say Liveryman? I have used a pair of Heinigers and found them to be quite good but then I haven't used any other makes and don't know which are the "good" makes to go for.
Any help/advice is much appreciated. I want to get the right pair straight off as they are too expensive to decide I don't like them
I had the Liveryman Arena clippers and they were an total pig to tension right and i could not get a full clip out of a newly sharpened blade.In the end they burnt out and are sat in the tackroom.I got a right bargain when i went to get some more with a set of Lister Stablemate clippers.Work a treat and they were reduced down from £209 to £70 because they were brought back because they were too loud for her nervous pony. http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
Wow that was a bargain! Are they really noisy? My two aren't nervouse to clip but one is a little bit headshy so the quieter the better.
Not any more noisy than any other mains clipper.The pony was scared of it's own shadow.So the lady got cordless ones which can be quieter.
My opinion, you can't beat Listers. They have been making shearing equipment for years and know their stuff. The listers that I have got are now nearly nine years old. I clip as part of my job, and my clippers will do four full clips straight off without over heating, getting hot or shutting down. I would probably clip 10-12 horses a week.The only draw back is they are quite heavy but the newer models on the market probably have improved in weight and design. Blades are also easy to get anywhere and Listers are easy to get serviced. What you need to consider is how many horses will you clip, what type of clip to help gauge useage then do your Homework. Go out to the tack shops and pick them all up if possible get the staff to run them for you to get a feel and hear how much noise they emit. Get the staff to show you how to get the right tension and then spend some time and 'Play' with them. I think clippers are quite personal and I will not let anyone else touch mine !!!!
04-08-08, 11:31 PM
I'm buying myself the Lister Liberty clippers soon - battery powered, lightweight and quiet. My mare needs sedating and twitching to clip so they enable quick and safe clipping.
tigrablackhorse - tack shops are not the best place to buy clippers from. The staff are not trained clipper specialists and if you have a problem with them, they will not be able to advise you. Best to buy from a clipper specialist who will give you the best advise and will probably also be cheaper. Most clipper specialists will also carry out any blade sharpening and clipper servicing which you will need.
Yes I agree with you neigh - a specalised dealer is better but local Tack shops generally are a good pace to start to have a look and feel if you have no idea what you want and no experiance of clippers. Clipper Specalists are rare and non exsistant in my area so if you have one then treasure it !!
Just as a note all the staff in my shop are trained and have training on clippers and the requirements of each clipper and how to use each one as well as being able to ask questions to be able to give the best advice and recommend different types of clippers for different clients useage. Surely I can't be the only shop that offers this !!
22-08-08, 01:22 AM
Not all tack shops are ignorant to the workings of clippers!, in my experience, some of my best customers are the tack shops where the girls in the shop clip themselves, I get less silly returns from these dealers, as they are willing to take time and advise the customers accordingly. The one thing that always amazes me about clipper users, is that you would never dream of going out and buying a car and driving it without lessons, yet many people do just that with a £300 set of clippers, then bitch that "they dont work"!! My advice would always be, to find a friend or someone on your yard, who clips regularly and has a clipper with which they are familiar and happy with, then bribe them with several large gin and tonics or a jug of Pimms to give you some lessons and tips in clipper use. Then purchase a similar machine, safe in the knowledge that you have been made aware of some of the pitfalls. With the clipping season soon to come upon us, my busy "mad four months" begins so any clipper related advice is freely given, please feel free to ask or PM me, I dont know everything, but I have 15 years experience in repairing machines and blade sharpening, so if I can save anyone a headache, you are welcome.
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