More specifically the Andis Super AGR Cordless?
I really like the fact that you can use this with or without the cord.
Has anyone tried these?
Also wondering about the Oster HV cage/table dryer?
Is it better for using on poodles if you have the hose type dryer or would it be okay to have a table top dryer that positions where you want it and could also be hung on the cage?
Any advise would be appreciated,thanks.
~May I always be as wonderful as my dogs think I am~
If you are getting a standard poodle, you really wont like that Oster dryer. Its very heavy for one thing and with a large dog on a table, you will not be able to properly dry its head and topknot at all. Invest the money in a dryer with a 8-10 foot hoze and nozzle....and they usually come with a thing that you swap out the end for a thing that hooks onto cage bars....so you can still use it as a cage dryer. I have only tried that clipper ONE time at a large grooming show. I felt that it would cause hand/arm fatigue in a half days worth of work.....I couldnt use it very long cause it was so heavy.
Names of dogs: Jockomo (Dogue de Bordeaux/Boxer) and Sebastian
Poodle Type: Standard
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I used to use the Andis cordless. It has it's ups and downs. What I liked about it was that it was so easy to use. It's so nice not to be tethered to the wall, but thats about it's only upside.
It super heavy for one, and makes your hand tired just to hold it. It doesn't hold a charge for very long either, so you have to have 2 batteries so you can always keep on on the charger, otherwise you have to stop every 30-45 minutes. It's also not very fast. If all you are doing is clean, dry poodles, it shouldn't be a problem for you. I was using it as my main pair of clippers in a busy groom shop though, so clip downs on heavy coated breeds took FOREVER. Probably the worst thing about it was that it is very fragile. If gets dropped or kicked off the table, it's gonna break for sure.
I would suggest the Andis AGC super 2-speed clipper. It sturdy, reliable and has a low speed for everyday use, and high speed for thick coats or powering through mats. I would also recommend getting the Wahl Bravura Cord/Cordless Clippers. They have the option of using the cord, or charging them to use cordless. It comes with 4 guard combs and the blade is also a 5 in 1 (there's a lever to adjust it from a #9, #10, #15, #30, and #40) so its AWESOME for FFTs, sanitary trims, paw pads, the insides of ears, small mat removal, etc. They are super light and whisper quiet. The 5 in 1 blades can be a little finicky though, so order a few extra blades in case one of them breaks. The Wahl Arco SE Cordless uses the same 5 in 1 blade, but it's much noisier and doesn't have the option to go with a cord.
Poodle Type: Standards, Minature, Toys, and a cat that doesn't know he's not a Poodle
Location: San Francisco
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We only use cordless clippers. The Wahl Arco SE is our workhorse and very occasionally the Wahl Chromini (toes on the toys). The Wahl Arco SE is (relatively) quiet, runs cool, has good battery life, and is comfortable to hold.
Edit -- We found that while the Wahl Chromado sounds quieter to human ears, the dogs seem to be calmer with the sound of the Arco. Additionally, the Arco seems to have significantly better battery life compared to the Chromado.
We picked the Chromini for a "detail trimmer" (over the miniArco) for the tiny guys based on talking with repair shops. Unless you're working with very small dogs, you're probably ok with just an Arco SE or similar.
I don't think there is any "perfect" clipper for everyone. There are, however, some that are harder to use than others. The old-style clippers can get very hot with use (some even offer insulating sheaths as accessories), as well as being very heavy and unwieldy.
I use the Wahl Arco SE for FFT. For body work I use Oster A5. The Oster was given to me so it wouldn't have been my first choice. It is heavy, loud and gets hot quickly. I don't have a lot of experience except with my own dogs: 2 spoos and 1 elderly yorkie. The dogs seem to prefer the Arco
My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind,
So flew'd, so sanded; and their heads are hung
With ears that sweep away the morning dew;
--William Shakespeare, A MidsSummer Night's Dream