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I mentioned dryer and scissor recommendations in another thread but the question is pretty much buried in there as the thread is actually about clippers so thought I鈥檇 throw out a separate thread. Got my clippers so that鈥檚 finally a done deal.馃槉

I would love some recommendations now for an affordable dryer and affordable scissors for grooming Bobby Spoo. We live in a small house so the dryer needs to be easy to store and move around. I am thinking a pair of straight scissors and a pair of curved scissors, right? I am quite clueless. We won鈥檛 be doing fancy haircuts, just the basic clip he always has. I love a big, round topknot though and my understanding would be to used curved scissors for that job, right?

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For a dryer, check your local classified ads and resale shops. I got lucky, and found an older Metro two speed Air Force Commander at a church thrift store for under $20 (I hit the "everything with a green sticker is 75% off" day). I've not used it on Simon yet, but it does a pretty decent job on Leo, my GSD.

I got Purple Dragon shears, on the basis of what I've seen recommended here and in a FB group I'm in. I decided that I didn't need to start out with "super-duper premium, with price tag to match" shears, and that "good enough for now, might upgrade later" would do.
 
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For shears I really like my kenchiis. Their Loves line is a great entry level shear that is very popular. I think their scorpion line is even cheaper. I am using their 5 star line no-offset curves and really like them. The curve is more subtle which is great for topknots. I prefer to have a more expensive set of curves and a cheaper pair of straights. I use curves almost all the time anyway. With the no-offset shears you can flip them around in your hand to use in either direction which I use a lot. Offset shears are better for hand strain but since I'm not a professional groomer it doesn't matter.

For dryers the Shelandy is very popular for at home pet use. I like my Flying Pig but it is more expensive.
 

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I got an $80 no-name 4.3 hp AIIYME dryer on Amazon. Right now it is listed at $110. While I do like it, I would choose one with an adjustable heater next time. On mine, airflow is adjustable but heat is off or on. I start out with it on, then turn it off as it gets too warm. Right now it only takes me about 20 mins to dry her so I only have to flip it off once, but if it took much longer, I can see having to flip it on/off/on/off, which would just be annoying.
 
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I have the Free Paws high velocity dryer. I see it鈥檚 rated an Amazon Choice but I don鈥檛 know what that means. I bought it because a long time member of PF Mollymuima recommended it and I鈥檝e had mine for 5 years.

It鈥檚 4 horsepower, has 2 heat settings or no heat and stepless adjustable air flow so you can quickly adjust the amount of air flow. I only use the cylindrical nozzle. With the puppy I remove the nozzle. When I bought it they had less attachments but the attachment poodles need is the cylindrical one.

For scissors buy only Japanese steel or high quality steel. I groomed my tpoo for 20 years using straight scissors and while I own curved I find it easier to get a nice rounded finish with straight which seems illogical but I think it鈥檚 because I鈥檓 used to straight.
 
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I'm the opposite of you, Skylar. I pretty much exclusively use curves. I have Kenchii shears. My dryer is a B-Air Fido Max. It's now held together with duct tape and luck. I think for Christmas, I'm getting a new one.
 

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I'm the opposite of you, Skylar. I pretty much exclusively use curves
I think most people are like you Click and it makes sense to cut a round shape with round scissors.
 
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Scissors: I was taught professional grooming using 1 straight and 1 thinning shears (some Japanese brand that I can鈥檛 remember and was never sharpened because it costs $100 to do so). I did countless poodles on those 2 pairs for 3 years while I was completing the 3 courses. I only started buying curved shears two years ago (always no brand, China ones, you鈥檇 be surprised at the sharpness on some of these and the replaceability costs). I use both to do round shapes, usually straight to make a box first, then curved to get my 鈥減erfect鈥 sphere.

Dryer: I have a no brand China made dryer which I myself want to change out because it takes too long to dry Whiskey. But now I am thinking it may just be the humidity in my area.

Edit to add: so right after posting, I came across SilverLine shears that seem popular amongst Korean groomers on YouTube. Maybe that shall be my birthday present to myself / Whiskey this year 馃
 

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... how much money do you want to spend?

We have a $40-50 scissor set from Amazon and a $140 dryer from Amazon. Nothing fancy. Entry level. Still works. Still use them.

I can only see it making a difference if your a working professional and time = $. If a few extra minutes in your life is okay, then I wouldn't fuss over the horsepower. With professional grooms being $40+, or bathing your dog at a dog wash = $20. Then you will see a return on investment in 6 months...

Just like the $30 dremmel I got for Basil online when she was a puppy. Still use it to this day. The vets office want $16 to cut her nails... Okkkkaaayyy no thank you.
 

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Possibly the best way to select shears is to go to a dog show. There is almost always a vendor who carries a variety of scissors/shears. You would be able to hold them to assess their balance and to determine if they "fit" your hand nicely.
 

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Thanks everyone for the feedback.! Your responses give me some ideas to work with. There is just so much out there I kind of didn鈥檛 know where to begin. It鈥檚 nice to have recommendations. I trust poodle people way more than Chewy or Amazon reviews. 馃槈
 

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I've had bad experiences buying shears on Amazon. First time I tried a cheap $40 set and they were terrible so I returned them and got more expensive good ones. I've also tried buying kenchii shears off Amazon but they were old and misaligned. I purchased a pair from kenchii and they were perfect.

I've had to sharpen shears occasionally. It's pretty cheap. Somewhere around $10 per pair.
 

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Oh, Wow! Good to know! There is a dog only pet store near me that sells dog grooming supplies. While there aren鈥檛 as many choices perhaps I should go there.
 

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I've had bad experiences buying shears on Amazon. First time I tried a cheap $40 set and they were terrible so I returned them and got more expensive good ones. I've also tried buying kenchii shears off Amazon but they were old and misaligned. I purchased a pair from kenchii and they were perfect.

I've had to sharpen shears occasionally. It's pretty cheap. Somewhere around $10 per pair.
Me too. I've never received a pair of usable, let alone good, scissors from Amazon. I came across a hairdressers supply shop while I was out shopping one day and bought a pair of human hair scissors there on impulse a few months before Covid. This pair got me through the lockdown, but I would certainly defer to someone else with real grooming experience.
 
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