Kept seeing bears on our game cameras, about 200 yards from the house, so we decided to get a Great Pyrenees for protection. Then, we found Mountain Lion tracks 200 yards the other direction .... Pyrenees work best in teams, so we got 2 more. When it turned 90+ degrees this spring, almost a month early, I saw the folly of not being ready to clip those poor dogs. We have 2 Chow/Collie mixes for close-in protection, and an Aussie Shepherd for livestock "crowd control". THAT IS 6 BIG DOGS, FOLKS.
I read the reviews and settled on this clipper, and an extra #7FC blade.It arrived at 11:30 AM in the mail, and we,( 3 of us, one clipping and two restraining and positioning) had all the dogs clipped, with the 7FC blade, by 2:30 PM...... PROBABLY 4-6 GROCERY BAGS OF HAIR !!!!!
They don't look pretty, yet....... we will come back with the #10 blade and clean up their legs and faces and bellies. then we will work some of the felt on their backs and sides better with the #7FC..... that blade leaves the perfect amount of hair for sunburn protection. BUT, THEY SURE ARE HAPPY.....AFTER THE FIRST SQUARE FOOT OF HAIR WAS REMOVED, THEY SETTLED RIGHT IN...... THE CLIPPERS ARE SO QUIET THAT WE COULD CLIP IN AND AROUND THEIR EARS AND EYES WITH ZERO FLINCHING AND TRAUMA.
ADDITIONAL INFO: We used the #10 blade on the second day....nice for the head, legs, and belly....BUT....it DOES heat up faster than the #7, and the dogs get grumpy when the hot blade hits their ears !! The #10 will take more consideration in the cooling down department. As easy as the blades are to change....I can see swapping a hot one for a cool one if extensive use is needed
HERE ARE SOME "TIPS".
Remember to concentrate on keeping the heel of the blade lowered....you want the blade parallel, or only elevated about 10 degrees to cut the best.
Open up a channel on their backs, and work from the base of the hair down each side....it is like peeling a banana. These clippers are up to the task. They PEELED these brutes in short order.
BAD DESIGN FEATURE.....the darned switch should be on the base, and not on the side. Wrestling the large dogs had us turning it off, or to low speed often while clipping.
No need for high-dollar cooling spray.....go to the local Wally-World big box and get a can of silicone spray from the automotive department. Spray the blade every 5 minutes with a cooling/lubricating spritz of silicone. It is less that $3. for a big can. Should be enough to do 10-12 dogs. You can hear the cutter rev up about 100 rpm when the silicone hits the blades. WE NEVER HAD TO STOP DURING THE ENTIRE PROCESS, DUE TO HEATING. Make sure to direct the spray to the back side of the blades, where the short blade hits the longer top guide blade. It seemed that the lubricating was better from the underside, and the rev-up could be easily heard.
These breeds represent the worst possible scenario....heavy, long guard hair, with an unbelievable tightly felted lower layer. EXPECT TO WORK...this does not make it a picnic. It is still a chore and a half, and a shower afterwards is in order.....BUT.....you will have reasonably attractive results, and you wallet won't suffer the routine abuse of the "Grooming Salon"
These will hold up to any task, except wholesale sheep shearing. Any livestock grooming is a cinch.
I cannot compliment these clippers enough.