Our old clippers stopped working at the end of the last dog haircuts at our house. We had a cordless (battery) Laube speedfeed that Mom bought right after we got Natalie– two dogs at $35 a haircut seemed like too much so Mom started giving us haircuts at home. The Laube lasted for 6 years, and we were pretty happy with it. The drawbacks were that the batteries had to be charged repeatedly to get through a haircut and the clippers didn’t go through the hair very smoothly– a lot of stop and start.
We decided to try a new (and nicer) clipper this time. Mom bought the Andie Proclip Excel 5-Speed Clipper (model #65410). This is a corded clipper (so no stopping to charge the battery) and it is billed as a professional-level clipper. Mom also bought the Andis Blade Care Plus (7-in-one) dipping liquid. You are supposed to dip just the blades in the liquid while the clippers are running before, during, and after the haircut to clean and lubricate the blades.
Here I am ready for my haircut. Because the last clipper quit working, and we had to get a new one, my hair is little longer and has more mats than usual.
My Review: We love the clippers and highly recommend them.
First, the clippers have five speeds. When you turn on the clippers, they turn on at the lowest speed, and then you can push the up arrow to increase the speed. The sound of the clippers clearly changes at each speed increase. Mom did 75% of my haircut on the lowest speed because we were both getting used to the new clippers. The haircut experience was like what you would imagine it would be like to shear a sheep– the blades went through the hair like a knife through butter, and the hair just fell away. The clippers even took the mats off in just a few passes. This is a huge improvement over our last set of clippers that would get stuck and required many passes to cut the hair (and we changed blades 1-2 times a year, after about 8 haircuts).
The clippers are also very quiet at the lowest speed, which is nice for a nervous dog or a dog who is just getting used to haircuts. I actually was easiest to trim on the second lowest speed, possibly because it speeded up the trimming process.
We weren’t sure if we would like having a corded set of clippers (as opposed to a battery-powered set that you can take outside, etc). After trying it, we do like it. The cord is very long so you have a lot of flexibility. Also, because we didn’t have to keep breaking to charge them, my haircut was MUCH quicker. My haircuts with the old clippers would be spread across two days (and Mom had many pictures of me with half a haircut) because I would get fussy and also because the batteries would need to be recharged. With this new set, Mom was able to finish my entire haircut (including feet and ears), ear cleaning ,and bath in under an hour and 15 minutes.
Notes: The clippers come with oil to lubricate them. Mom added oil before starting, midway through, and at the end. We also used the dipping oil to clean the clippers periodically during the haircut. Make sure to use plenty of oil. It is relatively inexpensive and makes a big difference in the performance and longevity of your clippers and blades.
See Emily’s other reviews HERE