questionsultimate deal for men: hair clippers... which…

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To clarify:

The $30 pair of clippers are useless after 5 haircuts, not just acting up. It not uncommon for them to start actin up after even the first time i use them.

I am hoping I get as much response here as I did on my thread on Dyson Vacuums. (I am still waiting for my free dyson woot!) jk

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@quarlesr: http://www.osterstyle.com/home.aspx Oster is the brand my mom used for years. This is what my mom used to barber the boys heads and give precision cuts in the summers. The key though is keeping them oiled and maintained, she did have to take them in once a year for adjusting. They must be oiled before you use them or they will break down.

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@hobbit: Thanks for the website. I will look into them more.

Do you (or anyone else) recommend a specific model? I imagine all of them are nice but one that is best for basic hair cuts and trims would be ideal.

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First off, no cordless ones. It doesn't matter the battery they use, they all suck. The batteries they use cannot physically feed the consistent output the clipper motor wants. My mother is a professional hair dresser and she has gone through so many high end clippers it is disgusting. The cordless only work best when they are still plugged into the charger.

Oster and Wahl make the best clippers out there and some have some quirky features.

They make so many different types of clippers all with different blades on them, so what are you using now so you can get something with a similar head?

For reference, all the Wahl clipper heads:

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@catbertthegreat: Very informative. Thanks for the insight.

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I only know about dog grooming clippers, but they appear similar to the kind used for people. You can send the clipper and/or blades out to be repaired or sharpened. Just Google clipper blade sharpening to find. Since we were involved in showing dogs, we would bring the blades to shows and have them sharpened there. If you buy a quality set, they will last a long time.

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I have a clipper made by Oster and it works great. I have had it for years now and I used to shave my head at least once a week. They are still going strong, though I have lost most of the guards.

To piggy back on the question though, does anyone have a ear/nose hair trimmer that does not die after one or two uses? I have had at least 10 of these in the past few years and none of them work for more than 3 or 4 uses. The batteries are still good, they just will not turn on anymore.

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@bam2379: well according to catbertthegreat don't get cordless ones.

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@hobbit: I don't think that advice holds for this type of trimmer. They are much, much smaller and don't need to be nearly as powerful.

I've never owned nose/ear trimmers, but I've seen them for sale - I don't think I've ever seen a non-cordless (er, corded) model.

Thanks for the thread, [b]quarlesr[/b] - I'm just starting to do a little research because I want to buy some hair clippers and have never owned any before.

Could anyone who knows about such things talk about some features that are available? I really don't know anything about them yet, so I don't even know what questions to ask. Are there different blade materials? Different motor strengths? Are the guide-numbers an industry standard (or actual length measurement) that is consistent across all manufacturers?

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@anotherhiggins: D'oh! I forgot what forum I was on for a second there and tried to use a markup to bold @quarlesr's username. (And did so during an edit so I'm now past 5-minutes and can't just go fix it)