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palmsbythesea
01-28-07, 03:23 PM
I have used Andis AG clippers for the past 6 years. They have caused me nothing but grief. I do not know if it is me or the clippers. My blades constantly seem dull, a new blade will work well for maybe a week and then it makes a high pitched vibrating sound, and hair will catch between the blades, This happens with all blade sizes.

My question... Does oster seem to run better? and will Andis AG blades fit on the Oster, because i have a suspicion the blades will work fine on another clipper.

I have a single speed andis and the dual AG both working equally badly. I have changed bushings, cleaned, replaced hinges, and blade drive. All very temporary fixes. Temporary meaning literally a few hours to a day.

Someone... tell me it is me and not the clippers because I would love to not have to replace them!

sheilabgroomer
01-28-07, 03:57 PM
I think it must be you....lol...Seriously, had nothing but problems from Oster and nothing but good luck w/Andis. I now use the Andis Ultra Edge 2 Speed when I am not using my iVac, and I still love them! Maybe you have lemons, or maybe you would have better luck w/another brand. It is definately a personal choice!

groomerskv
01-28-07, 04:12 PM
Perhaps your blade drive assembly needs replaced. Depending upon how many animals you groom it should be replaced every couple of months or so.
That might be one option. I've always used Andis and my fellow groomer who works w/ me has always used Oster. We're each happy w/ those clippers.
Susanna

pamperedpups
01-28-07, 05:23 PM
Edited.

astrordog
01-28-07, 05:53 PM
I used Osters when I first started grooming, in the "last milineum". A lot of thick coats were too much for the Osters. I moved to Tx. about 10 yrs ago, the Andis work much better. Go thru most coats.

astrordog

JumperChika6
01-28-07, 06:21 PM
I'll bet that it is your clipper blades. Andis blades are not sharp when you buy them 95% of the time. Unless of course you are not putting new Andis blades on and using a different clipper blade. Not trying to bash Andis... I'll bet if you sharpen your blade you won't have a problem.

milhasavilla
01-28-07, 06:56 PM
I have several pairs of Oster's and almost all Oster blades as well, although I am loving my new buttercuts. :) I've been very happy with Oster, but like others have said, it's totally a personal choice. I know many prefer the wahl & laube as well. I was thinking the next time I'm feeling the itch for a new clipper of trying a different brand. I'm not so partial to Oster that it would be the only brand I'd use.

elliemae
01-28-07, 07:59 PM
Laube Lightning!!

KarlaSnyder
01-28-07, 08:21 PM
Andis has worked well for me. I use the Super 2 Speed. Like them better than the Oster 2 speeds. Don't understand the probs you're having-maybe you do need to try another brand. Must be bad karma LOL!

pugnacious
01-28-07, 09:00 PM
Andis Only. I have ten year old clippers that keep on going. Of course, have new ones also. The blade lever needs to be replaced routinely.

jbates
01-28-07, 11:19 PM
I have 6 Osters hanging on my garage wall. Used to attach cv head to. I used tolike them until an old jerk man put his clipper repair card on my van..BIG mistake. ahe ruined blades,internal works u name it. Gary at Ryans went over everytinhg and charged me ea. time.resharp whatever. Just probs. I vac is awesome! will use til it stops. WishbI had $ for extra one.I never groom w/o IVac.or before CV.I know bout clipper repair..he just ruined them.I had one or two Andis,but C V won't stay on. Al;so new one vibrates...didn't like feel. Good we have choices.Maybe new guys at shop w/ buy my Osters.if they need clipper to use CV. I sold many to Ryans ffor very little. bought laube blade w/ money. Reconditionedblades as good as new BTW save $.

lovessharpening
01-29-07, 06:07 AM
[QUOTE=palmsbythesea;12535] My blades constantly seem dull, a new blade will work well for maybe a week and then it makes a high pitched vibrating sound, and hair will catch between the blades, This happens with all blade sizes.

This statement makes me think the blades are dry and might be over tensioned to start with. If a blade is too tight the clipper can not maintain the high speed it needs too cut and even a brand new blade will do the same thing if it is too tight. Most never oil the blade guide (thin plastic piece in the groove of the small cutter blade) and this dries out very quickly with most blade washes and coolant/disinfectant sprays. When the blade guide is dry it creates a lot of drag on the blade which will cause the snagging. A quick check for tightness is try to slide the cutter blade with your thumb and if it is really hard to move then there is the problem.

Tim

Presadog
01-30-07, 06:10 PM
I've been using Andis for years. Oster casing just got too hot to even hold at times, and were large, bulky and heavy to me. I fell in love with Andis the first time I tried them, and have used nothing else since. Had several Laube's at one time as well.. 6 actually, which never all worked at the same time, and at one point, all 6 were non functional. I'd send them back, they'd fix them, they'd break again. When the company expected me to send all 6 back and it would take them 6-8 weeks to return them I asked if they thought I should just chew the dog hair off my customers in the meantime... customer service was a MAJOR problem with Laube... never again. Andis is the way to go in my opinion, but I actually prefer the older models to the newer ones as well, with the exception of the placement of the on/off switch.. newer ones aren't as easy to accidentally turn off as the old ones are.... in any case, you need to change the lever at LEAST every 3 months if you're busy, and the hinge assembly at least twice a year for your blades to run well. A small price to pay for great clippers!

Laurie

toomuchfunbnme
02-05-07, 06:01 PM
I love my Osters, but my other groomer friends love their Andis!

pamperedpups
02-05-07, 07:05 PM
Edited.

misscatahoula
02-05-07, 07:20 PM
I used Oster for many years; found they were durable and virtually maintenance-free; they went through the coats okay too. But I found I had alot of hand fatigue from using them. I use Wahl and Andis now. Like both. Andis seems to need more regular maintenance though.

SpikeyTheYorkie
02-05-07, 07:42 PM
This statement does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the one stating it:

Oster: 60's-70's

Andis: 80's

Laube: NOW!!

I actually have the square-bodied Andis Super 2 speed clipper and love it. I had another one before it but after 3 years it gave up the ghost. I also have the Laube Litenings, which I LOVE, but have a hard time with the little "bugs" they tend to have.

Are you cleaning and oiling your blades frequently? If your blades are brand new, the factory edge is often not-so-good, and they need to be sharpened right out of the box.

Also, are your clippers 6 years old? Eventually things wear out and maybe that it's time to hang them up? Just throwing things out to think about.

Tammy in Utah

spanielcrazy
02-06-07, 09:49 AM
Osters do last forever, I have an A5 that is about 900 years old, just keeps going, but I use it just for my own dogs as it's too heavy to use all day long.

Like the Andis but don't like the switch on the side, the way I hold my clippers I keep turning them off by accident!

Anyone have experience with the Oster Performax? (Shaped like Andis, much lighter weight, switch on top)

pamperedpups
02-09-07, 08:57 PM
Edited.

Helly
02-13-07, 06:01 AM
Osters do last forever, I have an A5 that is about 900 years old, just keeps going, but I use it just for my own dogs as it's too heavy to use all day long.

Like the Andis but don't like the switch on the side, the way I hold my clippers I keep turning them off by accident!

Talk about lasting forever, I have an Oster A2 that still keeps going and going. Can't even buy blades for it anymore, but it still runs.

Can't stand Andis. Love my Whals.

Verna C
02-14-07, 02:03 AM
I have used Andis for many years I now have a Super 2 Speed w a clipper vac attachment. I originally had Osters but they would heat up so much that you could hardly hold them. The andis stay cool in your hand. Before I started using the clipper vac, I would run two clippers. One for face feet tail and sanitary, usually my older pair. And a newer pair for heavier grooming and body work. It seems to me that if you don't run the clippers with the internal works overheating, then they perform better and last longer. I usually buy a new clipper about every two years and retire the oldest pair. My main problems have been dropping and not wearing out. Don't let people or dogs walk between you and where you plug your clippers in, then nobody can trip over the cord.

mustluvdogs1
02-14-07, 02:20 AM
I was tied to Oster because of clipper Vac heads. Now laube works so well with IVac. If only blades worked Camew w//10 now must be dull also bought 7F at same time. recently no Laube cuts now. back to Oster 40 and snap ons or other Oster 10s . Borrowed oster 5F from customer today. Told him keep in house or it will rust. Oiuled it. Hope he uses me...he or other mobile cut ^ in ear flap of shih Tzu. Good girl a shame.Sharp blades are my biggfest grooming on-going problem.