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  • Wahl Bravura vs. Switchblade?

    Hi, I got a switchblade at the end of Oct and loved it, but within a couple weeks the cord split open and I sent them in mid-Dec to be fixed. I guess they're back ordered or something because I've called a few times and they still couldn't give me a date when they arrived, so I opted to exchange for a Bravura. Does anyone have any experience with these? Are they quiet? How is the battery life?

    I hope these last longer than my switchblade. Its a shame because I did like them very much, but I got tired of waiting so long to get them fixed or replaced!

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    It took a couple of weeks for them to replace my Switchblade as well. It's a known problem. I haven't had an issues with it since then though, so I think they've figured it out.

    I haven't tried the Bravura, so nothing to add there. But I hope you like it!

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    • #3
      I've never tried the Switchblade but honestly couldn't tell that much difference between the Bravura and a Moser.

      Lisa

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      • #4
        I assumed it must be a common problem since they were so backed up!

        I guess I went with the exchange because I never was known for my patience.

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        • #5
          I think comparing the switchblade and the bravura is kinda like comparing apples and oranges. I use a bravura for pads and poodle feet and touching up little areas. I used to use a switchblade for everything else. My boss bought 2 of them last April. One for each of us to use. She split her cord within the first two weeks. My cord split in maybe six weeks. Both were sent back and repaired on warranty. A couple more weeks and she split hers again. I give her mine to use in the mean time and she split it pretty quickly. She didn't like being without them during warranty time so she bought a third one. This January I bought my own KM2 and gave her back the switchblade. Now she rotates between the three. Seriously....she has two being repaired while she uses the third. The other day the UPS guy delivered the two pair she had sent in for repair and she says "Oh, good! Just in time!" Because, of course, the pair she was using had split the cord and she was just limping them along. I really liked the switchblade but when it came to buying my own, I didn't want to risk it.

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          • #6
            I own a couple of Bravuras and mini mosers. I split the cords constantly and I'm glad I looked in this thread because I was thinking about buying a switchblade. I love my clippers, but I really hate my cords splitting all the time. Grrrrrrrr

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            • #7
              I have 2 pairs of Bravuras I love them. They are very quiet, and much much more powerful than the mosers. They will actually feel thicker hair and speed up on their own. The blade never gets hot. I was thinking about getting the switch blade too but I heard they had problems so I didn't. I have had to send my bravuras back and it would take a month to get them back so that is why I got the back up pair. I can't live with out them. I shaved down a husky with the bravuras in 20 -30 minutes. They glide right through.

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              • #8
                I agree with Dawn. Remember the Bravura has the adjustable blade (9-40) and it's own set of 4 comb attachements.

                The switchblade is more versatile.

                I haven't used the switchblade- up until the cord split, did you like it? Weight, Noise?

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                • #9
                  My blade guy comes up from alabama to do my blades. I just asked him last week about what clipper would he prefer? He said if you're going to get another type of clipper, get a Bravura. "awesome" was how he describe them..personally, I've never tried them..but considering it

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                  • #10
                    Bravura blades dont last.

                    I like the speed feed better. The bravura blades are to touchy for my taste.

                    Jason

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                    • #11
                      ? how can bravura, mosers and other adustable trimmers be compared to a switchblade, or other a-5 types of clippers? They are not interchangable?

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                      • #12
                        A dog knocked my Moser off the table, and, of course, it broke. I took it to my blade guy, and since I can't be without it, I was going to buy a Bravura, and keep the repaired Moser as a backup. Anyway, he said that it is getting increasingly difficult to find parts for the Bravura, and he is seeing more problems (he said they are now manufactured in Mexico). At any rate, he suggested I get the Laube Speed Feed instead. It was about $60 cheaper than the Bravura, although the blades are about $4 more. He said he thought the blades would last longer. The Speed Feed blades have the same 5 adjustments as the Moser blades, but the lever to adjust it is on the clipper and not the blade. I haven't yet decided if I like it better, but it is very quiet and lightweight, although the angle of the blade is quite different than the Moser/Bravura blades.

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                        • #13
                          I find the angle of the speed feed blade to be so different, I have trouble using it to scoop out the hair between dogs pads. I keep reverting over to my moser for that.
                          However I do love that the blade sizes are imprinted at the lever so I don't have to count clicks LOL

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