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  • Happy new year, and a trick I found out!

    Happy new year guys! Hope you all have had a great year with grooming and personal life I'm looking forward to 2010.


    Also wanted to share a trick I found today, (tell me if this method is wrong because I'm new to the industry)......So I'm grooming a gold. ret. today and as I mentioned in other posts, it takes me a long time to dry her with my dryer that blows cool air so I got out a very small heater and put it a few inches away from the back of the dryer (where it sucks in the air) and WHALA, it blew out warm air and I dried her quicker yay! It wasnt steaming hot either. My salon setup is in my garage so usually its freezing air that is being sucked into the dryer. Anyone have any comments on this?

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    Whatever works I guess

    I would save up for a good HV dryer. I have two, one for back up. The air heats up by the motor. I think a good HV dryer is worth the investment. A stand dryer with heat control in a garage would be a nice way to fluff a dog. In mobile it uses too much electricity and I had to remember to tie it down before driving off. I didn't keep that one for long.There are many sizes and prices to choose from. The new Petedge catalog just came in the mail.

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    • #3
      ^ thanks for the advice! I will look at the petedge catolog for that

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Aussieshepherds View Post
        it takes me a long time to dry her with my dryer that blows cool air so I got out a very small heater and put it a few inches away from the back of the dryer (where it sucks in the air) and WHALA, it blew out warm air and I dried her quicker
        Good thinking Aussie. Keep thinking outside the box and you'll do just fine. Anything that makes your work easier and faster and still keeps everyone safe will keep you enjoying your day.

        Happy New Year!
        "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go." ~Dr. Seuss

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        • #5
          I think your solution was awesome. Way to think on your feet. I do agree the a HV dryer would make your life a whole lot easier. Keep your eye out for the sales. Sometimes you can get a great one at Ryans by calling them and asking if they have any "out of box" specials. You can pick up new dryers and refurbished for 20% off or more.

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          • #6
            in winter sometimes when i need a little added OOMPH for drying i will set up my stand dryer behind me and while i HV with one hand i move my stand dryer to direct warm air at that spot with the other.Sounds clumsy but you get the method down pretty quick and save shovels of time ......

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            • #7
              Good thinking

              That sounds fine. I often dry with a stand dryer and an HV - speeds things up when I need to.

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              • #8
                I think that was a super clever way of making the most of what you have. There is probably someone else reading this that also doesn't have a HV yet and can benefit from your idea.

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                • #9
                  I think it's clever

                  I have an HV but only after a bit of use does the motor warm up the air and not very warm. Sometimes I've found a dog could dry faster with a portable Andis dryer on warm than the HV though it depends on conditions and coat type.

                  Clever.
                  Money will buy you a pretty good dog but it won't buy the wag of it's tail.

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                  • #10
                    I appreciate ALL of your comments and take them all into consideration! You guys are the best... happy 2010

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                    • #11
                      I know quite a few groomers who have used your technique successfully for years, so I don't see any problems with it
                      I also have a no heat dryer using a Hanvey Gold. I love it and it will eventually warm up, but being mobile and shoreline only the heated dryers pull too many amps and it already gets hot enough in there in the summer. The last thing I need is to add heat. But I heat my van via the dash and it gets HOT in there in the winter. Usually have to turn the heat down or off cuz I sweat my butt off, so since my dryer does room temp air it's usually a nice temp in there. I will finish my poodles and other fluffed dogs with a hand held dryer because I do feel the heat gives you a nicer finish, and I will also use that on matted dogs that I have sprayed with Detangle since it has silicone in it and hitting that with just a little bit of heat will make it work even better.
                      What a caterpillar considers the end of his world, we call a butterfly.

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                      • #12
                        harbor freight which is a tool catalog sells fans for drying floors they range about 50 bucks it has an optional heating element for an extra 20-30 bucks

                        http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=93231

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