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  • Andis Vs. Oster? Opinions

    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!

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    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!
    SheilaB from SC

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    • #3
      Blade Drive Assembly?

      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

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      • #4
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        Last edited by pamperedpups; 02-20-07, 01:25 AM.

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        • #5
          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

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          • #6
            Not your clippers!

            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.

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            • #7
              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.

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              • #8
                Laube Lightning!!

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                • #9
                  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!
                  Old groomers never die, they just go at a slower clip.

                  Groom on!!!

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                  • #10
                    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.

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                    • #11
                      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 $.

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                      • #12
                        [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 and if it is really hard to move then there is the problem.

                        Tim
                        Tim Love............... Love's Sharpening
                        123 A Hwy 80 E., #3

                        Clinton, MS 39056....phone: 601-529-1973

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                        • #13
                          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

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                          • #14
                            I love my Osters, but my other groomer friends love their Andis!

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                              Last edited by pamperedpups; 02-25-07, 04:57 PM.

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