What makes pet clippers different from human hair clippers? I have a cheap Conair that works on me but it won't work on the cat... at all, not even a little. :o)

asked on April 12, 2013

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They work waaaaay better. I think they have a faster clipping speed, so they will go through much thicker hair. I tried using human clippers on my dog...they got stuck in her hair immediately and didn't work at all. I purchased the Andis clippers and they go right through her hair, like a hot knife through butter. 
EK
· April 12, 2013
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I'm not an expert on clippers, but I know that clippers for human hair and pet hair work on the same principle. I think the differences are in the quality of the clipper blades and the motor that runs the blades. My guess is that your Conair is a low-price clipper designed for cutting human hair, which tends not to be … see more I'm not an expert on clippers, but I know that clippers for human hair and pet hair work on the same principle. I think the differences are in the quality of the clipper blades and the motor that runs the blades. My guess is that your Conair is a low-price clipper designed for cutting human hair, which tends not to be as heavy or dense as animal fur. Just holding the Andis clippers in your hand, you can feel that they are a heavier and more substantial piece of equipment. We use the Andis clipper to groom two very heavy-coated dogs and I can tell you that they work great even on a heavy dog fur coat. Make sure to get the spray that cools and lubricates the blade, because the blade does get hot. I think in clippers, you get what you pay for. Hope this is helpful. see less I'm not an expert on clippers, but I know that clippers for human hair and pet hair work on the same principle. I think the differences are in the quality of the clipper blades and the motor that runs the blades. My guess is that your Conair is a low-price clipper designed for cutting human hair, which tends not to be as heavy or dense as animal fur. Just holding the Andis clippers in your hand, you can feel that they are a heavier and more substantial piece of equipment. We use the Andis clipper to groom two very heavy-coated dogs and I can tell you that they work great even on a heavy dog fur coat. Make sure to get the spray that cools and lubricates the blade, because the blade does get hot. I think in clippers, you get what you pay for. Hope this is helpful.
El Dorado Dave
· April 13, 2013
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I'm not sure I can answer this correctly but these are much bigger and more heavy duty compared to human hair clippers. The teeth on your clipper may be too small and the hair gets balled up in the teeth. I have an Airedale, they have a wiry hair coat and the hair is pretty heavy. These work great on him. Clipping a cat...wow....
Mtlmstr
· April 12, 2013
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Don’t try to clip your cat. Cats are very difficult and you can easily cut and injure your cat without proper training and experience. Cats can also flip a switch and injure you as well without warning. If you feel like you absolutely have to get your cat groomed (haircut) then take it to a professional groomer. I am a groomer myself and I don’t even groom cats because the risk is ten times higher than with dogs. Please just take it to a professional.
DJ Valentino
· May 4, 2018
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This will helps you understand the difference between them. https://www.guide10.cc/dog-clippers-vs-human-clippers/
Spark
· December 22, 2018
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The difference between a consumer grade clipper you pick up at Wal-Mart and a professional grade that is ordered is the RPM. In other words, how many strokes per minute. Think of a lawn mower with a low idle, vs a moderate to high idle. The lower idle speed is going to struggle or even conk out to cut thick grass. … see more The difference between a consumer grade clipper you pick up at Wal-Mart and a professional grade that is ordered is the RPM. In other words, how many strokes per minute. Think of a lawn mower with a low idle, vs a moderate to high idle. The lower idle speed is going to struggle or even conk out to cut thick grass. Same with hair. Dogs, cats, horses, etc., have thick coats because many have two coats and some even have 3 different types or layers of hair/fur to cut through. My wife is a professional pet groomer and even she has trouble getting through certain coats with a standard 1 or 2 speed professional clipper. The Andis 5 Speed has no trouble. Without a vacuum attachment the clipper gets too hot to use and blades need to be changed to continue the groom. Some cats can be a challenge due to the density of the coat, layers, and amount of oil in the coat. Hope this helps answer your question. see less The difference between a consumer grade clipper you pick up at Wal-Mart and a professional grade that is ordered is the RPM. In other words, how many strokes per minute. Think of a lawn mower with a low idle, vs a moderate to high idle. The lower idle speed is going to struggle or even conk out to cut thick grass. Same with hair. Dogs, cats, horses, etc., have thick coats because many have two coats and some even have 3 different types or layers of hair/fur to cut through. My wife is a professional pet groomer and even she has trouble getting through certain coats with a standard 1 or 2 speed professional clipper. The Andis 5 Speed has no trouble. Without a vacuum attachment the clipper gets too hot to use and blades need to be changed to continue the groom. Some cats can be a challenge due to the density of the coat, layers, and amount of oil in the coat. Hope this helps answer your question.
oussama attigui
· May 9, 2013
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This Andis is a professional Dog/Pet grooming clipper. Big difference! I am a Dog groomer
holly jericiau
· June 17, 2016
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Are andis clippers for pets used on people
Venus e.
· December 20, 2018
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Sounds dumb, when using clippers do the mm mean inches off or inches left
Nana
· August 27, 2017
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