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Which clipper for Bernese Mountain Dog?

August 16th, 2006, 10:21 AM
I'm interested in getting a clipper for my fairly large adorable Bernese Mountain Dog (Nooma). I don't "shave" him, I just like to keep his hair around one inch long... he looks much sleeker and athletic than when I let his hair grow long (at which point he looks lazy and fat)

I need assistance on three main points... clipper, blade choice and seller.

I am considering the following and would appreciate advice:
Oster A5 Golden 1-speed
Oster A5 Golden 2-speed
Oster A5 Golden turbo

There are no metal blades that cut to one inch, so that means I need to his the "comb" attachments? Do they work well? What blade should I use with the comb attachment? Most of the online sellers sell it with a #10 blade.

My priority is price, but would consider slightly higher if it's in Canada and even a bit higher if local in Montreal.
I want to buy everything (clipper, blades, attachments, blade wash, oil, etc) in one place. Do you recommend any seller?


White Wolf
August 16th, 2006, 12:35 PM
Moved to a separate thread.

August 16th, 2006, 12:48 PM
I can't recommend which to buy but you may want to compare pricing
with Rens(it is a canadain site

August 16th, 2006, 01:50 PM
I can't recommend which to buy but you may want to compare pricing
with Rens(it is a canadain site

Thanks for this store suggestion, they have a fair price and all the equipment I need.
Now I just need to narrow down on the clipper choice and the attachments

August 16th, 2006, 10:13 PM
Stay away from the Osters!! They're heavy and need maintenance. Get an Andis AGC 2 speed. You'll need a #40 blade(this is a short blade only to be used under your attachment) and get a few attachments (I like the black Oster attachments). Get a 1/2, 3/4, and a #1. You have to make sure your dog is clean and totally free of mats and undercoat before you use an attachment blade. If you did want to buy a metal blade, the #3 leaves about 3/4 inch - looks great on Bernese Mountain dogs. You could order directly from the Pet Supply House in Ontario or Rens Depot. They both have competetive prices. Good luck! :pawprint: :pawprint:

August 16th, 2006, 10:46 PM
I've been looking at these andis clippers for my cocker. Afghan breeder I'm close to swears by them. I use my current andis' with varying combs and just a number 10 blade. I was told I should have at least 2 blades for whatever I use most often. I haven't played yet with other blade numbers, but I never use the clippers without the combs so..

August 17th, 2006, 12:39 AM
I have an Oster 2 speed and it works great. Used on a cockapoo, himalayan and now a bichon cross. I have had it for over 4 years. No problems. I don't know about blades, I just shave them short. I also bought them at the Excellent business.

August 22nd, 2006, 02:01 PM
Well, just so I put some feedback for those that may find it useful....

I purchased the Oster Golden A5 2 speed clipper, with a #30 blade and the comb attachments. I made the purchase online at Ren's depot, an online Canadian retailer. Got a good price and quick delivery.

The clipper works great and I am very satisfied.

Angies Man
August 22nd, 2006, 09:53 PM
I have the Andis clipper, came with combs and a #10 blade, lost the combs btw.

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