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THE BEST DOG GROOMING CLIPPERS FOR GIANT SCHNAUZERS & BUYING GUIDE 2019
When I complete a grooming, something magical happens. The Giant stands a little taller with a highly esteemed stance of “I look good!” knowing full well, THEY DO, and they feel better too!
Visiting your professional groomer can add up quickly, especially on a monthly basis, and grooming from home can be a more affordable option and way to spread out visits to your groomer. It also provides the perfect opportunity to really bond and inspect your Giant Schnauzer from head to toe and nip any problems in the bud quickly or better yet prevent them, which can also save time and money spent at the vet.
For Giant Schnauzers, regular grooming every 4-6 weeks is a necessary part of having this breed of dog. If you are pet owner and would like to maintain your Giant Schnauzer on your own, with a little practice and a decent dog grooming clipper you will be well on your way!
We have two sections of information to consider. The first being The Buying Guide which describes key features for dog grooming clippers and the second is The Best Dog Grooming Clippers for Giant Schnauzers.
If you would like to skip past The Buying Guide, here are what we find as
but, if you are new to grooming, you may learn something by reading further on.
THE BUYING GUIDE & KEY FEATURES
GROOMING CLIPPER FEATURES
Each dog grooming clipper will have varied features and you will notice terms used like SPM or strokes per minute, single-speed, variable-speed, low-noise, low vibration, detachable blade, corded, cordless, lightweight, heavy-duty and super-duty. These will all have vast importance when considering The Best Grooming Clipper for Giant Schnauzers and all come down to your own personal preference and needs. The most important question to ask yourself is, “Can this clipper tackle my Giant Schnauzer’s coat? When choosing the right clipper, the cost is not always the most important feature to consider, there are several in the mid-priced range that can get the task done you set out to do.
SPEED AND STROKES PER MINUTE (SPM)
Flip on a set of grooming clippers and watch the blade move side to side. This movement is referred to as strokes per minute or SPM. The faster the movement the more speed and strokes you have.
LOW SPM– tend to have less heat build-up on the motor as well as the blade.
HIGH SPM– can power through the job but, will heat up your blades quicker. It’s good to have additional blades on hand to switch out if your clipper is equipped with a detachable blade system.
SINGLE-SPEED AND VARIABLE-SPEED
Single-speed dog clippers have a blade that rotates at one speed and tend to not heat up as quickly. These are generally inexpensive compared to clippers with multiple speeds.
An experienced groomer may have several clippers depending on what they are trying to accomplish, but for beginners with puppies, these can provide a great learning curve since they typically don’t run as hard and at high speeds nor heat up as fast. If you have an adult dog these could pair well with a second set using this type of clipper for around the face, sanitary, ear and feet areas.
Variable-speed clippers will have more than one speed, running at low and high settings. Multi-speed clippers generally have two or five speeds. This allows more control for the pace you are comfortable working with as well as give you more versatility that one grooming clipper can provide.
NOISE AND VIBRATION
Low-noise and vibration are important features to consider when you have an anxious dog or puppy not use to the grooming process. For dogs accustomed to being handled and groomed regularly this may not be something you need to think about.
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Each dog grooming clipper will vary in size and weight. Some clippers may provide a powerful motor but, will also need the space to house such a mechanism, leaving them slightly bulky. Other clippers may be lightweight and ergonomically designed to fit smaller hands and can also have a powerful motor to cut through even the thickest of coats. If you spend a lot of time grooming this may be something to consider for your own comfort.
CORDED OR CORDLESS
Corded clippers have ongoing power. This is great if you plan to groom for longer than one-hour periods which is typical run time for cordless clippers though not always. Longer cords can reach further around your pet and grooming table (if you have one), keep this in mind when you think about how much area you will be moving around.
Cordless clippers are nice for their ability to travel with you wherever you go. You might be planning to trek across the U.S., or you may be headed to a Show. In either case, a cordless clipper may be handy to have. Most cordless clippers need recharging after about an hour. If grooming takes you longer than this, you can purchase an extra back up battery, if your clipper has the removable battery pack. Some clippers also have the ability of being corded or cordless. In that case you can also purchase a cord pack adapter for plugging into an electrical outlet. Another great feature to the cordless clipper is you’re able to move around your dog without the hassle of a cord getting in the way.
Some clippers allow for interchangeability with other brands while others are designed specifically to match the dog grooming clipper. Either way, the sharpness of the clipper blade for its cutting ability will be the important feature here.
Detachable blades can be switched out quickly and easily as they heat up. Other blades may not be detachable but, provide multiple blade settings in just one blade.
You will need to check often for any heat of the blade as you work so that you do not burn your Giant Schnauzer. Cool Care Plus cooling spray is good to have on hand and be sure to wipe off any excess before continued grooming.
Clippers blades in general are constructed from two types of material, ceramic or steel and there are advantages to both.
Ceramic blades stay sharp longer with the ability to cut through even matted coats and stay cooler as you work. They are a little bit more expensive and tend to not sharpen as well as steel blades. By maintaining them on a regular basis and not dropping them they can last for years to come.
Steel blades are generally less expensive than ceramic. Steel blades are also easier to sharpen and sanitize.
CLIPPER BLADE MAINTENANCE
Keeping blades clean of hair and dirt, sanitized and oiled after each use will help to keep blades cutting hair properly and performing at their best for many grooming sessions to come.
THE BEST GROOMING CLIPPERS FOR GIANT SCHNAUZERS
The Andis AGC2 is a professional grade grooming clipper with a powerful rotary motor and versatility of two speeds, 3400 on low and 4400 strokes per minute on high. This clipper has been created without fans or air vents which often become clogged with hair and dirt, making the maintenance for this clipper a breeze. The UltraEdge provides enough power to cut through double coated breeds like the Giant Schnauzer, yet quiet enough to use on a puppy.
The 14’ heavy duty cord provides continuous power and gives you plenty of room to work around your pet.
It features a detachable blade system makes switching blades and cleaning a cinch. Check the heat of your blade often and manage comfortable temperatures by changing blades with this quick and simple function. The UltraEdge is compatible with all Andis detachable blades including CeramicEdge which we recommend since they stay cooler.
This clipper is marketed to work for all coat types and dog breeds. It is a well-rounded clipper, available in 5 colors.
Kit includes: Andis Grooming clipper, #10 UltraEdge blade and blade oil
Specifications: Weight: 1.10 lbs. I 7.13-inches in length I Made in the USA
What We Like:
- Great power and speed
- Smooth clipping
- Detachable blade
- Comfortable fit for longer grooming sessions
- Low-noise and low vibration
- Like any heavy-duty clipper, this does heat-up fairly quickly in our opinion. In the same token, we really like this clipper for its smooth cutting ability and for working around puppies – it works quietly and does not vibrate roughly.
The Oster A5 is a durable heavy-duty clipper built with a turbo powered rotary motor with high speed and can work through even the most matted coat. This clipper has a wider blade sweep yielding in faster results. It performs at two variable speeds of 3000 strokes per minute on low, 4000 on high and powered by a 12’ heavy-duty cord. It is durable, and the chances of this grooming clipper withstanding being dropped are good. This clipper works for all breeds and coat types including thick and course coats and not just for Giant Schnauzers, this is meant to work with horses and livestock too.
These have a #10 Cryogenic detachable blade made with more durability in the hardening process. Also, the detachable system simplifies changing the blade out during a full body grooming and are compatible with all Oster A5 detachable blades and Andis detachable blades including the CeramicEdge. This kit includes replacement brushes and will require some maintenance to keep it in prime use.
Included with this package: Oster Grooming clipper, #10 Cryogenic-X blade, blade oil, clipper grease, cleaning brush and replacement carbon brushes.
Specifications: Weight: 1.7 lbs. I 8.2-inches in length I Assembled in USA with foreign and domestic parts
What We Like:
- Power and performance in speed
- Detachable blade system
- Overall great value for everything this clipper has to offer
- Too loud and high vibrating for a puppy
- Somewhat on the bulkier side
This grooming clipper is striking at first glance in its unique colors. More importantly, the Wahl KM10 has great balance for maneuvering through longer grooming sessions with your giant schnauzer. Designed to fit comfortably in your hand, this clipper has been built ergonomically and lightweight at 12.3 ounces for better control and less hand fatigue. Powered by a brushless motor, it provides lower heat levels, low vibration and low-noise without the maintenance for changing brushes and gives an extended life of 10,000 hours. It delivers two speeds of 3000 SPM, and 3700 SPM on high setting. This grooming clipper glides smoothly through hair and is marketed towards all coat types and even thick or matted coats for complete body shave down or trim work, and includes dogs, cats, horses and livestock. Like the other clippers we have talked about, this too has a detachable blade system and powered by a longer cord of 14 feet. Professional groomers acknowledge these clippers for their low-noise and low vibration specifically while clippering dogs or puppies that tend to be a little spooked.
The Wahl Ultimate Competition #10 Series Blade ensures lasting durability with the high-grade steel. For best performance it is recommended to use the Wahl Ultimate and Competition series blades but, these will also work with Andis and Oster A5 detachable blades.
This clipper package includes: Wahl Grooming clipper, Wahl clipper oil and a blade brush. It is available in Berry or Turquoise and carries a 5-year warranty.
Specifications: Weight: 12.3oz. I 7.5-inches in length I German engineered I Clipper made in Hungary
What We Like:
- Smooth Clipping
- Designed for better control
- We think the price tag for this clipper is a little steep when you compare the overall value to other dog grooming clippers.
This is marketed as a super-duty performing clipper. The Pulse ZR II is a cordless clipper that now features a detachable lithium-ion battery, so you never run out of power. Something worth noting- on a single charge this cordless clipper provides up to 3 hours of run-time. This gives plenty of life to do a full body grooming for a Giant Schnauzer. Additional battery packs are sold separately. Speed-wise, this clipper operates at 5-speeds from 2500 to 4500 strokes per minute on max setting. It has a powerful rotary motor and is marketed for all hair types.
The blades are compatible with Andis UltraEdge, CeramicEdge, ShowEdge and Oster A5 detachable blades. This clipper includes a #10 CeramicEdge blade which we like. It is lightweight at 1.1 lbs. and carries a 1-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. The Pulse ZR II is available in black.
The kit includes: Grooming clipper, #10 CeramicEdge blade, charger port, charging adapter, universal plug for US, EU and UK use, a hard storage case, additional blade drive and blade oil
Specifications: Weight: 1.1 lbs. I 8.13-inches in length I Assembled in USA with foreign and domestic parts
What We Like:
- Powered by a lithium-ion detachable battery with longer run-time
- This clipper has high variable strokes per minute
- The first of the series was noted for having charger port issues, which makes us wonder if this will be an issue with this second series clipper.