I've used a lot of clippers in my time as an animal person and running a lab at Texas A&M University (don't ask). You name the brand, blades, whatever and I've probably used them and normally on a large scale. I don't like clippers in general because of all the usual issues- they get hot, they blow hair in your face, they're finicky, they only cut X hair when Y is true. It's annoying and I've amassed an arsenal of these things and just spend a fortune on Cool Lube, Oil, and clipper blades. I hate it. Just clip! That's all I need you to do!
I've been eyeing the Lister Star clippers for some time because of The$900FacebookPony but when you look at reviews it says they're as good as the Andis that I already have several sets of. Grr. I finally just grabbed a pair from Riding Warehouse and had it sent to my house. Vana was looking like a yak, Orbit the Border Collie needed freeing from her copious coat, and when they work they're so good for so many things.
I grabbed Vana after getting his Coggins done from earlier that day and realizing that his yak style was making him look too old manish and with our upcoming show(s) I needed to get it done sooner rather than later. I broke out the clippers and was SO PUMPED that they were already assembled and ready to go with a quick oiling. I had also bought 2 other clipper blades but (spoiler alert) I didn't end up needing them.
Much of what I've clipped are either deceased animals or livestock or dogs that people didn't care about them being clipped perfectly. I'm usually in a hurry to get them done before the stupid things heat up and I start burning the critter and have to stop with them looking either half done or half chewed up. With this in mind, I just started on Vana's front legs and went up his neck, chest, and shoulder. He was prepared for the pulling, nicking, heat as he danced and fussed but within a few minutes he... relaxed. Vana. Relaxed. He just chilled out and I got his whole body clipped with NO lines and hardly any missed spots PLUS some small fussing in about an hour. Is he ready for the A circuit? No, but man, he looks great and I can see how much weight I've put on him and how much more top line I have to go lol.
So yes, these clippers earn an A++++ from me. I kept them oiled as recommended and even used Cool Lube when I heard them change sounds at all. They are louder of course then the smaller Andis but they're quieter then the Oster clipmasters. Very nicely balance and easy on your hands, I found myself... enjoying (what...?) the task and looking forward to tackling the other horses and dogs!
I even got Miss Orbit (Border Collie) out and clipped her. No bath, no nothing, just started clipping and it did a GREAT job. Minimal oiling and I was able to clipper her comfortably (her and me!) in a short time frame with a great outcome! Also, still using the original set of blades so very well worth it!