What is the difference in human & animal hair clippers?

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The difference between animal and human clippers is their ability to be used with various hair textures. Animal hair tends to be much more coarse then that of human hair requiring the use of clippers that are suited for that need.

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Motor sizes are different between animal and human clippers. Animal clippers generate a stronger output than most human clippers. This additional power allows the clipper to cut through animal hair with less resistance.


Speed is also a difference between animal and human clipper. Many animal clippers are built with a two speed motor. This increases clipper strength while decreasing the amount of time necessary for grooming thick, heavier animal hair. Human clippers require less speed because the hair is not as thick and can be groomed easier.


The blade is crucial when determining the proper clippers. The blade on animal clippers must be "hollow ground" so the teeth can make a tighter connection when cutting animal hair. Human clipper blades have teeth that are much closer together resulting in more jams.


Animal clippers tend to be more expensive because of their increased power and output. This provides less chance of a clipper overheating due to the thickness of some hair. Human clippers tend to have a smaller motor size making it less expensive.


It is important when purchasing clippers that you are aware of the type of job they are required to complete. Needless pulling of your animal's hair can be avoided when using the correct type of clippers.

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