August 7, 2015

Wahl Saves the Day!

Last month, I wrote about how body clipping Jethro this summer didn't go quite as planned. There were bald spots, clipper lines, and uneven/choppy hair. In other words, he looked like a neglected, diseased donkey.

Lister Star body clipping
Guess who came to our rescue?  None other than Wahl Clipper (aka Lister Shearing for you UK folks). They saw what a mess I had made and kindly sent me their Lister Star Clippers to clean up the situation.

Lister Star horse body clippers
So pretty
Upon taking them out of the case, the first thing I did was plug them in and turn them on. As far as heavy duty clippers go, these were actually a lot quieter than I expected. My other pair sounded like a chainsaw mixed with somebody furiously sharpening a knife — these are definitely not that extreme. Don't expect a whisper as these are powerful clippers, but they shouldn't startle you or make you want to cover your ears. 

Lister Star horse body clipper

Now onto the blades — have you ever had to hunt down a screwdriver (bonus points: a type that you don't have and is good for nothing else) and take out several tiny screws? Maybe I am just unlucky, but I sure have! That is not the case with these. The knob that you see above the blades is for adjusting the tension. To remove the blades, simply loosen the knob with your hands until the knob, spring, and screw come out. Voila! It literally only took me 10 seconds max, and I am probably the least dexterous person out there.

Lister Star body clipping
Jethro AFTER (same side as the before picture)
What I previously mentioned is all dandy, but I'm sure you are wondering how well they actually clip. Here's your answer: like a hot knife through butter. My coarse (2.5mm) blades had no issues cutting through his thick hair whatsoever. However, as he is a miniature, I did find it difficult to clip between his legs and other small areas since the blade alone is 3" wide. The struggle is that although they are a bit too large for a mini, they are the only clippers I have found that can actually cut through his yak fur. Throughout the session, I came to like two additional things about these clippers: 1.) At just 800 grams (about 1.76 pounds) they are very lightweight and your arm doesn't feel like a noodle after you have been clipping for awhile. 2.) They don't overheat! My old clippers would get burning hot after several minutes, but these stayed fairly cool.

-Fairly quiet
-Don't overheat
-Long, heavy-duty cord
-Easy to remove blades for cleaning
-Several different colors to choose from

-A bit large for maneuvering them on smaller animals
-Blades are rather costly at $50 each, but at least they can be re-sharpened inexpensively

Grooming a donkey
Jethro is ready for fair now!
Thank you to the kind folks at Wahl for salvaging Jethro's dignity! They have recently been running some neat giveaways, so if you want a chance to win some free swag, be sure to check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

**Disclosure: Wahl Clipper/Lister Shearing sent me their Lister Star clippers free of charge for review purposes. While I did receive this product at no expense, all thoughts expressed in this review are based off of my own personal experiences.**


  1. Wow. Jethro looks great. I wonder how those clippers would handle my Tucker's rolls. haha.

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    1. I know! I don't think he minded looking shabby, but I am definitely a lot happier now, haha!

  3. I have those clippers! I love them, Rico had to be clipped four time last winter (he's lived in California most of his life and still expects a German snow every winter) and they've held up really well. I had one pair break because the cord got stepped on, so now I'm really careful. Jethro looks so good!

    1. Glad to hear that you have had a great experience with them as well! They seem really sturdy, so I am sure I will get a lot of use out of them.

  4. WOW what a difference. Ive been trying to decide between the Stars or the Oster Clipmasters. Im really leaning toward the Stars now

    1. I don't have experience with the Clipmasters, but I highly recommend the Stars! Out of the three body clippers I have tried, they are my favorite set.

  5. wow! i don't think he'd be crying anymore... he'll probably be proudly galloping around!!

    1. The tears were replaced by victory gallop laps! He is so full of himself now.


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