Good Evening all, hope you are all well and enjoying this sunny and slightly chillier weather (it’s better than rain, right?!). I mentioned in a previous blog that I would soon do a product review on the Heiniger Saphir cordless clippers so here it is… Lots of pictures included at the bottom of the review!
I think a good place to start would be to talk about the quietness of the clippers. After using mains powered clippers for the past 5 years I really wonder why I didn’t switch to cordless/battery powered sooner! Although I never had a major problem with any horse and the noise of the mains powered clippers, when ever they first started up they would always jump and take a few minutes to get used to them and I found when clipping the slightly more “boney” arena’s such as the legs or head they would always be a bit fidgety because of the strong vibrations on the bone. Since using the Heiniger Saphir’s I have had no problems at all when starting the clippers, and when clipping area’s such as the legs and ears the horses have stood very still which makes life much much easier! For a young horse who has never been clipped before or a horse that is nervous when being clipped these clippers would be great for making it a good and positive experience for them which I think it crucial - the more positive experiences a horse has, the more confident they will become… simple!
Because the clippers are cordless, it makes clipping a breeeeeze! No annoying cable getting in the way, no worries about the horse treading on the cable and of course when you’re doing the trickier and more intricate parts such as the ears, elbows, legs and faces it takes much less time and I also think it makes clipping a lot safer because you haven’t got the hazard of the cable. The clippers weigh just 440g, and although that sounds a fair bit I did some research and the average mains powered clipper weights 1.25kg!! So that’s a third of the weight! The clippers are simple to turn on (simple slide on/off switch), the battery is easy to take out and put back in, plus it’s easy to put the blades on and take them off. Cleaning the clippers is simple (small brush is included), and so is the oiling process (oil also included). I usually oil the blades every 15-20 minutes whilst clipping.
Probably the most important thing to talk about is the battery! The clippers come with two batteries plus a charging stand and each battery will last approximately 45-50 minutes. The re charge time for the batteries is 40 minutes which means you can be charging one battery whilst using the other which is perfect if for example you’re doing a full clip which takes longer than a blanket clip. These clippers would also be perfect if you didn’t have any mains power at your yard and if you felt that 90 minutes wouldn’t be enough time for you to clip then you can buy additional batteries direct from Heiniger for £49.99.
These clippers are not just for horses, we have a springer spaniel who has a VERY fluffy coat which we clip with these clippers every few months. Clipping dogs is very different to horses, instead of clipping against the hair, you clip WITH the hair (yes it takes some getting used to!) and you do not take the coat as short as you would for a horse. The only thing I change when clipping the dog compared to the horses is the blades. I use the #7F blade for the dog, but for clipping the horses I found this blade quite useless (it’s very wide toothed) so instead I use #30F on the horses. I purchased my #30F blades from www.masterclip.co.uk for £15.99 and that includes free delivery.
My only criticism of these clippers is how hot the blades become when you’re using them (this a very common problem among all types/brands of clippers). To solve this I just have two sets of blades that I alternate every 30 mins and I keep checking them and make sure they don’t heat up too much and cause any discomfort to the horse!
Now the final thing to talk about is the price and whats included with the clippers. The cheapest place to purchase the clippers is direct from Heiniger (http://www.heiniger.co.uk/heiniger_saphir_clipper.html) where they are priced at £249.99. This includes the clippers, two batteries, the charging stand, clipper oil, clipper brush and a practical carry case. This price does not include any blades. If you would like to include blades then prices start at £269.99.
I highly recommend these Heiniger Saphir cordless clippers, they are a must have for anyone who owns a horse/pony! They're Practical, affordable, and very ease to use. I believe that mains powered clippers will soon be a thing of the past… :-)