Laube Clipper Review
Are they really worth the extra money?
Spring is just around the corner!!! I don’t know about you but I’m itching to get out the barn and bust out the clippers. The mohawk bridle path needs to go!
Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to test out all different brands of clippers both cordless and corded. Ranging in price from around $100 to $300 and I can confidently say the only brand that I would buy again is Laube.
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Laube clippers run a bit more than other brands. Are they really worth the extra money? I’ve had the same pair for over 8 years, they’ve gotten many hours of use and are still running like new. I do make sure to maintain the blades and always keep them oiled but other than that they’ve been going strong this whole time with no special care.
I’m a huge fan of variable speed clippers as they can be adjusted to the exact speed you need based on the hair your clipping. Why does this matter? Being able to crank them up means that I can go through thick bridle paths without getting bogged down or pulling the horse’s hair. It also means that I can dial them down for less noise and vibration in sensitive areas where the hair is thin. Running them on a lower speed when possible also keeps them from heating up too quickly making the horse uncomfortable.
I first saw a Laube clipper that my vet was using and couldn’t believe how quiet it was (read as saves a mountain of time and discomfort for sound sensitive horses). Then after looking into them further, I really liked some of the other features they offer such as an option to be corded or cordless. There are other brands that offer this feature but they are generally in a very low powered clipper (we’re talking about clipping a horse not trimming a few nose hairs -it pays to get one that is powerful enough to do the job).
I’m generally not a big fan of cordless clippers because of the inevitable dead battery halfway through getting ready for a show. But the option to go cordless is handy when you’re first teaching a horse about clippers they can move freely without having to worry about getting tangled or terrified of the cord attached to the scary buzzing object.
Another handy feature that some Laube clippers offer is a built-in light -nothing like clipping in a dimly lit barn then getting outside at the show and looking like Edward Scissor Hand got a hold of your horse.
For some people, they may be a little tough on the budget. If you’ve only got one horse and you basically clip their bridle path once a year these would be considered overkill. They also use A5 blades, which I find to be a positive thing. A5s can easily be picked up at any tack or farm supply store and come in various sizes for longer or shorter clips. The downfall is that some other clipper options offer more of a precision blade which is better for very detailed trimming in small areas.
No matter what type of clippers you go with I would keep in mind that one that is too loud, too hot, too much vibration, or pulling the hair due to lack of power is a sure fire way to end up causing your horse to become evasive to being clipped.