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    • October 31, 2012 8:43 PM CDT
    • I use a dremel with multi speed (set at 1500 at all times though) and a wand. I love it. I usually have to replace the grinding wheel about once a month or sometimes after a bigger dog with long nails. I found a really good deal on ebay for 100 wheels so I don't worry about replacing one if needed, I just do it. I find I have better control with the wand.

    • October 31, 2012 8:22 PM CDT
    • I have one that has a motor that hangs on my table and the dremel part is a wand on about a three foot shaft. I love it! The only downfall is that if you catch up the dremal really hard in hair it can break the shaft, but they are replaceable, no batteries, light weight, fully adjustable speed. I replaced my shaft last year for $15 and have used this for 6 years, It's a Northern Tools brand.

    • October 31, 2012 3:31 PM CDT
    • I bought my dremel at Home Depot it works great. Stays charged for a long time and really does the big nails fast.

    • October 31, 2012 6:39 AM CDT
    • I like the cordless rechargeable Dremel brand that you can get in just about any hardware section.

      I used it for many many many years before the battery quit recharging.

       

      I mistakenly replaced it with one that takes AA batteries. It's only ok. I'd suggest spending the extra and being sure you get the rechargeable.

       

       

      Barb

    • October 31, 2012 3:35 AM CDT
    • Wondering what kind of nail grinders you guys all use? I have the "dremel" pet tool that i ordered a long time ago...the grinding "attachments" would need replacement, but i'm wondering if there's a better one out there....it works pretty good on small nails, but for bigger tougher nails, it takes a while to grind down...I once saw a picture of a groomer grinding nails and the grinder looked really industrial...like something you would buy at a Canadian Tire or something...i've checked their website, but can't see any that look like the one i saw.

    • October 14, 2012 7:42 PM CDT
    • I went ahead and bought the more expensive model. The one with the black bar that only comes in a size medium. I read reviews saying it can handle pretty much any size nails and I'm hoping that's the case.

       

      I would love back ups for everything but can't afford it, and I'm not planning on career grooming. I'm trying to at least get two of every blade. 

    • October 14, 2012 11:59 AM CDT
    • It's actually a really good idea to have two sets of nail clippers--you never know when the first pair is going to break.  It is always the spring that breaks first, but that leaves you with a perfectly good pair of nail clippers that you cannot use.  I have both sizes, but really, you can get away with using the large size for everything.  I find that the only time the bulk of the large nail clipper causes a problem is with teeny tiny toy dogs whose toes are so small you can't see them through the blades.

       

      One thing I have learned is that you should ALWAYS have a backup for everything: clippers, dryers, nail clippers, etc.  It is more expensive at the outlay, but remember that equipment breakdown can cost you a day's work, or even several days' work if you can't replace your equipment right away.

    • October 14, 2012 2:00 AM CDT
    • I used to use larger nail clippers for dogs of all sizes, but I do so few large breeds now that I have bought some smaller clippers to do the job.  So when a larger dog comes in for nails, I use the large ones, but use the smaller for small. No real difference to be honest, just that I have small hands so prefer smaller tools.

    • October 13, 2012 9:24 PM CDT
    • I use my large sized one for everything, I know some groomers though who prefer having the smaller one for tiny dogs- I think it's just a personal preference thing (and maybe hand size/strength).

    • October 13, 2012 12:34 PM CDT
    • Can I just get a size large Miller's Forge nail clipper and use it on any size nails? Is there some reason why it shouldn't also work on small dog nails? I really don't want to have to buy multiple nail clippers.

       

      And is the 727C Professional Nail Clip significantly better than the 767C Safety Large Dog Nail Clip? Is it worth the few extra bucks? 


       

    • August 19, 2012 9:03 AM CDT
    • They will, with some fussing, fit; but they are no where near as sharp or as effective; I replaced the blades on 3 of mine; (had to drill the holes for the rods very slightly bigger.

    • August 18, 2012 5:44 PM CDT
    • While I'm not 100% positive, I believe the replacement blades for the Master Grooming Tools (blue handle) mat breaker from PetEdge will fit the older style (grey and white) ones.   Actually, I think the old style ones may be the original version of the current MGT mat breaker... not SURE about that though.  

    • August 18, 2012 7:38 AM CDT
    • The manufacturer ceased making the matbreaker (grey and white) two or three years ago. I have found several on Ebay; and replacement blades as well; I use the dull ones to pull undercoat and the sharp ones for dematting ears and tails and faces (I shave mats elssewhere.

      I have been grooming for 49 years and it is still my favorite tool. If anyone has one they don't want, let me know. Happy to vuy them in  ery good to new condition.

    • August 17, 2012 8:12 PM CDT
    • I just may buy one so I am ready when the time comes but honestly, I was never shown the proper way to use this tool. We got a hold of a few in grooming school but it wasn't included in our kits. I won't use it until I find a groomer that can show me the proper technique. Maybe I can find a good DVD.

    • August 17, 2012 7:11 PM CDT
    • DCDogs, that is the style of mat rake (although not the exact same one that I have) that I mentioned in my previous post.  They are great for matted spots on collies, chows, etc. around the neck, britches, etc.  It is much easier on your wrist than the one in the picture that AmySuz posted.  I've had the same one for almost my entire grooming career.  I have the blades sharpened every so often, and it just keeps going strong.  I don't really use it that much, but I'd hate to be without it.

    • August 17, 2012 8:58 AM CDT
    • It runs the length of the blade except for a bit above the rounding on the end. The difference between this and the blue one at the top of this thread is blade orientation and the number of blades. I don't care for it but it has it's place just like all the rest of our tools.

    • August 17, 2012 7:53 AM CDT
    • 3mina, I looked on PetEdge and saw the tool you referenced.

       

      I was wondering what you all thought of this tool? It's designed for really fine coats. Question.....where is the actual blade on these tools? Is it down by the screws or does it run the entire length of the blade?

    • August 16, 2012 11:13 PM CDT
    • Dcdogs, look on the petedge site item #Tp70832

    • August 16, 2012 11:10 PM CDT
    • Definitely not near tails, I saw someone do that & they gashed it :-(

    • August 16, 2012 11:04 PM CDT
    • I have TWO mat breakers, one right and one left handed.  I'm left handed, so the right handed one comes in handy for doing the inside of legs without it being awkward.  I find that these work better than any other type of mat breaker that I've seen, because they have little "barbs" (for lack of a better word) on the sides of the blades that really grab and pull out the undercoat.  The  new version of these (has the blue handle just like the pic that AmySuz posted) is available at PetEdge.  You can also buy replacement blades for them.   I also have a large "claw" style demat rake that is awesome for thick undercoated breeds (collies, etc.).  I don't use any of these tools very often, but when I do, it's great to have them.  

    • August 16, 2012 9:32 PM CDT
    • All tools need to be used properly. I couldn't begin to count the number of times I have cut myself with my scissors and even a few clipper blades.  It is a sharp tool. (or at least should be. Mine is well over 15 years old so I'm sure it's not quite as sharp as new!) It's supposed to be sharp in order to slice through the matts. Just be sure that you have enough room between the matt and the skin to you are not touching skin and you should be fine. I would not use it on ears near the leather or on tails.

       

      Barb

    • August 16, 2012 8:22 PM CDT
    • Barb, I saw a student in grooming school slice open her hand using one despite the instructors warnings to be very careful. I used one a few times but I am afraid I will cut a dog so I have not used one since school. I need a good tool to remove matts so maybe I need to revisit this tool.

    • August 16, 2012 8:13 PM CDT
    • DC, it's the other one, with the white handle.

       

      I don't do any dematting anymore really, so it just got kind of tucked away.  Just like the Coat Kings did. :)

      I'm sure it works the same way.

       

      I have a whole lot of tools that I used a lot at one time, then they get set back and forgotten about.  I hadn't remembered how handy this little thing was though. :)

       

      Barb

    • August 16, 2012 8:07 PM CDT
    • 3Mina, can you show us/me a pic of the single tooth splitter or maybe the place where I can get one?

    • August 16, 2012 8:00 PM CDT
    • I lost both of the tools pictured so long ago I don't remember the last time I used them. It's been a decade anyway :-). I just use the HV to do most of my dematting and my Coat Kings to debulk coats like that. If I need to split matts I have a single tooth splitter.