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    • June 19, 2016 10:11 AM CDT
    • Has anyone used this cordless clipper? I do alot of cat and farm dogs so am looking at a good cordless that will take my old Blades and new cermics. Plus not be real loud. Your experience with it would help as I am in the country and can't test drive it.

    • June 16, 2016 9:57 AM CDT
    • I too have been thinking about a cordless clipper but am not a big Dan of wahl. I do have a small clipper that are cordless and wahl and I love them when they are new, however after even sharpening them they don't seen to cut very well especially with soft hair

    • May 4, 2016 9:25 PM CDT
    • I do a lot of dogs with only the Bravura and SS combs.  They are amazing!

       

      Barb

       

    • May 4, 2016 1:42 PM CDT
    • I'm not Barb...but I have SS combs for my regular clipper & Bravura.  I use my Brav+ss combs on EVERYTHING except 7fc or 5fc.  The speed is so much faster on brav that I get a better clip...plus save so much time not switching between clippers.  I don't think it's hard on the blades.  Also have a romani vac attachment for the Brav.

    • May 4, 2016 1:03 PM CDT
    • Barb, so you got SS combs for the Bravura?  and you use that instead of touching up with the SS combs on the regular clipper?  are the SS combs hard on the Bravura blades?  my 5 in 1 blades seem so touchy....

    • May 2, 2016 5:55 PM CDT
    • Those Stainless Steel combs for the trimmers and clippers are amazing! I never liked using plastic combs. I did so much touch up work that it was faster just to scissor it all. Now? I have only minimal scissoring to do and I LOVE it!

       

      Barb

    • May 2, 2016 5:51 PM CDT
    • Speed Feed v Bravura:  after reading this thread I FINALLY found time to dig out my 2 old speed feeds to compare with my bravura.  My love affair with the SF began to fade when I started throwing $ away on batteries and spent more $ on a bought a cord pack.  I finally retired the SF when I got those crummy new style blades.  I had been using the SF & Bravura simultaneously, preferring the SF for nice fluffy legs.  BUT, I now realize when I was preferring the SF I did NOT YET HAVE the stainless steel combs for the Brav.  Now that I had time to revisit the 2 clippers I found that I preferred the Bravura...because of the superior combs.  Just my 2 cents!

    • April 26, 2016 7:49 AM CDT
    • Thanks tuckie, I am definately up for a trade, contact me after your trip and we can work out the details. I am off to help a friend today with a summer doo for her border collie. The new SF blades I have are without the groves and work better than the groved blades, but still not the real good older blades but at leat the do not fall apart or snag the hair like the groved blade did.I think I really need the steel combs for my new clippers, the plastic seem to add a bit of static to the hair.

      Patricia

    • April 25, 2016 3:27 PM CDT
    • Congrats on your choice Novice! I used my Bravura as back up to SF which I thought gave a smoother finish, until I got so frustrated with the new version of blades. I'm gonna pull out my old SF's and refresh my aging memory on the problems I had. I DID buy a cord adapter to solve my battery problems. Maybe we can do some sort of trade of my extra set of stainless steel combs for a blade...or??? When we both reevaluate the future of our SF. I'm on a plane today & hope to take dig them out tomorrow...still happy to send you 1 of my 3 SF.

    • April 25, 2016 12:58 PM CDT
    • That darn on/off switch! I do the same. I think you will LOVE the stainless steel combs. I bought mine at the same time because I like the SS combs for the regular clippers so much. I never even tried the plastic ones that come with it.

       

      I've had the blade pop off a few times, but not enough to be a big hinderens.

       

       

      Barb

    • April 25, 2016 11:35 AM CDT
    • Thank you everyone for your help and suggestions. Barb your sugggestion was spot on. I bought the Bravura that you suggested and after a little learning curb  I am back in business with my four Bichons successfully groomed. I am not in love with the plastic combs so I think I will go find the stainless steel comb tuckie said are awsome, and I did steer clear of the red color, the last thing I want is to think I clipped my babies skin.

      After using my new Bravura I was amaised that they cut like butter gliding so fast that it took 1/2 the time to groom. It made me realise just how bad the speed feed blades had gotten and just how slow my old sf clippers were. So I will lay to rest my old fathful tool and embrace the new. 

      The Bravura recharge is lightning fast compared to the hours long battery charge of the sf, but the blades do run a little hot (really warm) which I never saw on the sf. It isn't a big problem when I use the comb attachment mostly. My only slight issue is the on/off switch is placed so that I turned the clipper off several times by error flipping the clippers around in my hand, and the blade popped off when I hit a snag in the hair ( my bad I didn't catch a few small matts), I wonder is this happening because I am using the longer comb attachments or just a learning curb. I never had the sf pop off so eazily?

      Tuckie, thank you for your kind offer, I am still contemplating weather or not I want to mess with the sf. I have quite a few brand new blades and I do love the sf just wondering if it was the handset that slowed down or the blades that slowed the hand set down. I will contact you directly soon.

      So glad I found this groomers board, you have some really great members and loads of great info.  

      Patricia

       

    • April 14, 2016 4:34 PM CDT
    • Thanks, I'll try that!!

    • April 14, 2016 2:44 PM CDT
    • Ooops: plug cord into the end of the clipper (I have GOT to start proofreading )

    • April 14, 2016 2:42 PM CDT
    • Amy, I'm certain your old brav can be corded: remove the cord from the charger & plug it into the evening d of the clipper. I think I bougbt5 my 1st brav 11 yrs ago & that's the way it works

    • April 13, 2016 12:06 PM CDT
    • Yes, send me a private mssgs per Barb's instructions. And, regarding the Bravura, just a silly suggestion: I regret getting the red (which is pretty), but rather frequently I'll see the flash of red & think "omg, did I cut the dog"...it's never true, but an unpleasant shot of adrenaline! !!

    • April 13, 2016 11:16 AM CDT
    • This is the one I use.

       

       https://www.petedge.com/zpetedgemain/catalog/productDetail.jsf?area=&sort=RA&wec-appid=PEDM_WEBSHOP_TR&page=72A214C22827430A9795247F1BF064D6&itemKey=005056A6CE9C1EE2BEA8B460937B54F7&show=12&view=grid&simpleSearchString=wahl+bravura&wec-locale=en_US

       

      You can post your email address, but it won't be private. Anyone can read the board. If you click on her name, it will bring up her profile and you can message her from there.  Those are private. Well, as private as the internet can be. ;)

       

      Barb

    • April 13, 2016 9:27 AM CDT
    • Ok you have all convinced me Bravura is the way to go so I have been looking online for them and noted they have 1/2 a dozen model numbers for the Bravura so which model is the one I should be looking for. They all start with the same numbers but the end in 0430, 0430A, 0423, 0424, 0425. This would be a whole lot easier if they just had one clipper named Bravura. I did not see any difference in the specs am I missing something?

       

      Tuckie, thank you for that kind offer. I may want to take you up on it. Are any of the handsets still working or any of the batteries still take a charge? You can feel my desperate need to hold on to my speed feed. I am new to this group so please tell me how to get you my direct contact information. Is it ok to post private email address here?

    • April 13, 2016 2:21 AM CDT
    • I, too, used and LOVED, LOVED, LOVED my speed feed. I gutted it out with charger & battery problems & finally Gavery up when encountered the same pull blade problems you described. I am a bravura convert: cordless or corded, STAI LESS STEEL COMBS THAT ARE AWESOME as well as the service dept. $35 will get your clipper totally refurbished plus new battery & if they are backlogged they send a NEW clipper. I am happy to send you my THREE old speed feeds in cases if you pay shipping (and wanna try to get them going)

    • April 12, 2016 5:08 PM CDT
    • Thanks Barb, I have the older model (gray in color) and had trouble with the new blades too. I finally found a supplier that had a backlog of older blades and I was instantly back in business. My speed feed which I love, love , love is running louder and isn't cutting well, I was wondering if it is the old battery or the motor in the clipper causing this slow down. I just hate getting new clippers after all these years with this great old clipper. Still using the original battery which holds a charge for at least 2 hours. What do you think, battery or clipper causing the issue? Have you any experience with Laube repair?

       

    • April 12, 2016 4:27 PM CDT
    • The last two Speed Feed blades I got were also bad. I'm glad it's not just me, and I'm not going crazy. I've also found myself using my Bravura more and more and my Speed Feed less and less. I don't think my Bravura can be used with a cord though - I wonder if that's a newer feature?

    • April 12, 2016 4:12 PM CDT
    • I was an avid Speed Feed fan until I ended up with so many low quality blades. I grudgingly  bought a Bravura to replace them. I will say I am very pleased with them. I do like they can be be used with or without the cord. I will say that I have had to replace two cords. Mostly my fault I'm sure. I work in three different locations, so take my tools with me. I'm sure wrapping and unwrapping the cords caused them to go bad. 

      The Bravura blades do get warm, where I never remember any warmth on a SF blade. They don't get hot. They don't get too warm to use, but they do get warm.

       

      All in all I'm happy with it and wouldn't hesitate to buy another.

       

      Barb

    • June 3, 2016 3:26 PM CDT
    • I would think your sharpener would let you know if there's not enough metal left to sharpen.

      Some coats require freshly sharpened blades. When I do cats, I always make sure I have a brand new 5 in 1 blade ready just in case. Often times the blade I've used on dogs with no problems, doesn't want to work on those soft cat coats.

      You might also try washing the blades. I take mine to the tub and give them a good washing, use the HV to dry them, then oil them. Working on dirty dogs and product residues can cause build ups on the blades.

      A loose hinge can also cause a blade to drag, especially if you are using comb attachments. I find the extra weight of the comb can make the hinge pull loose just a tiny bit causing the blade to not catch all the way in the blade drive.  If you can use just a little pressure and it lefts the blade without fully unlocking the hinge, it may need replaced.

       

      Barb

    • June 2, 2016 1:16 PM CDT
    • I use mostly andis and oster blades. Sometimes they just quit cutting. All at once. They drag. Use another blade and it's fine. Go back to it and it will work. Sometimes this happens even after I get them sharpened. When do you know when a blade is done and can't be sharpened anymore? And what is going on with these things? I do know that I don't change my blade assembly as often as some of you do. I do probably 30 dogs a week. But even when I do I still have this problem.

    • June 1, 2016 10:57 AM CDT
    • Hi can anyone give me any information about the Wahl km5, how good are they etc.  It really isn't for me but a customer is going away and going to have to clip her shit zu puppy for a few years until she can get him back to me and Ren's Canada has one on sale for a good price.  It is not cordless but I would like to give her some info before I recommend it or not.  Thanks Pat

    • April 29, 2016 1:03 AM CDT
    • Table or kosher salt do the job too