So, it has a powerful motor - but the actual trimming action is pretty rough - it still manages to pull on hairs even with all that power. However, compared to others, like the Philips models, I actually rate this as a below par experience for shaving beards - it might be fine for hair, etc. , but not for beards. For one thing, the Philips have a little hoover that sucks up the trimmed hairs, which I always thought was a kind of gimmick, but on using the Wahl, hair just goes everywhere. i will probably buy a Philips again.