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I have downsized the flock and needed to get something for occasional use as my back refuses to work with me for a job like shea
on 4 June 2015
I have been using professional shearing equipment to shear a flock of sheep. I have downsized the flock and needed to get something for occasional use as my back refuses to work with me for a job like shearing and I intend to get young people in to do it for me. I had handled an older, heavier, version of this type of clipper and read quite a few reviews. Although I was pretty dubious about the ability of the product to do the job I thought it was worth trying at the price of £80.
When it arrived it's first job was to dag out 45 very mucky, thick winter coated, cheviot ewes. I set up my new £1000 turnover crate and started passing the ewes through. The crate failed, but the clippers did just fine.
They are noisy:- They are really not much louder than a professional lister set up. If you have a generator going as well you would be hard pressed to tell the difference. Sheep just don't like being sheared, so perhaps it's not the noise that causes the problem.
They are heavy:- They are heavier than a professional set up, but you are not going to use them to shear 15 ewes an hour, day in, day out. If you can do this, you will want a pro set and i can get you work to pay for it. They are fine for a dozen sheep, the odd fly issue and dagging.
They overheat:- I did the same as I do with pro gear and rest them in a small container of oil between sheep. (Not sure if this is a good tip.) So that the blades are immersed in the oil. Keep them well oiled and I have had no problem.
My only criticism at this point is the blades don't seem to be the best quality. By the end of 45 ewes they were starting to get a bit sticky. But whatever machine you use you will need to replace blades.