Oster Professional 76023-510 Hair Clippers
- Convenient adjustable blade allows you to quickly change the length of cut from very close to medium length
- Provides fast and accurate cutting
- Includes fast feed adjustable clipper, size 000 to size 1 blade, blade guard, 4 guide combs, blade Oil and cleaning brush
- Includes pivot motor which provides the power to cut even wet hair
Oster’s Whisper-Quiet pivot motor is 2x more powerful than a magnetic motor clipper. Optional blade sets are #76913-506 and #76913-536
This clipper is a vast improvement over my old, noisy Wahl. But with all the talk about the included combs (which are also a vast improvement over the Wahl’s), nowhere does Amazon or any reviewer mention which specific combs are included–only that there are four of them. So here you go, straight from the side of the box:
My work here is done.
I started out using discount store clippers and learned quickly that most were not capable of cutting thick hair or at least not cutting it quickly. The blades for some consumer grade clippers were just terrible and made of stamped metal that warped over time and pulled hair rather than cutting it.
For the past several years I have used Wahl Powerdrive clippers which are consumer grade but significantly better than any others I had tried and lasted for several years. As the Wahl clippers began to wear out I decided to step up to something better as a replacement and decided on the Oster Fast Feed based on the other reviews at Amazon.
The Oster Fast Feed clippers are of very high quality. They are somewhat shorter than most vibrating motor clippers and easy to fit in one’s hand. The variable length adjustment makes it easy to effect a taper from very close to 1/8″ length without using the guide combs. I concur with the other reviewer who suggested that the slide switch could be replaced with something a little more substantial but it’s not a big deal.
The 12 amp pivot motor is about 50% more power than the 8 amp motors in most consumer grade clippers. The power cord is round and heavier than the flat and thin two strand cords on consumer grade clippers.
As long as you are cutting the hair of a homo-sapien the Oster Fast Feed will have the power to cut it at a reasonable speed without pulling. If you really need something that can shear sheep or 100 recruits lined up for their first haircut at Parris Island in under ten minutes then it’s probably worth investing in the Oster Classic 76.
The stock blades are very precise and sharp. Conveniently the use Philip’s head screws instead of torx or hex head so that you don’t need a special screwdriver to disassemble and clean the blades.
One criticism I have of the clipper it is that the blades are not truly zero-overlap closeness. I’m guessing that for most people truly skin tight trim is not a show-stopper for hair clippers and it may not be realistic to expect a set of clippers with adjustable blades to be variable from skin tight to 1/8″. I may get a set of T-blade trimmers to supplement this but if I deployed I would just take this clipper by itself.
Another minor point is that it only comes with molded Styrofoam packaging and no hard case. I am using the molded plastic case from my Wahl clippers for the Fast Feed so that I can put it in a seabag or an ammo can and be ready to deploy with it. The clippers need some protection for travel.
Overall, a very good quality set of clippers that I would purchase again. I have no reason to believe that I will not be using them ten years from now.
The only thing I would recommend is getting a good attachment set, there is a nice one out there by Oster that has metal spring-loaded clips so they actually stay attached, comes with a bag, real nice. Just get some extra oil, a stiff brush, and maybe some disinfectant at a barber supply store (or online I suppose) and you’re set.
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