Clippers and Shears
All of your clipping and shearing needs for:
- and more…
Our clipper history…
Premier introduced Lister clippers to the USA in 1987. Until 2001 we were their sole distributor—managing sales, inventory, repairs and resharpening.
When we started, almost no one in the USA knew of them. By the late 1990s we were Lister’s largest customer and Lister was a well-known name in the sheep show industry.
When Wahl purchased Lister in 2001 we were not happy—in part because we had offered to purchase Lister ourselves just 1 year earlier. Our response was to develop our own line of clippers, shears, blades, combs and cutters. While doing so we used the knowledge gained over 14 years to:
- Improve the designs.
- Reduce prices to our end-users even further.
Our willingness to service and support our products then and now continues to have no equal in the industry.
Key features and benefits:
- Unique 3-year warranty on Premier Clippers and Shears—
- Covers all labor and parts for 3 years from the date of purchase. (2 years longer than available for any competing unit). Warranty includes $12 check to cover shipping on any machine under warranty. It does not cover wear or misuse.
Andis® clippers have a 1 year warranty on the motor. Please send Andis clipper repairs to: Sullivan Supply, 701 Iowa Ave, Dunlap, IA 51529-1335. (712)643-5902.
- Small, powerful motor—
- The key is rare-earth permanent magnets that require less size and weight to produce torque (power) than normal permanent magnet motors or universal motors. Premier units have a higher constant speed that produces a smoother, uniform and more attractive finish.
- Less motor “whine", kind to your ears and less likely to upset animals.
- Motor produces less heat and fan forces air out through our heads— so the heads run cooler.
- Easy to hold and maneuver—
- Shorter in length than competing machines (up to 20% less), weighs up to 15% less and smaller grip than others.
- Choice of heads (clipper or shear)—
- Same motor drives either one. However, rather than switching heads many users prefer the convenience of a motor for each head.
- Satisfaction guaranteed!
Clippers vs. Shears—What are the differences?
- Clipping machines are for precision fleece, fiber and hair removal. Clipping machines use clipping blades.
- Shearing machines are used for the rapid removal of fleece, fiber and hair. They use combs and cutters.
Are there clones?
Yes. It seems that there always clones of market-leading products. How good are the clones? Two years ago an offshore source asked us to distribute their orange clippers and blue shearing machines. They were compatible with our blades, had similar heads (in appearance), similar motors and were less $$. We field-tested them. The motors and heads both burned out quickly.
What are the lessons from this?
- Not everything that looks the same is the same (not a new lesson).
- Sometimes low-cost items turn out to be expensive.
Is their origin relevant?
No. It’s been our experience over 30 years that each item must be considered individually—as even good firms in Europe and the USA sometimes make products that frustrate and fail.
Before you buy…
- What species will it be used for? Sheep, cattle, goats, camelids, etc.
- What is the function or use? Will the machine be removing fiber, hair or wool? Will the desired finish be for the show ring (fine) or for the range (coarse)? A shearing machine will more readily go through dirty matted hair and fiber than a clipping machine. But it is harder to set up a shearing machine correctly.
- What is your experience level? There are combs/cutters and clipper blades that are more aggressive and some that are less so depending on the usage. A clipping machine is easier to set up and use than a shearing machine. But a shearing machine will push more easily through dirty heavy fiber and hair.
- Improperly tensioned or dull blades/combs/cutters are the main culprits for lack of cutting and overheating. Overtensioning will also reduce the longevity of blades/combs/cutters. Undertensioning reduces the cutting ability.
- Proper lubrication is essential for the function of blades/combs/cutters. Lubrication reduces friction (heat) and can increase the longevity of blades/combs/cutters.
- Over time the filters can clog with dirt and fiber. Remove the filters and scrub them with soapy water and a toothbrush. Dry and replace.
- “Air-shearing.” This occurs when a clipper or shearer is held outside of the fleece, fiber or hair. The extra friction between the blades/combs/cutters creates heat and dulls the cutting blades, combs and/or cutter.