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What I like about the Oster Powermax Clipper

Updated on January 12, 2012

I have written this hub to share my experiences about the Oster Powermax clippers I use for my Miniature Schnauzer. I am not a professional groomer and I do not try to achieve dog show standards. Our Schnauzer is the family pet and I simply started to do the grooming myself because I wanted to save the money for having it groomed professionally. And that doesn't mean I have anything against dog groomers, I just wanted to be independent.

If this sounds a bit like you, I hope you find my review of this tool helpful and you feel encouraged to groom your dog yourself as well.


The Oster Powermax clipper is a very good mid-range clipper. It is not the most powerful and expensive clipper you can buy, but it is completely sufficent for home use. We groom our Miniature Schnauzer every 10 to 12 weeks and we never had a problem with the Oster Powermax.

What I like most about the clippers is the detachable blades. This system makes for quick, easy blade changes to always have the right blade for the cutting length you want. It also makes cleaning and maintenance very easy.

Now I can buy any blades I need to adjust hair length. The blade that comes with it cuts to a nice length, it is short but not to short, about 1/2in length.

The Oster PowerMax does not come with the attachments for the different cutting lengths, not even one. You either have to purchase those extra, or buy one or two different blades. I have not tried the length attachments, because I prefer to exchange blades instead. You can also achieve different cutting lengths by going with the fur (longer) or against the fur (shorter).

If you have owned an Oster A5 clipper before, you will be able to use your old blades as they are compatible with all Oster Powermax blades.

The PowerMax also features the new CryogenX blades with Agion antimicrobial coating. Sounds very importants and just means that the blades protected with antimicrobial coating, reducing the growth of a broad range of bacteria, mold and mildew.

The blades maintain their very good cutting performance through the wiry coat of our Schnauzers coat. I usually only oil the blades a little bit before putting them away after grooming. A small bottle of oil is supplied with the Oster PowerMax.

This is the length of fur I like. This Schnauzer has not got the typical line on the side of the body. The #10 blade will cut shorter, but it is a good alround blade.
This is the length of fur I like. This Schnauzer has not got the typical line on the side of the body. The #10 blade will cut shorter, but it is a good alround blade. | Source

Ease of use

The PowerMax is one of the lightest clippers in its class. It has got a good hand weight and it doesn't tire too much when grooming a dog. I am a bit slow and it takes me about 40 minutes, which also includes a few breaks for my dog.

The grip is soft and contoured for good comfort and feel, and the rubberised smooth clipper feels much better in the hand than the A5's round body.

The 12-foot long cord is very handy to have. It is flexible and allows you to easily move around the grooming table, or maybe groom your dog outside, as I do, where there is not immediate access to power.

The possibility to choose between two speed settings is fantastic. It enables you to use the slow speed around the head, to keep noise down for sensitive dogs. This is what I do, because our Schnauzer is still young and not always exactly calm when being groomed.

The slow speed is probably good enough for cutting the whole coat of our Schnauzer, however I switch to fast speed on the back and the legs.


From what I can say, I can not find many negatives about the Oster Powermax. Probably the main criticism would be that the blades get a bit hot after a while, but I had used them for about 30 minutes before this occurred. As I said before it helps to oil the blades during grooming, but it is probably even better to have a few breaks in-between and give yourself and your dog a break.

A short clip for all the visual people out there!

Product Features from the Manual

- Versatile 2-speed clippers for pet grooming
- Permanent Magnetic Rotary Motor
- 3,700 / 4,200 Strokes Per Minute
- Weighs 1.04 lb with blade and is 6.5 in. in length
- 12-Foot Cord
- CryogenX blade with AgION antimicrobial coating reduces bacteria
- Detachable blade system for quick, easy changing
- 20 percent lighter than Oster A5 clippers
- Clipper come with #10 blade, brush, oil and manual


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      Matt Edmondson 5 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Thanks for the honest review!