At least that is what I am going to call it, because it makes me feel better than calling it one of the stupidest moments of my grooming career.
I could blame it on a brain fart....but it wasn't a sudden thing.
I could blame it on old age....but I am really not THAT old yet.
I could blame it on the fact that I don't always read directions....that sounds good...only this one could fall under the common sense category.
I like to think that I have a pretty good amount of common sense, but sometimes stupidity takes over.
Okay, enough of that.
I'll call it what it is...stupid...stupid....dumb....stupid.
What the heck am I rambling on about?
Do I really have to tell you?
(head hitting the top of the desk)
Okay, I will tell you, just on the off chance that there is a groomer out there as clueless as me.
I am really hoping that there is at least one.
It would make me feel so much better.
Bare with me a minute.
Maybe if I explain from the beginning, I won't sound so stupid...maybe....
I discovered this clipper about 10 or so years ago.
I don't really remember how I found out about it.
I think I saw it talked about on a groomers forum that I was reading at the time.
I loved this clipper from the first time that I ever used it.
I loved it for shaving faces, feet, tummy's and pads of feet.
It was also great to use around puppy's, because it was so quite.
I also loved that it had two batteries, so I always had a battery ready and charged to use.
When my first Wahl Arco Cordless clipper died...
...truth be told, it hit the floor one too many times, and blew up.
Anyway, my next Cordless clipper was a Wahl Chromado.
I loved this clipper too.
Actually I liked it more, because I felt that it was a better made clipper.
The only thing that I didn't like was that there were no batteries to swap out.
Once the charge ran out, it would take about 20 - 30 minutes to get a full charge.
Okay, wait a minute.
I can already hear some of you yelling at me.
Some of you may have already figured out what my stupid moment was.
I have been using the Wahl Chromado for about 8 years or more now.
I have worn about three of them out.
I use this clipper just as much as my corded clipper.
About 6 months ago my latest Chromado started dying.
So I bought another cordless.
Only I didn't buy another Chromado, or a Bravura. (which I had been reading a lot of good things about)
I went back to the Arco SE.
I liked that it had two batteries.
The problem was that I forgot why I didn't buy another one before.
I remembered real quick.
They just don't hold up as well as the Chromado does.
The one pictured is my newest one.
It is only six months old.
I had to tape it up because it started to come apart at the seams.
The batteries are already starting to hold less and less charge.
I will continue to use it until it totally dies.
But, I needed a new cordless clipper.
I waited till I went to Groom Expo.
I wanted to hold and feel the Bravura, and decide whether I wanted to buy another Chromado, or try the Bravura.
I went to the Wahl Booth to check out the Bravura.
As I was holding it to feel how it felt in my hand, and turning it on to see how quite it was, a Wahl Representative came up to ask if I had any questions.
Here is where the embarrassing moment comes in.
I was talking to him about how much I liked the Chromado over the Arco, but I didn't like having to wait for it to recharge.
(Now, I have to stop and take a moment to say that that representative was very nice, and in no way tried to make me feel as stupid as I was about to feel.)
He asked me why I waited for the clipper to charge, and why didn't I just plug the cord into it.
(Boy, this is harder to write than I thought it would be....stupid..stupid)
Guess what came out of my mouth after he asked me that question.
"There is a cord to plug into the clipper?"
"I don't remember an extra cord coming with the clipper."
The representative open his mouth to answer me, and in that second....before he uttered a word...
Somewhere in my brain the answer popped into my head.
The cord from the charger...
..can also be plugged into the bottom of the cordless clipper...
....and can be used while the clipper is charging!!
BANG! BANG!! BANG!!
Sorry, that was my head banging against my desk top.
Ten years I have been using these clippers and it NEVER dawned on me that the stupid cord that went into the charger could be plugged into the clipper so that you could continue using it while it is charging.
Please, please, please tell me that I am not the only one.
Just me, right?
Of course, if I had taken the time to at least skim the directions that come with the clipper, maybe I would have known this a long time ago.
Oh come on...who reads the directions that come with their clipper?
Anyway, after my stupid moment, I bought a Bravura.
I really like it.
It is very quite.
There is only one problem....yes, of course I have a problem.
It is the on/off button.
It is RIGHT where I put my thumb when I am clipping.
It only takes a very light touch to turn the clipper on and off.
Want to guess how many times that I turn that sucker off while I am in the middle of clipping?
I'll get over it.
I just have to train myself to hold the clipper a little differently.
I am already getting better...I only turn it off once or twice while clipping now. :/
I do like it, and I do recommend the Bravura to other groomers.
Okay, this post is done.
That was painfully embarrassing.
But, maybe there is a groomer out there like me and this post will help them.
What will this post do for the rest of the groomers who read it?
Maybe give them a good laugh...:)
Happy Grooming, MFF