[nagdu] Review: Oster nail grinder

Darla Rogers djrogers0628 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 20 18:12:44 UTC 2014

Dear Tracy,

	Do keep us posted on what you learn as you have more experience with
your new nail grinder; I haven't purchased one yet not being sure which I
could  manage best and get the job done.
	I knew of a puppy being raised who used to manicure its own nails.
Darla & Huck

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From: nagdu [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Tracy Carcione
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 10:59 AM
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Subject: [nagdu] Review: Oster nail grinder

I recently bought the Oster pet nail grinder, which plugs into an outlet,
instead of using a battery.  It was about $50 on Amazon.
I've been using the Dremmel nail grinder for years, but I wanted something
where I wouldn't have to deal with batteries giving out halfway through the
job, so I got the Oster.
The cord is about 10 feet long.  It plugs into a humongous adapter, which
plugs into the outlet.  I have to be careful to keep myself or the dog from
getting tangled in the cord, but that's not too hard to do.
The grinder itself is very light, long and sleek.  It has a variable speed
control, unlike the Dremmel, which only has 2 speeds.  The Dremmel only
turns in one direction, but the Oster can manually be turned in either
direction, though it only spins one way while operating.  This means that
the grinder tends to stop spinning if there's too much friction when it
touches the nail.  It requires a light touch, and it has to be set at a
pretty high speed to keep it going.  This may cause more vibration when it
does touch the nail, though Ben does not complain.  But then, he's a very
patient dog.
Some reviewers on Amazon said it was noisy, but I don't think it's any
noisier than the Dremmel, and might even be a little quieter.  I have no
trouble hearing the TV while I'm doing Ben's nails.
I am slowly getting the hang of the Oster, and I am glad I don't have to
worry about running out of juice anymore. But I wish it had some of the
other features of the Dremmel.

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