Have to disagree with them 100%, at least in my experience. I have all three and use all three (basically the Furminator is the big gun when I really need to get in there). It gets out undercoat faster and more effectively than either a shedding blade or a undercoat rake.Kristen Cabe said:I know of two or three people that say it's not worth buying. They say a shedding blade or rake works just as well.
Nancy, did you have issues with the Furminator "overstimulating" your dogs? That tool...and the rake...seem to work my dog up. She's still miserable at sitting still for grooming, but it seems like some things make her more excited than others (it still works well, btw, just takes longer ;-))Nancy Jocoy said:You basically have three types of tools for removing undercoat
The rake, which you have
The shedding blade, which is found in horse departments and is basically a fancy hacksaw blade with handles and
The furminator, which is like a large clipper blade with a handle.
The blade and furminator are designed to be used in the direction of hair growth. I thought the rake was as well, but I could be wrong. The blade and furminator are more effective in removing a large quantity of undercoat in short time....moreso than the rake IMO. I am finding the furminator also removes loose topcoat.
I like it - can't say it is leagues above the blade but I seem to be able to use it in a more gentler fashion and the dogs seem to tolerate it better. Leerburg did decide to start selling the furminator as well. I bought mine from the link above as it is the cheapest I have found and they have consistently good customer service (I realize Leerburg does as well)
Yes, as a gift! Good thing, because the priceBob Scott said:I think Connie has one.
It removes dead hair. As you know, what sheds is undercoat ("blown" a couple of times a year) and dead top hairs (constant shedding). It pulls out the loose undercoat and some dead topcoat hairs out without removing the glossy "overcoat."Bob Scott said:Question on the furminator. Does it remove only dead hair or is it actually cutting/shaving out some of the live hair?
I've neve in my life had a dog that sheds as bad as Thunder. He's an outside dog and even in the middle of winter I can pet him and get hair.
Now that he's in the house during his heartworm treatment
Thank heavens for an understanding wife. She's about going crazy even with his being kept in his crate most of the day.
I'm getting pretty good with the vaccum cleaner. :lol:
Ditto on the Dremel tool on nails!