Manufacturer: AESCULAP of GERMANY
Type: Professional heavy duty cordless
Voltage rating: Max. 21.6v
Battery type: Lithium (Li-ion)
Operating voltage: 100 – 240v
Charger /output current: 1.2 amp
Clip time: 70 minutes per battery
Charge time: 70 minutes
Weight: (with battery and blades fitted): 1.4 kgs
Length: (with battery and blades fitted) 12.75 inches/32.2cm
Cutting speeds: ONE 2750 spm
Noise Level: Peasridge score 2
Noise Level: Official rating: 70 dB (A) 3
Casing colour: Blue
Blade type: Aesculap/Heiniger/Stewart Oster livestock blades
Blade tensioning required: Yes
Guarantee period: TWO year
Electrical ratings TUV-GS, CE, UL & CSA rated/CE rated
The following items are what you get with your purchase:
Cordless clipper/two Lithium-ion battery units/charging station with lead and UK plug /GT501/502 blade set/90 ml Oil/screwdriver/User manual/ Quality made plastic carry case
Peasridge Star rating: FIVE
Peasridge Score rating: 95%
Comment: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
PROS: Heavy duty powerful cordless with low motor tone and devoid of vibration with latest technology and touch screen on/off switch. Supplied with specialist horse clipping blade set.
CONS: Initially feels heavy when held, but when compared to others – this not quiet the case. The “touch screen type on/off switch may initially prove different- as did an iPhone – once.
GENERAL PRODUCT INFORMATION
Identical to the GT804 model above but supplied with TWO BATTERIES.
After a decade or more has passed suddenly the emergence of a new cordless heavy duty clipper from a manufacturer who has a proven pedigree in engineering quality is “exciting!” This is one section of the clipper market in which traditionally there has been little to choose from! The German manufacturers Aesculap once again steps on to the centre stage and throws down a challenge to all clipper manufacturers – introducing a product born of new technology that mirrors what the iPhone did to the then mobiles of the day!
The corded mains Econom II – known as the GT 474 machine has a long established pedigree stemming back to the days of the early Aesculap SE models. S.E models earned an unrivalled reputation with many including the black and white dairy cattle showmen – known for their notoriously high standards in clipping. The new cordless CL GT800 body retains many of the proven features of generations of Aesculap clippers especially in relation to the all-important head and blade driving mechanism, but incorporates a lot of new technology in the on/off switch, the high quality electronics used including the battery charge status electronics. The all-important hand grip area has a shaped section (16.5cms diameter) in the body casing design to give a much more comfortable hold during the clipping operation.
Proven design features, in the blade driving carrier system and blade tensioning which include a “locking” nut to hold the tensioning of the blades once you have set them. (Not see many makes) Blades are simple to install on the clipper head and the head’s internal parts are easily cleaned after use.
Unlike the majority of large cordless machines where a degree of power is normally lost at the expense of going cordless the Aesculap Econom CL models are the exception. Powered with a new and powerful motor they reproduce driving power equal to and matching the corded GT474 mains powered models. This therefore places them in the heavy duty category equal in power to mains powered machines. The higher cutting stroke speed (2750 strokes per minute) compared to the horse version (2250 strokes per minute) allows for a faster clipping of cattle.
One of the predominant features of all Aesculap machines is the engineering quality that has evolved to produce “vibration” free machines. Vibration of the clipper head is probably one of the two most “objectionable” factors to any animal undergoing clipping and whilst the temperament of each animal will differ, few enjoy vibration especially in some of the more sensitive head areas.
The high air intake feature reduces the build-up of any heat and therefore as with all clipping machines it is necessary to ensure you keep the air filter at the rear clean and free of any hair build-up.(Both sides of the air filter screen please!) Far too often this escapes attention and results in unnecessary over heating of the motor! (Animal hair has an almost magnetic attraction and very soon (and usually un-noticed) clogs the air filter severely restricting the flow of cooling air!)
The Econom CL clipper is supplied complete with TWO battery packs for continuous clipping plus a GT 501/GT502 blade set – which when assemble for use weighs 1.4kgs. It is true to say when you first pick it up and hold it – there is a feel and suggestion of heaviness! However having said that if you look at the few machines which it can be compared against – namely as a battery in the handpiece unit – it is actually marginally lighter!
Cordless clippers by nature of their construction are invariably marginally heavier than corded machine (mains.) The few grams of additional weight must be balance against the freedom given by being totally cordless.
One cannot really compare them with the alternatives – those machines that are attached to a battery unit by way of an extendable cord (similar to your land line telephone) or to the small animal professional clippers which have been upgraded for exclusive use on “nervous” horses.
One feature that will be appreciated by those who clip is the slim styled and shaped hand grip (16.5cms.) This offers both good holding grip as well as easy manoeuvrability during the clipping process. Many manufacturers seem to fail to grasp that much of clipping livestock or horses is above waist level and is really an hour’s job.
The three major features that give this machine that something “new and exciting” as well as lift it into a new technological era are the “touch screen” on/off switch, the battery charge status, and the powerful new Lithium-ion battery power pack. (Of course there are other parts hidden from view inside the body that are equally technologically new and symbolic of Aesculap high quality engineering!)
TOUCH SCREEN ON/OFF SWITCH
The “touch screen” on/off switch is a radical change from the traditional on/off type switch which will no doubt cause a few to “stumble at the first hurdle” until the technical reasons are understood and appreciated. The on/off switch will only react after 0.5 seconds as a protection against inadvertently switching on or off and consuming battery power.
Be mindful – that to prevent the battery from discharging when the machine is not in use, an electronic connection between the Lithium-ion battery and the internal control system automatically is cut. Therefore to restart the machine you need to press the “symbol” on the battery charge status (which will illuminate) BEFORE you press the on/off touch screen button.
Really it is very easy to operate once you have experienced the machine a few times, especially if you read the operating manual which is advisable for a number of reasons.
BATTERY CHARGE STATUS
The battery charge status is indicated by a maximum of five small red LED lights displayed in a semi-circle at the rear of the battery pack. Each of the five “dots” represents 1/5th (20%) of the battery power
By briefly pressing the symbol it immediately becomes illuminated for a few seconds with an appropriate number of red LED dots forming a semi-circle and will indicated the current charge status of the battery unit which is displayed in 1/20th units of available power. This highly innovative system gives you instant information as to the current state of the power pack at all times.
LITHIUM-ION BATTERY UNIT
Each fully charged battery is stated to clip for about 70 minutes
The average battery unit re-charge time is stated as 70 minutes
(Units with two batteries will allow continuous clip time assuming you always keep a battery on charge.)
Lithium-ion batteries signal a big development in battery technology and many are to be found in a wide range of consumer electrical products. Clearly they are set to become the major power means of the modern cordless animal clipper and as such these modern batteries really require the consumer to become educated as to the ways of best keeping batteries at peak performance levels.
Whilst we give below recommendations for storage of the battery, we would strongly urge users to make both the time and effort to carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions before using the machine for the first time, and certainly familiarise themselves as to the recommended method of battery storage – whether long or short term prior to any intended storage period.
Lithium-ion batteries are likely to experience a loss of capacity and performance with any prolonged storage. It is s recommended therefore that in the event of storage Lithium-ion batteries are only stored in a fully charged condition, and that they are re-charged once a month.
CLIPPER “SET” SELECTION
The Aesculap Econom CL clippers may be purchased in either of two versions – The version GT804 contains all of the above mentioned individual items but is only supplied with ONE Battery power unit.
If however you wish to acquire TWO battery units then you need to purchase the Aesculap Econom CL GT806 which also contains the same individual items as described but has the additional second battery.
Whilst both the GT804 and GT806 models can be used for horse clipping as well as cattle clipping, the Econom Equipe CL (purple body casing) for horses is the recommended model and has several differences which are……
1. The stroke rate is reduced to from 2750 to 2250 1/min. (This is considered preferable for horses.)
2. It is a fraction lighter on our electronic scales with both blades and battery fitted at 1.35kgs
3. Instead of being supplied with the blades GT501/502 it is supplied with the Aesculap specialist horse blade GT505/502.
4. The handpiece colour is purple and not blue.
Otherwise in all other respects it appears identical and like the cattle blue version is available with either one or two batteries as selected.
PLEASE NOTE : We are advised that it is currently not possible to fit a sheep head to this machine.
AESCULAP BLADE RANGE
GT 501/502 Standard horse/cattle
GT501-15 teeth/GT502-31 teeth 3mm
GT 501/511 Fine
GT501-15 teeth/GT511-31 teeth 1mm
GT 505/502 Horse/cattle
GT505-23 teeth/ GT502-31 teeth 3mm
GT 505/508 Horse/cattle ultra-fine
GT505-23 teeth/ GT508-51 teeth 1/10mm
GT 505/511 Horse/cattle ultra-fine
GT505-23 teeth/ GT511-31 teeth 1mm
GT 505/506 Medium – cattle/goats
GT505-23 teeth/ GT506-24 teeth 3mm
GT 505/510 Plucking – dogs/goats
GT505-23 teeth/ GT510-24 teeth 5mm
GT 503/504 Extra Coarse
GT503-17 teeth/ GT504-18 teeth 3mm
This clipper also takes blades from the HEINIGER, certain LISCOP and STEWART OSTER blade ranges.
PLEASE CAREFULLY NOTE:- PRODUCT INDEMNITY INFORMATION
Whilst we make every effort to update details when received from manufacturer’s the actual goods delivered may deviate from the information given or images as supplied on this web page as a result of special versions, utilization or additional ordering options, or as a result of latest technical upgrades.
UPDATED: April 2015