|Barked: Sun Dec 9, '07 5:25am PST |
|Well, with our monthly dog grooming bill at $100.00 plus tip and the arrival of a second standard poodle 2 weeks ago we had to figure out a way to cut the costs of grooming. Theres just no way that we can justify putting out $200.00 every single month to have both dogs groomed so we decided to do the grooming ourselves every other month to lower the costs. Sure their faces will be a bit fuzzy for the odd month but out wallets will be fuller.
The problem came in that we needed some sort of dog gooming dryer for the poodles, as trying to get them looking even half way decent with a towl dry and brushing proved impossible for us.
I looked around for dog grooming dryers and seeing that they were priced between $150 and $350 I figured that there has to be a less expensive alternative and sure enough there is.
I went down to the local Lowest home store and they have a shop wet/dry vac with a detachable blower (used to blow leaves and what not in your garden) for regular price of $79, but is on sale for only $39.95 so I picked it up figuring that I needed a wet dry vac at home and had some other plans in my head as I was buying it. The brand name is "ShopVac brand", and it is the one that has a detachabe blower motor, and it advertises a velocity of air flow of 250MPH (and I really have no reason to doubt it).
I returned home, unboxed it and found that I can take the hose that is normally used for sucking stuff up into the unit and attach it to the blower motor. I'll need to find a concentrator nozzle to attach to the end of the hose, but for my trial run I simply put my pinky inside the end of the hose which basically blocked some of the air and forced it out at not only a higher volume of air flow, but also applied just enough back pressure on the motor that it warmed the air a bit. Certainly I wouldn't recommend this for anybody that has to dry in a professional grooming environment but for the home groomer that doesn't want to spend over $150.00 on a pro dryer and that also needs a wet dry vac for around the house, this can't be beat.
You know I don't know what CFM this thing blows at but it dried my full standard poodle in no time at all, and my poodle didn't even pay attention to the noise which in my opinion wasn't any louder (actually sounded quieter) then the groomers dryer when I bring my kids into her shop.
Wet / Dry vac from Lowes that has a detachable blower, hook up the hose that is normally used for sucking stuff up to the blower and attach a concentrator nozzle to the end of it (optional) and you have a very powerful one speed (non heated) doggy dryer that works great AND you also have a wet dry vac with detachable blower motor to use around the house and garden too.
If the professional doggy dryers in the $150.00 range had heaters built in then I'd likely just go and buy one, but they also rely on the motor to heat up the air, just like this unit does itself after a few minutes of running, so I saw little point in spending $150 for a pro doggy dryer when this unit is compact, powerfull enough to blow the water out of my poodles coat, and does exactly the same as the commercial dog dryers that are in the price range of $150. for -$110 less!
Definite bargain and ... We've now learned that the trick to a fluffy poodle coat after grooming is the blow drying. It is what fluffs up the coat and which a person will rarely get by towl drying and brushing it out. How I ever managed to get along with out a blower to dry the poodle I'll never really know. What a pain it use to be to try to towel dry the poodle after a swim even. Now it's a simple 15 to 30 minute process of just blowing out the water from his coat until he is fluffed back up and looking great again.
Hope this helps for anybody that is looking for getting a dog dryer for home use but doesn't wish to spend the $150.00 to buy one.
Edited by author Sun Dec 9, '07 5:39am PST
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