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It was a pleasure reviewing the Oster Classic 76 because it is my personal favorite hair clipper.
I just love its classic look and understated superiority.
Through my research, testing and feedback, including from those in the hair industry, I have yet to find a clipper that delivers a better cut.
Despite my love for the Oster Classic 76, there are other clippers on the market that might be more suitable for you, depending on your personal circumstances, and I will discuss the pros and cons of the ’76’ in this review.
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What to Consider When Buying the Oster Classic 76
I’ve used various hair clippers myself for several years and there are certain features that you should be aware of before you buy one.
If you just go and buy the first hair clipper you see based on price alone, you’re destined for trouble and a frustrating experience, particularly if you are going to be using the clipper on a regular basis.
So stick with me as I explain each of these points in relation to the Oster Classic 76:
As with any clipper, trimmer or shaver, do not be tempted into buying a cheap model from a store like Wal-Mart and expect it to produce the results you want.
Trust me, I’ve been there, done that and immediately regretted it.
For the price of 2 or 3 cheap clippers, that produce sub-standard results, you could buy a top quality clipper that will give you a professional finish, and will last you for many years.
Made in the USA, Oster have manufactured hair clippers since the 1920’s. They are one of the industries original and leading hair clipper brand.
The Oster Classic 76 is their flag-ship model – and for good reason; its iconic design has virtually remained unchanged to this day.
The only difference between ‘then and now’ is the ongoing improvements made to the motor, casing and the blades.
As soon as you take the Oster Classic 76 out of the box, you know you’ve got yourself a serious clipper. It looks and feels like it should – a professional hair clipper.
The casing is made from a strong, valox material (a light weight, super strength plastic resin used in modern cars to keep weight down and give greater impact protection). It makes the clipper housing virtually unbreakable.
Despite the power generated from the motor, and unlike similar competing brands, the clipper will never heat up enough to burn your hand or scalp during prolonged use.
This is a really great feature, as many similar models do tend to get quite hot and can burn the skin if you’re not careful.
One of the major differences between a cheap clipper and a quality one, is most definitely in the motor. The OC 76 has a powerful, single speed, universal motor, which means it is able to run at higher speeds than other clipper motors.
It can easily cut through thick or wet hair efficiently and quickly, which is essential for professional barbers and hair stylists.
The downside to all this power, is that it makes the clipper heavier and noisier than similar models. It’s not a deal breaker for most, but a consideration if you’re looking for a small, quiet model.
I love the sound!
It has an unmistakable, reassuring hum. 🙂
Mains Supplied for Maximum Power
If you want a hair clipper to deliver maximum power at all times, then you need one that is permanently connected to the mains.
The OC 76 is a mains supplied clipper.
It also has a thick, 9ft, heavy-duty cord, and as such doesn’t get tangled up during cuts.
Size and Weight
For those of you who like to know specific dimensions, the size of the OC 76 is 2 x 2 x 7.7 inches and weighs in at 1.6 pounds.
It is one of the biggest clippers on the market and heavier than most models. (I find the weight actually gives it more stability)
However, if you have small, delicate wrists, or get pain in your wrist joints, you might struggle handling the Oster Classic 76 if it’s for prolonged use.
Oster Cutting Blades
According to the manufacturer’s website, all Oster blades are cryogenically treated to -300 degrees Fahrenheit, “so molecules are aligned in a perfect structure”.
This process increases the blades’ strength and hardness, keeping it’s edge sharp during long periods of use.
A sharp blade enables easier and more efficient cutting, so you won’t find yourself constantly going over the same area.
It also means you won’t need to buy a new blade for at least a few years!
The Oster Classic 76 uses an interchangeable blade system, which means you can quickly and easily change the blade to a different size when you need.
No need for a screwdriver or any type of tool that other clippers need. The new blade simply snaps into place and the sturdy mechanism keeps it firmly secured.
It has 13 blade sizes (ranging from 1/2 to 1/125-inch) for various hair lengths and styles.
When bought new, it comes supplied with 2 of the most popular sized blades – size 000 and size 1.
This is different to a lot of clippers on the market which use just 1 blade and a set of comb guides/guards to get the required length.
You can buy a set of comb guides that clip over your Oster 76 blade (and if you’re just starting out with your first clipper, it may be worth starting this way)..
As well as 2 blades, the Oster 76 comes boxed with the basics you need, including:
- Blade guard
- Blade oil
- Clipper grease
- Cleaning brush
- Operating instructions
- 12 month Warranty
- Iconic looks, stylish, classically understated and oozes quality.
- Strong, powerful motor (latest model now features a new cooler running motor).
- Durable, accurate and long-lasting blades.
- 13 individual blade sizes available.
- A professional clipper, used by industry professionals from a reputable company, yet easy enough for a novice to learn who wants a real quality, clipping experience.
- More expensive than similar models.
- Bigger, heavier and fairly loud. (Although being bigger and heavier, might actually be an advantage!)
- Only corded model available.
Here’s a great video of a professional barber demonstrating maintenance of the Oster 76..
The amount of customers who have reviewed the Oster 76 gives you a clear indication as to how well they perform. If a product doesn’t perform as it should, you soon hear about it.
This is the ‘Daddy’ of professional hair clippers and you will find hundreds of glowing reviews and testimonies on the internet written by industry professionals and novice users alike.
Oster Classic 76 Limited Editions
For those of you who want to ‘pimp up’ your Oster Classics, there are some really cool limited editions.
They could well be collectors items in a few years time!
When you own an Oster Classic 76, you’re buying into the Oster brand and what it stands for.
It reflects the type of person you are.
This is not a crappy, plastic product, with flashing gimmicks and other novelty extras. It is a proper clipper, designed to perform and deliver exactly as you would want.
It is totally reliable, and will last many years if looked after.
They are used by professional barbers, yet easy enough to handle, so that anyone could pick them up and be proficient with them in no time.
Whether it’s a full head shave, or a simple beard trim, trust me.. you’ll be more than delighted with your Oster Classic 76!