Oster Fast Feed Review – A Great Performing, All-Round Hair Clipper

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The Oster Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper is a mid-range hair clipper that produces a professional finish at a very reasonable price.

It is used extensively by barbers and hair stylists and has become a firm favorite in the industry.

However, this solid all-rounder is equally at home (well, at home!) for the occasional user.

It looks and feels like a top of the range clipper, and with its extremely sharp blade, it produces a nice, even cut.

Can be used for fading and detailing, as well as cutting and trimming head hair and beards.

Features

12 Amp Pivot Motor

The Oster Fast Feed has a good, mid range, 12 amp pivot motor which is more powerful than the majority of clippers on the market, that generally run on an 8 amp motor.

The difference in performance is significant.

The Whisper Quiet™ motor retains a reassuring ‘hum’ that is loud enough to know you have the backing of a decent engine, but quiet enough to hear yourself think!

Cryogen BladeOSTER Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper 76023-510

The clipper comes with a handy, adjustable Cryogen-x blade that is easily altered using the blade lever.

Simply choose the length you require. From a very close 000 shave to a medium length trim (size 1).

The benefit of not having to change blades makes for a simpler, quicker cut.  

I don’t like shaving my hair when it’s wet but these clippers can easily handle all types of hair; wet or dry, Afro or thin.

A replacement blade doesn’t cost the earth, and will last years if looked after.

I recommend you buy a spare one when purchasing the Fast Feed. It’s one of those things you can’t do without, or fudge!

Alternative Ceramic Blade

If you want an alternative to the stock blade than is supplied, go for a ceramic blade.

The Fast Feed Ceramic Blade is good on 2 accounts:

  1. The ceramic blade does not heat up like the steel blade will. Apparently ceramic will stay 75% cooler.
  2. You can zero gap your Fast Feed with the ceramic blade.

If you intend to use your Fast Feed often and/or for prolonged use, I would suggest the ceramic blade is a good addition.

Adjustable Lever

The Fast Feed has a robust, smooth action, adjustable lever, enabling you to move the blade from its shortest to highest setting.

This is particularly useful for very tight hair cuts, i.e. fading and blending, as you can be more precise with your cutting lengths.

By sliding one of the blades under the other, you can adjust the length for a closer or longer trim. Move the lever up for a shorter (closer) cut, and down for a longer cut.

If you’re using guide combs, you can usually go up midway between lengths. The length of the guide combs are usually expressed in a measurement that assumes the guard is closed.

Although it’s a useful feature, if you’re new to cutting hair, you may find it simpler to just use guide combs, with the lever fully closed (down), to get the exact lengths you need.

The sliding blades are very useful if you get hair jammed in between the blades. Just rock the lever back and forth to release the stuck hair.

It also leaves a nice gap for you to apply a couple drops of oil before/after you use them.

Specifications

Year of Manufacture – 2008

Model Number76023-510

Color – Burgundy

Weight – It is a very lightweight clipper at just 1.16lbs in weight ( less than 1/2 kg).

Dimensions – 6″ long, 2.1″ wide, 1.6″ deep

Voltage – 120volts

Supplied with an industrial, 8 ft power cord.

Accessories

The Oster Fast Feed comes with the usual complement of accessories, including:

  • 1 x small bottle of lubricating oil
  • Cleaning brush
  • Blade guard
  • 4 guide combs – blending (which is actually 1/16″), 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″
  • User manual

Oster Fast Feed Guide Combs

Oster have 11 sizes of comb guides that fit their clipper range:

Clipper Guide Number Size in Inches (“) Size in Millimeters (mm)
#0 1/16″ 1.5mm
#1 1/8″ 3mm
#2 1/4″ 6mm
#3 3/8″ 10mm
#4 1/2″ 13mm
#5 5/8″ 16mm
#6 3/4″ 19mm
#7 7/8″ 22mm
#8 1″ 25mm
#10 1 1/4″ 32mm

Each manufacturer will number them differently, so check the sizes, as well as the guide numbers.

The guide combs that come supplied with your Fast Feed clipper are crap adequate (at best).

They are not the strongest, and are liable to break if you drop them.

I’ve also read reports of these combs slipping and detaching from the clipper, mid-cut.

It’s a shame Oster don’t up their game with their guide combs, because they’re an essential accessory that most people rely on.

Fortunately they don’t detract from the great performance of the clipper itself, but after hearing and reading so many negative comments, I suggest you purchase a separate, quality set of guide combs to go with your new Fast Feed.

Andis Master Dual Magnetic Comb Set

By far the leading brand of guide combs is the Andis Master Dual Magnetic Guide Comb.

 

Although made by Andis, these guide combs fit absolutely perfectly onto the Fast Feed, and are far more robust.

They snap into place, and are held firm by 2 very powerful magnets.

The screws securing the blade on the Fast Feed are not flush or counter-sunk, so make sure you get the dual magnetic version of these guards, and you’ll get a very secure fit.

Once you use these Andis guide combs, you’ll never use anything else!

Travel / Storage Case


Unfortunately the Fast Feed doesn’t come supplied with a storage or travel case to keep it in.

This Aproca Hard Carry Travel Case is compatible with the Fast Feed and will nicely store your expensive clippers, blades and guide combs.

It’s a good investment that will help protect your clippers.

Oster Fast Feed Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Easy to use and control. The Fast Feed is very robust, and has an ergonomic design.
  • Performs well on all hair types.
  • Powerful and quiet, pivot motor for regular use.
  • Just 1 Adjustable blade. You don’t have to worry about changing blades.
  • Excellent value for money.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Backed by Oster 12 month warranty.

Cons

Videos

How To Maintain Your Oster Fast Feed:

How To Create a Bald Fade Using a #1 Guide Comb:

How To Zero Gap Your Oster Fast Feed

If you want an even closer cut, you can zero gap your Fast Feed clippers.

This means you align the moving blade (the cutting blade) directly behind the stationary blade.

More hair can be cut this way as there is no guard between the blade and the hair.

Top Tip: Use the Oster Classic 76 #1 Blade to zero gap your Fast Feed.

This is a great video that shows you how to do it, and how it sits absolutely perfectly using the Oster Classic 76 No.1 blade.

Reviews

The incredible number of positive reviews from satisfied customers, and a near 5 star rating, tells you all you need to know about these clippers.

FAQs About The Oster Fast Feed Clipper

Question: Does the blend adjustment lever click into place, or do you have to hold it steady like the cheaper brands?

Answer: No, the lever is a smooth action with no clicking into place. However, it is very sturdy and will hold in place.

Question: Can you use to trim beards just using the blade? I keep mine cut short.

Answer: Yes you can use it to trim your beard. just be careful around your neck area if not using a guard, as it could snag or nic the skin. Use the blending guide comb to be safe.

Question: Will it work on 220 volts?

Answer: Yes, this clipper will work on 220v if you use a step down transformer. It is not affected by the difference in hertz as it is pivot motor. I have used it for years on a transformer with no issues at all.

Question: How loud are these? I had a pair of Wahl clippers that hurt my ears it was so loud.

Answer: The Oster Fast Feed clippers use a “whisper quiet” pivot motor, and are much quieter than most models this size.

Question: When clippers are turned on, how long before they get so hot that you can’t finish your cut?

Answer: The general opinion is that these clippers don’t become hot for at least 45mins to an hour of use. They also cool down quite quickly.

Question: Are these clippers good for edging?

Answer: They aren’t designed for detailing or edging work. I’d use the Andis T-Outliner for that.

Summary – Oster Fast Feed Clipper

Conclusion

The Oster Fast Feed is a professional, quality clipper.

These clippers have a solid motor and blade that won’t cut or snag your skin, or tug/pull your hair.

It’s big advantage is the adjustable blade, giving you that ease of use and greater range of cutting lengths.

This is a mid-priced clipper from a top manufacturer. It’s perfect for pro barbers or the average user who likes to keep their hair/beard trim at all times.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the Oster Pro Fast Feed Clipper, please drop them below.

Peter

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