It has been our experience that clippers tend to not work well for doing topknots. The spaces between the teeth are just not wide enough to allow the fiber to reach the cutting area. The fiber tends to just push in front of the blades. Shears work much better because the combs and cutters have wider spaces that allow the fiber to enter the cutting area. I am not aware of any cordless shears, however. We actually use a pair of Fiskar scissors to trim and shape topknots when we shear. The alpacas appreciate the lack of noise around their heads and with the scissors we can be more precise as to how much we take off. Cheek fiber can be trimmed and shaped also. Mary Jane
Land of Legends Alpacas 2653 Swans Road Newark, OH 43055 (740)345-2199 www.alpacanation.com/landoflegends.asp
Thank you, Mary Jane. I actually picked up a set of Wahl clippers. They did exactly what you said...teeth too close together to do any good. Took them back already. I, too have been using scissors for 10 years. My scissors just seem to dull pretty quickly, and I was thinking that maybe there was a better way. : ) I did see a set of mini-hand shears that I wondered about.
Kathy & Rick Tinkham Red Roof Ranch Alpacas Cadiz, KY