As I approach 700 hours (!) and an average 7 cuts a day, I realize I need better tools. In the trimmer category, the standard for most barbers is an Andis detailer. I have the Andis T-Liner with a Pro-Mate blade.
As I do cuts that include a lot of trimmer work (clipper bald, beard and mustache trims, etc.), I’ve realized how quickly it can heat up and how heavy it really is at just over a full pound.
That said, I’ve seen other barbers using “mini” trimmers and was drawn to the Wahl Detailer. It’s main differences that I like are the motor system and its weight; it’s only 9.6 ounces!
Here’s a cool info graphic from Andis on Clipper_Motor_Difference.
The two motors shown are magnetic and pivot. The Wahl Detailer has a pivot which ultimately runs cooler (or longer before it heats up). Very important to me.
The 1 pound Andis T-Outliner vs the 9.6 ounce Detailer may not sound like much unless you are the one using it for 45 minute to an hour.
The last feature I really like is its compact design. After comparing, it is shaped more like a home trimmer (but with professional capabilities). At a design level it is square (vs oblong or oval) and is just under 8 mm less wide than the T-Liner.
I found a super deal for just under $40 at Amazon. In the grand scheme if I work better ergonomically that is worth it (and it supposed to be great for kids because it “tickles” less aka “vibrates”).
I’ll post more after some usage.