With so many different styles of grooming tables on the market, it can be difficult to make a wise choice. When purchasing an item as important as this, it is essential to do some research and decide which type of table will suit your needs for the most reasonable price.
Folding tables are the most inexpensive. Their portability makes them perfect for groomers on the go and professional handlers. They are lightweight and stable with four legs, one at each corner. They are available in the standard size of 36" X 24", suitable for all but the giant breeds; the 48" X 24" for the Great Dane sizes; and the toy size of 30" X 18". Champagne Tables also offer the convenient 42" x 24" size. The toy size usually comes two or three inches taller than the larger sizes. One manufacturer even makes a table designed for ringside use at shows that is 22" X 18", and can be either 25" high, or 30 1/2", and is certainly sturdy enough for shop use. The groomer must decide if a grooming arm that goes through the table or one that clamps on to the top is needed. The clamp-on arms can be placed anywhere on the table, and if removed altogether, do not leave a hole in the table.
Hydraulic tables are more expensive, but they offer adjustable heights with a lot less effort than folding tables. Most also rotate 360 degrees and lock into place at any point, allowing the groomer to save time by not having to move around the table as much. Most feature easy-to-operate foot pedals that provide effortless height adjustment, minimizing potential back strain as well as making your scissoring and clipping easier. Most of the round-based styles start at 28" and adjust up to 35", 36", or 37". The bases can be from 24" to 27" wide. The wider the bases, the more stability, but remember that you must not be standing on it when working at the table. There are also hydraulic tables that raise and lower the table with a scissor type system, and these may go as low as 19" and as high as 39". They provide a wonderful option for the larger dogs!
Electric tables have the same basic construction as the scissors-type hydraulic tables, but they operate at the push of a button or a pedal. Some of the tabletops do not rotate (although PetLift has one that does), but they are ideal either way if one has a bad back or grooms many large dogs. Some tables have lighted tabletops for improved visibility when scissoring or clipping, and some may be ordered with a built-in electrical outlet on the table; great for plugging in clippers!
There are different types of surfaces on different tables. Some have grooved rubber surfaces, and the grooves may run from side to side or end to end of the table. These provide excellent footing for the dog but may need a little extra effort to get them really clean, as the grooves can hold dirt. Another surface that is becoming very popular is a pebbled surface that is very easy to clean.
Additional options available on some tables include custom colors to match the decor of a salon or clinic, and storage cabinets built under the tabletop.
Obviously there are options and features to suit the needs of any groomer. Taking the time to evaluate these choices carefully can help ensure that the purchase is a wise one.
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