Oster Fast Feed Adjustable Pivot Motor Clipper 76023-510 Review

While we weighted performance over style, some of our testers thought the Fast Feed looked old-fashioned.

Our Verdict

The Oster Fast Feed is a no-nonsense, low maintenance powerhouse that is durable, efficient and quiet. The money you’ll pay for this high-end clipper goes into the unit itself and not into accessories and frills.

For

  • The Oster Fast Feed has a powerful pivot motor protected by a textured, easy-grip housing.

Against

  • It comes with only four guard combs and does not have a storage case for accessories.
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The Oster Fast Feed comes with four guard combs, lubricating oil and a hair removal brush. We wish the kit included a storage case.

The Oster Fast Feed comes with four guard combs, lubricating oil and a hair removal brush. We wish the kit included a storage case.
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The specially formulated lubricating oil that comes with the Oster Fast Feed is the only type you should use on its blades.

The specially formulated lubricating oil that comes with the Oster Fast Feed is the only type you should use on its blades.
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The Oster Fast Feed comes with four durable guard combs, and you can purchase compatible combs separately.

The Oster Fast Feed comes with four durable guard combs, and you can purchase compatible combs separately.
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We like the Oster Fast Feed’s heavy-duty cord. If you’re using a corded clipper, an 8-foot cord like this one gives you plenty of mobility.

We like the Oster Fast Feed’s heavy-duty cord. If you’re using a corded clipper, an 8-foot cord like this one gives you plenty of mobility.
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The Oster Fast Feed is designed to cut both wet and dry hair without pulling or snagging.

The Oster Fast Feed is designed to cut both wet and dry hair without pulling or snagging.
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The Oster Fast Feed has adjustable blades made of steel.

The Oster Fast Feed has adjustable blades made of steel.
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This clipper’s powerful pivot motor features Oster’s Whisper Quiet technology, so it doesn’t make much noise.

This clipper’s powerful pivot motor features Oster’s Whisper Quiet technology, so it doesn’t make much noise.
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A textured housing makes the Oster Fast Feed easy to grip.

A textured housing makes the Oster Fast Feed easy to grip.
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The Oster Fast Feed has a sleek, ergonomic design to reduce hand and wrist fatigue.

The Oster Fast Feed has a sleek, ergonomic design to reduce hand and wrist fatigue.
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You can adjust the Oster Fast Feed’s blades with its taper lever.

You can adjust the Oster Fast Feed’s blades with its taper lever.
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The Oster Fast Feed’s sharp steel blades power through thick hair with no trouble.

The Oster Fast Feed’s sharp steel blades power through thick hair with no trouble.

While we weighted performance over style, some of our testers thought the Fast Feed looked old-fashioned. One commented that her grandpa might like it more than she did, and she disliked its loud and deep “growl.” Compared with more modern-looking models in our lineup, like the Remington Cord/Cordless Vacuum Haircut Kit or the Wahl Lithium Ion Pro, this clipper indeed appears frumpy. However, once again quoting our tester, “Old things are made well, right?”

Yes, indeed. The Fast Feed’s steel blades are sharp and precise. Powered by a strong pivot motor, they can cut to just 1/50 inch, and they perform well on both wet and dry hair. While the model we tested included only four guard combs, Oster customer service assured us that compatible combs are available to accommodate more cutting lengths.

When we used the Oster Fast Feed during haircuts, it powered through multiple textures and lengths. It didn’t feel too unwieldly, but we certainly noticed its weight. Because the Oster Fast Feed is priced higher than most of the models we tested, we didn’t initially see its value. For example, while the best-outfitted clipper in our lineup, Wahl Lithium Ion Pro, comes with 28 pieces, the Oster’s kit only has eight. Only the Philips Norelco Hair Clipper has fewer.

When we discussed this comparison with our testing stylists, we soon learned that most professionals don’t focus on kits with accessories at all. They invest in a good set of clippers and then find accessories to match. For home haircutting purposes, we still found this Oster clipper lacking. Its guard combs accommodate cutting lengths only from 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch, and we really wanted a storage case to keep everything sorted.

The Oster Fast Feed feels like a long-lasting clipper that speaks durability from its blades to its tough 8-foot cord, but its warranty is quite disappointing. Providing consumer protection for only one year, it has the shortest warranty of all the clippers in our lineup. Also, reaching Oster customer service took persistence. While support is available by telephone or via a form you fill out online, there’s no online chat or direct email access to get help right away, and we found hold times to be longer than average.

In terms of performance and power, we recommend the Oster Fast Feed as a clipper that does its job well and can be augmented with separately purchased accessories. If you’re looking for a similarly-styled clipper with more accessories, consider the Wahl Elite Pro. For a less bulky yet similarly well-built clipper, we like the Remington Virtually Indestructible Haircut & Beard Trimmer.