The Oster Classic 76 is built to stand up to the rigors of daily use in a salon or barbershop. Reviewers say its universal motor can even mow through thick hair, wet or dry. The Classic 76 comes with just two blades – No. 000 and No. 1 -- but more than a dozen other blades are available for purchase, ranging from 1/125 inch to ½ inch.
Built for power. There's no disputing the Oster Classic 76's power. "It is reliable and effective in wet or dry hair," writes Dave Alexander, About.com's guide to men's hair. His only criticism is that its air-cooled motor can sometimes blow hair in the stylist's face. Another professional stylist, posting to Amazon.com, warns that the Classic 76 can easily get away from beginners.
These clippers are also built to last. One reviewer on YouTube posts video of an Oster Classic 76 he's had for about 25 years that is "still working pretty good." The Classic 76 is louder than low-powered clippers, but most reviewers say they don't mind the noise too much.
A real handful. A few reviewers say the Oster's size and weight make it hard to maneuver around your own head. Still, hundreds of at-home users posting to Amazon.com say it works beautifully for haircuts at home. They like that the on/off switch is positioned on the back of the clipper, where you're unlikely to trip it by mistake.
The Classic 76 comes with just two detachable blades – No. 000 and No. 1, or 1/50 inch and 3/32 inch. You can purchase up to 13 additional blades starting at $20 apiece, although the longest only cuts 1/2 inch. The default kit also includes a blade guard, blade oil, clipper grease and a cleaning brush.
More than 280 users at Amazon.com rate and review the Oster Classic 76 hair clipper, giving it a 4.6-star rating overall. Reviewers say the powerful motor easily produces precise cuts in even the thickest of hair. Several comment on its expense and bulk.
Review: Oster Classic 76 Professional Hair Clipper, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
Dave Alexander, men's hair guide at About.com, includes the Oster Classic 76 in his list of the best haircutting tools. Alexander says that the Oster is the best detachable blade clipper on the market and a top choice among professional stylists.
Review: My Recommendations for the Best Haircutting Tools, Dave Alexander, Not dated
About a dozen reviewers comment on the Oster Classic 76 at BestClippers.com, giving it a 5-star rating overall. They say it's a little noisy, but nowhere near as bad as other reviewers make it out to be.
Review: Oster 76076-010 Classic 76 Universal Motor Hair Clipper w/ 2 Blades, Contributors to BestClippers.com, As of July 2013
The author of this video review doesn't explain his haircutting or styling credentials but says he's had this Oster Classic 76 for about 25 years and that "it's still working pretty good." He also demonstrates the Classic 76's noise level.
Review: Oster Clippers -- Classic 76 Hair Clipper Review, "hcproreviews", March 25, 2011
The reviewer at Buzz-Cut.net, a special-interest blog about hair clippers, compares the Oster Classic 76 to a Hummer, saying that it has plenty of horsepower and strength to cut even the thickest hair. However, it isn't recommended for novice do-it-yourself hair stylists.
Review: Review: Oster Classic 76, Editors of Buzz-Cut.net, Not dated