Make your own pet de-shedding tool

Make your own pet de-shedding tool

In this quick tutorial I will show how to can make your own homemade pet de-shedding tool for about $3. Maybe much less if you are resourseful enough. I have seen the tools sold at fancy pet stores for as much as $35 for even the smallest one, and even discount stores charge more than $15. They work as well as the commercially available ones at a fraction of the cost. The key was recognizing the blade of the de-shedding tool is pretty much the same as a blade of an ordinary hair trimmer.

Lets gather the components we will need:
  • An old electric hair trimmer. I bought one new for $6, but a used one from a garage sale or rescued from the trash would work just as well.
  • A length of PVC pipe, or something else to make handles out of. I found two scrap peices in my workshop
We need only the blades from the trimmer, the rest can be re-made into something else.
Use a screwdriver to remove the blades
We can use both sets of blades to make two different de-shedding tools
Now it is time to make the handles. I cut the handle to length and drilled holes to mark the begining and end of the slot to hold the blade. If you wanted, you could just screw the blades to a piece of wood and be done.
Heres a shot of the blade measured up against the holes I drilled
I used a dremel tool with a cut off blade to cut the slot to hold the blade.
The slot measured against the blade.
The blade in the slot/handle. It is noteworthy to mention that the blades are different on each side. I wasn't sure which direction was going to work best, so I made one in each direction, but the commercially made ones are set so that the flat part of the blade is drawn through the hair as the leading edge.
I then repeated the same basic steps for the larger blade in a larger peice of PVC pipe. Here are the holes
The slot was again cut with a dremel tool
The slot measured against the blade
I decided to secure the blade in the handle with hot glue. But epoxy would work just fine as well. I rammed a small piece of crumpled paper inside the handle up to the blade to create a floor.
Then filled each handle with hot glue to secure the blade. Here is the small one
And here is the larger one filled with glue
Now we have two completed de-shedding brushes.
I tried them on both the cats, and the dog, brushing in either direction worked fine, both with the flat of the blade as the leading edge, and the other way around and neither one pulled the hairs from the coat, just the undercoat.

Thinking about it more, the commercially available brushes are made more like a rake, so that the flat of the blade is always pulled through as the leading edge of the brush. It would be easy to make them this way as well by cutting the slot to hold the blade in a tee, and attaching the tee to the handle. Maybe I will make the 2.0 version this way.

As with all of my projects and tutorials, take everything I write here with a grain of salt. Just because I did something does not mean that it is a good idea to copy me. My instructions are meant to be more of a guide than actual step by step instructions. If you are confused, cannot follow or understand the steps, tools, safety measures and concepts used here, you probably shouldn't be attempting this. If you manage to hurt yourself, others, or damage some property or loved pet, my liability is limited by how much you paid for these instructions.

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