[Lou's] haircut really sucks

Ah yes, at some point a brilliant inventor combined the electric trimmer with a vacuum cleaner and the art of cutting hair was never the same again. [Lou] is showing us how to give a haircut that really sucks up the waste. And he did it using rubbish he had lying around.

Most people will recognize this as a DIY version of the Flowbee. Not surprisingly, you can still buy one of those if you want, but [Lou] is looking for a vacuum cutter for trimming his dog’s hair so he’s not about to shell out cash for it. He already has the trimmer, and just needed a way to attach the vacuum hose to it. In the image above you can see the grey crevice attachment for his vacuum. He taped it onto the trimmers, then cut a plastic soda bottle to use as a hood near the business end of the trimmer. It’s all wrapped in packing tape to hold everything in place and seal around the joints. You can see it in action in the clip after the break.


  1. Mike says:
  2. kay says:

    Mike, beat me to it :D

  3. ellisgl says:

    Remington used to make a clipper with a built-in vacuum and capture. I still have mine. Google “Remington HKVAC 2000″

  4. Alex Rossie says:

    what a patient doggy!

  5. ibdilbert says:

    Instructions here:

  6. KillerBug says:

    The dog deserves a big treat for that!

  7. Mike says:

    I’ve seen vacuum hoses attached to clippers with tape at barber shops before. It might have just been on base, though.

  8. Hack Man says:

    The quality of the hacks here is really going down hill. Next hack: a flashlight duct taped to a screwdriver.

  9. Hirudinea says:

    The dog is the most impressive thing in the video, what a good boy! (Try trimming the cat and you’ll have to hack up home made stitches! :) )

  10. n0lkk says:

    Seems to be somewhat uncommon to find a cat or dog that doesn’t freak out at the combined noise of the sound of the rushing air and the noise of the vacuum motor. On the flip side there are those pets who enjoy the coat being simply vacuumed to the point, one has to satisfy them first, before getting on with the the house cleaning.

  11. Bigdeal says:

    Too bad it cuts too!

  12. ameyring says:

    What about attaching a computer keyboard vacuum to a battery-powered razor for a portable cutter? Might work for those who don’t need much hair cut off. I never tried a keyboard vac, so don’t know how strong those are, though.

  13. c says:

    Am I the only one here thinking about this youtube:watch?v=_b4Z5Kg08PY …?

  14. DK says:

    Why not just trim the dog on an open floor then vaccuum up the hair? My dogs won’t sit with a vaccuum running or let you get close to them with it.

    • Lou says:

      I am the OP. The one point I never made in the video is that you CAN’T clip a dog’s hair, longer than 1/4 inch, with a plain clipper. If you try to go longer, the hair just bends and will not go through the cutter. The problem is that a 1/4″ cut makes your dog look like a tennis ball. The main purpose of the vacuum is to pull the hair taught, so it can be cut at more like 1/2″, for a more reasonable look. The no-mess feature is just a side benefit. If you want a 1/2″ cut at the groomers, get ready to shell out $50.

  15. Ken says:

    through the late 80s and 90s – when i still had hair – i exclusively cut it with the “robocut”. It actually worked extremely well. I guess you can still buy one!

  16. Awesomenesser says:

    It would be cool if it could use angle and 3d position data to cut preprogrammed lengths. Then we wouldn’t even need hairstylists anymore.

  17. geekmaster says:

    I still have my flowbee! I have not used it in many years though, but it taught me to cut my own hair. These days I use a regular Wahl clipper and scissors, and just do it mostly by “feel”… But they flowbee got me past my first fear… :)

  18. Conrad says:
  19. Jason says:

    I STILL use my flowbee and have used it for about 15 years!!! I have only paid a couple times for a real haircut in all that time.

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