K9 Dryer Buyers Guide – K-9 Dryers

K9 Dryer Buyers Guide

A task as seemingly simple as buying a pet dryer is hardly that at all.  I designed this article to be as direct and to the point so feel free to bounce to the section(s) most meaningful to your need(s).   

Disclaimer: I work K-9 Dryers but the information here is based on facts and can be applied to any K-9 dryer purchase so let’s get started.  I’ll be covering.

  • A general description and best use fit of each of type of the K-9 Dryers.
  • Additional uses for a K9 force dryers. Reluctant spouse we got you.
  • Buyer Beware
  • Stats for Nerds
  • K9 Dryer Exceptional Service and Support

For All of Our Units

The entire K9 Dryer family is assembled here in the United States by best people in Osseo Wisconsin.   The powder coated 18-gauge steel shells repel water and provide extreme protection.  All units adhere to highest standards of manufacturing and quality control and come with a 2-Year Manufacture warranty on motors and 90 days on all other parts.   More specs can be found below.

K-9 Mini & K-9 Fluffer

Mini K9 and K9 fluffer are physically the smallest units within the K-9 family. Performance is about 40% less that of the K9 II which makes sense as it has only one motor.  It can easily handle all the use cases found here and the Fluffer with its variable speed knob allows detailed control of the air stream.  This feature is nice for smaller breeds where less air-flow and force is required.   Since it only has one motor the max power draw will have a hard time tripping any breaker new or old. Note that less power draw means you will see less heating of the air. More specs can be found below.  You can get one here.

K-9 I

The K9 I matches the accessories and feel of the K-9 II except it’s dual inline motors are lower amperage.    Most of our customers that have issues tripping the breaker with the K-9 II jump to this next option as it draws about 15% less power from the outlet.   If you have used the K-9 II and move to this unit you will feel the performance difference.  Most opt to solve their electrical circuit issues before moving to the lesser power of the K9-I but if that is not an option the K-9 i is your machine.  The K-9 I can handle all the uses cases here with ease. Grab it here; specs can be found below. 

K-9 II & K-9 II Variable

A professional groomer favorite, the K-9 II and K-9 II Variable high power dual inline motors deliver the highest forced air at the highest temperature when compared to the rest of the K9 family.  The variable option gives you full airstream control.  It handles all the uses cases listed here with ease and is overkill for most of the jobs.  This unit can be ordered here.  More specs can be found below.

K-9 III & K-9 III Variable

Another professional groomer favorite, the K-9 III and K-9 iii variable high power parallel motors deliver the 2nd highest forced air and highest overall airflow when compared to the K-9 dryer family of products.  The exit air is a little cooler than found with the K-9 II.  The big difference between the K-9 II and K-9 III besides the look is the ease of access to the brushes which makes it a breeze to swap brushes.  It handles all the uses cases listed here with ease and is overkill for most of the jobs.  This unit can be ordered here.  Lastly more specs can be found below.

K9 Dryer Use Cases

We are always amazed how our patrons use K9 dryers to better their lives each and every day.   Can you add to the list below?   How will you use your K-9 dryer support@k-9dryers.com

  • Dog, Cat, other animal drying.
  • Car, Boat, Truck, Motorcycle Drying / Detailing
  • Police K-9 Unit and Working Dog performance enhancer.
  • Blowing dust off of compressors.
  • Dusting intricate metal railings.
  • Blasting debris out of your gutters.
  • Blow off and de-dust workers and/or kids.
  • Knocking down cobwebs.
  • Moving leaves or dust from a garage.

Buyer Beware

We see many competitors miss-adverting their products.  Here are a couple of tips to avoid being taken advantage of.

If you see a k9 dryer with a HP or Peak HP label pause to do a little math or compare it to our charts below.

HP = Horse power which is roughly 746 watts.

Peak HP = Is the highest HP spike a motor can physically perform.  It’s rarely a sustained power rating. 

The calculations below are for typical outlets found throughout the world.

USA 120 volts x 15 amps = 1,800 watts or 2.4 HP
USA 120 volts x 20 amps = 2,400 watts or 3.2 HP
EU – World 220 volts x 16 amps = 3,520 watts or 4.7 HP

When you see any HP greater than 3 on a product label in the United States that claim is misleading as you will never realize that horse power rating.  Since motors do not work at 100% efficiency a 3 HP labeled won’t even do 3 HP.  If you see k9 dryers claiming “Peak HP” or “HP” be careful.  

We have chose not put HP ratings on our machines just watts consumed as we feel that is a more honest approach.

Max Speed in FPM is also another confusing label used by pet dryers. Feet per minute lacks a 3rd dimensions and the last time we checked air still has length, width and depth.    If you find otherwise, please let us know because we will win a Nobel Peace Prize and we’ll be happy to split the money with you.

Cubic Feet per Minute CFM is a label we do use as it shows how much air is moved per minute.   So imagine a 1 foot x 1 foot x 1 foot or 1 cubic foot volume of air – now move that somewhere in 1 minute.   That would be 1 cubic foot of air moved in one minute or 1 CFM.

 K-9 Nerd Stats

Physical Dimensions

Name Length Width Height Weight  Body Color
K-9 Fluffer 12 in / 30 cm 8.5 in / 21 cm 11 in / 28 cm 12 lbs / 5.5 kg  All
Mini K-9 12 in / 30 cm 8.5 in / 21 cm 11 in / 28 cm 12 lbs / 5.5 kg  All
K-9 I 20 in / 50 cm 8.5 in / 21 cm 11 in / 28 cm 20 lbs / 9 kg All
K-9 II 20 in / 50 cm 8.5 in / 21 cm 11 in / 28 cm 20 lbs / 9 kg All
K-9 II Variable 
20 in / 50 cm 8.5 in / 21 cm 11 in / 28 cm 20 lbs / 9 kg Blue/Purple
K-9 III
17 in / 43 cm 16.5 in / 42 cm 11.5 in / 28 cm 25 lbs / 11.3 kg All
K-9 III Variable 17 in / 43 cm 16.5 in / 42 cm 11.5 in / 28 cm 25 lbs / 11.3 kg Blue/Purple

 

Accessories

Name Switch Type Outlet Hose Flat Blower Tip Round Blower Tip
K-9 Fluffer
Variable  No  10 ft / 3 m Yes Yes
Mini K-9
Hi/Lo  No  10 ft / 3 m Yes Yes
K-9 I
Two On / Off Only 120 volt 10 ft / 3 m Yes Yes
K-9 II
Two On / Off Only 120 volt 10 ft / 3 m Yes Yes
K-9 II Variable  Variable No  10 ft / 3 m Yes Yes
K-9 III Two On Off  No  10 ft / 3 m Yes Yes
K-9 III Variable
Variable  No  10 ft / 3 m Yes Yes

Warranty and 0% Financing 

Name Manufacture Warranty Addon Warranty  Financing
K-9 Fluffer
2 Year 4 Year Yes - 0% Interest 
Mini K-9
2 Year
4 Year
Yes - 0% Interest 
K-9 I
2 Year
4 Year
Yes - 0% Interest 
K-9 II
 2 Year
 4 Year
Yes - 0% Interest 
K-9 II Variable
 2 Year
 4 Year
Yes - 0% Interest 
K-9 III
2 Year 
4 Year 
Yes - 0% Interest 
K-9 III Variable
 2 Year
 4 Year
Yes - 0% Interest 

Certifications and International Options

Name

Voltage 120 Voltage 220 CSA CE International Power Cord
K-9 Fluffer
Yes No No No No
Mini K-9
Yes No No No No
K-9 I
Yes No Yes No No
K-9 II
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes - 75 Options
K-9 II Variable
Yes No No No No
K-9 III
Yes Yes No No Yes - 75 Options
K-9 III Variable
Yes No No No No

 

Performance Specifications

Name Volume CFM Max Heat Watts Amps
K-9 Fluffer
20-120 cfm 95 F / 35 C 1140 9.5
Mini K-9
114 cfm 95 F / 35 C 1140 9.5
K-9 I
186 cfm 120 F / 49 C 1782 14.5
K-9 II
218 cfm 135 F / 57 C 2040 18
K-9 II Variable
20-218 cfm 135 F / 57 C 2040 18
K-9 III
245 cfm 120 F / 49 C 2098 18
K-9 III Variable
20-245 cfm 120 F / 49 C 2098 18

 

K9 Dryer Exceptional Service and Support

All too often we hear from our customers how they bought two or more cheap dryers hoping it would just work-out before joining the K9 dryer family.  

The issues our new customers experience with their old vendors motivates our staff BIG-TIME.   Our staff takes great pride in providing the best K-9 Dryer experience the net has to offer.

Whether, that is making sure we answer all your questions, ship same-day an order is placed, standing behind our quality, honoring our warranties or supporting impactful charities and K-9 Unit police departments we’re here to help.

We look forward to earning and/or continuing to earn your business. 

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