Rotary vs. Electromagnetic Motor Tools

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When choosing a tool, it is important to look at the motor type. Wahl Professional tools come in two different types of motor style: Rotary and Electromagnetic. So, what are the differences? Below are the features and benefits for each motor type.

Wahl Pro Pilot Hair Clippers Feature Image

Wahl Pilot

Rotary Motor

-Runs cooler than a standard electromagnetic motor tool

-Stronger motor—you can’t stop the blades on a fully functioning rotary motor tool. Try it, we dare you!

-Great for thicker hair, bulk removal, and heavy duty cutting

-This is the primary motor for cordless tools

-Some of our most popular rotary motor tools include the 5 Star Detailer, Cordless Magic Clip, Hero, and Pilot!

Electromagnetic Motor

-Faster blade speed—14,400 strokes per minute (SPM)


-Energy efficient—uses less power than other motor types

-Longer lasting due to fewer moving parts

5 Star Magic Clip

-Did you know: Leo Wahl invented the first electromagnetic motor powered clipper in 1919!!!

-Some of our most popular electromagnetic motor tools include the Senior, Designer, Magic Clip, and Razor Edger!


Do you have any other questions when it comes to these two motor types? We would love to answer your questions below!


  1. Author

    All of our cordless products come with a rotary motor!

  2. Can you put a wahl tatto blade on a five star detailer

  3. How many strokes per minute with the standard electromagnetic clipper motor, i.e. Designer corded clipper?

  4. Author

    7200spm with our electromagnetic motor tools. Blade moving down and back counts as one stroke.

  5. Is the 5 star detailer (rotary @ 4 watts) more powerful than the 5 star razor edger (electromagnetic @ 9 watts)?

  6. Author

    That depends what you mean it terms of power. A rotary motor tool will have more consistent power (you cannot stop the blades) however an electromagnetic tool will have more strokes per minute (faster blade speed).

  7. I need part for my clipper.screws are stripped that hold blades in place

  8. Author

    Give customer service a call at 815-625-6525 for these parts.

  9. Author

    Corded or cordless version Liam?

  10. wat the diffrent super taper cordless and magic clip cordless?

  11. Author

    Difference is in the blades. The Cordless Super Taper has a standard taper blade while the Cordless Magic Clip has a stagger-tooth crunch blade.

  12. the wahl sterling definition trimmer 8085 more powerful or wahl detailer 8081 ?I am a barber and my hairs are thick

  13. Author

    These two trimmers have the same motor (power). Only difference is in the blades.

  14. What’s the spm of the Icon V9000? and does Wahl have any pivot motor clippers?

  15. Author

    SPM= 7200

    Wahl does not have any Pivot Motor clippers at this time

  16. Hello, what is the rpm of wahl academy chromstyle plz? And is it rotary or electromagnetic? Many tnx

  17. What is the difference between the new black academy cordless clipper and the senior cordless?

  18. Author

    Hi Debbie,

    The Academy Cordless Clipper has a standard rotary motor and ridge blade. The Cordless Senior has a fade blade 9thinner, lies flatter to the skin for a closer cut) and an improved rotary motor.

  19. What is different between the 5star and senior and elite pro … . . bra bra bra

    it just looks? and motor and blade model number?

    i can’t choice what i buying… all of models are similler!!!

    is there any guide of “Features and Differences by Model”?

    please tell me

  20. Author

    Elite Pro is a home use clipper. It has a weaker motor, and different steel for the blades.

    The main difference between the Wahl Senior and 5 Star Senior is the blades. The Wahl Senior has a standard taper blade while the 5 Star Senior has a fade blade.

  21. How many spm does the wahl senior cordless have?

  22. Author

    Roughly 6900 spm

  23. Is there a difference between the 5 Star Senior corded and the cordless version other than the cord?

  24. Author

    Yes, they have different motors (electromagnetic vs. rotary).

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