7. How do I keep my blades from becoming dull?
Answer: Clean your clipper blades. Blades become dull when dirt, grit and dander get in between the cutting surfaces of the blade. Always bath and brush the dog prior to clipping as the fur has to be clean or your blades could get damaged as dirt and sand gets in between the teeth. Also, oiling your blades is important. As a general rule, you need to oil your blades for every 10 minutes of clipping time. These two things will help your blades stay sharp for longer.
8. Why do my blades get hot so quickly?
Answer: The biggest problem for hot blades is that clippers run so much faster than what they did many years ago. The faster the clipper runs, the more heat is generated on the blade. Blade tensioning can also cause blades to heat up. If the tension is too tight this will cause heat. Also, keeping your blades oiled will cause less friction, and therefore less heat.
9. What is the best way to keep the blades from heating up?
Answer: Lubrication! Keep your blades cleaned and lubricated at all times. Blades should be oiled before, during and after use. Keeping your blades clean and lubricated will also increase the life of your blades. Another easy way to help with the blade heat problem is to have a few of the same size blades and rotate them when they get warm.
10. What happens if you don’t clean your blades?
Answer: As dirt builds up various things start to happen. The blade doesn’t cut like it should. As you go to clip it pulls the hair instead of cutting. Blades can also get hot faster due to lack of cleaning and lubrication.
11. How do I clean my blades?
Answer: Use a toothbrush, or other small brush, and brush the hair out from around the hinge area and between the teeth. Slide the top cutter half way across and clean out the hair, then do the same again on the other side. Make sure you also oil the blades. Cleaning the blades and inside the clipper head should be carried out after every clipping session to avoid a build of dirt and hair.
12. What if my blades are very dirty?
Answer: You will need an oil soaked cloth and some clipper blade oil. You will also need something like methylated spirits, which will not only clean your blade but sterilise them as well. Using a small container, create a pool with the methylated spirits, deep enough to immerse the blades (AND ONLY THE BLADE!). Turn the clipper on, with blade attached. Run the blade in the pool of liquid. You should see tiny bits of fur washing out from in between the teeth of the blades. Depending on the build-up, the blades should start to run more freely, causing the motor to run slightly easier and quicker. After you have done this, wipe the back of the blade with an oil soaked cloth oiling them quickly and thoroughly.
13. How should I store my blades?
Answer: Make sure your blades are cleaned and oiled before putting them away. Keep your blades away from areas with high moisture or humidity. If using any cleaning product such as blade wash (we recommend using methylated spirits), please make sure you air dry your blades and oil them otherwise they will go rusty.
14. Can my blades be sharpened if they are rusted?
Answer: It depends on how severe and where the rust is. Part of our sharpening service is also to check for rust and to buff any surface rust off the blade. Once blades have been recovered they will need to be looked after a little better just by cleaning them.
15. Why does my dog have clipper rash?
Answer: If dull clipper blades are used or your clipping technique is harsh this can occur. It is commonly called “clipper rash” as the skin takes on a red and inflamed appearance much like a rash. Clipper blades should always be checked before use for teeth that are chipped or missing and blades that are rusty or blunt. These blade faults will pull on the skin and cause the rash to occur, therefore blades should not be used until repaired and sharpened. Using excessive pressure with the clipper can also cause clipper rash.
16. How do I remove a blade from the clipper?
Answer: IMPORTANT – turn clipper off and then, while holding the latch forward (the button under the hinge) push the top of the blade away from the clipper and slide the blade off the hinge.
17. How do I put a blade on a clipper?
Answer: Slide blade on hinge, close hinge, switch clipper on and push latch forward (button under the hinge). Blade will snap into place, then release the latch button.
18. IMPORTANT – Replacement of worn lever.
Got some sharpened blades back? Find that your blades aren’t cutting as well as new? Then your lever might be worn – this is the case most of the time. The lever is a very important main part of the clipper – this drives the blade to move left to right. If you lever is worn it will pinch the fur. If it is fully worn your blade will not cut.
19. How do I know if my lever needs to be changed other than looking at it?
Answer: Hold the lever and try to move it left to right – if you have movement then it’s time to replace your lever.
20. I accidentally closed the hinge assembly, how do I fix this?
Answer: To fix this get a flat screw driver, place it under the hinge and lift it gently back up into position.