My Freshly Sharpened Blades Don't Cut For Long: Clipper Needs Work

Even perfectly sharpened blades can refuse to cut, and there are common culprits:

  • Blade spring tension
  • Blade set adjustment
  • Dirty blades
  • Clipper needs work

Detachable Clipper Blade Anatomy

Clipper Needs Work

Loose screws: If the screws on the clipper hinge routinely loosen or fall out, then apply some "blue" Loctite to the threads before you replace the screws. Wipe off all the excess Loctite and give it a few hours to set up.

Worn lever: The lever is the squarish thingy that sticks out of the business end of your clipper and fits into the square hole on the blade. If the lever is worn then you will not get a full stroke and even a sharp blade will seem to be dull.

Broken parts: The common Oster break occurs in the hinge right at the screw holes. Andis levers also break. A broken hinge or lever will cause your clipper to vibrate noisily.

Worn-out brushes: If your clipper runs slowly or does not start at all, the brushes may need replacing. A quick fix for an A5 is to rotate the brushes, but you'll still need to replace them soon. Get the correct brushes for your make and model clipper and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Following Andis instructions is critical to proper brush replacement, since you have to do it in a specific way. Don't get creative.

Hair fouling: Clippers cut hair. They also ingest hair. Ingested hair will cause clippers to overheat and thus lead to other problems. Clipper maintenance will be discussed in more detail in other newsletter issues, but there are some simple steps you can take to keep your clippers running.

Oster: If you groom a lot it's a good idea to clean your clippers every day. With the blade removed, and using your hair dryer, blow the accumulated hair out of the clipper head. Make sure that you get all the hair from under the hinge and latch. If it requires removing the hinge, then do it but make sure that you put everything back (except the hair) where it came from. Remove the rear switch housing and blow or dig the hair out. Once you've cleaned out the hair, replace the housing. Look for the tab on the housing and line it up with the notch in the clipper case.

Andis: If you groom a lot it's a good idea to clean your clippers every day. With the blade removed, and using your hair dryer, blow the accumulated hair out of the clipper head. Make sure that you get all the hair from under the hinge and latch. If it requires removing the hinge, then do it but make sure that you put everything back (except the hair) where it came from. AGCs have a cap you can remove to blow hair away from the drive assembly. You have to take AG2s apart . Blow or dig the hair out of your clipper and reassemble your clipper.

Other makes: The above suggestions for Andis or Oster can be used a guide.

Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.

See Also: It's Time To Come Clean

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