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Rick Pletcher
A professional clipper blade sharpener.
A professional clipper blade sharpener.


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As a sharpener, this why I don't recommend ceramic cutters. They do not hold up like a steel cutter.

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New post (A Groomers Job) has been published on Clipper Blade Sharpening

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Up keep in the grooming shop.

Here are a list of things that can be done in the grooming shop to keep your equipment running at it’s best.

1. Hair removal. Once every couple of days you should clean the hair out of the air ports on Oster clippers. If you have a vacuum or a air hose, this will do the job nicely. To get under the switch cap you may need to take it off with a phillips screwdriver.

Andis clippers don’t have any air vent and don’t collect the hair like an Oster clipper. Hair buildup in your clipper will make it run hot and wear out parts

On your clipper blades you should remove hair at least once a day. Hair gets built up in between the comb and the cutter blades. When to much hair gets in between the blades it will release the tension on your clipper blade. Thus your blades will stop cutting. One can quickly do this with an air hose or vacuum.
Or you can slide the cutter to on side and clean with a tooth brush. At this time it would be good to clean in between the teeth of both comb and cutter blades.
I get a lot of blades that are not cleaned in between the teeth. When the teeth get clogged with hair and debree from animals the clipper blade will drag through the hair or stop cutting.

2. Clipper inspection. One of the biggest things to keep an eye on with your clippers is your blade drive. This is the plastic piece that engages with your clipper blade. Once a week clean out around this area. Then see if the blade drive has any loose play. Grab the end with 2 fingers and see if it feels loose. On a oster clipper you have 3 moving part from your motor to your clipper blade. If you feel a lot of loose play you need to replace at least your link & Lever. When you have loose play it will make your clipper blade seem dull, because it doesn't allow the cutter blade to make a clean cut.

On a Andis clipper it is a little harder to tell. The best way to know is if the clipper suddenly stops cutting with all blades. Replace the blade drive. Keep this area clean of hair as well. Also make sure it is dry. Point 3 below will cover this.

Another tip on clippers is to keep the end of the cord by the clipper as straight as possible. Many clippers start cutting in and out. This is caused by the end of the cord being bent back and forth. The wires inside will eventually break, even though there is a thick rubber gomlet on the end.

3.Oiling clipper blades. Many groomers use cool lube as a replacement for oiling their blades or for cleaning there blades. They will run the blade in a dish of cool lube to clean or spray on to cool them down. Cooling sprays do nothing for oiling a clipper blade. The cooling sprays are bad for your clipper blades and your clippers.
They dry out your blade guides on your clipper blade. On your clipper they go up into your clipper and thin out your grease and short out electrical parts. I have received clippers that the whole clipper inside is wet with cooling lube. Needless to say just about the whole clipper was shorted out.

I would only oil a clipper blade. When a blade gets hot change it out for another one. Lay it on a aluminum table. Switching out blades will lengthen the life of your blades. I would oil every time you start using them after they cool down. When a blade is run hot the metals expand and will make the blade not cut right.

When you are done each day with your blades I would make sure your clipper blades are clean and dry. Any moisture on a blade will cause rust. Rust causes pits in your
cutting surface of your blades. This leads to a blade that will grab the hair. Clipper blades should always be stored indoors. Humidity will cause clipper blades to rust.

For more tips on keeping your equipment in top shape in the pet grooming shop. Go here 

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When do pet clipper blades need sharpening? 

This is a question I am ask on a regular basis.

The most obvious answer is when they don't cut any more. There are several reasons I would look into 1st to see why they are not cutting.

1. Are they knocked out of adjustment? When the cutter blade on a clipper blade is not square with your comb blade they will not cut. If the tips of the cutter blade teeth overhang the tips of the comb blade they will not cut.

2. Have you cleaned your blades? When hair builds up in between the clipper blades they will lift the cutter blades up just enough to act as a dull blade.

3. Do you keep your blades oiled?  Clipper blades are like the engine in your car. They like to have oil. It keeps them running cool and with low friction. It also speeds up your clipper. Try oiling a blade while it is running and listen to your clipper speed up.

When you have done all the above and they don't cut it is time to send them in to be sharpened by a professional clipper blade sharpener. When you see a brown build up or a burnt look on your clipper they need to be sharpened. This is caused by a lack of oil being used while grooming. Also dander from the pets hair and the heat from the blade will cause a reddish buildup that will not allow a blade to cut.
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