Clipper Blade maintenance tips! Must-know facts!

Clipper Blade Maintenance Tips

Clipper blade oil

Wahl, Oster, Andis clipper blade oil

One of the most integral parts of caring for clipper blades is to use oil for maintenance. Not just any oil, mind you, but a maintenance oil specifically developed to protect clipper blades from both rust and hair accumulation along the pivots of the blade. Of course, it is also important that you regulate the quantity of oil used, as excessive amount can cause problems to develop with the clipper. Some of the negative effects that can develop are loosened screws and rust. Even if the maintenance oil you use helps prevent rust from the blades, if used incorrectly it will act as a catalyst in the development of certain problems. Rust formation should be avoided at all cost when it comes to grooming equipment like clippers as even with just a tinge of rust on the blade can cause dullness and hinder its quality.

When used correctly, using maintenance oil for taking care of you clipper blades offers a ton of

Clipper blade oil

Clipper blade oil

advantages. First is the fact that it reduces friction that the screws produce. This is great as it helps extend the life of the clipper by avoiding chipping away at the screws’ quality. When storing your clipper blades, remember to put them inside a dry environment such as an airtight box with a desiccant. Humidity is the number one cause of rust so you should try to avoid storing your blades where humidity is high. An additional method you can use to maintain your clipper blades is to wrap the blades in an oily rag or place it inside a container with kerosene or other petroleum based products.

Temperature is a Factor

Kool loobe oster

Kool loobe oster

A popular product used by groomers and stylists is the Kool Lube. It is important to note that despite having the term “lube” in its name; it does not lubricate the blades. The correct way of using the Kool Lube is by applying it only on the backside of the clipper blades. The Kool Lube helps absorb and disperse heat that is being accumulated by the clippers. When grooming an animal with a clipper, apply the product to the comb blade. This is the side that touches the skin of the animal and helps maintain a comfortable temperature that will not irritate their skin. Kool Lube should not be misused. Never spray it directly on the clipper as it can cause the plastic parts of the clipper to become brittle and eventually crack and break. If you do not have access to products such as Kool Lube, you can place your blades flat on a ceramic floor to help cool it.

Simple Ways to Slowdown Wear and Tear

Do not ever loose a screws. Loose screws can cause your blades to rattle when being used and can cause huge problems when it comes to the handling of the tool (or stop blade from cutting). Another problem would be that the blade socket may appear tilted. This is most common with AG (no blade latch) and AGC (with a blade latch) clippers. A quick fix is by gently squeezing the center of the pivot with pliers. This works only for a certain number of times though. One very simple yet important tip when using the clipper is to not use it recklessly. Try to maintain a steady pace when using clippers to help slow down wear and tear on the blades.

Tweaking the Spring Mechanism

The blade springs of clippers are designed to accommodate normal speed of use. If you use the clipper frequently and at a fast pace, then try to reduce the spring tension and try to do oil maintenance regularly.

The clipper is a sturdy tool but when used carelessly, it can dull and fall apart quickly. Following some of the simple and very important maintenance guidelines is vital to ensure the longevity of the equipment.

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4 comments on “Clipper Blade maintenance tips! Must-know facts!
  1. Jeff says:

    This is a very helpful tip. Thanks

  2. Barry says:

    Recently bought new Wahl 10 Competition blade. I find that it and also my number 30 blade do not cut well on my Shitzu Maltese cross.
    Why is this?
    Can you tell me what is correct cutter force and set back for these blades please. I have a force gauge which measures up to 10 Newtons (1020 gram-force).

    • Luc Sharp says:

      Hi Barry,

      Its more complex questions – why blade would not cut. There can be numerus factors such us:
      – how matted is the hear
      – condition of the clipper

      Generally pressure on the top cutter should be between 2,5 to 3,5 pounds (fishing scale is the easiest to check).

      Please do not hesitate to give me a call if you have more questions.


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