Caring for Your Equipment
Corrosion – This takes place when blades come into contact with water, blood, faeces. To prevent corrosion, the blade should be brushed free of debris and cleaned in blade wash immediately after use. While running, give the blade a good oiling and store in a dry place until the next use. If left dirty, the rust will eventually eat away at the steel leaving it pitted. In this case, repair may take a year off the life of the blade.
Dirt – While it isn’t always practical to wash and dry every animal before clipping, clipping clean hair that is knot- and matt-free extends the life of the blade and enables the same blade to clip approximately 15 dogs.
Insufficient Lubrication (Oil) – In contrast to sheep’s wool, which contains large amounts of lanolin, all other animal hair is dry. Therefore the clipper blades should be oiled every 10 minutes with one drop to the centre of the cutter with sewing machine oil or a special grade clipper oil, NOT 3-in-1 or any type of vegetable oil.
Overheating – During operation, frictional heat is carried away through contact with the animal’s skin and hair as it is cut away. Don’t run the clipper unless it is cutting. Excess spring tension on the clipper blade can also be a problem, especially for high speed clippers. For best results, have a second set of blades.
After a blade stops cutting it should be brushed clean with a wire brush, oiled and stored in a dry place until being sent in for sharpening. Much of the rust we grind out happens after the blade is blunt.
If your blades are not working
- Check the tongue (drive lever) on the clipper. It should not be rounded off, sloping on one side, or narrow. In some cases it may be broken inside or, if driven by a bearing, this may be worn. If so, send it in for servicing.
- Oil the blade while running, then apply heavy pressure by pressing down on a bench to help cutter and comb ‘bed in’.
If the dog is dirty or hair is matted this can cause blades to go blunt quickly or jam, as small amounts of grit or hair can build up between the cutter and comb.
- Oil and pressure will often flick the grit out.
- The setting for the clipper may not be correct – the tolerance is different for different brands of clipper. We can correct this by adjusting the setting for the specific type of clipper.
- Some blades just don’t work on some coats. If you’ve done the above, try the equipment on another type of dog.
Please do not hesitate to call us if problems persists and we’ll do our best to correct them.
Sometimes the cutter slips out when you are cleaning the blade. Here is a quick and simple video on how to replace it. You will need a flat head screwdriver.
What You Should Know
The Difference Between Scissors
Bevel edge scissors, also called Germanic shears due to their German origins, have a distinctive angled edge, and the blades are more durable, especially if bouncing around in a mobile grooming van. Although they feel less smooth, they have a stronger cutting edge.
Convex edge scissors, originating in Japan, are honed following the curve of the scissor down to a very fine edge. They are more prone to damage if used on dirty hair, knocked or dropped than the bevel edge, but they are perfect for finishing off when dogs are clean.