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5 Reasons Your Clipper Blades Won’t Cut

1. The Blades Are Blunt

After several uses your clipper or trimmer blades may become become dull and worn. This can be due to corrosion, scratches or general wear. As a result, the cutting edges of the cutter comb of your blades are no longer sharp, reducing their ability to cut. Sharpening the blade is required to reface the cutting surfaces restore these sharp edges.

Most of Wahl screw blades can be sharpened. We also offer a blades exchange service in which we swap your blades for pre-sharpened blades.

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2. The Blades Need Oiling

Friction is caused between the surface of the blades where the cutting surfaces of your blade meet and move against each other. The friction wears the blade and produces heat that will force your clipper to work harder, causing the blade to stop cutting. To avoid this, you should oil your blades at least after every use. This will also avoid the chance of the blade corroding, which can happen surprisingly fast.

Every Wahl Clipper is supplied with a tube or bottle of Wahl Blade oil. It is advised that you only use Wahl Oil on your blades.

3. The Blades Are Dirty

Hair, dirt and grease can stop blades cutting and therefore, regular cleaning is required.

One of the most important parts of blade maintenance that often gets overlooked is maintaining high hygiene levels. You should remove any loose hair and debris using a blade cleaning brush to brush out anything that might be trapped in the blade.

If you have a rinseable snap on/off blade on your clipper, you can easily remove the blade and rinse it clean. Avoid leaving your blades wet as this may cause rusting.

To thoroughly clean and sanitise your blades, you can use Wahl Hygienic Clipper Spray. Using the Hygiene Spray on your blades before each use guarantees the hygiene level to all of your clients. It’s a quick and easy way to keep your blades clean and helps to resist bacteria and viruses.

Care should be taken to dry and oil the blade after cleaning as no liquid should be allowed to enter the clipper.

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4. The Blade Spring is Weak

In addition to the cutting surface needing to be sharp, the blade spring needs to be set at the correct tension.

If the spring is too weak, the hair will get caught between the cutter and comb and push them apart stopping them cutting. Too tight and the clipper will heat up quicker, causing it to work harder and for both blades to wear out much quicker.

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5. The Taper Lever is Worn

After some time, the taper lever can wear which shortens the distance the clipper can move the cutter on the blade. This reduces the blades cutting efficiency. You should replace the adjustable taper lever when it becomes worn. Alternatively, ensure that you clipper is regularly serviced.