Fitment and Adjustment
New or re-sharpened clipper blades should be correctly fitted, regularly oiled and re-tensioned to maintain efficiency when clipping.
With your clipper you should have two blades in your possession, one small and one large blade.
The large blade is called the comb blade, and the smaller blade
Lubricate the blades (machined surfaces),
With the clipper unplugged from the mains, (to prevent the machine from accidentally starting when you are fitting the blades), hold the clipper upside down in one hand with the blade fixing screws facing upwards. If the blade fixing screws are not in place, fit the blade screws into the head, but do not tighten (leave at least 5mm between the base of the screw head and the clipper head casing).
Take the cutter blade, this being the smaller of the two blades, noticing that it has two shiny bars on one side and on the reverse side no machine marks (perhaps a number denoting amount of teeth).
There are two dimples on the cutter blade, and if you look at the head of the clipper, there is a bar (You may have to screw the blade tensioner down to expose the bar), that has two pointed pegs that are proud of the flat surface. With the cutter blades machined face pointing upwards, place the blade onto the two pegs on the clipper with the teeth pointing forwards away from the mains power lead, making sure that the pegs locate into the dimple recesses on the blade. The cutter blade is not secure, so care must be taken to make sure the cutter blade stays in position until the comb blade is fitted.
Now take the comb blade (this also has a machined side and a plain side), and place it over the cutter blade (machined side facing down), sliding the comb blade under the comb blade fixing screws making sure that the cutter blade does not slip off the locating pegs. Tighten the blade fixing screws making sure that the comb blade is held back in position; you are then ready to tension your blades.
To set the blade tension, follow the instructions below:
1. With the clipper turned OFF (unplugged)
2. Loosen the tension nut anticlockwise until the blades become loose,
3. Turn the tension nut clockwise until you feel the nut coming up against resistance,
4. Plug in your clipper, and switch the clipper on,
5. Loosen the tension nut slowly until the blades are no longer under pressure and run freely, they will start to become noisy, at this point STOP!
6. Slowly tighten the tension nut until you feel resistance and hear the sound of the blades change,(also you might hear a slight change in the sound of the motor of the clipper especially on the less powerful clipper models).at this point STOP!
7. Tighten (turn clockwise) the tension nut by a MAXIMUM of ½ a turn, your clipper blades should now be set to their BASE SETTING.
Well Done! Your clipper is ready to clip
If your clipper does not produce a satisfactory result, then
fine tuning of the blades may be required, this should only take between ¼ of a
turn (clockwise if over tight or counter clockwise if to loose) either way of
the BASE SETTING (a small adjustment may be required from time to time during
the clip ).
Warning: If the clipper BASE SETTING is set too loose, then on first using the clipper, the clipper will not clip satisfactory, and the hair that is cut, will clog between the blades. Turn off the clipper, and remove the blades. Remove any hair from between the surfaces, as it will foul the guides and will not allow a satisfactory cut, and any further adjustment will not change the quality of the clip, this hair must be removed, and the blade adjustment procedure started again from point 1
Regularly oil and re-tension to maintain efficiency when clipping.