Most modern clippers are fitted with an overload reset. This is designed to protect the machine from becoming
overloaded and will operate automatically. If you experience this situation, allow your clipper to rest for a short interval of a few minutes before re-setting
the switch which is done by lightly pressing the switch which is normally situated on the rear of your machine (as shown on
the picture of the swift clipper below). If your clipper repeatedly stops over a short period of time, you should seek qualified
of your blades:
Make sure you disconnect / isolate your clipper machine from the power supply
recommend that both blades to be used are clean and lightly oiled on the blade guide surfaces (your blade guide surfaces are
the surfaces which rub together when your clipper is operational).
At this point it is worth applying
a drop of oil to lubricate the drive crank roller, then take the cutter blade (the smaller of the two blades) and position
it so that it sits flush in the head of your clipper, there are two locating spigots on the head of the clipper and two recesses
on the cutter blade, when positioned correctly your blade will feel secure (there is only one way the blade will fit).
Next, place the comb blade (the
larger of the two blades) in position on top of the cutter. Again you will find two round locating spigots (larger than for
the cutter blade) which the comb blade will fit over.
Next you will have to fit the tension
bolt, nut and spring. The tension bolt is fitted first; this fits through the hole in the comb blade with the thread of the
bolt being visible when fitted from the other side of the clipper head housing. You will then have to hold both of the blades
together with the tension bolt securely in place, while turning the clipper over so that you can fit the spring over the tension
bolt. The tension screw / nut can then be screwed onto the tension bolt; care must be taken not to over tighten at this stage.
Tensioning the blades:
It must be made very clear, that only with time will you get to know how to optimise
your clipper blade tension with little effort. Adjustment of the blade tension should not be a continuous process, once the
blades are set to there optimum, only the minimum of adjustment will be required with continuous usage.
With the clipper machine connected to a power
supply, begin by adjusting the screw / nut so that it is just easing pressure on the tension spring thus holding the
blades together, then turn on your clipper making sure to point the blades away from you and / or any animal for safety. To
adjust the blade pressure (known as tensioning the blades) gradually slacken the tension nut until the upper cutter plate
(cutter) is no longer exerting pressure on the lower plate (comb) You will note a change of pitch in the sound of the motor.
(Blade clatter) This indicates that the blades are two loose.
Now tighten the tension nut until you feel slight resistance, this will indicated the
motor is starting to labour. Between the two points - “chattering blades” and the start of the “motor labouring”
will be found the correct clipping tension. Usually as a guide one full turn is sufficient, but this can depend on the age
and life of the blades.
If for some reason the machine fails to clip smoothly it is highly likely you have not correctly
adjusted the tensioning. You may need to make a small adjustment to the tension during the clip - this has nothing to do with
any fault on the part of the clipper, in most cases failure to clip correctly is operator orientated rather than a fault with
the machine. Keep your blades well oiled Avoid setting the pressure on the cutter plate too high as this will lead to excessive heat
build up and will rapidly overheat the blades and they will become blunt. Keep blades well oiled. Do please remember blades
can go blunt at a moment’s notice due to high levels of dirt and grit with the animal’s coat especially in the
case of horses during the first clip of the season. In the case of even the best groomed horses unless they have previously
been wash there is likely to be a considerable build up of particles of grit and dust which can cause blade failure (on any
type of blades!) very quickly
Lubrication of your clipper blades:
Oiling of the blades should
be carried out at regular intervals (at least every 4/5 minutes) during the clipping application. It is most important to
ensure that both the upper plate (cutter) and lower comb blade are kept constantly oiled and not allowed to dry out as this
will lead to overheating of the blades, which will quickly impair the cutting performance.
We only recommend Wolseley clipper oil
Servicing of your clipper is recommended (mandatory), and this should be
carried out at regular intervals according to use, but an annual service, would be advisable to reduce possible clipper failure
during clipping season.
Great care should be taken with your power cable of the clipper, this should be checked before
and after usage for cuts or other signs of damage which can occur in an instant, and you must be aware of this for safety
reasons (your horse can inflict cable damage on your clipper).
all events this is best carried out at a qualified service centre, .
inside of the clipper head should be cleaned regularly and after each clipping session. Remove both blades. Using a soft brush
clean thoroughly both the head and all components parts. After which wipe clean with a dry cloth. Reassemble the blades carefully
and oil both blades and the cutter head.
The air filter is a very important part of the clipper as it provides cool air to the motor to prevent it
from over heating. It is essential therefore that the air filter is kept clean at all times. (Filter should be cleaned at
least every 30 minutes during operational use!)
The air filter casing is easily removed by sliding it out from the clipper
body casing. Clean the filter thoroughly removing all dirt and hair so that you can see clearly through the filter mesh. If
greasy wash in a mild detergent and dry thoroughly before replacing.
not attempt to insert any sharp objects through the filter casing as you may damage the armature windings. Do not forget to
replace the filter casing immediately after cleaning.
Use only genuine manufacturer component parts
When not in use, your clipper, including any sets of blades that you may own, should, after having been thoroughly
cleaned and oiled, stored in a dry secure place, preferably in your house. Do not leave outside! (In tack rooms or stables).