Are your clippers running hot? It’s a thing, and its common. Don’t worry, there’s a rationale to this and a cure.
Clippers have a motor that consumes electricity to run. A by-product of this is heat. This heat has to be vented to keep the motor assembly cool and maintain the smooth operation of your clippers.
The vast majority of clippers you use will have an air intake which is protected by a filter, this vent draws ambient air from outside by a fan inside the head of the clippers, which pulls it through the motor assembly and out of an exit vent in the head of the clippers. This action effectively removes the heat from the motor and chucks it out of the head of the clipper, normally back in your direction.
Restricting this flow of air results in less efficient removal of heat.
Consider your hair dryer. If you were to cover half the vent at the rear of your hair dryer, you restrict the flow of the air, resulting in the hair dryer element overheating. The same principals apply with clippers.
The practice of regularly brushing your filters is essential to a cool running set of clippers.
I have attached pictures of what happens when you don’t brush your filters regularly. Take a look so you can visualise the effect blocked filters have on the essential air flow.
I had a customer just last week complaining of hot clippers. Once I had opened them up, I was surprised to see a pretty clear clipper casing inside, certainly not enough hair and gunk to restrict air flow, resulting in the clippers overheating. Holding the heavy duty clippers in my hand at the position you would clip (the balance point), the problem was obvious. The exit vent on this model was underneath the clipper collar which expels the hot air back at you, EXACTLY where you hold them. So my hand was completely blocking the exit vent and cutting off the air flow. Again I have attached picture so you can see what I’m harping on about.
STILL HAVING ISSUES?
There is always the exception to the rule, and if you have great airflow and your clippers are still running hot, then it’s a possible fault on the motor assembly which will need addressing.
A service will normally rectify “hot clippers”, however prevention is better (and cheaper) than cure, so keep on top of your filter maintenance. A service doesn’t only cover air flow as part of the process, but looks at internal parts wear and all over health.
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I am a mobile sharpening and service engineer, servicing Farmers Markets, Restaurants, Hair Salons, Groomers, Industrial Cliens and Equestrian Groomers in and around Kent. I Sharpen clipper blades, service and repair clippers, sharpen knives, scissors, garden tools and more.