"Clip Tips" - "TENSION"
As clipping season is upon us (well, you) once again, I thought it would be a good idea to share some answers to common questions. So over the coming days I'll share the common issues I come across during clipping season and how to cure or avoid problems.
Not the kind that leads to arguments over who blunted your blades and didn't get them sharpened, but TENSION on your blades during clipping.
The sharpest blades I've ever sharpened in this world are useless unless there is sufficient tension being transferred from the cutter onto the comb.
People that know, know that a rough global rule is tighten until it stops and then 1.5 whole turns back. Right???
The cutter needs around 4lbs of pressure bearing down onto the comb to clip efficiently. This is provided by a mix of your spring and an amount of turns of the nut.
This is normally easy and straight forward, but remember springs have memory and dont like being kept clamped down for 12 months of the year!
A new spring providing 4lbs of pressure when tightened to spec, will only provide 3lbs, 2lbs, 1lbs or worse when its been left for years at tension.
CLIP TIP FOR TODAY
Don't leave your blades on, and tensioned, all year round!
If you have and your having issues, buy a new spring! Going tighter on the nut wont really "cut it" lol
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.