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Handy hints

Make sure clipper is running before snapping blades on (for clippers with snap-on detachable blades only).

Always oil blades before, during and after use.

How fast a blade moves is dictated by the quality strength of the clipper motor as well as how well the blade is lubricated.

When the blade is moving, friction creates heat, which makes the blade get hot. Kool Lube keeps the blade cool.

Skip tooth blades cut faster through dense, matted hair, but their clip is rough and not attractive. Use a skip tooth blade for the first pass and then smooth the grooming with a full tooth blade.

Smooth faces, the pads of the feet, groin and tummy areas can usually be clipped very close with a Number 10, 15 or lightly with a 30 or 40 blade to clean them of hair.

Never clip a dirty animal. Dirt and products such as flea powders destroy the cutting surface of blades.

Never clip a wet dog. It is too hard to get through the coat.

Store blades clean, coated with Kool-Lube, wrapped in a paper towel and enclosed in a plastic, air-tight bag to prevent corrosion from humidity on the cutting surfaces.

Blade Anatomy

Comb blade: The comb blade determines at which length the blade cuts.

Cutter blade: The cutter blade does the actual cutting.

Screws: It is important that the screws are secured tightly. Loose screws can cause the blade to rattle apart during use. Care should also be taken not to strip the screws.

Socket: The 'ears' on a socket may become weak as a result of use. The result is blade clatter which can be corrected through socket adjustments or replacing the part. Dropping a blade can sometimes result in blade clatter.

Spring Tension: Spring tension must always be adjusted correctly. Tension that is too loose will result in non-cutting and pulling of hair. Tension that is too tight will cause the clipper motor to run hot, which unnecessarily wears parts out quickly.

Blade Maintenance

New blade sets come with a protective coating. To remove this coating, submerge the teeth only into blade wash while the clipper runs for about 30 seconds.

Slide cutter blade to the side. Be careful not to slide the cutter too far.

Clean exposed areas with a fine brush or paper towel.

If the blade needs additional cleaning, use a non-water soluble solution such as Kool Lube to assist in debris removal. Never use water.

Dry the blade using a hairdryer to make certain it is absolutely dry to prevent rusting. The teeth of the running blade set may also be placed in blade wash. This aids in debris removal but be sure to only expose the teeth of the blade. Oil the blade set after using this method of cleaning.

Always oil the blade before and during use. Blade sets may be oiled while the clipper is running, but do not use too much oil.

Which Blade on which breed?

AFGHAN HOUND
Very matted strip down on body   #7F  
On saddle only   #7F
Stomach   #10  
Pads   #15 

AIREDALE TERRIER
Body   #7 or #5
Head, neck   #9 or #7F
Ears   #10
Tail   #5 or #4
Stomach   #10
Pads   #15

BEARDED COLLIE
"Puppy" trim @ 2"  

#30 & 1 1/4"UC

Matted strip down   #7F or #5F
Stomach   #10
Pads   #15

BEDLINGTON TERRIER
Body   #5F
Head,Ears and Tail   #10 or #7F
Stomach   #10
Pads   #15

BICHON
"Show" trim, 1" coat   #30 & 1 1/4"UC  
Pet trim, short   #4F
Matted strip down   #7F or #5F
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

BOUVIER DES FLANDRES
Body   #30 & 1 1/4"UC 
Legs and undercarriage   scissors  
Matted strip down   #7F or #5F or #4F  
Head   #4F  
Face   scissors  
Ears   #15 or #10
Stomach   #10
Pads   #15

BRIARD
"Puppy" trim @ 2"   #30 & 1 1/4"UC
Face, legs & undercarriage   scissors  
Matted strip down   #7F or #5F or #4F  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15

CAIRN TERRIER
Natural look, coat left @ 2"   #30 & 1 3/4"UC
Pet trim, shorter on back   #4
Head and tail   scissors 
Matted strip down   #5 
Stomach   #10  
Pads   #15 

CHOW CHOW
Body   #7
Stomach   #10
Pads   #15 

COCKER SPANIEL
Body, sides and back only   #7F or #5F or #4F  
Sides of neck   #9 or #7F
Face, ears and throat   #10 or #15  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

COLLIE
Body   #7F 
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

DANDIE DINMONT
Body, sides and back only   #5 or #4
Head and tail   scissors  
Legs and undercarriage   scissors  
Ears   #10 or #15  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

ENGLISH COCKER SPANIEL
Body, back and sides only   #7F
Front of Forearms   #7F 
Head, neck and ears   #15 
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

ENGLISH SETTER
Body, side and back only   #5F 
Head,neck and ears   #10 or #9  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL
Body, side and back only   #7F  
Head,neck and ears   #10 or #9  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15

GOLDEN RETRIEVER
Body   #5F  or  #7F  
Stomach   #10  
Pads   #15 

GREAT PYRENEES
Matted strip down   #5 or #7
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

IRISH SETTER
Body, sides and back only   #5F  or  #7F  
Head, neck and ears   #10 
Stomach   #10  
Pads   #15 

IRISH TERRIER
Body, sides and back only   #5
Head, neck and ears   #10 
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

KERRY BLUE TERRIER
Body, sides, back & tail   #30 & 1"UC
Shorter pet trim, back & sides   #4 
Head, neck & ears   #10 or #9
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15

KEESHOND
Body   #5F or #7F
Stomach   #10
Pads   #15

LAKELAND TERRIER
Body, side and back only   #5
Tail   #4 
Head,neck and ears   #10 or  #9  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

LHASA APSO
"Puppy" length trim   #30 & 1"UC 
Shorter pet trim   #4F
Matted strip down   #7F or  #5F  
Top of head   #4F or  #5F  
Face & tail   scissors  
Stomach   #10 

MALTESE
"Puppy" length trim   #30 & 1"UC 
Shorter pet trim   #4F
Matted strip down   #7F or  #5F  
Top of head   #5F
Face & tail   scissors  
Stomach   #10 

NEWFOUNDLAND
Matted strip down   #5 or  #7  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG
"Puppy" length trim   #30 & 1 1/4"UC  
Shorter pet trim   #4F 
Head and face   scissors  
Matted strip down   #5F or  #7F  
Stomach   #10  
Pads   #15 

PEKINGESE
Short pet trim   #5F or  #4F  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #8.5  

POODLE - Kennel Trim
Face, feet and base of tail   #15 or  #10  
Body and legs   #7F or  #5F or  #4F  
Top knot & tail piece   scissors  
Stomach   #10 

POODLE - Lamb Trim
Face, feet and base of tail   #15 or  #10  
Body   #5F or  #4F  
Legs   scissors  
Top knot & tail piece   scissors  
Stomach   #10 

POODLE - Summer Trim (Bikini)
Face, feet and base of tail   #15 or  #10  
Body and legs   #5F or  #7F  
Pompoms, top knot & tail pom   scissors  
Stomach   #10 

POODLE - Dutch Trim
Face, feet and tail   #15 or  #10 
Body pattern   #15 or  #10 
Body   #30 & 1"UC  
Pompoms, top knot & tail pom   scissors  
Stomach   #10 

PORTUGUESE WATER DOG
Body   #30 & 1"UC
Shorter pet trim   #4F 
Matted strip down   #5F or  #7F  
Head and tail   scissors  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

SAMOYED
Matted strip down   #5F or  #7F  
Tail   scissors  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

SCHNAUZER
Body, back and sides only   #9 or  #7F  
Legs and furnishings   scissors  
Head and ears   #10 
Matted strip down   #5F or  #7F 
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

SCOTTISH TERRIER
Body, back and sides   #5 or  #4  
Head, neck and ears   #10 
Tail   scissors or  #4F  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

SEALYHAM
Body, back and sides only   #5 
Head, neck and ears   #10 
Tail   #5 
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

SHETLAND SHEEPDOG
Matted strip down   #5F or  #7F  
Tail   scissors  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15

SHIH TZU
"Puppy" length trim   #30 & 1"UC  
Short pet trim   #4F  
Matted strip down   #5F or  #7F  
Head and tail   scissors  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

SILKY TERRIER
"Puppy" length trim   #30 & 3/4"UC  
Short pet trim   #4F  
Matted strip down   #5F or  #7F  
Head   scissors  
Ears   #30 
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

SOFT COATED WHEATEN TERRIER
Body   #30 & 1"UC  
Legs and undercarriage   scissors  
Shorter pet trim   #4F 
Head   scissors  
Ears   #9 or  #7F  
Tail   scissors  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

WELSH TERRIER
Body, side and back only   #5 
Head and ears   #10 
Ear tips   #10 or #15  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

WEST HIGHLAND WHITE TERRIER
Body, back and sides only   #5 
Head and tail   scissors  
Ear tips   #10 or  #15  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

YORKSHIRE TERRIER
"Puppy" length trim   #30 & 1"UC  
Short pet trim   #4F 
Matted strip down   #5F or #7F  
Head and face   scissors  
Ears   #10 
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

MIXED BREEDS - Curly Coated
Body and legs   #4F 
Face Poodle style with top knot   #10 & scissors  
Face Teddy bear style   scissors  
Tail   scissors  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

MIXED BREEDS - Wiry Coated
Body  #7 or #5  
Legs   scissors  
Head and ears   #10 or #9  
Face and eyebrows   scissors  
Tail   scissors  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15 

MIXED BREEDS - Straight, Soft Coated
"Puppy" length trim   #30 & 1"UC  
Short pet trim   #4F  
Matted strip down   #5F or #7F  
Head, face and tail   scissors  
Stomach   #10 
Pads   #15  

CATS
Very matted #10
Some matting #7F

 

 

 

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