Problems With Clippers

Blog problems with clippers for horses

Use our easy-to-navigate guide for trouble-shooting when you encounter a problem with your clippers.

Problem Cause Solution
Clipper stops Check to see if the overload button has popped out Check the clippers to see if the filter is blocked, the blades are dry or clogged. Correct the problem before pushing the overload button back in with a pen or pointed object. If the overload button pops out again, take or send the clippers to a specialist.
The fuse may have “blown” Replace the fuse.
Motor slows down Insufficient oil Every time the motor begins to slow down, use more oil.
The blades are blunt Sharpen or replace the blades.
Blades “rattle” One or both wings on the socket have been bent outward by the cutter blade being driven back and forth Straighten them so that they’re straight up and down
Cutter blade slides out while cleaning Slide the cutter blade back by very gently lifting the front of the spring. Don’t loosen any screws, and don’t pry the spring up to get the cutter back into place as this will alter the tension setting on the blades. This tension is critical to the blade working properly. It determines whether the blade cuts the hair or just grabs/chews the hair.
Blades won’t cut Hair between the blades Remove the blade and clean.
The blades are hot The metal may have expanded. Let them cool down completely, clean and oil.
The blades are blunt Sharpen or replace the blades.
The tension is too slack Adjust the tension on the clippers.
The horse’s coat is damp or wet Try again later.
Clipper getting hot The blades are too tight Adjust the tension on the clippers.
The air vents are covered Hold clippers without covering the vents.
The motor needs servicing or greasing.
Insufficient oil on the blades Oil the blades.
The air vents are blocked with hair and/or dirt Clean the air vents.
Lines showing on the clip Uneven pressure on the clippers Adjust hold on the clippers.
Tooth missing on a blade Replace the blade.
Insufficient overlap between one run and the next Overlap clipping strokes by 50%.
The clippers are not being used directly against the line of the coat Hold the clippers so that the blade runs flat against the horse rather than at an angle.
Horse looks moth-eaten! Uneven pressure Adjust hold on the clippers.
The clipping has been done in short “stabs” Clip in long sweeps.
The blades are getting blunt Sharpen or replace the blade.
The clippers are not being used directly against the line of the coat Hold the clippers so that the blade runs flat against the horse rather than at an angle.
The horse’s coat is very dirty, damp or wet Bath if necessary. Try again later.
Horse bleeding The blade is damaged Replace the blade.
Stretch the skin slightly with your free hand.
Take more care!

 

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Kim Horton

Co-Founder of EQUUS and a keen equestrian, when Kim's not at her desk she's with her horse, Waldo.

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