Preparing your clippers for winter
Towards the end of August as the nights draw in, the changes in daylight hours trigger your horse or pony’s winter coat to grow. September marks the start of the busy horse clipping season here at Masterclip, so we have some tips to help you have the most hassle-free clipping experience all winter long. Now is the time to dig out your clippers to ensure they are ready and working for the busy months ahead.
Firstly, check the outer carry case for signs that damp may have got in to your clipper and then check over and clean your handset.
- Remove the air filters (if your clipper has removable filters) to clear any hair from them and fit them securely back onto the handset.
- Check the length of the mains cable for damage or wear.
- Ensure you have an RCD to use with your clippers.
- Fit a clean blade onto your handset and test the clipper switches on and runs smoothly.
- If you have a battery-operated clipper, charge and test both batteries to ensure they and the charger are working as expected.
- Re- familiarise yourself with your clipper instructions. Not all clipper types are the same, so even if you have been clipping for 30+ years, your new clipper set up may be very different from previous models! Each clipper make has their own method of correct set up with regards to the set of the blades and tensioning. If your clipper instruction booklet is missing, we can happily email or post a replacement copy to you. Just message us a firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have video guides to setting up our clippers on our YouTube channel here.
- Remove the blades and ensure the inside of the clipper head is free of hair and clean.
- Also check that nothing is missing from inside the head – such as the square drive nut.
- Check the laminated springs for signs of shearing. These are replaceable parts on a Heiniger style clipper head and are very easy to replace. See here.
- Check that you have enough clipper oil and Andis 5-in-1 spray ready for clipping.
- Remove blades from the handset and check over for signs of rust or damaged teeth.
- Give them a deep clean removing all traces of hair and grease from your horse’s coat using the cleaning brush supplied and a dry cloth with a little clipper oil or Andis 5-in-1 spray Never use water to clean your clipper blades.
- If the blades have done a few clips already, its best to send them off for re-sharpening before winter hits to avoid the frustration of having your horse prepped ready for clipping to find your blades simply won’t cut.
- Ensure you have at the very least 2 blades ready so that should a blade go blunt mid clip you have a sharp blade ready to hand to finish the job. Spare blades can be purchased on our website here.
If you spot any issues with your clippers our friendly and knowledgeable customer services team are on hand on 0116 2796900. Or for complete peace of mind, send your clippers to us for a Service for just £39.99 including return postage and let us do all the necessary checks, cleaning and testing for you. Servicing also includes a deep clean to remove built up hair from inside the handset and a check for wear on the carbon brushes and cogs.